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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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Well I am no professional but I like to watch the birds around here. We have some very beautiful falcons, magpie robins, black and wite flysnappers, egrets and so on. My neighbour has a lot of chicken but I don't think they count.

Where do you live in Buriram ?

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Lots of racing chickens........ Them skinny black ones running around the villages.

As for many more, most of the wildlife has already been eaten by the natives.

Plenty of short legged, black haired, brown skinned dolly birds knocking about though..... :o

John.....

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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I am not at my place full time but when i am there i take the dogs out 5 to 5.30 in the morning for a mile and a half walk along the river that runs through the rice fields to the next village then to a large wooded area, seen kingfishers, egrits the large pheasent type bird, humming birds, just amazing, but there is not as much wildlife here now as 15 years ago when i first visited Buriram.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

Isanbirder

Well I am no professional but I like to watch the birds around here. We have some very beautiful falcons, magpie robins, black and wite flysnappers, egrets and so on. My neighbour has a lot of chicken but I don't think they count.

Where do you live in Buriram ?

Near Krasang, somewhere in the middle of the rice paddies.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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I am not at my place full time but when i am there i take the dogs out 5 to 5.30 in the morning for a mile and a half walk along the river that runs through the rice fields to the next village then to a large wooded area, seen kingfishers, egrits the large pheasent type bird, humming birds, just amazing, but there is not as much wildlife here now as 15 years ago when i first visited Buriram.

Yeah, I'm mostlty out with the dogs too, not that early (it's dark here at that time). I've seen 77 species to date, mostly in the last month, and am adding new ones daily. The terrain near my house sounds much like yours.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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I am not at my place full time but when i am there i take the dogs out 5 to 5.30 in the morning for a mile and a half walk along the river that runs through the rice fields to the next village then to a large wooded area, seen kingfishers, egrits the large pheasent type bird, humming birds, just amazing, but there is not as much wildlife here now as 15 years ago when i first visited Buriram.

Yeah, I'm mostlty out with the dogs too, not that early (it's dark here at that time). I've seen 77 species to date, mostly in the last month, and am adding new ones daily. The terrain near my house sounds much like yours.

I am on the Surin road from Buriram, about 4 clicks out of town.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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I am not at my place full time but when i am there i take the dogs out 5 to 5.30 in the morning for a mile and a half walk along the river that runs through the rice fields to the next village then to a large wooded area, seen kingfishers, egrits the large pheasent type bird, humming birds, just amazing, but there is not as much wildlife here now as 15 years ago when i first visited Buriram.

Yeah, I'm mostlty out with the dogs too, not that early (it's dark here at that time). I've seen 77 species to date, mostly in the last month, and am adding new ones daily. The terrain near my house sounds much like yours.

Hi there. I lived in Isaan for many years and saw a gradual decline in most wildlife, including birds over that time, mostly as a result of habitat loss and degradation. But in the last few years I noticed an increase in numbers of some bird species which was encouraging. Nothing scientific - just casual observation and gut feeling. Anyway, I have this pet theory that the increase in birds may have something to do with the marked decrease in boys and young adults going everywhere with catapults as they did in the past, which has given the birds a bit of a respite from hunting pressure. And some types of lizard too. Of course, it is still popular with the young guys to take out their guns and blast at everything and anything in the fields and woods, but even many of those guys are away in the cities/industrial estates/overseas these days and only come home infrequently.

Anyone else notice anything similar in their areas? Now if you could get the remaining kids interested in bird watching, rather than hunting, there might be a chance of seeing more bird species round the villlages.................... :o

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humming birds

think you mean sunbirds ? there are no hummingbirds in Thailand..

hi isanbirder

must admit, never done much birding around isaan. A bit around Chaiyaphum once while visiting a friend was ok. Among many that stood out, pintail snipe in the paddies & japanese sparrowhawk were typical of that area.

Its a very underwatched part of the country, not many visiting birders actually bother with it. Be interesting to know what your seeing there..

good luck.

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humming birds

think you mean sunbirds ? there are no hummingbirds in Thailand..

hi isanbirder

must admit, never done much birding around isaan. A bit around Chaiyaphum once while visiting a friend was ok. Among many that stood out, pintail snipe in the paddies & japanese sparrowhawk were typical of that area.

Its a very underwatched part of the country, not many visiting birders actually bother with it. Be interesting to know what your seeing there..

good luck.

Are Sunbirds very small and hover ?.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

Isanbirder

I'm near Krasang, a long way from Napho, I'm afraid. Saw my first falcon today (a Peregrine); I suspect your falcons are Black-shouldered Kites (pearl grey with a black patch at the bend of the wing; frequently hover over the paddy).

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humming birds

think you mean sunbirds ? there are no hummingbirds in Thailand..

hi isanbirder

must admit, never done much birding around isaan. A bit around Chaiyaphum once while visiting a friend was ok. Among many that stood out, pintail snipe in the paddies & japanese sparrowhawk were typical of that area.

Its a very underwatched part of the country, not many visiting birders actually bother with it. Be interesting to know what your seeing there..

good luck.

Flavour of the month (inappropriate metaphor) are certainly Painted Storks, which I've seen, up to 4 birds, three times in the past week (not to be confused with the Openbills at Krasang). I've also seen Black Bazas, Common Wood-Shrike and Fulvous-breasted Woodpeckers (on a tree in the middle of a paddyfield!). These are all out of known range. But I also love to watch the lovely Green Bee-eaters and exotic-looking Hoopoes in the garden, and the Stonechats and Pied Bushchats on the stubble... and the many hawks, Black-shouldered Kites, Marsh Harriers, Black Kites, Brahminy Kites, Honey Buzzards, and today a Peregrine.

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I have just moved to Buriram and started birdwatching here. There are few records from this area, and birding here is full of surprises... species which are not known within hundreds of miles. I would like to get in touch with other birders, especioally in Buriram and Surin provinces.

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I'm near Krasang, a long way from Napho, I'm afraid. Saw my first falcon today (a Peregrine); I suspect your falcons are Black-shouldered Kites (pearl grey with a black patch at the bend of the wing; frequently hover over the paddy).

Might be ! Black wing tips ?.

Late last October I saw a very big black bird in the nothern outskirts of Buriram town. Some sort of eagle or a vulture I am not sure (definitely no crow). Keep your eyes open and report ! :o

Yesterday here in Napho I saw i big flock of black crows. About 20 birds. Earlier I have seen flocks of no more than 5-8 birds.

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Stonechats

don't forget to check the rump patch on these, if its un-streaked, they are Siberian Stonechat..

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