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  1. Bangsaen yard list species #89. Oriental Pratincole flyover. Group of 10 or 11.
  2. You got it. Male Olive-backed Sunbird (in breeding plumage).
  3. @BLACKJACK2 What I think you have here is Ashy Drongo (not Black) and probably the resident race mouhoti (or one of the other darker races of Ashy) rather than the very grey, white-cheeked leucogenis. See guide books or http://orientalbirdimages.org for comparisons.
  4. Yep. I had a couple Cattle Egret in breeding plumage over the weekend in Chonburi. Attached here, three Great Egret. One in the forefunt not in Breeding Plumage yet (Yellow bill and cere) but the two in back both in breeding, with black bill and blue cere.
  5. Funny. With all the recent talk about Red-whiskered Bulbul, I was on m way back from a couple hours of birding the shoreline as well as local fishponds in Bangsean, Chonburi when iabout half a kilometer from my place I looked up and saw two of them on a wire. I didn't get shots, just good looks with bins before they flew off. I waited a while and walked around the area to no avail. After some food at my place, i rode back there and there they were. Same wire. In about 9 years of pretty serious birding, I have only seen this bird free-flying in Surin (1 bird one time) and a few in Kao Yai each time I visit (where it should be abundant). It's possible the two I saw today were merit releases as it was in a temple area, or also possible they are escapes. One hopes they're a breeding pair either way. Attached is a fuzzy jpeg of one of the two.
  6. Did you read just the abstract that link leads to or the entire paper? The reason I ask is because the paper discusses almost all the points you mention and does not put sole blame on the "Thailand singing bird competitions of the decline of its native birds" as you suggest. It simply points put that "Some Thai government authorities have inadvertently encouraged the illegal sale and capture of Red-whiskered Bulbuls through, for example, the active promotion of Red-whiskered Bulbul singing contests." And that trapping for the cage-bird trade is is a contributing factor to the decline of the species, as it has been for other species (Straw-headed Bulbul, various Parakeet species, etc.). I doubt many (if any) of the dozens of RWBB I see every day in cages in Bangkok are used for competitions. But I don't doubt those competitions didn't help in the sense that they have popularized the species as a cage bird. You say you doubt the cage bird trade "has any serious impact" on the population of the Red-whiskered Bulbul, but the experts say otherwise (See also Round, "Birds of the Bangkok Area") and do so based on years of records and research. Of course habitat destruction and etc. has played a major role, but so has trapping. No shortage of Streak-eared Bulbul, for example. Yellow-vented seem to be doing well enough and in fact increasing their range. But when I want to know why a bird is or seems to be in decline, I defer to those who have put the years in and have all the data. That they are common in Chiang Mai doesn't explain why they are so scarce in Central Thailand and the south. In fact the south seems to be where the singing contests originated and according to Round "...trapping has virtually eliminated it in the south."
  7. First one is a White-throated Kingfisher. Second is Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.
  8. That RWBB are still "very common" in the north is good to know. It's my understanding, though, that they were common throughout Thailand not so long ago and that is definitively no longer the case. In fact, I am fairly certain they are now a protected species due to the rapid decline. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270761857_Red-whiskered_Bulbul_are_trapping_and_unregulated_avicultural_practices_pushing_this_species_towards_extinction_in_Thailand
  9. My guess on the Magpies is that perhaps they have gone the way of Red-whiskered Bulbul as a result of the caged-bird trade. The only Red-billed Bue Magpie I saw when I was last in Chiang Mai were in cages. The Red-whiskered Bulbul should be very common, but I have only seen one in Surin and a few each time I visit Kao Yai. On the other hand, I can see a dozen or more in cages in a two-block radius of my apartment in Bangkok.
  10. Bangsaen yard list species #88. Red-billed Blue Magpie. Uncommon to locally common resident. No photo yet. But a great looking and very noisy bird and a good way to start what has been a good day. Only the second I have seen and the first in Bangsaen proper. When I woke up I heard it squawking and immediately knew it was something I'd not had from the garden before. Great looks at short distance and with bins, but as i went for the camera off it flew. Tried a bit of play back from the yard hoping to get it to return for a photo, but to no avail. Maybe tomorrow morning.
  11. Bangkok Yard list: #22 Asian Brown Shrike; #23 Black-collared Starling. Not very exciting, but there it is...
  12. I'm sorry to inform the members of this and all other bird forums on Thaivisa that "Isanbirder" passed away last week as a result of an ongoing struggle with cancer. IB started what I understand was the first birding-related thread on Thaivisa - "Birdwatching in Isan" in the "Isaan" section - and it was that thread that I stumbled across when I had just stared birding (2008) and hardly knew my Mynas from my Starlings and certainly couldn't begin to separate one warbler from another. IB was a big help to me in the beginning and he then put me in touch with folks who helped even more, especially when IB and I disagreed on IDs, and as I was in Surin and he in Buriram, we eventually met in person and went birding together on a number of occasions, including a "wild sparrow chase" to follow-up on credible reports of a possible odd sparrow species in the northeast (we didn't turn up anything). He was a guest of my wife and I when we were in Surin and we made visits to him in Buriram over the years when we could, even after relocating to Chonburi. He was a consistent contributor to this thread, the one he started I mentioned above, the "for the birds" thread in the photo section, as well as other threads. His knowledge of birds and his voice on these forums will be missed, as will his friendship.
  13. Attached is a photo of one of my peregrines from my Surin patch. Had them also from my yard in Surin in flight. Had them in Bangsaen as well, but not from my garden so not on my yard list for Bangsaen. This one allowed me to get pretty close before flying off.
  14. Three recent additions bring the new Bangkok yard list to 21: Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Baya Weaver, Yellow-vented Bulbul. The weaver could be a "merit release" bird form a nearby temple. No way to be sure about that unless i find nearby breeding colonies/nests.
  15. I am unable to input text into the reply box from my laptop at "home" for reasons unknown. The above photo is the view from the window of my temporary room in downtown Bangkok, Bang Rak area. In two days, the new yard list went to 18, as follows: Ashy Drongo; Black-naped Oriole; Rock Pigeon, EA Tree Sparrow; House Sparrow; Spotted Dove; Zebra Dove; Pied Fantail; Streaked Bulbul; Common Tailorbird; Large-billed Crow; Plaintive Cuckoo; Oriental Magpie Robin; Olive-backed Sunbird; Little Egret; Common Myna; White-vented Myna; Asian Palm Swift. This will rise as time permits, but I haven't had much time as of late. I can predict the next ten probable species, but still fun to have a new spot to watch even if it is small and surrounded by big city life.