: A Violet Cuckoo was seen in a feeding
flock at Huay Tung Tao on the 24th November, a grey morph Black-headed
Bulbul and Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker were nearby. On the 27th
the pick of the birds at Ka Mu Phuket were Rufous-throated Partrdige
and the much sought-after Black-headed Woodpecker,
above sightings from Ka Mu Phuket and Huay Tung Tao were taken from
Tony Ball's Birdwatcher's
Diary blog with his kind permission.
: Some interesting birds from the north included a typically
noisy White-browed Piculet, a Common Sandpiper and juvenile Common
Buzzard at Huay Tung Tao on the 20th November. At Mae Hia 5 Spotted
Owlets and 1 Rufous-winged Buzzard were the highlights on the 21st
and a flock of Baya Weavers, 12 Blue Magpies and 50+ Chestnut-tailed
Starlings were the best birds seen on the 23rd.
above sightings from Mae Hia and Huay Tung Tao were taken from Tony
Ball's Birdwatcher's Diary
blog with his kind permission.
: The highlight of a few interesting sightings from Khao
Nor Chu Chi from 20th to 22nd November was a Green-backed Flycatcher
at the coffee plantation. Another seldom-seen species was Scarlet-rumped
Trogon. Other notable birds during this period were Green Broadbill
(they are usually difficult to see at this time of year because
they aren't calling), Rufous-bellied Eagle, Blyth’s Hawk Eagle,
Orange-headed Thrush (subspecies gibsonhilli), Dark-sided
and Blue-throated Flycatchers, Puff-backed & Cream-vented Bulbul,
3 Banded Kingfishers heard, Great-eared Nightjar and Spectacled
Spiderhunter. two Spotted Wood Owls were at the stakeout and a male
Gurney's Pitta was heard in the region of trail B. - Stijn
: Had Thai Muang National Park in Phang Nga province on
the 18th revealed 7 or 8 Brown-backed Needletails, 2 White-bellied
Sea Eagles, 3 Red Junglefowl, Common Flameback and Orange-breasted
Green Pigeon. In addition, 4 Dollarbirds were seen after an absence
Visits to Thai
Muang marsh in Phang Nga province on the 14th and 15th November
produced at least 6 Lanceolated Warblers, a group of 76 Orange -breasted
Pigeons, 11 Grey-headed Lapwings and a single Whiskered Tern. Also
of interest were 1 Black Bittern, 1 Watercock and an Oriental Reed
Warbler. - Stijn De Win.
Greenish Warbler and a Blue Rock-Thrush, a male of the race M.s.
philippensis, were seen at Mae Hia, Chiang Mai on the 9th November
as was Chestnut-eared Bunting on the 11th. This latter species was
quite notable given the lack of buntings being reported from the
North and the profusion of mist-netting being observed. Also on
the 11th at Mae Hia was a bird of the Golden-spectacled warbler
complex, using Robson's Field Guide, this would presumably be a
Grey-crowned warbler due to the altitude and the call which was
described as "a boring, chip".
above sightings from Mae Hia were taken from Tony Ball's Birdwatcher's
Diary blog with his kind permission.
: Newly published Recent Reports from September to early
November 2006 (BCST Bull. Vol 23, no. 10) are now online on the
Conservation Society of Thailand's website. A few records
I've poached were of particular interest to me as they are from
Suan Luang Rama
9 Park, one of the locations within Bangkok that I
used to live close to and visit regularly: Brown Hawk Owl and Verditer
Flycatcher on the 31st October, Vernal Hanging Parrot and 2 Black-naped
Monarchs on the 5th November and Small Minivet and Asian Paradise
Flycatcher on the 8th of November. - BCST
website for full report.
: 5 Chinese Egrets were seen on mudflats on the Eastern
side of Phuket (see forums
for site details). Also seen in the area was 1 Eurasian Curlew,
which is not a common sight on Phuket, a number of Black-capped
Kingfishers and a Common Flameback. - Stijn De Win.
: A series
of interesting observations were made around the province of Suphan
Buri which included a Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, a male Pied Bushchat
and 8 Black Kites on the 4th November, the Black Kites were still
present on the 5th and 15 Red Avadavats were seen on the same day.
On the following day (6th) more than one immature Greater Spotted
Eagle was seen.
Moving on to
Cha-Am between the 7th and 10th of November 20 Blue-throated Bee-eaters
came in off the sea, 2 Caspian Terns were observed daily offshore
along with Greater Crested, Whiskered,
White-winged Black, Common and Little Terns. A single Black-headed
Gull with Brown-headed Gulls was present on the 9th. -
above sightings from Suphan Buri and Cha-Am are from Neil Lawton.
10th and 13th November Thai Muang marsh/golf course area revealed
a pair of Malaysian Plovers and at least 3 Lanceolated Warblers
singing (and calling in between songs) at dusk with 1 bird seen
well (an uncommon experience). Two or three Lesser Crested Terns
were also seen and visiting Starlings included 3 Purple-backed,
1 Chestnut-tailed and a group of 5 White-shouldered Starlings. A
group of around 40 Orange-breasted Green Pigeons must have been
a pleasant sight and 3 Cinnamon Bitterns, around 50 Oriental Pratincoles,
at least 8 Grey-headed Lapwings, 5 River Lapwings, 1 Thick-billed
Warbler and a single Sand Martin were all species that must have
made for an interesting few days birding by the sea. - Stijn
: Birds of note from Muang Boran Fish Ponds on the 6th
November were Dusky Warbler, Oriental Reed Warbler, Yellow-browed
Warbler, Striated Grassbird, both Bronze-winged and Pheasant-tailed
Jacanas, 1 Lesser Whistling Duck, Black-headed Munia, 2 Yellow Bittern
and 1 Black Bittern. Unfortunately 4 Black-capped Kingfishers were
seen together in a mist net with one still struggling for life.
Also seen on the 6th November were 1 first year Heuglin's Gull on
sea at Bang Poo and at the wader roost at the same location Black-tailed
Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank and
Black-winged were seen along with 2 Purple Herons. Flyeaters were
noted as singing, which seems a bit on the early side!
from Lumphini Park was a lone Black-crowned Night Heron attending
a Loi Krathong ceremony on the 5th November. -
above sightings from Muang Boran, Bang Poo and Lumphini Park are
from Stijn De Win.
records from around Chiang Mai were a single immature Grey-headed
Lapwing and two Hoopoes at Mae Hia on the 3rd, a single Red Avadavat
at Huay Tung Tao on the 4th with Little Cuckoo Dove and Rusty-cheeked
Scimitar Babbler at Ka Mu Phuket on the 6th. Mountain Hawk Eagle
was observed at Ka Mu Phuket "a few days before".
above sightings from Huay Tung Tao, Mae Hia and Ka Mu Phuket were
taken from Tony Ball's Birdwatcher's
Diary blog with his kind permission.
: On the 2nd November the following species were seen at
Den Ya Kat, Doi Chiang Dao: Oriental Hobby, Slender-billed Oriole,
Spectacled Barwing, White-bellied Redstart, Chestnut-bellied Rock
Thrush and Pale-blue Flycatcher. - Craig Feannes, from the
birding logbook at Malee's
Nature Lovers Bungalow.
A few interesting
records for late October were 136 roosting Harriers near Chiang
Saen on the 25th and a female Amur falcon on the 27th which was
still present on the 11th November. Also near Chiang Saen were four
Gulls presumed to be Heuglin's Gulls, but could prove more interesting.
Four birds were present from 31st October to at least 5th November.
The group consisted of 1 Juvenile, 1 first year and two second year
birds. The descriptions were as follows:
were a bit distant, legs appeared pink/flesh. The bill of the
oldest bird appeared fairly thick and heavy and seemed to be pink
or yelowish pink and very pale extending 2/3, the tip was strongly
black 1/3. The mantle colour was very dark more similar to pale
form Lesser Black-backed Gull. The juv. if I had seen it in the
UK looked a typical Herring Gull."
birds putting in an appearance at Chiang Saen were a flock of 12
Ruddy Shelduck flying southwest on the 2nd November, a female Northern
Sparrowhawk on the 3rd and a female Gadwall staying from the 3rd
to at least the 5th November.
above sightings from Chiang Saen were kindly submitted by
Mick Davies &