female Merlin was observed hunting over the Mekong on 15th March
and also present were more than 80 Plain Martins. - Mick
Davies & Dowroong Damlamajak/Yonok Wetlands Project.
: On 19th March a pair of Black-and-yellow Broadbills were
seen near stream 1, Kaeng Krachan and a pair of Oriental Dwarf (Black-backed)
Kingfishers were found at stream 3. A
single Ratchet-tailed Treepie was seen at Km 27.5, Kaeng Krachan
on 18th March 2009. Migrating raptors at Kaeng Krachan included
a Grey-faced Buzzard, a Japanese Sparrowhawk and an Oriental Honey-buzzard.
Other interesting birds included Crow-billed Drongo at Km 27, 5
flyover Yellow-vented Green Pigeons at Km 27, Red-bearded Bee-eater
at Km 33, 2 Long-tailed Broadbills at Km 31 and Collared Owlet at
Panoen Tung campsite. On 17th March a pair of Black-and-red Broadbills
was seen at Km 9, Kaeng Krachan, a Banded Broadbill at Bang Krang
campsite and 3 Dusky Broadbills between streams 2 and 3.
On 16th March
a single Spoon-billed Sandpiper was found at Pak Thale as was a
Dunlin, whilst a leg-flagged White-faced Plover was present at Laem
Pak Bia sandspit as was a Little Stint, 11 Lesser Crested Terns,
2 Chinese Egrets and 17 Greater Crested Terns; 50+ Blue-tailed Bee-eaters
were seen at the sandspit on northward migration. 3 Pied Avocets
were near the "abandoned building" and over 500 White-shouldered
Starlings came into the roost at the King's project along with 700+
On 15th March
more than 70 Glossy Ibis were present at Bueng Boraphet and a Darter
colony held over 30 birds. 2 Siberian Rubythroats were found in
mimosa scub next to the lake. The duck flock still consisted of
2000+ Lesser Whistling Ducks with around 100 Garganey. 1 male Tufted
Duck, 3 Ferruginous Pochard and 5 Shoveler were also seen. Raptors
at Bueng Boraphet included 1 Eastern Marsh Harrier, 2 Black Kites
and 1 Greater Spotted Eagle.
3 days at Khao
Yai produced a male Banded Kingfisher, 3 Red-headed Trogons, 3 Orange-breasted
Trogons, a pair of Eared Pittas and a female Siamese Fireback Pheasant
between 12th and 14th March 2009.
above sightings from Kaeng Krachan, Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale, Bueng
Boraphet and Khao Yai were made by Nick
Upton, Merl Arnot and Marty Arnot.
A visit to Phuttamonton
park on 16th March turned up a male Orange-headed Thrush and a female
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker. - Michael Allen.
On 5th March
2009 a male Western Marsh Harrier was seen at Bueng Boraphet.
- Erwin Hoebrechts & Kuntida Ittipron
On 4th March
2009 2 Greater Spotted Eagles were present at Bueng Boraphet whilst
8 Ferruginous Pochard were seen on the 4th and 3rd.
At Laem Pak
Bia 11 Nordmann's Greenshank were counted on 25th February 2009.
above observations from Bueng Boraphet & Laem Pak Bia were submitted
by Erwin Hoebrechts.
: An immature Eurasian Blackbird was seen near Yonok Wetlands
on 3rd March and a Water Rail was present from the 1st to 3rd. A
Common Ringed Plover was present on the Mekong on the 2nd. Other
interesting waterbirds in the Chiang Saen area between 22nd February
and 1st March included Great Bittern, Gadwall, Ruddy Shelduck, River
Tern and Jerdon's Bushchat. - Mick
Davies & Dowroong Damlamajak/Yonok Wetlands Project.
: On 7th March 5 Spoon-billed Sandpipers and 1 Red-necked
Phalarope were seen at Pak Thale. At the sand spit, Laem Pak Bia,
a White-faced Plover, 3 Chinese Egrets, 5 Malaysian Plovers, 29
Great Crested Terns and 2 Lesser Crested Terns were found. At nearby
salt pans a group of 50 Caspian Terns were roosting and 28 Nordmann's
Greenshank were amongst a large flock of Great Knot. 1 Watercock
and 1 Slaty-breasted Rail were amongst the crakes at the King's
Project and 2 Painted Snipe were seen in nearby farmland. - Nick
Upton, Srasri Phiromyothee & Bob French.
of a trip to Kaeng Krachan was a pair of Ratchet-tailed Treepies
at Km 27 and a Red-bearded Bee-eater at Km 36 was also good on the
5th February. Other interesting birds included Great Slaty Woodpecker
on the 6th and 4th February, 2 Black-and-red Broadbills, 3 Dusky
Broadbills and 2 Banded Broadbills on the 6th, 2 Rusty-cheeked (Tickell's
Brown) Hornbills on the 4th and a flock of 13 on the 6th February.
A Collared Owlet was seen at stream 3 on the 6th February and a
Collared Scops Owl was observed at Ban Maka on the 5th February.
- Nick Upton,
Srasri Phiromyothee, Aaron Offner et al.
1 Mangrove Whistler
was seen at Mahachai Mangrove Resrach Centre on the 2nd March. At
Muang Boran Fishponds a single male Asian Golden Weaver was close
to being in breeding plumage with 2 Javan Pond Herons already in
full breedign plumage. At the same same site 54 Cotton Pygmy Geese,
15 White-browed Crakes and over 200 Oriental Pratincoles were seen.
On the 28th
February a pair of Kalij Pheasants were seen on the road around
Km 23, Kaeng Krachan. At Km 34 a Rufous-browed Flycatcher was seen
well and Km 27 turned up a pair of Long-tailed Broadbills, 12 White-hooded
Babblers and a Black Eagle. At Km 12 a juvenile Grey-faced Buzzard
was seen eating a lizard. A female Grey Peacock Pheasant was observed
drinking from stream 3, Kaeng Krachan on the 27th February. Other
interesting birds in the same area on the same date included 3 Great
Slaty Woodpeckers, 3 Dusky Broadbills, 1 Banded Bay Cuckoo and 8
Rufous-cheeked (Tickell's Brown) Hornbills.
On 26th February
8 Chestnut Munias, a pair of Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers, 6 Oriental
Pratincoles, 1 Painted Stork, 1 Greater Spotted Eagle, 7 Black Kites
and 4 Bluethroats were amongst the highlights at Tung Bang Jak.
At the sand spit, Laem Pak Bia, a single White-faced Plover was
found along with 3 Chinese Egrets, 1 Terek Sandpiper, 10 Lesser
Crested Terns, 2 Malaysian Plovers and 49 Great Crested Terns. Also
on the 26th at least 300 White-shouldered Starlings and 1000 Blue-tailed
Bee-eaters entered the roost at the King's Project where 2 Indian
Nightjars and 3 Painted Snipe were seen. 4 more Painted Snipe were
seen in nearby farmland.
above sightings from Tung Bang Jak, Laem Pak Bia, Kaeng Krachan,
Mahachai Mangrove Centre, Muang Boran Fishponds were made by Nick
Upton, Malcolm Goodman and Howard Joliffe.
On 7th February
Maroon and Bamboo Woodpeckers were seen at Khao Sok. Also encountered
were Buffy Fish Owl, Lesser Fish Eagle and Fulvous-chested Jungle
Flycatcher. - Jorgen Eriksson.
Lapwings, 1 Oriental Pratincole and 50 Cotton Pygmy Geese were seen
at Muang Boran Fishponds on 7th February 2009. - William
3 Bridled Terns
were seen on the crossing to Ko Similan on 2nd February. On the
island a Nicobar Pigeon, 8 Pied Imperial Pigeons and 5 Green Imperial
Pigeons were found.
At Trang Botanical
Gardens 1 Violet, 3 Asian Emerald, 1 Little Bronze and 1 Large Hawk
Cuckoo were all seen on 31st January.
A Lesser Fish
Eagle was observed at Tone Pariwat on 30th January and on the same
date 1 Chestnut-cheeked Starling was seen amongst a flock of 50
Chestnut-tailed Starlings which also contained 2 Purple-backed Starlings
and "sevral" White-shouldered Starlings at Thai Muang
Marsh. Othe interesting birds at the marsh included Watercock, Purple
Swamphen, Red-throated Pipit, River Lapwing and Eastern Marsh Harrier.
The most remarkable sighting, though, was 9 White-faced Plovers
on the beach at Thai Muang on the same date.
above sightings from Thai Muang Marsh, Tone Pariwat and Trang Botanical
Gardens were submitted by Stijn