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A happy update from my local patch:

Chestnut-winged cuckoo.

Lifer for me. Happy to snap a pic although it is an awful shot.

Recent sightings but no pics include a single Blue-bearded bee-eater and once again that

stout all black and white woodpecker in flight. Tail is almost non-existent and I could see clearly

a large white band/patch near its rump as it flapped its wings.

How big is the woodpecker. The only ones that spring to mind are Black-and-Buff and Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

It's a tiny one but 'stocky' as in short and broader if compared to Fulvous-breasted WP. I think it is Heart-spotted but given the habitat which is secondary growth kinda rules it out too. But nothing else seem to fit. I've seen this at least 3 or 4 times now, everytime in flight. Well, one day I might get lucky and get a pic.

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A happy update from my local patch:

Chestnut-winged cuckoo.

Lifer for me. Happy to snap a pic although it is an awful shot.

Recent sightings but no pics include a single Blue-bearded bee-eater and once again that

stout all black and white woodpecker in flight. Tail is almost non-existent and I could see clearly

a large white band/patch near its rump as it flapped its wings.

How big is the woodpecker. The only ones that spring to mind are Black-and-Buff and Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

It's a tiny one but 'stocky' as in short and broader if compared to Fulvous-breasted WP. I think it is Heart-spotted but given the habitat which is secondary growth kinda rules it out too. But nothing else seem to fit. I've seen this at least 3 or 4 times now, everytime in flight. Well, one day I might get lucky and get a pic.

My first ever Heart-spotted was in a little tree next to a road; don't rule anything out.

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Need help please to ID this which I got today. Looks like some kind of flycatcher but not sure.

Pics are terrible and cropped about 70%. Size is about same as Asian Brown FC maybe a tad smaller.

It cocked and fanned its tail quite frequently. Habitat is secondary growth. Elev about 200 meters.

Its call is a series of 'tac' notes. Thanks in advance.

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I can't even make a guess, Jack. Sorry!

No worries Isanbirder. Hope to get a side view if I see it again. Thanks.

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Yes. The head sticking out further than most is usually the best feature (if you can't see the tail markings).

I've had an odd pattern of raptor occurrences this autumn. A Black-eared Kite at the end of September, then no more of any migrant raptors until early November when I had a rush of them. Marsh and Pied Harriers, a party of Black Bazas, and another Black-eared Kite (the 'Black Kites' here are all Black-eared, as far as I can make out).

Also winter visitors were very late coming. I still don't have anything like the usual numbers of Black Drongos, and the main rush of Barn Swallows was a month late, in early November.

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Good I got this one right. Didn't know about the 'protruding' head as a distinctive feature. Good tip!

Where I am I don't get to see many raptors other than the occasional sparrowhawk high up in the sky.

To date I have yet to sight any harrier.

The black drongos are around but lesser in numbers against last year.

The couple of resident darters have gone missing for the past 3 or 4 months and the large flock of

whistling ducks has disappeared as well. Only the open-bills are still around but their numbers have dwindled too.

As for that 'flycatcher' in post #153 the likeliest ID would be Hainan blue if I can discount the tail cocking and fanning.

If you had to make a wild guess what would it be?

Thanks.

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Not even a wild guess, Jack!

Not a single Barn Swallow this morning, and the raptors seem to have gone too.

Numbers of Openbills fluctuate wildly; I suspect they feed over a wide area, and sometimes they'll be in my patch, sometimes not. Three days ago I had 250 (counted); today there were four! When I get big numbers, I often see them coming in, always in ones and twos or small parties, never as a compact flock.

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I done some good birdwatching in Korat Mail yesterday..

A dollar for every time I heard something along those lines and I could have retired 20 years ago. Especially if a also got a Dollar for the "Run, Forest, run!" when I exercisewink.png

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Need help with this guys.

As usual taken from far and cropped over 100%.

Was seen flying over water. Thanks.

And update for my patch:

First sighting of 3 stripe-throated bulbuls feeding on some kind of fruit.

Small flock of ashy minivet (5 or 6) and 1 Blue-bearded bee-eater again

Couple of phylloscopus warblers which I won't attempt to ID.

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Need help with this guys.

Osprey.

your bird in post #153 is a Hainan Blue Flycatcher

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Need help with this guys.

Osprey.

your bird in post #153 is a Hainan Blue Flycatcher

That was quick, thanks Goshawk.

And Hainan blue it is. That's relief; I don't need to chase it anymore.

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Saw a beautiful Burmese shrike, common Iora, streaked spider hunter and loads of black Drongos and hoopoes passing through the grounds of the big stadium in Khorat last week.

Great stuff!

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