In and around Khao Yoi this afternoon the undoubted highlight was approximately 120 Black Kites in the usual roost. Two weeks ago there were none. I didn’t go in as a major rainstorm was looming and I didn’t want to get stuck. I’ll need to make a point of counting numbers as this site gets overlooked.
Elsewhere no major surprises, although the big pond at Wat Khao Takrhao was rammed with waders. No sign of waterfowl yet and only low numbers of Spot-billed Pelicans, but many Painted Stork. In and around the fish farms plenty of Brown SHhrike and a fair few Blue-tailed Bee-eaters. A couple of Brahminy Kites were the only raptors on show today apart from those Black Kites at the roost site. Not a hint of a Stork-billed Kingfisher and no evidence either of Black-capped, which have arrived in Neil Lawton’s patch in Suphanburi. I did see Common, Collared and White-throated but I would expect to see them at this time of the year in this area.
A huge storm came in about 1800h so might be good to get out early tomorrow morning and see what it forced down.