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  1. For The Birds !

    Great Egret and Grey Heron, to be specific. Not to sound finicky, but most birders are finicky like that.
  2. For The Birds !

    yes common hoopoe
  3. Why the Mist Nets?

    Enforced? Ha. No. Not even much in protected areas. As to your yardbids you were feeding, depends much on where you are and what species. Migration period so they may have just Moved on.
  4. Why the Mist Nets?

    Both, I think. When I lived in Surin the rice farmers said they put them up to catch munia but of course all manner of species get caught up and some get collected and eaten and others just left. Where I Iive now fish farmers put them up and say cormorant are their main target. But I also find them a lot near migrant labor camps in mangrove areas and those are definitely for food collection.
  5. For The Birds !

    I reckon it's a Shikra. Accipiters are notoriously hard even with a very clear photo, but for me the rule of thumb is that unless you can detail specific reasons for it being anything other than a Shikra, then it's best to put it down as a Shikra. As a Thailand's most knowledgeable ornithologist once put it to me, and I paraphrase, "Shikra is the default accipiter in Thailand." If you lighten the exposure some and repost it may bring out some distinguishing characteristics. Also, take a look at this: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280727632_Flight_Identification_of_Six_Accipiter_Sparrowhawk_Species_in_Thailand
  6. For The Birds !

    Eastern Marsh-Harrier, I believe. Anyone else? Could also be a Juv. Pied Harrier. Edit: Ooops. Just noticed Teflon Don beat me to it. I'm leaning Juv. Pied but it's been a long while since I had regular field experience with harriers.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Birds in your garden

    Asian Brown Shrike have arrrived in Chonburi today.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.