Raptor Watch & Petchaburi Wetlands, 21st-25th October 2011
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Jools Tolboom contacted me saying that he would be in Bangkok for
a conference in October and would like to do some birding whilst visiting.
He explained that his main interest was in raptors. Well, I told him,
he was in luck because the end of October is just about the peak raptor
migration time in Thailand and a short trip to Chumpon to join the
Raptor Watch would be his type of thing. So that we didn't just end
up racing to and from Chumpon (which is about a 5 hour drive from
Bangkok) we decided to also do some birding in wetlands in Petchaburi
province on the way and on the way back.
We used a 2-door Toyota Vigo from Thairentacar
which I collected at their downtown, Bangkok, branch at Petchaburi
road, which is open 24 hours. This was a good, sturdy vehicle
which allowed us to travel comfortably at high speeds on the
highway and not have to worry about hitting potholes.
The roads between Bangkok and Chumpon are largely in good condition
and access to all the sites we visited was possible with a saloon
car. Driving on the roads in Thailand can be quite dangerous
so it is advisable not to drive at night.
We stayed 1 nights at the pleasant Morakot
Hotel in Chumpon, 1 night at a small resort at Tung Wua
Laen beach, Chumpon, and 2 nights at the Sun Hotel in Petchaburi.
Decent breakfasts were available in the mornings at all the places
we stayed. There are lots of places to eat in the night market in
Chumpon but foolishly we went into an air conditioned restaurant close
to the market which served very mediocre food at inflated prices.
We found excellent food at a restaurant at Tung Wua Laen beach and
at the Sun Hotel.
Lunch is a problem when raptor watching at Khao Dinsor (Pencil Hill)
as one must take a stiff walk up the hill and walking down during
the day would miss the best raptor migratory waves. With this in mind
some sort of packed lunch is essential.
Notes on Finding Birds
The nature of the majority of the birding on this trip made finding
birds very easy indeed. At the raptor watch sites simply finding a
good spot with a wide field of view towards the north (the direction
from which the raptors were approaching) was sufficient along with
a little patience. Out in the open areas of the salt pans and rice
fields simply moving around and scanning for birds was enough - very
Finding birds at Khao Look Chang was quite tricky at this time of
year due to heavy foliage and low levels of bird activity, which is
typical in woodland and forest areas at this time of year.
We hardly used any bird calls at all on this trip. I mimicked the
call of Puff-throated Babbler and Asian Barred Owlet and used call
playback for Black-headed Woodpecker and Rufous Treepie, all at Khao
Bird calls used were from The
Birds of Tropical Asia and a few calls downloaded from Xena
Field Guide to the Birds of Thailand by Craig Robson
to the Birds of Thailand by Philip D. Round & Boonsong Lekagul
3. Raptors of the World
by James Ferguson-Lees & David Christie
Tung Bang Jak: Black Baza, Asian Golden Weaver, Eastern
Marsh Harrier, Watercock, Black Bittern, Cinnamon Bittern,
Wat Khao Takrao: Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork,
Radar Hill: Black Baza, Greater Spotted Eagle, Crested
Serpent Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Booted Eagle.
Pencil Hill: Black Baza, Greater Spotted Eagle, Booted
Eagle, Pied Harrier.
Nong Yai: Vinous-breasted Starling, Purple-backed
Starling, Grey-headed Lapwing, Pacific Swallow.
Khao Sam Roi Yot: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Malaysian
Plover, Terek Sandpiper.
Khao Look Chang: Black-headed Woodpecker, Asian Barred
Laem Pak Bia: Red-necked Phalarope, Heuglin's Gull,
Slaty-breasted Rail, White-shouldered Starling, Indian Nightjar.
Wat Komnaram: Milky Stork, Grey-headed Lapwing, Black-headed
Pak Thale: Eastern Curlew, Great Knot.
21st October: I met Jules at the Pullman
Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, at 5am and we headed straight
towards the rice fields at Tung Bang Jak close to the town of Petchaburi;
we made very good time arriving around 6.30am. We stopped along a
road where I had noticed some weavers and we got very lucky with a
couple of male Asian Golden Weavers still in breeding plumage although
it was clear that they were just beginning their moult into winter
plumage. Standing in one spot we saw lots of common open country species
such as Green Bee-eater, Asian Openbill, Little Egret, Black-winged
Stilt, Red Collared Dove as well as the less common Plain-backed Sparrow.
We also saw out first two raptor species of the trip, the residents
Brahminy Kite and Black-shouldered Kite.
We moved along to the regular mid winter raptor watch spot but this
really only comes into its own when the rice has been harvested so
we did not expect too much of the location. However, we immediately
found a field where a male Eastern Marsh Harrier was sat preening
and shortly after a migratory Japanese Sparrowhawk sped past us! With
Jules being a raptor man these two species excited him a lot. Staring
into the light we decided to move around the huge rice field in the
car and stopping at various spots we found some nice birds including
a Bronze-winged Jacana with chicks, a Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker,
some Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, a couple of Oriental Reed Warblers in
fine fresh plumage and a Black-browed Reed Warbler which very uncharacteristically
showed itself well a couple of times. I also spotted some more raptors
for Jules including 4 Grey-faced Buzzards, 2 Oriental Honey Buzzards
and 3 more Eastern Marsh Harriers whilst Jules spotted a passing flock
of 10 Black Bazas.
So far our raptor trip was going well with a total of 7 species inside
the first two hours!
We moved around the rice fields and fish ponds stopping here and there
finding plenty of new birds including a Black Bittern flying past,
a female Watercock flushed from a field, a Streaked Weaver, Purple
Herons, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas and a fishing Osprey.
The day was beginning to heat up as we headed to Wat Khao Takrao where
I hoped to find some large waterbirds. We were in luck with 12 Spot-billed
Pelicans hanging around (they are usually gone by mid November) and
a flock of Painted Storks. Nearby we also had nice views of a large
flock of Lesser Whistling Ducks which included around 40 fledged ducklings.
Some Yellow-vented Bulbuls made us work hard for a view but a group
of around 30 Black Kites (race lineatus, sometimes considered
a full species - Black-eared Kite) gave Jules his 9th raptor species
of the morning.
We decided it was time to think about making the drive south but made
a little time to look out for more raptors in the rice fields. We
saw a few distant Oriental Honey Buzzards, plenty of Brahminy and
Black-shouldered Kites and a single govinda Black Kite as
well as a Peregrine Falcon.
With the heat increasing and bird activity dropping off we stopped
for a quick lunch in Big C supermarket in Petchaburi and started driving
south towards Chumpon.
The plan was to stop at the first raptor watchpoint, Radar Hill, as
we would reach it first and it was right next to the highway. The
turning to Radar Hill is on the left just before the Khao Po service
station, still in Prachuab Kirir Khan province. When we went there
was a large Raptor Watch Festival sign indicating the turning. After
that we simply drove up the hill and parked in the small area at the
top. There was a small group of friendly Thai birders already there
and a glance at my watch told me it was 4pm and the view was great.
We arrived moments after a small storm and migration suddenly took
off! Over the next few hours we saw very large numbers of migrating
raptors with numbers of Black Bazas being somewhere around 5000 birds.
There were also large numbers of Grey-faced Buzzards, Japanese Sparrowhawks
and Oriental Honey Buzzards, indeed, these four species were to make
up the large bulk of the migrating raptors we were to see over the
next few days. Most people were watching with binoculars and cameras
but I used my telescope which allowed me to spot the raptors well
in advance and point out smaller numbers of Chinese Sparrowhawks,
a Crested Goshawk and a Greater Spotted Eagle to Jules. Some of the
birds came spectacularly close and a Crested Serpent Eagle appeared
in front of us from nowhere at one point.
Raptor watching at Radar Hill provided easy access and excellent viewing
into the far distance and at least 180 degrees visibility.
After this we travelled the 75 kilometres to Chumpon and checked into
Hotel and had dinner.
22nd October: We woke up to the most suboptimal raptor
watching weather you could possibly imagine; low grey cloud and rain!
Well, there was certainly no need to rush and we lazily had breakfast
from the buffet provided. We also bumped into Robert DeCandido whose
directions in the article "Khao
Dinsor, Thailand: the premier site to observe migrating raptors in
the Orient?" we were to follow to find Pencil Hill (Khao
Dinsor in Thai but I will use the English translation here) and a
number of other birders attending the Raptor Watch Festival.
Due to the truly awful weather we did not hurry to Pencil Hill, but
instead checked out a small patch of wetlands close to Chumpon Sports
Stadium. Every time I visit this area has become slightly smaller
and this was no different. Still, we got some very good views of Grey-headed
Lapwing, Purple Swamphen (sometimes dubiously split as Black-backed
Swamphen), Yellow Bittern, Lesser Whistling Duck, Purple Heron and
Lineated Barbet after which time the weather began to improve and
we headed to Pencil Hill. Following the accurate directions in Robert
DeCandido & Chukiat Nualsri's article, we found the Raptor Watch
site easily. Large numbers of people were present and a noisy opening
ceremony was proceeding. We quickly headed up the trail.
It should be noted that the trail up Pencil Hill is a fairly steep
walk of 30+ minutes but the trail is very slippery with a steeply
sloping concrete base which has rocks imbedded in it for some stretches
and very few for others. On our visit it had been raining and the
trail was quite dangerous; people with restricted mobility or overweight
would find this trail quite dangerous in wet conditions.
We managed to get up without accidents and joined a small crowd of
birders at the third shelter. Raptor migration was slow at first due
to the poor weather but as soon as things dried up raptors began to
move. Peak raptor migration was between 10am and 2pm and once again
most birds were Black Baza, Grey-faced Buzzard, Oriental Honey Buzzard
and Japanese Sparrowhawk with good numbers also of Chinese Sparrowhawk.
Once again, a telescope helped me spot raptors much earlier than others
and this enabled us to pick up a few rarer species such as Eastern
Marsh Harrier (2juv females) and Greater Spotted Eagle (2). Undoubtedly
the highlight for us was a great view of a male Pied Harrier and excellent
views of 4 Booted Eagles were also good. Another interesting bird
was a Peregrine that had many people confused; originally diagnosed
by myself and a few other European birders as a Peregrine others confused
it with a Northern Hobby because of heavy streaking on the breast.
However, shape left it unmistakably a Peregrine but still it got confused
as the race ernesti when in fact it was just a heavily streaked
juvenile japonicus as it had a clear moustache.
Overall raptor watching at Pencil Hill on one of the main days of
the Raptor Festival was fun because of the large number of birds and
other birders. Being in a group where some people had telescopes and
others had cameras was good for spotting birds early and getting photos
to help with difficult identification. Having said that, variety of
species was very low and I have to confess to getting a little weary
of looking at the large number of very difficult to identify Accipiters.
At about 4.30pm raptor migration had died down and an approaching
thunder storm made most observers head down the hill. The storm broke
as we were halfway down and made the trail extremely slippery and
dangerous. It took all my concentration and energy to get down safely
and we were fortunate that Chukiat Nualsri helped Jules get down without
accident. Thanks Chukiat!
Having reached the car safely we arranged some accommodation at nearby
Tung Wua Laen beach and then drove back towards Chumpon town to visit
Nong Yai King's Project.
easiest way to access this site is to drive to Chumpon railway
station and cross the railway. Turn right and head along the
road with the railway on your right. Eventually you get to a
large left hand turning near a museum, take this left and head
uphill a little, then follow the signs to Nong Yai King's Project.
Cross the large canal for the best habitat in the area marked
on the map.
We found some nice birds here including Pheasant-tailed Jacana,
Grey-headed Lapwing, Pacific Swallows, Asian Openbill and a
large roost of Vinous-breasted Starlings which are unusually
common in Chumpon; we also found 1 Purple-backed Starling amongst
this group and given Chumpon's reputation as a haven for migratory
starlings this roost would be worth checking out at other times.
The three Red-breasted Parakeets we saw here are likely to be
a relict population of wild birds, I have been informed, rather
than the escapes I initially assumed them to be.
at Nong Yai with dusk approaching was interesting with large numbers
of egrets and pond herons heading to roost with the sun setting
in the background. We also saw one more new species; a pair of Pink-necked
Green Pigeons, before going to eat dinner.
October: With a stop at Radar Hill planned for more raptor
migration we felt no need to get up too early and had a nice breakfast
before making the 30 minute journey north. When we arrived at radar
hill the weather conditions were once again not great for raptor
migration with cloud and spells of rain. However, we once again
saw good numbers of Japanese Sparrowhawk, Grey-faced Buzzard, Oriental
Honey Buzzard and Black Baza. Excellent views of Crested Serpent
Eagle, a Crested Goshawk and a Peregrine made for some variety before
we decided to head off just before midday with a stop at Khao
Sam Roi Yot national park our next destination to try and find
Jules a White-bellied Sea Eagle.
It took somewhere in the region of two to two and a half hours for
us to reach Khao Sam Roi Yot and as we drove in I spotted a large
raptor in the air. We jumped out of the car and very quickly realized
that this was indeed a White-bellied Sea Eagle, which was joined by
a second bird. Both the eagles performed nicely for us and their wings
held high forming a deep V made them easy to id even at long range.
After paying the park entrance fee we stopped at a beach close to
HQ where we quickly found some Malaysian Plovers and a couple of Terek
Sandpipers, getting good views of both. From the beach Jules spotted
another White-bellied Sea Eagle soaring over the limestone mountains.
the rest of our afternoon at Khao Sam Roy Yot didn't really prove
as successful with virtually all the habitat destroyed and under
cultivation for shrimp farms. Over the years habitat destruction
has become worse and worse here, making a mockery of the status
of national park, with some luxury homes built on the beach and
even a housing estate under construction on what used to be an interesting
wetland. We did see plenty of commoner waders; Curlew Sandpiper,
Broad-billed Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plover, Marsh
Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt, but nothing else of note. We had
an unsuccessful search for Oriental Hobby amongst the limestone
outcrops before heading off to our accommodation at Petchaburi.
Khao Sam Roy Yot hardly seems worth visiting these days with much
better birding in the wetlands around Petchaburi.
morning was about finding an Asian Barred Owlet for Jules
at Khao Look Chang, a small area of dry dipterocarp forest
that was discovered by David Scott. We left the Sun Hotel
at 6.30 am and arrived at Khao Look Chang at 7.10am. Heading
to the appointed spot we quickly found the reliable Black-headed
Woodpeckers, a group of four, together with Rufous Treepie
and both Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes. This
is one of the most beautiful woodpeckers in Thailand and a
bird that I consistently see at Khao Look Chang - however,
it is not easy, one needs to know the right spot!
Barred Owlet caused as a little more problem but eventually
we had fine, telescope views, for prolonged periods. Other
species we found included Racket-tailed Treepie, Puff-throated
Babbler and Lineated Barbet.
Having had a successful spell at Khao Look Chang we moved on
to Laem Pak Bia to check out shorebirds and open country species
in the area; the drive took about 1 hour. We started at a scrubby
piece of wetland just before Had Chao Samran beach where we
were able to get good views of a couple of juvenile Eastern
Marsh Harriers, a couple of Grey-headed Lapwings and a single
Black-headed (Chestnut) Munia.
lunch we spent time in both Laem Pak Bia and Pak Thale districts
taking a look at shorebirds. A large number of species were
found including 1 Far Eastern Curlew among a flock of 250+
Eurasian Curlews, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, c1800 Great Knot,
c10 Red Knot, 5 Dunlin and many other common species. Gulls
and terns that had returned included 1 Heuglin's Gull, 1 Black-headed
Gull and around 200 Brown-headed Gulls plus Great Crested,
Little, Common, Whiskered, Gull-billed and 1 White-winged
it was our stop at Wat Komnaram that produced the best bird
of the day in the form of a Milky Stork. This was with a group
of Painted Storks and with the knowledge that there are sometimes
leucistic Painted Storks that closely resemble Milky, we examined
the bird with much scrutiny. We were able to get great views
and confirm the id of this bird. At the same site we also
came across 36 Grey-headed Lapwings and a few singing Oriental
Skylarks. We also managed to add Common Kestrel to our raptor
Trips To Chumpon & Petchaburi:
Chumpon is best visited in October
for the annual raptor watch festival when tens
of thousands of birds can be seen
a single day.
near Petchaburi are good all year round but during
the dry season many winter visitors are present.
A few days here is a great option from Bangkok
or as part of a longer birdwatching tour of Thailand.
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the day growing old I decided that we would make out final stop at
the King's Project, Laem Pak Bia, to see what was lurking in the experimental
reedbeds. As usual we were able to get good views of both Common and
Pintail Snipe skulking in the wet areas; these are easy to identify
in flight as the Pintail Snipe has dark under the wings and no white
in the trailing edge of the wings. However, on the ground the best
feature to observe is the steep, square forehead of the PIntail Snipe,
plus relatively short bill, against the gently sloping forehead of
the Common Snipe. We were able to see these features nicely through
the telescope. I was expecting crakes at this spot but the only one
to put in an appearance on this occasion was a splendid Slaty-breasted
With dusk quickly
approaching I ushered Jules over to another part of the King's Project
where a tree often hosts flocks of starlings as they come in to
roost (this tree has been consequently cut down along with most
of the others in the King's Project, during works in 2011-2012).
We were successful in seeing a small party of White-shouldered Starlings
as they gathered before flying off into the mangroves. By now it
was dark but time for just one more bird - an Indian Nightjar in
the headlights, viewed at a range of about 3 metres as it sat in
Half an hour
later we were drinking beer and ordering our dinner!
October: For our last day of birding together we decided
to head back out into the rice fields around Petchaburi to see
if we could find any more flocks of migrating raptors. As we
toured around the large area of agriculture we came spotted
a number of the raptor species that we had seen before but added
no new species to our list of raptors; 3 Oriental Honey Buzzards,
3 Black-eared Kites, 2 Grey-faced Buzzards, 4 Eastern Marsh
Harriers, several Black-shouldered Kites, a Peregrine Falcon
and a number of Brahminy Kites.
We made the short drive back to Wat Khao Takrao to see if there
was any sign of the large numbers of Kites that had been present
a few days earlier, hoping that there may be other raptors with
them, but we were out of luck, however, present in one small
pool were a total of 109 Spot-billed Pelicans which was quite
an amazing sight.
fields always offer good birding at any time of year and our
day total of species must have been very high with raptors,
open country species, wetland birds and others seen. We added
a few species to our list that had eluded us so far on the
trip; 1 female Cotton Pygmy Goose, a couple of Lesser Coucals
in the road, 2 male Cinnamon Bitterns, 3 Long-tailed Shrikes,
Common Iora, Red-rumped Swallow, Zitting Cisticola, Baya Weaver,
White-rumped Munia and Scaly-breasted Munia.
stop took us to Khao Yoi where I thought we had an outside
chance of finding Oriental Hobby on the limestone cliffs.
We had a moment of excitement as a medium-sized falcon swooped
past us and then later landed on the cliffs. We managed to
find the bird using the telescope but unfortunately it turned
out to be a male Peregrine falcon. Our final bird of the trip
was a Blue Rock Thrush, spotted at the very top of the limestone
cliffs, before we decided to head back to Bangkok and a well-earned
of nineteen species of raptor was very pleasing and the total
of 179 species was quite high considering that we had limited
our options by visiting only a few different types of habitat
and focusing our efforts on raptors.
list with sites and notes
Tung Bang Jak: TBJ
Wat Khao Takrao: WKT
Radar Hill: RH
Pencil Hill: PH
Nong Yai: NY
Sam Roi Yot: KSRY
Khao Look Chang: KLC
Laem Pak Bia: LPB
Wat Komnaram: WKN
Pak Thale: PT
Lesser Whistling Duck: a150 at WKT.
2. Cotton Pygmy Goose: 1f at TBJ.
3. Little Grebe: A few at TBJ.
4. Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker: 1
Woodpecker: 4 at KLC.
6. Lineated Barbet: 4 near
Chumpon & 1 at KLC.
7. White-throated Kingfisher: Common
at all wetlands.
8. Black-capped Kingfisher: Fairly
common at TBJ, WKT, LPB & PT.
9. Collared Kingfisher: 2
at KSRY & 1 at LPB.
10. Common Kingfisher: 1
at KSRY & 1 at LPB.
11. Green Bee-eater: Fairly
common at TBJ, LPB & KSRY.
12. Blue-tailed Bee-eater: Large
numbers migrating at all sites.
13. Greater Coucal: 1 at
King's project, LPB.
14. Lesser Coucal: 2 on the
15. Plaintive Cuckoo: 2j
16. Asian Koel: 1m at NY
& 1m at TBJ.
17. Green-billed Malkoha: 2
18. Indian Roller: Common
in open areas.
19. Dollarbird: 1 at RH.
20. Red-breasted Parakeet: 3
21. Common Hoopoe: 1 at King's
22. Germain's Swiftlet: Many
at all sites.
23. Asian Palm Swift: Common
at TBJ, KSRY, LPB, PT.
24. Fork-tailed Swift: 30-40
25. Brown-backed Needletail: a10
26. Barn Owl: 1 at King's
27. Asian Barred Owlet: 1
28. Indian Nightjar:
2 at King's project, LPB.
29. Feral Pigeon: Common.
30. Spotted Dove: Common.
31. Red-collared Dove: Common
at TBJ, LPB, PT & KSRY.
32. Peaceful Dove: Common.
33. Pink-necked Green Pigeon: 2f
34. White-breasted Waterhen: A
few at TBJ & LPB.
1f at TBJ.
36. Purple Swamphen: a10
37. Common Moorhen: A few
at TBJ, LPB & KSRY.
38. Slaty-breasted Rail: 1
in King's project, LPB.
39. Pintail Snipe: 2 at King's
40. Common Snipe: 6 at King's
41. Eastern Black-tailed Godwit: a150
42. Whimbrel: a10 at PT.
43. Eurasian Curlew: a250
44. Eastern Curlew: 1 at
45. Pheasant-tailed Jacana: a40
46. Bronze-winged Jacana: a50
47. Spotted Redshank: A few
48. Common Redshank: a40
49. Marsh Sandpiper: Common
at KSRY, LPB & PT.
50. Common Greenshank: A
few at KSRY, PT, LPB & WKN.
51. Wood Sandpiper: Common
in all wetlands.
52. Terek Sandpiper: 2 at
53. Common Sandpiper: A few
at TBJ, KSRY, PT & LPB.
54. Ruddy Turnstone: 2 at
55. Red Knot: a10 at PT.
56. Great Knot: 1500+ at
57. Red-necked Stint: Flocks
of a500 at KSRY, LPB & PT.
58. Temminck's Stint: 4,
59. Long-toed Stint: a150
60. Dunlin: 5 at PT.
61. Curlew Sandpiper: a30
at KSRY & a60 at PT.
62. Broad-billed Sandpiper: A
few at KSRY & PT.
63. Red-necked Phalarope: 1
64. Black-winged Stilt: Common
in all wetlands.
65. Little Ringed Plover: A
few at KSRY & LPB.
66. Kentish Plover: Small
groups at KSRY, LPB & PT.
67. Malaysian Plover: 4 at
68. Lesser Sand Plover: Flocks
of 300+ at KSRY, LPB & PT.
69. Greater Sand Plover: a100
70. Oriental Pratincole: a60
at TBJ on 21st & a10 on 25th. 4 at NY.
71. Pacific Golden Plover: a10
at KSRY & a30 at LPB.
72. Grey Plover: 2 at LPB.
73. Grey-headed Lapwing: 2
at NY; 36 at WKN; 2 at LPB; 10 at TBJ.
74. Red-Wattled Lapwing: TBJ,
WKT, WKN, LPB, PT & NY.
75. Heuglin's Gull: 1 second
winter at LPB.
76. Brown-headed Gull: a200
at PT & LPB.
77. Black-headed Gull: 1
78. Great Crested Tern: 12
79. Common Tern: a500 at
PT & LPB.
80. Gull-billed Tern: a15
81. Little Tern: a12 at LPB.
82. Whiskered Tern: Common
at PT & LPB. A few at TBJ.
83. White-winged Tern: 1
at LPB. 2 at TBJ.
84. Black Baza: 10 at TBJ.
5000+ at RH. 1000+ at PH.
85. Oriental Honey Buzzard:
2 at TBJ. a100 at RH. a 150 at PH.
86. Black-eared Kite: A few
at TBJ. a20 at WKT.
87. Brahminy Kite: Common
at TBJ, WKT, LPB & PT.
88. White-bellied Sea Eagle:
3 at KSRY.
89. Osprey: 1 at TBJ.
90. Eastern Marsh Harrier: A
total of 10 including 1 adult male at TBJ. Others seen at TBJ, LPB
Pied Harrier: 1 male at PH.
92. Shikra: a10 at PH; 1j
93. Chinese Sparrowhawk:
a10 at RH; a50 at PH.
94. Japanese Sparrowhawk:
1 at TBJ; a100 at RH; a300 at PH.
95. Crested Goshawk: 2 at
96. Grey-faced Buzzard: 4
at TBJ; a150 at RH; a400 at PH.
97 Greater Spotted Eagle:
1j at RH. 1ad & 1j at PH.
98. Crested Serpent Eagle:
3 at RH.
99. Booted Eagle: 4 at PH;
1 at RH, all dark morph.
100. Black-shouldered Kite:
Common at TBJ.
101. Peregrine Falcon: A
few, TBJ, PH, RH.
102. Common Kestrel: 1f at
KLC; 1m & 1f at LPB.
103. Little Cormorant: Common
104. Indian Cormorant: 2
105. Little Egret: Common
106. Great Egret: A few at
107. Intermediate Egret: A
few in most wetlands.
108. Eastern Cattle Egret: A
few in most open areas and wetlands.
109. Grey Heron: Fairly common
at KSRY & WKT.
110. Purple Heron: Fairly
common at TBJ; 1 near Chumpon.
111. Chinese Pond Heron: Common
in most wetlands.
112. Javan Pond Heron: Common
in most wetlands.
113. Black-crowned Night Heron: Many
at King's project, LPB.
114. Little Heron: 2 at LPB.
115. Yellow Bittern: 3 near
116. Cinnamon Bittern: 1
117. Black Bittern: 1 at
118. Black-headed Ibis: 6
119. Milky Stork: 1 at WKN.
120. Painted Stork:About
50 at WKT; a20 at WKN; a20 PT.
121. Asian Openbill: Many
at TBJ; a20 at NY.
122. Spot-billed Pelican: 13
at WKT on 21st & 109 at WKT on 25th.
123. Brown Shrike: Common
in all open areas.
124. Long-tailed Shrike: 3
Black Drongo: Common at all sites.
126. Ashy Drongo: 1 leucogenis
at TBJ & 1 nigrescens at RH.
127. Spangled Drongo: 4 at
128. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo: 8
129. Eastern Jungle Crow (Large-billed Crow): A
few at TBJ.
130. Rufous Treepie: 2 at
131. Racket-tailed Treepie: 1
at KLC; 1 at TB.
132. Black-naped Oriole: 1
at PH; 2 at KLC.
133. Ashy Minivet: a10 at
134. Pied Fantail: Fairly
common in open country.
135. Common Iora:2 at TBJ.
136. Blue Rock Thrush:1 at
137. Asian Brown Flycatcher: 2
138. Taiga (Red-throated) Flycatcher: A
few at KLC.
139. Oriental Magpie Robin: A
few at TBJ.
140. Eastern Stonechat: A
141. Ashy Woodswallow: A
few at KSRY & TBJ.
142. Asian Pied Starling: Common
in open country.
143. Purple-backed Starling:
1 at NY.
144. White-shouldered Starling:
a15 at King's project, LPB.
145. Vinous-breasted Starling:
a100 gathering to roost at NY.
146. Common Myna: Common
in open country and towns.
147. White-vented Myna: Common
in open country.
148. Barn Swallow: Common
at all sites.
149. Pacific Swallow: 3 at
150. Red-rumped Swallow: 2
151. Black-headed Bulbul:
3 at KLC.
152. Streak-eared Bulbul: A
few at LPB, KLC & TBJ.
153. Yellow-vented Bulbul:
6 at WKT.
154. Golden-bellied Gerygone: 2
at King's project, LPB.
155. Zitting Cisticola: 3
156. Yellow-bellied Prinia: 1
157. Plain Prinia: A few,
LPB & TBJ.
158. Common Tailorbird: 1
at PT; 2 at KLC.
159. Black-browed Reed Warbler: 1
160. Oriental Reed Warbler: A
few at TBJ.
161. Yellow-browed Warbler: 1
162. Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush: 3
163. Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush: 2
164. Puff-throated Babbler: 1 at
165. Brown-throated Sunbird:1male
166. Olive-backed Sunbird:2f
167. Richard's Pipit: 14
168. Paddyfield Pipit:A few
at NY, PT, LPB & TBJ.
169. Indochinese Bushlark:3
170. Yellow Wagtail: A few
at KSRY & TBJ.
171. House Sparrow: Several
at LPB & TBJ.
172. Plain-backed Sparrow: A
few at TBJ.
173. Eurasian Tree Sparrow:
Common around buildings.
174. Streaked Weaver:
1 at TBJ.
175. Baya Weaver:
Common at TBJ.
176. Asian Golden Weaver:
A few at TBJ.
177. White-rumped Munia:
6 at TBJ.
178. Scaly-breasted Munia:
A few at TBJ.
179. Chestnut Munia:
1 at LPB.
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