Friday, March 16, 2012
Before heading back to Suphanburi this morning I managed a walk around a local lake and nearby water treatment works on the out skirts of Cha-am, one of the first birds I saw when getting out of the car was a Wryneck busily feeding on ants on the trunk of a nearby tree. The were relatively few birds on the lake apart from 12 Little Grebe, nine Moorhen and 20 Whiskered Terns feeding over it. The lake margins and adjacent reeds were full of birds, including three Pied Kingfishers, 18 Purple Gallinule, 13 Ruddy-breasted Crake, a Spotted Redshank, 12 Marsh Sandpipers, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 20 Black-winged Stilts, three Little Ringed Plovers, five Pacific Golden Plovers and many Dusky, Black-browed Reed and Oriental Reed Warblers. In drier scrub nearby were good numbers of Green Bee-eaters, along with a few Thick-billed Warblers, Taiga Flycatchers, Brown Shrikes, Yellow-vented Bulbuls and several pairs of Plain-backed Sparrows.