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^why do you think there wasn't much bird life previously but that's changed now. Any thing you can put that down to?

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Common Tailorbird is #41 and one of the glaring absentees alluded to in my initial yard list post. A great morning of yard birding...adding 2 new species!

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A great late addition to the list this evening about 6 pm...White-breasted Waterhen. 3 new the past couple days ups the total to 42 for the yard.

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I used to specialise in photos of 'Hardbills' in the UK.

From what I can see a lot of these birds are probably 'Softbills'.

My favourite species for photos in the UK were Bullfinches, Goldfinches, Siskins etc. These are all Hard bills (seed eaters) whereas the likes of Robins, Thrushes etc., are Soft Bills (Berry eaters)

Are there any birds here that are similar to our UK Hard bills ?

Check out the Munias, Sparrows, Finches, Weavers, Buntings, Grosbeaks and Parrotbills. Some are common...others not so much, but would love to see some pix!

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A great late addition to the list this evening about 6 pm...White-breasted Waterhen. 3 new the past couple days ups the total to 42 for the yard.

Where are you? Water area? For me, I see them on a very regular basis for many years now making their way slowly along the banks of the khlong outside my window or when the khlong is fully blocked with vegetation they go back and forth across the leaves of the plants. Towards the end of last year I watched daily an adult and its 3 chicks doing their daily rounds on the khlong. Occasionally they fly in to my garden but they're very alert and sense me straight away if I go out. We used to have a little fish pond but we stopped stocking it as something kept eating the fish; think I know who was guilty.

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A great late addition to the list this evening about 6 pm...White-breasted Waterhen. 3 new the past couple days ups the total to 42 for the yard.

Where are you? Water area? For me, I see them on a very regular basis for many years now making their way slowly along the banks of the khlong outside my window or when the khlong is fully blocked with vegetation they go back and forth across the leaves of the plants. Towards the end of last year I watched daily an adult and its 3 chicks doing their daily rounds on the khlong. Occasionally they fly in to my garden but they're very alert and sense me straight away if I go out. We used to have a little fish pond but we stopped stocking it as something kept eating the fish; think I know who was guilty.

Not water area, though there is a filthy inactive klong nearby. Actually I'm in the city...BKK. Only 5 minute walk to Sukhumvit Road and 7 mins to Skytrain. A more detailed description of the habitat behind my building can be found in my initial yard list post.

You are spot on about their alertness. This bird lit in some trees about 20 meters away (I'm well concealed on my 5th floor lanai) and the hen was totally aware of me...nervously craning it's neck and eyeballing me. It didn't stay long, quickly disappearing into lower thickets by the klong.

Funny story about who the fish thief!

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Tough to compete with the previous post by AJ, but 2 new species in the yard brings my total now to 44. Flyover Intermediate Egrets and a Drongo sp. (Most likely Black, but distance made it impossible to rule out Ashy for positive ID)

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Had an entertaining past 2 days.

Across the khlong from my house, on the banks of the Plaa Salid fields, there some trees often occupied by storks. I noticed yesterday a pair of large dark birds with the forked tail like drongos (don't usually see them around here) in those trees. I later got higher in the house and with my binoculars noticed there's about 8 of them, and they're swooping over the waters of the fish fields (fishing?).

Today I've got a family of squirrels running along my fence and up and down the trees chasing each other for fun for hours and hours nonstop. And in the trees opposite storks are on top of the trees and drongos lower down in the trees.

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Not far from my garden, so I'll put them here.

I'm used to crows mobbing raptors, and hoopoes and Black Drongoes joining in..... but the other day I watched a Black Drongo mobbing a Cattle Egret. I wonder why!

Sorry I don't have a suitable camera to photo this, and it's too far for my phone. You know those brushes with a long handle which you use to brush away cobwebs? Well, imagine one of those sticking out of a sizeable tree. That 'brush' is a nest..... and not just the nest of a background bird like the common doves and mynahs..... but the nest of a Rufous-winged Buzzard! From the right angle, I can see the yellow cere of the sitting adult.

Another interesting observation. The place is full of young Koels flying about the place and shrieking their heads off. Koels are parasitic, and the commonest host is the Collared Mynah. The other day I saw a young Koel begging for food from a crow. The crow in this case wasn't having any, but presumably the young bird had been brought up by crows.

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