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On 9/20/2019 at 10:49 AM, AjarnNorth said:

Migration season well underway. Many winter visitors already here and more on the way. Good time to be looking around your yard or area. This Asian Brown Shrike from my yard. Common winter visitor. 

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very true...lots of little guys showing up that you don't see other times of the year, I got a good viewing location from my kitchen window with lots of vegetation out the back, ain't got no names fer any of them, gotta get a good guide book, useta have the popular one for US west coast birds with the red plastic cover but no good for here (it got lost anyway after 35 years of shufflin' about)...keep an eye peeled...

 

 

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11 hours ago, tutsiwarrior said:

 

very true...lots of little guys showing up that you don't see other times of the year, I got a good viewing location from my kitchen window with lots of vegetation out the back, ain't got no names fer any of them, gotta get a good guide book, useta have the popular one for US west coast birds with the red plastic cover but no good for here (it got lost anyway after 35 years of shufflin' about)...keep an eye peeled...

 

 

Are these the birds that make a kind of loud monotonous shrieking screaming sound?  The last few weeks I started hearing this kind of call in my area (countryside in CM).. which I never heard before.  It sounds like a bird in distress, like it's got caught by a cat... but the birds are fine.  Too far away for me to see clearly or get a photo.  They are always single and making that noise sitting on a high up branch.  

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Crested (aka Oriental) Honey Buzzard soaring today for #66. And the Kite was still around this morning. 

 

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3 Brown-throated Sunbirds today...2 m & 1 f. Makes 67 on the yard list. Also had an Accipiter sp yesterday with Scaly-breasted Munia dinner in talons! 

 

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Jak2002003 - Shrikes do make a bit of a raspy sound, but it sounds to me like you are talking about Asian Koel. You can look up the bird calls and songs on-line to compare. 

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1 hour ago, AjarnNorth said:

Jak2002003 - Shrikes do make a bit of a raspy sound, but it sounds to me like you are talking about Asian Koel. You can look up the bird calls and songs on-line to compare. 

Thank you for the reply.. I am sorry, I know its difficult to describe the sound.  It is not the Asian Koel… I am familiar with that sound.

 

Next time I am out I will take a video of it on my mobile and then I can post it on here.

 

Cycling about I hear a few of them each time.  I can see them in the distance, always they are alone and perched on an exposed branch of a tree.  They are similar size to the Drongo, but it's not them either.  This is the first year I have heard this call.  I sounds like a scalding call, or distress call, but its just its normal call.  

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Asshy Drongo leucogensis. Last year I had a 28 September record which is among the earliest - of not the earliest - that I have heard of by about a week. This year 30 September. 

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We had this visitor this week - an Olive-backed sun bird? High up in Jomtien on a pathetic bit of cactus on our balcony.

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24 minutes ago, sharecropper said:

We had this visitor this week - an Olive-backed sun bird? High up in Jomtien on a pathetic bit of cactus on our balcony

Yes Olive-backed. Cactus looks good! 👍

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Perched on my lanai in BKK for most of the day and recorded 33 species for October Global Big Day. Target was over 25, so a successful day just hanging out at home. 

 

Anyone else participate? 

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Although not an avid bird watcher but a nature watcher in general can I ask a question about birds here, as there does not seem to be a separate forum ?

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43 minutes ago, Speedo1968 said:

Although not an avid bird watcher but a nature watcher in general can I ask a question about birds here, as there does not seem to be a separate forum ?

yes. the thread is pretty dead, but there are a few...well a couple...maybe just one of us still active. ask away. if wildly off topic or out of our range of expertise...perhaps we can direct to a more appropriate site. :thumbsup:

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On 10/20/2019 at 9:38 AM, Skeptic7 said:

yes. the thread is pretty dead, but there are a few...well a couple...maybe just one of us still active. ask away. if wildly off topic or out of our range of expertise...perhaps we can direct to a more appropriate site. :thumbsup:

 

Many thanks Skeptic7  for your prompt response.

As I mentioned I am not a bird watcher per se but look at nature in general as well as the weather.

I do not have field glasses so rely on my eyesight and other senses.

I have lived worked in farming in many countries since the 1970’s and am particularly interested in man’s effect on nature.

Here in Thailand for 20 years for the past 4 years I have lived about 50km south of Khon Kaen.     Outside a small market town with fields and ponds around, the area was, at the end of August, very badly flooded.     I walk in a small local keep fit park and across the fields two or three times a day, 4am, again in the afternoon and then in the early evening.

 

The questions I have may seem a bit strange but then I always like to look ‘outside the box’ for an answer.

1)   Do crows always fly east ( towards where the sun will rise ) in the evening and west in the morning ?

I have observed this every day, in the afternoon the birds start heading towards their roost for the night.    They converge around the park then fly further on to their roost.      They come from basically 2 sometimes 3 sides just north and south of east.   Have counted over 100 birds in 15 minutes.   Seen some ‘midair fighting’ ?

When I first came here there were only 2 birds in a large tree in early morning and late afternoon.    Only since this year have I seen so many birds.

 

2)   Is it unusual to see sparrows ( in town think they are hedge sparrows ) with all white feathered heads and necks ?    They, two of them, are part of the same family group.

 

3)   I see some birds flying, about the size of a swift / swallow ? that have iridescent green feathered backs when the sun shines on it.   Any idea what they might be ?

 

4)   Saw a kingfisher for the first time this year sitting on a power / telephone cable.

 

5)   The first year I was here about 6 or 7 hoopoes, the next year none, last year 2 and this year 3 or 4.      Have only seen one since the flooding.   Sorry can’t tell sex of bird.

 

6)   The first year I was here I saw a yellow feather headed / necked myna, the second year two.    The third year two others in different places within 500 metres of the original bird.    This year after the flooding, none.

 

7)   The second year I was here someone night trap netted about 15 birds, 3 beautiful owls ( one very old ), some hoopoes and other young birds.   The trappers took what they wanted and left the others to die.    The owls were already dead, the remaining birds I was unable to save because the net was so fine.   I reported it to the local council who were only able to shrug their shoulders.     The following year someone trap netted again not far away and some birds were left to die.   I pulled down the poles and had to do this a few times before they gave up.    Unfortunately song birds are still being trapped openly using a covered cage with a bird inside as a lure.

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