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30/10/09 : 473 Black Kites were counted perched on palm trees in rice paddies near Khao Yoi on 30th October, an adult male Eastern Marsh Harrier was also hunting nearby.

5 Black-headed Woodpeckers were seen at Khao Look Chang, Petchaburi province on 30th October.

A single Spoon-billed Sandpiper was seen on salt pans at Laem Pak Bia on 29th October but none were seen at Pak Thale. At Pak Thale on the 29th a Grey-tailed Tattler was present. On the same date a flock of c40 White-shouldered Starlings were seen at LPB in coastal mangroves. A male Painted Snipe and a Painted Stork were seen in freshwater marsh at LPB.

Sightings from Khao Yoi, Khao Look Chang, Pak Thale and Laem Pak Bia were made by Nick Upton.

26/10/09 : Up 20 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were present at Bang Pra on 24th and 25th October. Good numbers of migrants present on both days including an influx of Ashy Minivets, Eastern (Siberian) Stonechats, Black Drongos, Taiga (Red-throated) Flycatchers, Ashy Drongos, Black-naped Orioles, Hoopoes and Blue-tailed Bee-eaters. Other migrants at the same site included 2 Japanese Sparrowhawks on the 24th and 4 on the 25th, 1 Chinese Sparrowhawk on the 25th, 1 Oriantal Honey-buzzard on the 24th, 1 Asian Paradise Flycatcher on 24th, 1 Eastern Crowned Warbler on 24th, 1 Black-winged Cuckooshrike on 25th, 1 Spangled Drongo on 25th, 1 Pintail Snipe on 24th, 1 Thick-billed Warbler on 24th and several Oriental Reed Warblers on 25th. Also seen were a Pied Imperial Pigeon on 24th and two of the released Lesser Adjutants on 25th. Large numbers of Oriental Pratincoles were still present on a nearby field.

Over 100 Brown-headed Gulls were present at Bang Poo on 24th and over 400 on the 25th. A subadult Heuglin's Gull (1st summer-2nd winter) was present on both days and a 1st winter Black-tailed Gull was seen on 24th. 5 Great Knot and a Painted Stork were also seen on 25th.

On 25th October 4 Grey-headed Lapwings were seen with one the preceeding day at Muang Boran Fishponds. On 25th numbers of wintering Pheasant-tailed Jacanas had begun to increase with over 40. A large flock of Oriental Pratincoles had increased to around 300 birds on the 25th from about 100 on the 24th. A Manchurian Reed Warbler was heard and seen well on 24th and the first Black-browed Reed Warbler heard on the same day; Oriental Reed Warblers abundant on both days.

The above sightings from Bang Pra, Bang Poo & Muang Boran Fishponds were made by Nick Upton.

Over 1000 Black Bazas passed over Pencil Hill, Prachuab Kiri Khan on 24th October. 2 Wreathed Hornbills were also seen. Other migrants included Grey-faced Buzzards, Chinese and Japanese Sparrowhawks, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, Dollarbirds and 3 Asian House Martins.

On 23rd October 21 Painted Storks and a female Mugimaki Flycatcher were seen near Khao Yoi, Petchaburi.

The above sightings from Pencil Hill and Khao Yoi were made by Gerry Brett.

A Greater Spotted Eagle was seen on several days up to 14th October at disued shrimp ponds near Prachuab Kiri Khan. - Mike Rose.

18 Green Peafowl were seen at the disused 9-hole course at Milford Golf Course near Hua Hin. This population is known to originate from released birds. - Bill Wood.

22/10/09 : Migrants at Phuttamonton on 21st included an Eastern Crowned Warbler, a Black-winged Cuckooshrike, an Asian Paradise Flycatcher, numerous Taiga (Red-throated) Flycatchers and a flock of over 50 Black-naped Orioles. - Nick Upton.

A Forest Wagtail and a few Yellow-browed Warblers were present at Suan Rot Fai on the 18th October. - Dave Gandy.

More than 200 Glossy Ibises were observed coming in to roost at Bueng Boraphet on the 17th October along with 60 Black-headed Ibises. 9 Spot-billed Pelicans and 7 Oriental Darters were seen at Bueng Boraphet on the 12th October. - Gerry Brett.

17/10/09 : Several hundred Blue-tailed Bee-eaters were seen around Ayutthaya Historical park on 15th October.

Two male Siamese Fireback Pheasants were seen at close range at Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve at 7am, 13th October. 4 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were seen in dry dipterocarp forest at the same site.

Two Limestone Wren Babblers were easily found at Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi, Saraburi on 11th October. Migrants at the temple included 1 Eastern Crowned Warbler and a Crow-billed Drongo.

Observations from Wat Pra Puttabaht Noi, Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve and Ayutthaya were made by Nick Upton and Srasri Phiromyothee.

10/10/09 : A group of 8 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were seen after heavy rain at Haew Narok waterfall, Khao Yai on the 7th October as was a Black Kite. Also on 7th 2 Dark-sided Flycatchers were in the company of a 6-7 Eastern-crowned Warblers and an Asian Brown Flycatcher on the Prachinburi road, Khao Yai. On 6th, 3 Blue-throated Bee-eaters were close to Pa Gluai Mai campsite, Khao Yai and a Black Kite was seen directly over the campsite.

2 White-winged Terns were in the company of large numbers of Whiskered Terns at Muang Boran Fishponds on 5th October with as many as 50 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters passing overhead and a migrating Japanese Sparrowhawk. Other migrants present were 2 Black-capped Kingfishers, 2 Asian Brown Flycatchers, many Brown Shrikes, 4 Eastern Stonechats, large numbers of Oriental Reed Warbler and Chinese Pond Herons.

The above observations from Khao Yai and Muang Boran Fishponds were made by Nick Upton.

A Greater Spotted Eagle was seen and photographed on shrimp ponds south of Prachuap Kiri Khan on 6th October. - Mike Rose.

4 Taiga Flycatchers, an Eastern Crowned Warbler, a Dusky Warbler, an Asian Brown Flycatcher, a female-type Yellow-rumped Flycatcher and a Black-Capped Kingfisher were migrants all seen in Suan Rot Fai on the 5th October - Dave Gandy.

26 Spot-billed Pelicans were seen in flight at Khao Yoi on 4th October. A Crow-billed Drongo and a Pink-necked Pigeon were also in the area. - Gerry Brett.

In the Gulf of Thailand, the participants of a boat trip from Bang Tabun, organised by the BCST on 13th September recorded 36 Great Cormorants, 83 Great Crested Terns, c. 700 Common Terns, c 150 Whiskered Terns, 5 Bridled Terns and 20 White-winged Terns. - per Gerry Brett.

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