Have just spent a couple of nights on the coast at Leam Pak Bia/Pak Thale, as always lots of birds. Highlights included 17 Spot-billed Pelican and up to 53 Painted Stork at the research project at LPB and a further 11 at Pak Thale.
Though waders numbers were not at levels seen later in the winter there were still plenty around, especially at Pak Thale, where peak counts over a couple of visits included 650 Curlew, 250 Great Knot, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Broad-billed Sandpiper, 19 Terek Sandpiper, 4 Red Knot, 4 Ruddy Turnstone, 4 Red-necked Phalarope, 3 Grey-headed Lapwing, a single Far Eastern Curlew and a good selection of other common waders.
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Waders at Leam Pak Bia and the research project, included 850 Great Knot, 225 Black-tailed Godwit, 100 Red-necked Stint, 30 Pacific Golden Plover, 25 Long-toed Stint, 13 Asiatic Dowitcher, 11 Pied Avocet, 4 Ruff and 4 Temminck's Stint.
A walk through the mangroves in the research project produced a few migrants in addition to the numerous Golden-bellied Gerygone and a Mangrove Whistler, with at least two Pale-legged/Sakhalin Leaf Warbler, 2 Arctic Warbler, a Black-winged Cuckooshrike and 11 Ashy Minivet. At least 23 White-winged Black Tern fed over the ponds along with mnay Whiskered Terns. At the rubbish dump/abandoned building lots of the standard starlings/mynas as well as 13 Chestnut-tailed and 24 White-shouldered Starling. Also in the area were two Barred Buttonquail, Wryneck, 2 Hoopoe, 4 Indochinese Bushlark and 8 Richard's Pipit.
Other species noted along the coast included Lesser Coucal, Slaty-breasted Rail, Black Bittern, Bhraminy Kite, Osprey, 2 Peregrine, Common, Caspian, Little and Gull-billed Tern, Painted Snipe, a dozen Black-caped Kingfisher, numerous Brown Shrike and hundreds of Pale-rumped Swiftlet.
We stayed a little inland from Had Chao Samaran beach at the very comfortable and friendly Ban Bang Home Resort (www.banbanghomeresort.com/index.php/hom), just five minutes drive from Laem Pak Bia, Green Bee-eaters were very common in the garden along with several stunning Green Jewel Beetles.
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