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  1. For The Birds !

    My first Terek Sanpiper among or group of Pacific Golden Plovers in my patch in Bangsaen, Chonburi today. There were also Brown Shrike, one Darter, a lot of Common Kingfisher and Black-capped Night Heron, and one Indian Thick-knee. But the Terek was a new tick for me, even though it should be a fairly common winter visitor in these parts.
  2. For The Birds !

    Ashy Drongo arrived on my soi in Bangsaen, Chonburi today. They are the dominant drongo on my soi, with black being more common back in the wooded areas and mangrove areas I visit locally.
  3. Birds in your garden

    Asian Brown Shrike have arrrived in Chonburi today.
  4. Birds in your garden

    First flycatcher of the season here in Bangsaen, Chonburi. Not a great ID photo, but I'd already ID'd it with good looks via bins. Female yellow-rumped Flycatcher. Yellow-rumped FCs are passage migrants as opposed to winter visitors, so not so common to see. I had males and females in Surin one year, and a male here in Chonburi a few years ago, so this only my third... if memory serves... the more common winter visiting flycatcher species ought to be along any day now.
  5. Birds in your garden

    Are Common Myna's talkers? Hill Myna's certainly are, but not sure about common or white-vented. Though I am not a fan of birds as pets regardless. Birds are meant to fly.
  6. For The Birds !

    Interesting. I also saw a very large amount of Black-crowned Night Heron yesterday, almost all juveniles. Resident here so I see them throughout the year, but yesterday more than I had ever seen in one day. As for snipe, Pintail from Common for me was always made by call and the way they flushed.
  7. For The Birds !

    What a difference a week can make. 7 days ago, no winter visitors in my Bangsaen patch. Yesterday evening, about 30 Pacific Golden Plovers, 50+ Lesser Sand Plover, some Red Shank, Green Shank, Long Toed Stint, and Chinese Pond Heron. Winter visitors all.
  8. For The Birds !

    My patch in Bangsaen, Chonburi yesterday. There were two more Painted Storks out of frame, but as yet no true winter visitors.
  9. For The Birds !

    According to posts in Thai Bird Report (on facebook) Autumn migration is well underway with YR flycatchers already netted and ringed at Laem Phak Bia (Philip Round) and etc. So get your bins and cameras out and up those yard lists (or otherwise). My first winter visitors were a pair of Grey Wagtails in Kanchanaburi a couple weeks ago. They are among the earliest to arrive every year, apparently.
  10. For The Birds !

    Spot-billed Pelican with Painted Stork and Egret, Huai Saneng Reservior, Surin, 2010.
  11. For The Birds !

    I suspect there are things going on in there that shouldn't be. But that's just conjecture. Here are couple pics of my SB Pelican from Surin in 2010. I spent over two years closely observing the area and it was the only Pelican sighting in that time. Oops. Pics won't upload. Having this problem a lot lately with this old laptop. Try later from another machine.
  12. For The Birds !

    Not sure i have definitive answers to your question, but I go to Bang Phra every month or two and have often seen SB Pelican there. The problem with Bang Phra - as you point out - is that it's hard to tell what has either come from the breeding center, possibly escaped from the nearby zoo, etc. and so on, or just arrived naturally. I have also seen Lesser Adjutant there and Darter and Black-headed Ibis. With the Pelicans and the Darters I think it's possible they arrived from elsewhere. I have had Darter in Bangsaen, Chonburi and Pelican flyovers. I also had both on a reservoir I lived on in Surin, way up in Isaan. The Dratres are apparently making a comeback largely due to good protection in the Tone La Sap in Cambodia. The Pelicans I am not so sure. But i am pretty sure I saw a flyover from my car on the way back from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok last week. On another note, I recently tried to enter the breeding center. They used to let you walk around. Not anymore. My wife and I were told to leave immediately and I was told to put my camera away.
  13. Birds in your garden

    Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker would be the most common up in Isaan. I documented an area in Surin for a couple years and FVWP were the only woodpeckers I had there. I wrote a paper on the area I documented, and below is my entry for this species. FULVOUS-BREASTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopos macei. (R) Gardens and open country with scattered trees. Common. Present throughout the year, with one to three sightings per month typical. Often in pairs.
  14. For The Birds !

    Olive-backed male in breeding plumage, I reckon. Nice pic.
  15. Birds in your garden

    Interesting. Where are your locations? I lived in the northeast for years and Hoopoe were common. I live in Chonburi now and Hoopoe are common. When I tell people who are not birders that I am a birder, their first question is usually something along the lines of, " So what is that bird that looks like a woodpecker with the crest on the head and..."