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  1. These nests not in my yard, but in a patch of fish ponds and inland mangroves about 1 mile from my place in Bangsaen, Chonburi. Both are Black-winged Stilt nests, clutch of four eggs in each. Last year and friend and I found two BWS nests in the same area and visited each for a number of consecutive days and were lucky enough to see the hatching of one nest. I will post those pics later if I can find them.
  2. Nothing special. Taken from the Bangkok porch yesterday evening. Coppersmith Barbet. Common throughout Thailand so if you haven't seen one you haven't been looking but you've definitely heard it. Named after its call which is supposed to be similar to that of a coppersmith at work.
  3. Yep. When I fist saw a pair in my garden in Surin in April 2009, Isanbirder (who is sadly no longer with us) questioned my sight record. He lived an hour from me and had never seen them in his area. I got photos not long thereafter so that settled that. They weren't common in my garden there (as they are here in Chonburi) but common enough to the area that I generally sighted them once a month or so.
  4. Don't have books with me, but in 91, Lekagul/ Round had YV Bulbul for BKK and south only I think. When I first saw them in Surin some 8 or so years ago it was kind of news. But they are on the move. Now up in Laos as well.
  5. Little Egret were fairly common throughout the year during my time in Surin. My notes from that time read: LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta. (R/WV) Paddyfields, marshes, edges of reservoir. Present throughout the year and common with numbers peaking in the winter. By April, most are in breeding plumage, with numbers beginning to thin thereafter. Robson (2008) has Little Egret as a scarce to locally common resident in C, SE, and S Thailand only (winter visitor throughout). Regular Summer records from Huai Saneng might therefore support a range extension for this species, though no breeding was observed.
  6. Depends on where you are and what kind of habitat you have available to you, but Watercock and Blue-winged Pita both come to mind as wet season breeding visitors as well. There are others.
  7. This from years back when I lived in Surin, but somehow this Cinnamon Bittern ended up under a bed in one of my spare rooms with my dogs going nuts. The bird was unharmed and releases moments after this photo was taken. Keep your eye out for Black Bitterns now, as they are wet season visitors.
  8. Asian Koel probably. See and hear here:
  9. Bangsaen yard list species #89. Oriental Pratincole flyover. Group of 10 or 11.
  10. You got it. Male Olive-backed Sunbird (in breeding plumage).
  11. @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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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."
  15. First one is a White-throated Kingfisher. Second is Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.