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BabblerVille
Tuesday 17th January 2012, 15:45
It’s already the middle of January, and time I published on BirdForum my (first ever) year list. After a trip away next week, I hope to get into the mid-to-high elevation habitats for some really nifty birds.

I’m a long-term British resident of Tainan City, southern Taiwan. This a list of the birds I encounter this year in Taiwan. Not sure yet how to include the off-shore islands etc, will keep you informed!

More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

January 1st. On the way to and at Maolin Valley.

1. Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela "Endemic subspecies (S. c. hoya)"
2. Rock Pigeon Columba livia
3. Taiwan Barbet Megalaima nuchalis Endemic species
4. White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos "Endemic subspecies (D. l. insularis)"
5. Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (D. m. harterti)"
6. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
7. Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (P. s. formosae)"
8. Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (H. l. nigerrimus)"
9. Little Egret Egretta garzetta
10. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
11. White Wagtail Motacilla alba
12. Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus

January 2nd. Aogu Wetland.

13. Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
14. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
15. Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha
16. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
17. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
18. Garganey Anas querquedula
19. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
20. Common Pochard Aythya ferina
21. Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
22. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
23. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
24. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
25. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
26. Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
27. Gray Heron Ardea cinerea
28. Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
29. Great Egret Ardea alba
30. Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
31. Pacific Reef-Heron Egretta sacra
32. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
33. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
34. Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
35. Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
36. Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
37. Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor
38. Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
39. Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
40. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
41. Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
42. Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva
43. Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
44. Snowy (Kentish) Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
45. Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
46. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
47. Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
48. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
49 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
50. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
51. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
52. Common Redshank Tringa totanus
53. Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
54. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
55. Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
56. Sanderling Calidris alba
57. Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
58. Dunlin Calidris alpina
59. Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
60. Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
61. Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
62. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
63. Red Collared-Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
64. Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
65. House Swift Apus nipalensis "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (A. n. kuntzi)"
66. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
67. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
68. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
69. Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
70. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
71. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
72. Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris
73. Plain Prinia Prinia inornata "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (P. i. flavirostris)"
74. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
75. Javan Myna Acridotheres javanicus
76. Common Myna Acridotheres tristis
77. Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala
78. White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata


January 3rd. Anping Area.

79. Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
80. Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
81. Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata
82. Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus
83. Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius

January 6th. Maolin and Wutai hills.

84. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius (seen near Meinung)
85. Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis
86. Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (C. a. stictomus)"
87. Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii "Endemic subspecies (O. t. ardens)"
88. Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus "Endemic subspecies (D. a. braunianus)"
89. Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (H. a. oberholseri)"
90. Gray Treepie Dendrocitta formosae "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (D. f. formosae)"
91. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
92. Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques "Endemic subspecies (S. s. cinereicapillus)"
93. Plumbeous Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosa "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (R. f. affinis)"
94. Black-necklaced Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis Endemic species
95. Taiwan Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus musicus Endemic species
96. Gray-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia "Endemic subspecies (A. m. morrisonia)"
97. Gray Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
98. Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata
99. Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (S. o. orii)"
100. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni

January 7th. Anping.

101. Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyana

January 8th. Sihcao, Tainan.

102. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
103. Striated Heron Butorides striata
104. Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis

January 13th. Lower Taroko Gorge.

105. Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (P. c. formosanus) (from train south of Hualien)
106. Gray-capped Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus
107. Varied Tit Sittiparus varius "Endemic subspecies (S. v. castaneoventris)"
108. Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus
109. Taiwan (Styan's) Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus Endemic species
110. Formosan Whistling-Thrush Myophonus insularis Endemic species
111. White-eared (Taiwan) Sibia Heterophasia auricularis Endemic species
112. Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus (at train station northern Taidung County)

January 17th. Kaohsiung and Tainan.

113. Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus "Endemic subspecies (A. t. formosae)"
114. Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala
115. Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator "Endemic subspecies (T. s. rostratus)"
116. Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
117. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
118. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

BabblerVille
Monday 6th February 2012, 16:10
Finally starting to get into better places for endemics.

January 28th Namaxia, Kaohsiung:

119. Mountain Scops-Owl Otus spilocephalus "Endemic subspecies (O. s. hambroecki)"
120. Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps "Endemic subspecies (S. r. praecognita)"

January 29th Sihcao, Tainan:

121. Black-bellied Plover (aka Grey Plover) Pluvialis squatarola
122. Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
123. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
124. Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi
125. Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
126. Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis
127. Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis

January 29th Jacana Reserve, Tainan.

128. Baikal Teal Anas formosa

February 1st Chunyang Farm and Wushe, Nantou County.

129. Taiwan Hwamei Garrulax taewanus Endemic species
130. Rufous-crowned Laughinghrush Garrulax ruficeps Endemic species
131. Vinous-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis webbianus "Endemic subspecies (P. w. bulomachus)"
132. Dusky Fulvetta Alcippe brunnea "Endemic subspecies (A. b. brunnea)"
133. Chinese Bamboo-Partridge Bambusicola thoracicus "Endemic subspecies (B. t. sonorivox)"
134. Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria (below Wushe)
135. White-bellied Pigeon Treron sieboldii

February 1st Meifeng, Nantou County.

136. White-bellied Yuhina (Erpornis) Yuhina zantholeuca
137. Red-flanked (Orange-flanked) Bluetail (Bush-robin) Tarsiger cyanurus
138. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectum "Endemic subspecies (D. i. formosum)"
139. Collared Bush-Robin Tarsiger johnstoniae Endemic species
140. Island Thrush Turdus poliocephalus "Endemic subspecies (T. p. niveiceps)"
141. Vivid Niltava Niltava vivida "Endemic subspecies (N. v. vivida)"
142. Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus
143. Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope
144. Scaly (White’s) Thrush Zoothera dauma
145. Brown Bullfinch Pyrrhula nipalensis "Endemic subspecies (P. n. uchidae)"
146. Brownish-flanked (Strong-footed) Bush-Warbler Cettia fortipes "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (C. f. robustipes)"
147. Yellow-bellied Bush-Warbler Cettia acanthizoides "Endemic subspecies (C. a. concolor)"
148. Taiwan Barwing Actinodura morrisoniana Endemic species
149. Steere's Liocichla Liocichla steerii Endemic species
150. Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus "Endemic subspecies (P. m. insperatus)"
151. Yellow (Taiwan) Tit Macholophus holsti Endemic species and Genus
152. Taiwan Yuhina Yuhina brunneiceps Endemic species


February 1st, Hehuan and Blue Gate Trail, Nantou County.

153. Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus "Endemic subspecies (C. v. formosanus)"
154. White-whiskered Laughingthrush Garrulax morrisonianus Endemic species
155. Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes "Endemic subspecies (T. t. taivanus)"
156. Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris "Endemic subspecies (P. c. fennelli)"
157. White-browed Bush-Robin Tarsiger indicus "Endemic subspecies (T. i. formosanus)"
158. Gray-faced Woodpecker Picus canus
159. Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei "Endemic subspecies (G. b. pardalotum)" (heard only)
160. Ashy Wood-Pigeon Columba pulchricollis
161. Taiwan (Streak-throated) Fulvetta Alcippe formosana Endemic species
162. Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis

February 2nd, Beidongyen Mountain, Nantou County.

163. Taiwan Partridge Arborophila crudigularis Endemic species
164. Golden Parrotbill Paradoxornis verreauxi "Endemic subspecies (P. v. morrisonianus)"
165. Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
166. White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana "Endemic subspecies (B. m. goodfellowi)"
167. Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
168. Asian House-Martin Delichon dasypus
169. Flamecrest Regulus goodfellowi Endemic species

February 2nd, near Puli.

170. Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus

February 3rd Huisun.

171. Malayan Night-Heron Gorsachius melanolophus
172. Formosan Magpie Urocissa caerulea Endemic species
173. Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
174. Gray-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris

February 3rd, Shrgang Reservoir and Gaomei Wetlands, Taichung

175. Scaly-sided Merganser Mergus squamatus
176. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
177. Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus
178. Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca

February 6th, Taiping, Taichung:

179. Grey-Throated (formerly in Plain) Martin Riparia chinensis
180. Swinhoe's Pheasant Lophura swinhoii Endemic species (Edit. Seen February 2nd at Beidongyen Mountain, not Taiping)

181. White-tailed Robin Cinclidium leucurum "Endemic subspecies (C. l. montium)" (Overlooked, spotted Feb 2 at Wushe, and maybe earlier)

BabblerVille
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 03:24
February 9th. Qugu

182. Falcated Duck Anas falcata
183. Gadwall Anas strepera
184. Chinese Pond-Heron Ardeola bacchus
185. Slaty-legged Crake Rallina eurizonoides "Endemic subspecies (R. e. formosana)"
186. Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus
187. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
188. Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
189. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
190. Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris
191. Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus
192. Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
193. Oriental Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
194. Striated Prinia Prinia crinigera "Endemic subspecies (P. c. striata)"
195. Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (A. c. formosanus)"

February 10, 11, 12. Kinmen (off-shore island).

196. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
197. Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
198. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
199. Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
200. Far Eastern Curlew Numenius madagascariensis
201. Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
202. Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
203. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
204. Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata
205. Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
206. Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
207. Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla
208. Carrion Crow Corvus corone
209. Collared Crow Corvus torquatus
210. Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
211. Pallas's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus
212. Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
213. Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
214. Blue Whistling-Thrush Myophonus caeruleus
215. Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
216. Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus
217. Dusky Thrush Turdus eunomus
218. Hwamei Garrulax canorus
219. Black-collared Starling Gracupica nigricollis
220. Chestnut-cheeked Starling Sturnia philippensis
221. White-shouldered Starling Sturnia sinensis
222. White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus
223. Fork-tailed Sunbird Aethopyga christinae
224. Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi
225. Oriental Greenfinch Chloris sinica

February 12th. Taipei City park.

226. Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus


February 13th. Jinshan, North Coast.

227. Bull-headed Shrike Lanius bucephalus

More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

BabblerVille
Monday 5th March 2012, 12:08
February 23rd. Tainan, southern Taiwan

228. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
229. Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
230. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
231. Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

February 26th. Yilan - wetlands and Shuanglienpi:

232. Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
233. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
234. Ruff Philomachus pugnax
235. Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
236. Hooded Crane Grus monacha
237. Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata
238. Silver-backed Needletail Hirundapus cochinchinensis "Endemic subspecies (H. c. formosanus)"
239. Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans
240. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

February 28th. Wuling Farm:

241. Brown Wood-Owl Strix leptogrammica (heard only)
242. Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans
243. Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii
244. Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri "Endemic subspecies (E. s. fortis)"
245. Besra Accipiter virgatus Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (A. v. fuscipectus)
246. Red-billed Blue Magpie, Urocissa erythrorhyncha
247. Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius "Endemic subspecies (G. g. taivanus)"

March 1st. Sicao, Tainan.

248. Little Curlew Numenius minutus

More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

Quite pleased to have (almost) made it to 250 before March - and without serious longer birding trips. Am at the stage now I can make a list of missing resident birds, and will have to resist the temptation to chase rare migrants. We seem to be 3 days into spring - long may it last!

BabblerVille
Monday 2nd April 2012, 15:02
Tienliaoyang - Taipei north coast. Mid March.

249. Swan Goose Anser cygnoides
250. Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
251. Gray-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus
252. Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus
253. Rook Corvus frugilegus

Taroko Gorge, Hualien County. March 11th

254. Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla

Snow Mountain March 14th

255. Coal Tit Periparus ater "Endemic subspecies (P. a. ptilosus)"

Wulai, near Taipei City. St Patrick’s Day

256. Black-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax chinensis
257. Japanese Bush-Warbler Cettia diphone

Smangus. Middle of nowhere/paradise. March 18th

258. Taiwan Wren-Babbler (Taiwan Cupwing) Pnoepyga formosana Endemic species

NE Taiwan. Late March.

259. Japanese Cormorant Phalacrocorax capillatus
260. Chinese Goshawk Accipiter soloensis
261. Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
262. Manchurian Bush-Warbler Cettia canturians
263. Golden-headed Cisticola Cisticola exilis "Endemic subspecies (C. e. volitans)"

Dasyueshan! March 29th
Great place. Out of around 70 species seen/heard...only 3 new?

264. Eurasian Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes "Endemic subspecies (N. c. owstoni)"
265. Taiwan Bush-Warbler Bradypterus alishanensis Endemic species
266. Mikado Pheasant Syrmaticus mikado Endemic species

Maolin. March 31st.

267. Brown-headed Thrush Turdus chrysolaus

268. Gray-faced Buzzard Butastur indicus (mid-March)

So all the Taiwan-proper endemics sorted I think. Some mopping up on the subspecies still to do. Good fun!

More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

BabblerVille
Sunday 15th April 2012, 14:31
Just back from the latest Bird Race at Dasyueshan. Well run event in a great location, just one new bird this post.

269. Gray-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca "Endemic subspecies (P. e. owstoni)"

More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

BabblerVille
Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 12:38
Been a while since I updated.

Will be chasing the endemics in the hills again in next few weeks.

Before and just after a trip back to the UK, I hope to get back to the islands for Blue-tailed Bee-eaters and Chinese Crested Terns.

April 16th Dayuan, Taoyuan County.

270. Merlin Falco columbarius
271. Crested Bunting Melophus lathami
272. Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis

Late April. Endemics and more Tour. Various locations.

273. Japanese Sparrowhawk Accipiter gularis
274. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
275. Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
276. Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
277. Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus
278. Red Knot Calidris canutus
279. Himalayan (Oriental) Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus
280. Hair-crested Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus
281. Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler Locustella ochotensis
282. Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra "Endemic subspecies (F. h. innexa)"
283. Ferruginous Flycatcher Muscicapa ferruginea
284. Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla
285. Indian Silverbill Euodice malabarica
286. Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
287. White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus

May 1st Weekend. Matsu Islands.

288. Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas
289. Black Bittern Ixobrychus flavicollis
290. Gray-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes
291. Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
292. Swinhoe's Snipe Gallinago megala
293. Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
294. Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus
295. Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana
296. Great Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii
297. Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus
298. Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioides
299. Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
300. Great Tit Parus major
301. Chinese Penduline-Tit Remiz consobrinus
302. Eastern Crowned Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus
303. Blyth's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides
304. Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
305. Gray-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta
306. Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica
307. Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina
308. Gray Bushchat Saxicola ferreus
309. Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
310. Tristram's Bunting Emberiza tristrami
311. Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata
312. Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys
313. Chestnut Bunting Emberiza rutila
314. Yellow Bunting Emberiza sulphurata
315. Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

May 4th. Guandu Nature Park, Taipei City.

316. Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo

May 8th. Yellow Buttefly Valley, Kaohsiung.

317. Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis
318. Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis

May 13th and 15th. Kenting.

319. Wedge-tailed Shearwater Puffinus pacificus
320. Brown Booby Sula leucogaster
321. Pleske's Warbler Locustella pleskei
322. Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis

May 14th. Lanyu (Orchid Island).

323. Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum
324. Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii
325. Little Tern Sternula albifrons
326. Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris
327. Lowland White-eye Zosterops meyeni
328. Ryukyu Scops-Owl Otus elegans "Endemic subspecies (O. e. botelensis)"
329. Whistling Green-Pigeon Treron formosae "Endemic subspecies (T. f. formosae)"
340. Philippine Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia tenuirostris
341. Brown-eared Bulbul Ixos amaurotis "Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (I. a. harterti)"
342. Japanese Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone atrocaudata

May 16th. Kaohsiung County.

343. Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha

Mid-May. Tainan.

344. Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus
345. White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
346. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
347. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus
348. Japanese Night-Heron Gorsachius goisagi
349. Slaty-breasted Rail Gallirallus striatus Taiwan Endemic Subspecies (G. s. taiwanus)

So a decent chance I will make it to 350 this year! More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

BabblerVille
Tuesday 5th June 2012, 02:37
I'm sure there has been a Chinese Egret with my name on it somewhere...

June 4th Anping, Tainan.

350. Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi


More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

BabblerVille
Friday 15th June 2012, 12:36
Seen on the west-central coast. Sodding hot, dry weather mixed with torrential rain. Looking forward to the dull temperate climes of Fermanagh. A few few weeks off now as I get excited about these exotic (it's all perspective...) target species: Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Siskin.

351. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
352. Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura

More details of the year at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.com/

BabblerVille
Thursday 30th August 2012, 03:34
On Matsu Islands - while dipping on the Chinese Crested Tern! Grrr

353. Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
354. Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus

Tainan Coast.

355. Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
356. Chinese Egret Egretta eulophotes (very pleased to get out of the way)

Some good trips coming up (Matsu, northern islands, and grand tour of the main island), looking forward to filling in missing spaces and meeting endemics again.

http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.tw/

BabblerVille
Thursday 13th September 2012, 10:12
On the the way to islets just to the north of Taiwan.

357. Short-tailed Shearwater Puffinus tenuirostris
358. Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma monorhis
359. Brown Noddy Anous stolidus

BabblerVille
Wednesday 21st November 2012, 18:05
Matsu in September:

360. Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris
361. Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus
362. Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike Coracina melaschistos
363. Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus
364. Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
365. Asian Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
366. Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana

And two (weak) new species for the Taiwan (well Matsu anyway) list probably. Look forward to seeing if accepted. I’m counting them as I saw the relevant field marks fairly well.

367. Hartert’s Warbler Phylloscopus reguloides goodsoni
368. Kloss’s Warbler Phylloscopus davisoni ogilviegranti

Between Hehuan and Taroko. October.

369. Mountain Hawk-Eagle Nisaetus nipalensis

North Tainan.

370. Spoon-billed Sandpiper Eurynorhynchus pygmeus !!!
371. Little Stint Calidris minuta

Kinmen.
372. Herring Gull Larus argentatus unsatisfying views
373. (Eurasian) Sky Lark Alauda arvensis

Slowing up. Another 3 birds seen but not written up on the blog yet (will list shortly). And another few to bag in the next few weeks. If only every 10th Swinhoe’s or Mikado Pheasant I see now counted as another tick...

BabblerVille
Thursday 29th November 2012, 15:27
On bird photo tour in Dasyueshan

374. Eurasian Siskin Spinus spinus

Chasing better stuff in Tainan.

375. Eastern Marsh-Harrier Circus spilonotus
376. Yellow-fronted Canary Serinus mozambicus
377. Black-browed Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps

Taichung Metropolitan Park.
A good winter for thrushes it seems.

378. Naumann's Thrush Turdus naumanni

And I still need the Plain Flowerpecker...American Wigeon...Large Cuckoo-Shrike...a couple flycatchers...robins...Hawfinch...Japanese Grosbeak...etc etc. I should get out tomorrow morning...

BabblerVille
Wednesday 12th December 2012, 06:55
Another 2 weeks to go. Thankfully the wife is giving me peace to focus on my secret family - the Muscicapidae.

379. White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea
380. Gray-backed Thrush Turdus hortulorum
381. Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor "Endemic subspecies (D. c. uchidai)"
382. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata
383. Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
384. Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii

The usual at http://birdingtaiwan.blogspot.tw/

BabblerVille
Sunday 30th December 2012, 12:16
385. Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara
386. Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis
387. Japanese Grosbeak Eophona personata
388. Japanese Robin Erithacus akahige

Could be it for the year...will summarize next week.