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Bird List from Thale Noi, Phattalung

Although plenty of birdwatchers have visited Thale Noi Non-hunting Area over the years, it seems to have become neglected by visiting birders even though it has been designated as a Ramsar site..

Thale Noi is a large area of fresh water (although it becomes slightly saline for part of the year) to the north of Lake Songkhla in Phattalung province. There are reedbeds, lotus swamps, sedge and grass beds and an area of Melaleuca woodland. There are facilities for birdwatchers and boat trips for those that wish to find a large number of species.

A recent list of species seen on a tour of the country sent to me by Thomas Evans, included a number of sightings for Thale Noi, and I have reproduced them here. Maybe it will encourage more birdwatchers to visit.

More information on Thale Noi.

Nick Upton, 01/06/07

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Birds seen at Thale Noi, Phattalung, 9-10th January 2007
1. Cotton Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)
2. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
3. Blue-eared Barbet (Megalaima australis)
4. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
5. Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
6. Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis)
7. Himalayan Swiftlet (Collocalia brevirostris)
8. Asian Palm Swift (Cypsiurus balasiensis)
9. Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)
10. Pink-necked Pigeon (Treron vernans)
11. Purple Swamphen (Porphyiro porphyrio)
12. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
13. Baillon's Crake (Porzana pusilla)
14. Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
15. Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus)
16.Brown-headed Gull (Larus brunnicephalus)
17. Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
18. Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)
19. White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)
20. Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
21. Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
22. Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger)
23. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
24. Great Egret (Casmerodius albus)
25. Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)
26. Cattle Egret (Bubulcua ibis)
27. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
28. Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
29. Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)
30. Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis)
31. Von Schrenck's Bittern (Ixobrychus eurhythmus)
32. Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
33. Black Bittern (Dupetor flavicollis)
34. Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)
35. Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)
36. Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
37. Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)
38. Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
39. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
40. Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier)
41. Ashy Tailorbird (Orthotomus ruficeps)
42. Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)
43. Thick-billed Warbler (Acrocephalus aedon)
44. Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
45. Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
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