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Question about crows, out of curiosity.  

 

In my bird ID guide it says the large billed crow is a common resident all over Thailand.  I have lived in Chiang Mai for 11 years and NEVER seen one here.  I have seen a lot of them in Phuket and Bangkok however.

 

Are these birds about in Chiang Mai?  If not, any ideas as to why not?  Do the farmers shoot them on sight or something?  

 

In the past I thought I heard one crowing, only to realise that was the call of the egrets!!!

 

 

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34 minutes ago, jak2002003 said:

Question about crows, out of curiosity.  

 

In my bird ID guide it says the large billed crow is a common resident all over Thailand.  I have lived in Chiang Mai for 11 years and NEVER seen one here.  I have seen a lot of them in Phuket and Bangkok however.

 

Are these birds about in Chiang Mai?  If not, any ideas as to why not?  Do the farmers shoot them on sight or something?  

 

In the past I thought I heard one crowing, only to realise that was the call of the egrets!!!

 

 

11 years is a long time, but they are surely there. Listed as "Resident" for CM in numerous sources and checklists I found.

 

I certainly don't see or hear them as often in Kanchanaburi as I do in BKK. When first started spending time in Kan, didn’t have them on my patch list for quite some time. Seemed very odd. But ultimately have heard and seen many...though not nearly as abundant there as in other areas.

 

Keep eyes and ears open! 

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49 minutes ago, Skeptic7 said:

11 years is a long time, but they are surely there. Listed as "Resident" for CM in numerous sources and checklists I found.

 

I certainly don't see or hear them as often in Kanchanaburi as I do in BKK. When first started spending time in Kan, didn’t have them on my patch list for quite some time. Seemed very odd. But ultimately have heard and seen many...though not nearly as abundant there as in other areas.

 

Keep eyes and ears open! 

ha ha.  Now it's my mission to track one down.  I always take my binoculars with me when I go away anywhere.  I have stayed in some rather remote placed up in the mountains as well as villages and towns all around Chiang Mai, but never seen a crow.

 

I will look at some of those checklists and see any areas where they have been sighted.  

 

Birds of prey are also conspicuous by their absence around my area.  Only the occasional buzzard thing circling low (seem to come through on migration).  I often think the crows and birds of prey are persecuted a lot where I live.  

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On 6/11/2019 at 2:42 PM, jak2002003 said:

Question about crows, out of curiosity.  

 

In my bird ID guide it says the large billed crow is a common resident all over Thailand.  I have lived in Chiang Mai for 11 years and NEVER seen one here.  I have seen a lot of them in Phuket and Bangkok however.

 

Are these birds about in Chiang Mai?  If not, any ideas as to why not?  Do the farmers shoot them on sight or something?  

 

In the past I thought I heard one crowing, only to realise that was the call of the egrets!!!

 

 

They sure are but they are locally resident in Chiang Mai. The best place to see a lot of them is an agricultural settlement (i.e. cleared) near forest. You will see them if you visit Huay Nam Dang. They will be flying over to and from the cleared areas. There are a lot of ethnic minority villages up there. Also, if you visit Mae Ping National Park, there is a lovely campsite called Thung Kik. The large-billed crows will steal any food if you turn your back for a minute.

 

Remember these birds have a preference for tall trees. Get rid of the tall trees and they may move on.

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20 years of birding in Thailand and my first Malayan Night-Heron. Technically not in my garden but in my locale, the small forest of Khao Mai Kaeo in Chonburi. It is a lot chunkier than I imagined.

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4 hours ago, Briggsy said:

They sure are but they are locally resident in Chiang Mai. The best place to see a lot of them is an agricultural settlement (i.e. cleared) near forest. You will see them if you visit Huay Nam Dang. They will be flying over to and from the cleared areas. There are a lot of ethnic minority villages up there. Also, if you visit Mae Ping National Park, there is a lovely campsite called Thung Kik. The large-billed crows will steal any food if you turn your back for a minute.

 

Remember these birds have a preference for tall trees. Get rid of the tall trees and they may move on.

Thank you.  I am going to visit Mae Ping National Park today!!!  

 

 

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This morning about 0400, heard what I think was Collared Scops Owl calling in my yard in Kanchanaburi. A repeated "WHeew" at regular intervals of what seemed like 15-20 sec. Couldn't locate with spotlight. Will try to capture a recording if heard again. 

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Not exactly in my backgarden here, but i was home in the north-west of England recently, and noticed Jackdaws in quite a few places - don't remember them locally when i used to live there decades ago.

 Could somebody id the bird in the foreground? An aggressive little bird, constantly chasing away other birds in its area.

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Bredbury Blue said:

Could somebody id the bird in the foreground? An aggressive little bird, constantly chasing away other birds in its area.

In the bottom pic there are 2 Mallards (green heads), 2 Rock Pigeons, a Gull in the back and a Mandarin Duck (very colorful & beautiful introduced species in UK & parts of Europe). 

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2 hours ago, Skeptic7 said:

In the bottom pic there are 2 Mallards (green heads), 2 Rock Pigeons, a Gull in the back and a Mandarin Duck (very colorful & beautiful introduced species in UK & parts of Europe). 

Don't think that's a Gull. Looks like a white Rock Pigeon. 

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44 minutes ago, AjarnNorth said:

Don't think that's a Gull. Looks like a white Rock Pigeon. 

Haha...agreed! Make that 3 Rock Pigeons! 👍

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@Bredbury Blue

 

Yes, when I was a kid in the UK, jackdaws were mainly seen on farmer's fields. But now they seem to be very common in more urban settings. I have noticed the same thing in my town in the North West of England.

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5 hours ago, Briggsy said:

@Bredbury Blue

 

Yes, when I was a kid in the UK, jackdaws were mainly seen on farmer's fields. But now they seem to be very common in more urban settings. I have noticed the same thing in my town in the North West of England.

Spent considerable time in Amsterdam over the past 15 years and they are common there too. 

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