Thursday, November 26, 2015

Highlights from the local patch at Suphanburi over the last couple of days:

26th November 2015
Freckled-breasted Woodpecker 2, Watercock 1, Ruddy-breasted Crake 3, Spotted Redshank 1, Wood Sandpiper 55, Grey-headed Lapwing 47, Black-eared Kite 2, Painted Stork 2, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo 3, Black-naped Monarch 1, Siberian Rubythroat 3, Lancolated Warbler 2, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler 4 and Red Avadavat 4.  

Siberian Rubythroat
by Fred Rowe
25th November 2015
Pink-necked Green Pigeon 3, Ruddy-breasted Crake 1, Spotted Redshank 1, Greenshank 3, Wood Sandpiper 45, Grey-headed Lapwing 35, Caspian Tern one high south, Painted Stork 2, Glossy Ibis 2 over shortly after dawn, Black-naped Monarch 1, Siberian Rubythroat 2 and Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler 2. 

Painted Stork
by Fred Rowe
The Caspian Tern was the first I have recorded over/on the site and made a change from the usual Whiskered Tern which were also present in good numbers. It is also interesting to note that over the last few years, I have recorded an increasing number of both Glossy Ibis and Painted Stork, two species which seem to be currently doing well in Thailand. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Slaty-legged Crake - Doi Inthanon

Have just spent the last two nights at Doi Inthanon, again staying at Lung Deang's, despite lots of rain good numbers of species seen, the star bird being a Slaty-legged Crake present in the gully at the back of Mr Deang's, throughout our stay.  


During the drier interludes I made several visits to most of the key birding areas. Lots of birds at summit and around the boardwalk, including 8 Rufous-throated Partridge, 2 Ashy Woodpigeon, a Dark-sided Thrush, 2 Snowy-browed Flycatcher, White-browed Shortwing, 2 Northern White-crowned Forktail, Yellow-browed Tit, 8 Buff-barred Warbler, 2 Pygmy Wren Babbler  as well as the usual Dark-backed Sibia, Bar-throated Minla, Silver-eared Laughingthrush, Ashy-throated WarblerGreen-tailed and Mrs Gould's Sunbirds

Silver-eared Laughingthrush
by Fred Rowe
The roadside forest beyond the second checkpoint were full of birds, after a couple of visit I had managed decent list just from this area alone, best species in addition to many common ones  included 2 Stripe-breasted Woodpecker, 2 Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, 3 Speckled Woodpigeon, 2 Barred Cuckoo Dove, 25 Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Peregrine, 3 Maroon Oriole, 35 Eye-browed Thrush, Grey-chinned, Short-billed and Long-tailed Minivet, a male Zappy's Flycatcher, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large, Small  and Rufous-beilled Niltava, 2 Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Yellow-browed Tit, several Mountian Tailorbird and Slaty-bellied Tesia, 3 Hume's Warbler, 2 Chestnut-crowned Warbler, 2 Clicking Shrike Babbler, 6 Blue-winged Minla, 5 Spectacled Barwing and 3 Rufous-backed Sibia.   

Grey-chinned Minivet
by Fred Rowe
Over two visits to the track at kilometer 34.5, I saw many of the species previously mentioned as well as 2 Lesser Yellownape, Asian Emerald Cuckoo, 5 Oriental Turtle Dove, Black Eagle, 8 Long-tailed Broadbill, 2 Slender-billed Oriole, 5 Fire-capped Tit, 4 White-bellied Redstart all calling from scrub in the valley at the end of the trail, 2 Hume's Treecreeper, 40 White-headed Bulbul in flowering trees, 2 Russet Bush Warbler which as usual were heard but not seen, 2 Buff-throated Warbler, single Pallas's and Chinese Leaf WarblerBlack-eared Shrike Babbler, 2 Rusty-cheeked Scimiter Babbler, 30 Silver-eared Mesia and 15 Grey-headed Parrotbills.  

One of the most conspicuous species throughout the time I was at Doi Inthanon, were White-eyes with flock of birds up to a hundred strong everywhere, with Chestnut-flanked dominating. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Monday spent the full day birding at Mae Ping National Park, mostly along the road to the Tung Kik campsite and track beyond, the park was very quiet, seeing only about four people all day. The rarest bird was a Black Stork  over forest viewable form the campsite. As always though the star birds were the woodpeckers, with seven species noted, including 5 Grey-capped Pygmy, 3 Greater Yellownape, 15 Black-headed (with many more heard), 4 Common Flameback, 1 Rufous Woodpecker, 11 Great-slaty (in three groups) and 2 White-bellied Woodpecker. The Great-slaty Woodpecker were especially impressive showing throughout the day at the kilometer 2 roadside marker, with four species feeding together at kilometer 4. 

White-bellied Woodpecker
by Fred Rowe
It was also nice to see a Chinese Francolin feeding out in the open at the campsite, normally this species is heard but not seen, eventually it realized it was being watched and soon disappeared. Several groups of Yellow-footed Green Pigeon were fluhed from roadside trees and from the camp ground. Other lowland forest species noted included at least 40 Grey-headed Parakeet, an Oriental Turtle Dove, Burmese Shrike, 3 Rufous Treepie, 11 Red-billed Blue Magpie, 40 White-crowned Laughingthrush, 3 Burmese Nuthatch and 3 Yellow-streaked Warbler. The list of other species was typically poor, but did include very large numbers of wintering Yellow-browed and Two-barred Warbler, Black-naped Monarch and Taiga Flycatcher.  
Red-billed Blue Magpie
by Fred Rowe

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hoopoe and Watercock

Back around the local patch at Suphanburi this morning, best birds a Hopooe, a species I have only seen a few times before locally and two Watercock which were typically flushed never to be seen again. As well as the usual  big flocks of Black-winged Stilt other waders noted included 45 Wood Sandpiper, 45 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Common Snipe, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Pin-tailed Snipe and 2 Common Snipe. At least three broods of Little Grebe were noted along with good numbers of Pheasant-tailed and Bronzed Winged Jacana

Little Grebes
Other species recorded included 3 Black-capped Kingfisher, 2 Ruddy-breasted Crake, 250 Whiskered Tern, 9 Brown Shrike, 15 Eastern Stonechat, 10 Oriental Reed Warbler, 8 Red-throated Pipit and at least 50 Asian Golden Weaver.

Asian Golden Weaver

Thursday, October 29, 2015

First Spoon-billed Sandpiper of the winter.

Spot-billed Pelican
I have just had two great great days birding on the coast between between Pak Thale and Leam Pak Bia as usual lots of waders and terns in the area. Upon arriving at Pak Thale on Wednesday morning the second bird I looked at through the scope was an adult Spoon-billed Sandpiper and was presumably the same bird which had been reported here a few days earlier, it was still present the next day. Scarcer waders in the area included at least 403 Terek Sandpiper and 11 Red Knot (both the largest numbers I have seen here), 13 Red-necked Phalarope, 6 Sanderling, 2 Asiatic Dowitcher and a surprise summer plumage Dunlin.

Waders at Pak Thale
Counts of other waders present: 2350 Great Knot, 1700 Eurasian Curlew, 575 Curlew Sandpiper, 118 Whimbrel and 57 Bar-tailed Godwit. Also present were large numbers of Red-necked Stint, Marsh Sandpiper, Kentish Plover, Greater and Lesser Sandplover and a scattering of Redshank, Greenshank, Long-toed Stint and Little Ringed Plover.
Marsh Sandpipers
There was also good numbers of Brown-headed Gull in the area among which were two 1st year Heuglin's Gull and four Black-headed Gull. Just after dawn on Wednesday a group of 120 Garganey flew north and up to 18 Painted Stork were around.

Lots of birds also on the salt pans at Leam Pak Bia where best bird was a first year Black-tailed Gull over with Brown-headed Gulls. Also in the area were 8 Nordmann's Greenshank, 84 Common Redshank, 60 Pacific Golden Plover, 4 Terek Sandpiper, several hundred Red-necked Stint, 107 Painted Stork, 3 Spot-billed Pelican, 2 Pintail which looked out of place sat in the middle of a salt pan, a Bluethroat and at least 13 Richard's Pipit.

Intermediate Egret
Gull-billed and Little Terns
 Huge numbers of terns were also present along the entire length of the coast, roosting at high tide on the salt pans, including a group of 53 Gull-billed Tern, several thousand Common and Little Tern and a smaller numbers of Caspian and White-winged Black Tern.
Pin-tailed Snipe
I made several visits into the research project at Leam Pak Bia where up to 8 Spot-billed Pelican were always present, along with four Ruff, a couple of Temminck's Stint, several Pin-tailed Snipe, lots of egrets, Paddyfield and Richard's Pipits. In the evenings several Black-crowned Night Heron showed exceptionally well just alongside the car.
Night Heron
Pacific Golden Plover
Shortly after a rain shower on Tuesday four Oriental Honey Buzzard and a pale phase Booted Eagle lifted out of the mangroves and headed south. In the mangroves, along the board walk, good numbers of Golden-bellied Gerygone seen, along with a Mangrove Whsitler, an Asian Brown Flycatcher and a small group of Ashy Minivet.

Spot-billed Pelicans

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hua Hin

We have spent the last two nights at Hua Hin, though not a birding break still managed to sneek in the odd bit of birding as well as spending a lot of time looking at the sea from our sea front balcony. A few birds around the hotel and in nearby scrub including a Purple-backed Starling, Greater Spotted Eagle, Thick-billed Warbler and a few Black-naped Oriole. Seawatching produced little apart from a handful of White-winged Black, Common and Whiskered Tern and two Brown-headed Gull.

Yellow Wagtail
Yesterday we also did a bit of tourist stuff and visited Ratchapakdi Park to look at the giant statues of the seven 'great' King's of Thailand. Plenty of birds in the heavily manicured and irrigated grounds including at least 130 Yellow Wagtail, 50 Paddyfield Pipit and Blue-tailed, Blue-throated and Little Green Bee-eater.

'Sea watching'

Monday, October 26, 2015

LPB Research Project

Yesterday afternoon whilst on the way to Hua Hin for a couple of days, we popped in briefly to the Research Project at Leam Pak Bia, as usual plenty of birds including 5 Spot-billed Pelican, 2 Ruff, 33 Pacific Golden Plover and a few Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and various egrets. I will be returning to this area for a couple of days later in the week to have a proper look at the waders in the area, a  Spoon-billed Sandpiper  was reported nearby at Pak Thale yesterday.

Spot-billed Pelican
Little Egret
Wood Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
Great Egret