The biggest highlight for April are the arrival of the wet season breeders, none more welcome than Blue winged Pitta and Hooded Pitta. Hooded Pitta has been encountered in many forest parks and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the south and the Blue winged Pitta has been heard calling from gardens, plantations and other patches of vegetation, even in the busiest and most disturbed of habitats.
Wintering migrants which are still about in Phuket include Little Cormorant (seen at Baan Don on the 29th), Brown Shrike (seen at Mission Hospital on the 30th), and a number of White shouldered Starling (seen in the casuarinas near Wat Thep school on the 27th).
A pair of Mugimaki flycatchers were seen at Sri Phang Nga National Park on the 24th, and a trip to the Chieo Laan Lake on the 26th delivered a late wintering Osprey, along with a Stork billed Kingfisher, White bellied Sea Eagle and Lesser Fish Eagle. For the full report and bird list, click here.
Other interesting reports for the month can be seen at Dave Sargent’s website, which includes records from the South Thailand Birdwatching company.