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Old Saturday 3rd November 2012, 05:51   #701
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Jinshitan Sea-farming ponds and ridge Nov. 3, 2012

Early morning at the ridge: 6-8 am.
Return to the pond areas with my son: 10-12

Common Pheasant - many
Ruddy Shelduck - 2
Gadwall - 1
Eurasian Wigeon - 2
Mallard - 300
Spot-billed Duck - 100
Eurasian Teal - 30
Tufted Duck - 5
Common Goldeneye - 25
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Little Grebe - many
Grey Heron - 18
Little Egret - 3
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Common Coot - 15
Green Sandpiper - 1
Vega/Mongolian Gull - a few
Black-tailed Gull - a few
Black-headed Gull - 75
Oriental Tutrle Dove - 15
Common Kingfisher - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Great Tit - 50
Coal Tit - 5
Varied Tit - 6
Chinese Penduline Tit - 2
Barn Swallow - 10
Eurasian Skylark - 10
Chinese Hill Warbler - 2
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 2 groups
Dusky/Naumann's Thrush - 30
Eye-browed Thrush - 2
Red-flanked Bluetail - 1
Daurian Redstart - 5
Siberian Stonechat - 1
Siberian Accentor - 3
Brambling - 8
Oriental Greenfinch - 20
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 1
Pallas's Rosefinch - 1
Chinese Grosbeak - 2
Meadow Bunting - 20 A different sounding Meadow Bunting recording below. Twice I followed unknown calls and they turned out to be Meadow Buntings. Maybe they have different vocalizations this time of year?
Rustic Bunting - 4
Yellow-throated Bunting - 20
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 15
Japanese Reed Bunting - 6
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Old Saturday 3rd November 2012, 05:53   #702
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Old Saturday 3rd November 2012, 08:28   #703
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This just in......Leighton (a Beijing birder living in Dalian) called to tell me that the banding station at Laotieshan banded around 10 Eurasian Bullfinches today alone! They are seeing them there every day. I need to look at my schedule!
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Old Saturday 3rd November 2012, 10:38   #704
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Eurasian Bullfinch...Zhang Lin reported 5 at Rudong earlier this week too...

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after the cold front,a lot of visible migrants incl. 350 Dusky Thrush,5 Eurasian Bullfinch(pink belly).....................
...another irruption?

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Old Monday 5th November 2012, 12:04   #705
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Awesome link here to see Oriental Honey Buzzard migration. I've been enjoying following this. Would love to get involved in this type of thing.
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This just in......Leighton (a Beijing birder living in Dalian) called to tell me that the banding station at Laotieshan banded around 10 Eurasian Bullfinches today alone! They are seeing them there every day. I need to look at my schedule!
Never been recorded in Beijing!! Fingers crossed.... It's turning out to be a very exciting late autumn.. who know what else will turn up? Had our first snow this weekend in Beijing.. hoping for Pallas's Sandgrouse and an owl or two...
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Old Wednesday 7th November 2012, 12:44   #707
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Jinshi Golf Club Nov. 7, 2012

Had just over an hour at the Jinshi Golf Club today just before dark. I was out looking for Bullfinches that have been reported lately. None today, but might have time to try another place tomorrow. The Willow Tit below could be Marsh but I'm not sure. After looking at the OBC web site I'm leaning towards Willow. It didn't really call (other than a few notes) so voice is not really an option. Bill structure, body shape, pale fringes on the tertials and secondaries all point towards Willow for me but please correct if I'm wrong. I have very little experience with either.

I once again had to negotiate my way in after buying a ticket for 30 RMB. On one road I was stopped and told to get in a car to take me back out but negotiated my way out of that claiming I wasn't interfearing with any golfers, and then stopped again while walking back to the gate later and told to not come back.....it's a fantastic birding site but very hard to get in and stay in. The problem is that if Bullfinches are in town, this is where they'd be (in Jinshitan anyway). I do know how to get in the back way through a forest but am trying to build trust with the gate people by doing things right...... It's full of original forest and fantastic looking habitat. It is easier to get in during the winter when it's closed.

Common Pheasant - many
Great Cormorant - 2 (I didn't have time to do a sea watch but this place usually has good numbers of Pelagic in the winter and Great in the summer)
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Great Tit - many
Coal Tit - 20
Willow Tit - 1 (Please check the photo and see if I'm right here, I have more pics also)
Chinese Bulbul - 3
Dusky Warbler - 1
Yellow-browed Warbler - 5
Goldcrest - 3
Eurasian Treecreeper - 1
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 1
Brambling - 10
Eurasian Siskin - 7
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 1
Meadow Bunting - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 40
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Old Thursday 8th November 2012, 09:50   #708
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Jinshitan Reservoir Nov. 8, 2012

The varied Tit recording just contains a few calls at around 4 seconds. The orchestra in the background is a bunch of Yellow-throated Buntings.

Just before dark:

Common Pheasant
Mallard - 1
Little Grebe - 2
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 1
Azure-winged Magpie - 12
Great Tit - at least 50
Coal Tit - 20
Varied Tit - 3
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1
Virous-throated Parrotbill - 2 groups
Goldcrest - 1
Crested Myna - a group at work today
Dusky Thrush - 2
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Dusky x Naumann's Thrush - 15
Red-flanked Bluetail - 1
Daurian Redstart - 3
Siberian Accentor - 1
Brambling - around 50
Meadow Bunting - 5
Rustic Bunting - 25
Yellow-throated Bunting - at least 75
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Old Friday 9th November 2012, 09:56   #709
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds Nov. 9, 2012

1 hour just before dark.

Common Pheasant - 10
Gadwall - 8
Eurasian Wigeon - 6
Mallard - 50
Spot-billed Duck - 25
Eurasian Teal - 2
Common Pochard - 4
Tufted Duck - 2
Little Grebe - 20
Grey Heron - 10
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Northern Goshawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Common Coot - 24
Green Sandpiper - 4
Mongolian/Vega Gull - 3
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Great Tit - 6
Eurasian Skylark - 4
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 20
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 20
Japanese Reed Bunting - 1
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Old Saturday 10th November 2012, 07:18   #710
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Jinshitan Sea Farming Pond Ridge Nov. 10, 2012

Two hour visit with my family (wife and two kids)! I went earlier with my son and my wife joined us with my daughter for lunch. I was there for a total of approx. 2 hours and then we got chased off by light rain.

The Varied Tit photo shows a small insect about the become lunch! Look at the left side of the pic.

Common Pheasant - 5, one reset my wife's heart for her in the tall grass on the way up.
Mallard - 100
Spot-billed Duck - 35
Little Grebe - 5
Grey Heron - 3
Eurasian Kestrel - 1 that hunted beside us the entire time.
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 3
Upland Buzzard - 1 nice adult.
Mongolian/Vega Gull - 50
Great Tit - 15
Coal Tit - 10
Varied Tit - 4
Barn Swallow - 1 lost looking individual
Eurasian Skylark - 5
Chinese Hill Warbler - 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 2 groups
Dusky or Naumann's Thrush - 20
Brambling - 50
Oriental Greenfinch - 5
Hawfinch - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 25
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Old Saturday 10th November 2012, 12:38   #711
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The autumn migration report from Laotieshan is completed and can be found at http://birdingbeijing.com/
This was put together by Paul Holt. I tried to upload it here several times over the last few days but it won't go. It's not all bad though, gives you a good reason to visit Terry's wonderful blog there again. If you haven't already saved his blog in your favourites and don't visit it regularly I personally think you should be banned from this one!

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Old Tuesday 13th November 2012, 10:41   #712
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Sea-farming Ponds Nov. 13, 2012

A quick and cold visit that resulted in a Black Stork in the air upon arrival. This is my second and the first was only a few weeks ago. It was distant but gave nice looks for a minute or so as it tried to handle the heavy wind. Very cold today - shades of winter birding.....

I have about 30 minutes now before I run out of daylight after work so soon I'll be only getting out on weekends.

Common Pheasant
Gadwall - 6
Mallard - 20
Spot-billed Duck - 50
Tufted Duck - 2 (one with some kind of garbage stuck on its head -- see the photos)
Black Stork - 1
Grey Heron - 7
Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Common Coot - 26 (should be heading out soon, no Little Grebes today but they could have been taking shelter from the wind)
Green Sandpiper - 1
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
White Wagtail - 2 late leucopsis
Yellow-throated Bunting - 15
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 10
Japanese Reed Bunting - 2
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Old Tuesday 27th November 2012, 12:45   #713
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Sea-farming Ponds November 27, 2012

I literally had 30 minutes to run and check the main duck pond and there was a Baer's Pochard waiting for me! This is a life bird for me and sightings have been very scarce in China as of late. The status of this species isn't headed in the right direction. There was only one today with a few other ducks and Coots in the last small area of open water - the rest are mostly frozen.

The list from this quick trip is small but I am delighted to add Baer's Pochard to my Jinshitan list!
Common Pheasant - 1
Gadwall - 1
Mallard - 3
Baer's Pochard - 1
Ferruginous Duck - 2
Tufted Duck - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Common Coot - around 15 huddled together
Green Sandpiper - 1
Great Tit - 3
Yellow-throated Bunting - 5
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 2

I have been very busy with work lately but have seen many Varied Tit in and around my house in the last few weeks, 3 Swan Sp. flying over work last week, A Saunders's Gull among all the other gulls near the beach two weekends ago with my son, and the resident Chinese Hill Warbler that I hear and/or see in the hedge where I park at work each day.
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Old Tuesday 27th November 2012, 13:18   #714
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Superb Tom! Every record of this species is important, given its status.
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Old Tuesday 27th November 2012, 23:10   #716
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Nothing like a self-found lifer on the patch, especially a bird of this magnitude - congratulations Tom!

Great to sees it next to a Ferruginous Duck too.

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there was a Baer's Pochard waiting for me! This is a life bird for me.
That is fabulous recompense for all the times you visit. It makes everything worthwhile, when you turn up something as great as this on one of your regular haunts; even more so, when itís a lifer.

Those are probably some of the best 30 minutes you have ever spent.

Did you ever think you might have one of those there ?

Iím just surprised you didnít post it in capitals and a huge font. I would have.

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Old Saturday 1st December 2012, 06:32   #718
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Had a wonderful 3 hours this morning in this excellent winter birding area. Temperature was -6 and warmed to around zero by noon with no wind. I gained access through the gate via a friend's car without a hassle and left by a small side trail that emptys into a parking lot area where people are supposed to pay 80 RMB per person to walk the geopark trail. As I popped out of the woods, a person who works at the ticket booth saw me and wasn't sure what he was supposed to do with this foreigner appearing from the forest. He looked sternly at me, thought for a moment, and then said "don't cross!" I smiled and said "ok" and he seemed fine with that. I don't think he we aware of the Chinse Nuthatch, Rosefinches, and other winter goodies that can be found in his forest.

List:

Common Pheasant - I counted up to 50 and then probably saw 20 more.
Mallard - 5
Spot-billed Duck - 20
Common Goldeneye - 5
Red-breasted Merganser - 8
Pelagic Cormorant - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 10
Vega/Mongolian Gull - 5
Hill Pigeon - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Bull-headed Shrike - 1
Azure-winged Magpie - 10
Great Tit - 30
Coal Tit - 10
Chinese Hill Warbler - 8
Chinese Bulbul - 15
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 3 groups
Goldcrest - 3
Chinese Nuthatch - 3
Naumann's Thrush - 6
Red-flanked Bluetail - 1
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 14! (two times I had 4 or more in one tree)
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 6 and heard a few more
Pallas's Rosefinch - 4 (1 male, 3 females)
Hawfinch - 2
Meadow Bunting - 5
Yellow-throated Bunting - 50
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Your patch just oozes quality Tom - Pelagic Cormorant and Pallas's Rosefinch, plus a cracking Bull-headed Shrike and Siberian Accentor all say that winter has arrived in style!

Great stuff!

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Jinshitan Dec. 8, 2012

Two hours in my friend's car driving around. Too cold for the motorbike. Mostly checking water holes.

Common Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck - 35 Sat beside an area where they were coming and going to and from some rice fields - beautiful ducks!
Mallard - 25
Common Pochard - 1
Ferruginous Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 50
Little Grebe - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 3
Buzzard Sp. - 1
Eurasian Curlew - 28 (a bit of a surprise but I've seen them in sub-zero temps here before as well) They were in a small salt water bay.
Black-tailed Gull - 25
Common Gull - 10
Vega Gull - 5
Saunder's Gull - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 2
Great Tit - a few
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1
Brambling - 15
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Jinshitan GeoPark Dec. 16, 2012

After leading some field trips to the Jinshitan GeoPark on Wednesday and realizing it to be a very birdy place, I decided to return late Friday afternoon. I'm having a hard time putting things on this thread due to being busy, short day light, and cold. Holidays right around the corner so that will change soon. I am off work for 5 weeks starting January 18 with a few long weekends for Christmas and New Years. Will be some trips in there!

The weather on Friday was horrible as is evident by the matching horrible photography below.... The purpose of the one hour visit was to see if there were any Bullfinches around. These are being seen at many places in China at the moment and must certainly be around here as well - nothing today.

Common Pheasant
Red-breasted Merganser - 3
Pelagic Cormorant - 2
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Northern Goshawk - 1
Mongolian Gull - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Great Tit - 20
Coal Tit - 4
Chinese Hill Warbler - 2
Crested Myna - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 1
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 1
Brambling - 30
Greenfinch - 10
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 1
Hawfinch - 8
Meadow Bunting - 3
Rustic Bunting - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 15
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Old Sunday 16th December 2012, 06:19   #723
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Tom: Apparentlya superb year for Baer's P autumn sightings in N China which is very good news.
Be up your way before the winter is over. Brian.
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I literally had 30 minutes to run and check the main duck pond and there was a Baer's Pochard waiting for me! This is a life bird for me and sightings have been very scarce in China as of late. The status of this species isn't headed in the right direction. There was only one today with a few other ducks and Coots in the last small area of open water - the rest are mostly frozen.

The list from this quick trip is small but I am delighted to add Baer's Pochard to my Jinshitan list!
Common Pheasant - 1
Gadwall - 1
Mallard - 3
Baer's Pochard - 1
Ferruginous Duck - 2
Tufted Duck - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Common Coot - around 15 huddled together
Green Sandpiper - 1
Great Tit - 3
Yellow-throated Bunting - 5
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 2

I have been very busy with work lately but have seen many Varied Tit in and around my house in the last few weeks, 3 Swan Sp. flying over work last week, A Saunders's Gull among all the other gulls near the beach two weekends ago with my son, and the resident Chinese Hill Warbler that I hear and/or see in the hedge where I park at work each day.
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Tom: Cracking photo of male Pallas's R. Brian.

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Had a wonderful 3 hours this morning in this excellent winter birding area. Temperature was -6 and warmed to around zero by noon with no wind. I gained access through the gate via a friend's car without a hassle and left by a small side trail that emptys into a parking lot area where people are supposed to pay 80 RMB per person to walk the geopark trail. As I popped out of the woods, a person who works at the ticket booth saw me and wasn't sure what he was supposed to do with this foreigner appearing from the forest. He looked sternly at me, thought for a moment, and then said "don't cross!" I smiled and said "ok" and he seemed fine with that. I don't think he we aware of the Chinse Nuthatch, Rosefinches, and other winter goodies that can be found in his forest.

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Common Pheasant - I counted up to 50 and then probably saw 20 more.
Mallard - 5
Spot-billed Duck - 20
Common Goldeneye - 5
Red-breasted Merganser - 8
Pelagic Cormorant - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 10
Vega/Mongolian Gull - 5
Hill Pigeon - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Bull-headed Shrike - 1
Azure-winged Magpie - 10
Great Tit - 30
Coal Tit - 10
Chinese Hill Warbler - 8
Chinese Bulbul - 15
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 3 groups
Goldcrest - 3
Chinese Nuthatch - 3
Naumann's Thrush - 6
Red-flanked Bluetail - 1
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 14! (two times I had 4 or more in one tree)
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 6 and heard a few more
Pallas's Rosefinch - 4 (1 male, 3 females)
Hawfinch - 2
Meadow Bunting - 5
Yellow-throated Bunting - 50
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