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Thanks AjarnNorth, apologies for delay in replying.

Crows - guess the crow thing is a bit of 'twisted logic" on my part.

Today late departure crows, 5.45pm flew much lower over the park, in Winter they can be seen on their way to roost from about 3.30pm

The last few days I have been watching what I think are pigeons flying higher and in tighter formation than the crows.    Thought crows sometimes mobbed other birds.

 

Sparrows - they are in a narrow soi near to temple grounds.  They come down to eat opposite a local open fronted shop.    See them every day.   Yes, probably Tree Sparrows.   Many young ones that seem to have paler feathers.  There are 2 birds that have definite white feathers covering their head and neck, not moulted or mites.

In the garden areas where I live see both hedge and tree sparrows, the young seem to have lighter coloured feathers, others are dark brown backed.
Also I have a budgie ( parrot ? ) that joins in with others eating rice that I put down in front of my house.   When it first started visiting it seemed to have bonded with a particular sparrow, always together, then the sparrow must have disappeared and the budgie came alone.

 

Hoopoe - yes always saw them here in Winter season, only seen one here this year, perhaps it is confused by the climate being hot.    I worked in farming in Saudi, used to see them there.

 

Yellow head / neck Myna - I do not think these were in moult / mites etc.  From my work in farming since the 1960's I think that the yellow colouring was a genetic fault.  The first year I saw them there was only which was skittish and flew off, the second year two birds but again skittish, the third year two birds about 10 metres away in a buffalo field, the fourth year saw more coloured birds in two different areas about 300 – 500 metres from the original siting.   This year the original bird disappeared after the flooding.

 

Haven’t heard any woodpeckers this year, guess there are too many trees being cut down – often for no reason.     Could also be a reason for less hoopoes.

 

Kingfisher, I saw only twice when passing by on a bike ( me not the kingfisher on a bike ).   It didn’t fly off as I passed by.  Not seen again since that time.    Size larger than the swallows that I am seeing this time of year.

 

Mist – netting, haven’t seen for the past two years since I kept pulling down the bamboo poles and net.    I hadn’t thought about them eating particular birds caught in the net, but in hindsight the birds were so entangled it would have been impossible to get them out to be any use for singing.   I can only imagine how they got them out ..  Since that time I have heard no more owls on my early morning walks, before they used to fly overhead and call.

As for taking photos of the cages people have been using obviously for song birds; the people stay within sight of the cages which are placed about 4 – 5pm, and never leave them overnight.   I don’t think I would be very popular if I asked / or didn’t ask for a photo.

 

The flooding came at a time when various types of grasses were starting to grow.  In an area near two rain filled ponds following the flooding there is now a very dominant type of grass which has less seeds, the leaves are like razor grass and seeds very thin and stick in clothing.  I would think the seeds to be of less value to the birds.

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Managed to get a BIF of a White-throated Kingfisher-hope you like it        

Talking of colourful but common birds, I managed to get this photo about right of a White-throated Kingfisher. Rarely seen near water, happy hunting in fields etc.

Obviously not in my garden, but in Kaeng Krachana NP last week. Also saw a lot of Grey Wagtails which are among the earliest of the winter visitors reminding me that it's time to keep my eyes open in

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Does anyone know what this bird is? It appeared in our garden a few weeks ago, and spends its time 50:50 in our garden and our neighbours? I have looked in "Birds of Thailand" and cannot see anything similar. It is fairly tame - you can go within half a metre of it. It seems to eat insects in the grass, an occasional bite of banana, and cooked rice. It was quite noisy at first but has calmed down now. I am worried that our cats get it - there have been near misses already. 

 

I am wondering if it is an escaped caged bird, not indigenous to Thailand. 

 

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Further to this: we live about 15 km from Khao Yai National Park, and I see that there are White Crested Laughing Thrushes in the park (according to their website). So if we can catch it we could take it there; but a big "if" as it is not that tame.  

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7 hours ago, John Begg said:

Further to this: we live about 15 km from Khao Yai National Park, and I see that there are White Crested Laughing Thrushes in the park (according to their website). So if we can catch it we could take it there; but a big "if" as it is not that tame.  

I understand the desire to "help", but it doesn't seem in distress, starving, injured or in danger. You said it's eating. I'd leave it be. This species is not endangered or threatened and is listed as "least concern". 

 

IMO capturing (or trying to capture) the bird will surely be more stressful for both the bird...AND you! 😁 

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Been sitting on this bird and these pix since the end of July. Forgot about them for a bit and then finally got back to them. The bird was quite high up the hillside behind our house. Figured it for Bronzed Drongo and got some confirmation recently from a couple different sources. Wanted to be sure as not only is this #68 for the Kanchanaburi patch...but #700 on my World List! 

 

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I have had two additions to my Bangsaen yard list (both by call) which I think brings it to 91 (have to check). Indian Nightjar and Large-tailed Nightjar. Both within a week or so of one another, the large tailed still heard regularly. I haven't seen them yet because they are hard to spot and quiet during the day and only call at night, though I have seen both just a kilometer or so away. Their recent arrival on my soi is due to forested land being razed and cleared for future building, which is the habitat they tend to. Likely my yard list here won't go much higher as it looks as if i will be relocating to Chiang Mai in 2020 and starting a new yard list from scratch. 

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13 hours ago, AjarnNorth said:

relocating to Chiang Mai in 2020 and starting a new yard list

Always fun starting a new list. Every bird is like seeing it all over again...for the very first time! Haha

 

Chiang Mai...alot of good birds up there. 

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16 hours ago, AjarnNorth said:

I have had two additions to my Bangsaen yard list (both by call) which I think brings it to 91 (have to check). Indian Nightjar and Large-tailed Nightjar. Both within a week or so of one another, the large tailed still heard regularly. I haven't seen them yet because they are hard to spot and quiet during the day and only call at night, though I have seen both just a kilometer or so away. Their recent arrival on my soi is due to forested land being razed and cleared for future building, which is the habitat they tend to. Likely my yard list here won't go much higher as it looks as if i will be relocating to Chiang Mai in 2020 and starting a new yard list from scratch. 

I am in Chiang Mai too.  You will be interested to see the different birds we have up here.

 

Doi Suthep is very close and easy to get to, and has a lot of forest, and it's interesting the different bird species there, particularly at the higher elevations where there are pine forests and evergreen rain forest. 

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Got lucky this Christmas morning. While photoing a "Dusky Warbler" in my yard (not a new yard bird) I suddenly had this Black Baza land just above me and was able to get exactly one photo off before it was gone. #93 for the Bangsaen yard list, pending a recount as I lost a lot of information and notes in a recent computer crash which means I have to use this forum to recount! The Baza and warbler below. 

 

EDIT: I was dubious on the Dusky ID so posted it on the LBJ Thailand facebook site for input. It was too large by my estimation. Mike Rose helped me out - Thick Billed - which I was very familiar with when i lived in Isaan years ago but had fallen off my radar and i think adds another bird to my yard list!

 

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