Thailand Birding: Year List 2009

Whilst I am not a twitcher (tried it and don’t like it at all), nor do I usually chase birds in any way, I do keep all sorts of lists as I find that doing so keeps my enthusiasm going. Of course I have kept year lists for many years, but never go looking for birds just to get a big list, just that it is interesting to see how each year varies.

In 2009 I spent a far greater time out birding than I ever have before and of course this resulted in my biggest year list ever; 648 species in Thailand in 2009.

Highlights for me in 2009 included a couple of sightings of Cutia at Doi Lang, a fantastic Diard’s Trogon at Khao Nor Chu Chi and a couple of seldom seen species at Kaeng Krachan – Rufous-browed Flycatcher and Ferruginous Partridge, both of which I got to see a couple of times.

In 2009 I finally caught up with some migrants that are common back in UK but I had never before seen in Thailand; Great Cormorant, Gadwall, Mallard, Common Teal, Common Ringed Plover, Common Shelduck, Northern House Martin are a few of these.

I will be keeping a year list for 2010 too but it will be difficult to top 2009.

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One Response to “Thailand Birding: Year List 2009”

  1. Gary says:

    I just started going to the parks in Thailand. Now i am hooked. I am heading to BKK tomorrow to buy a desent camera and binnoculars.

    I just visited 25 parks in the North but only camping and hiking. Now I am going to stat my hobby as birding. The out of the way places in Thailand are great.

    I have a 2008 Ford duroTorq, a motorcycle. Now i am going to outfit the truck and motorcycle for touring. I plan to stay about a year or two just camping and exploring the parks and trails.

    As i am getting older now. I think if i want to do this i should do it now.

    I enjoyed reading your articles.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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