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Old Thursday 23rd February 2017, 07:36   #351
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Congrats on becoming the Brand Ambassador for local tourism industry. Hope you will allow us to use your credentials if we would like to sneak into some reserves.
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Hey Dev,

We were discussing some of the details yesterday. One of the bigger issues is my age, but the local government says that since they want me they can get permission.

One thing they mentioned yesterday was wanting my advice on attracting foreign tourists and in particular those interested in birding. I was thinking this morning about coming up with package deals where lodging and meals and transportation of a quality level acceptable to Westerners along with one admission fee that would cover any of the 'environmental tourism' or 'conservation' areas within Panjin's governmental area that would be lower cost than each separately.

I especially would like to have any comments, ideas, suggestions or questions from the BirdForum community. What would make it more attractive to you? What could be done better than what you have experienced elsewhere in China? What have you seen done especially well elsewhere?

A trip to Huludao has been suggested to see what they are doing there, so if anyone has birded there it would help to get your impressions and suggestions on what to do better.
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Winter is finally relaxing it's grip up here with it reaching +11 C today. Glad to have a good day to get outside for the afternoon I checked out one of the irrigation canals. Not great numbers, but the Buntings are starting the migration and provided some viewing at a few points.

After an initial start of over a kilometer with no birds whatsoever I finally encountered (2) Grey-headed Woodpecker closely followed by another (2) Great-spotted Woodpecker. The GSWP were working on hollowing out a new nest, which I took a shot of, but probably will not keep it since it is about head high and right at the edge of a commonly used walking path.

Shortly after that things picked up and I found the migrating bunting to the score of (7) Little Bunting and (20) Rustic Bunting. The male Rustic Bunting where singing away, so maybe they intend on making home here this summer.

Rounded things out for the day with anotherGreat-spotted Woodpecker, (3) Common Magpie, (40) Tree Sparrow and (10) Olive-backed Pipits.
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My wife and I had decided to have lunch out so we incorporated it into birding by walking along an irrigation canal to the shopping center which has numerous good places to eat. For five km or so it was still pretty low numbers, but a pleasant walk anyway.

(4) Elegant Bunting
(5) Japanese Tit
(2) Hawfinch
(1) Common Magpie
(1) Grey-Headed Woodpecker
(2) Little Bunting

and finally (12) Azure-Winged Magpie that followed us for awhile. I don't know if they have learned to recognize me or the long white lens on the camera, but even when they are ignoring other walkers they will cavort around me, sometimes flying ahead to scatter any flocks of other birds just as I arrive or just coming within a few meters to scold.
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March 10, 2017 - Gedalou Reservoir

The weather being perfect with 15 C, clear skies and very light wind I decided to make a day of it and see if Gedalou Reservoir had warmed enough to clear the ice yet. It proved a good choice even though it was still about 50% ice covered. My wife accompanied and since the family car is used during the day for business (the son-in-law is a district manager), we decided to splurge on hiring a car as I had never made it all the way around the 9km or so. Our daughter used a phone app to acquire the car and I noticed as he opened his logging and map app that it was labeled as 'Uber'. As we arrived he told me to just tell him when I wanted to stop and unlike any taxi driver we have had before he did indeed very cooperatively stop and patiently wait anytime I spotted something I wanted to investigate, which was often. In fact he even quickly figured out what I might be interested in and helped with spotting.

Immediately on arriving I stopped for a scan of the lake and was greeted with hundreds of gull, grebe and geese resting on the edge of the ice. The lake was approximately 50% ice covered and large flocks were concentrated along the edges of the ice out in the middle of the lake. Luckily I had decided to include the 1.4 tele-converter as in many cases the closest we could get was an estimated 500m-800m. We slowly made our way around with me snapping 650+ shots. Those proved invaluable as later at home I was able to zoom in and verify id's and even discover a few that I had missed at the time. Initially, it was perfect conditions, but the seeing deteriorated as the reed and rice beds were being burnt off in the area and a smoke haze and our trek around the lake deteriorated the quality of my photos as the sun swung around from directly behind me to directly in front.

Of particular delight to me were the new ticks for me of Smew, Slaty-backed Gull, and Bean Goose. The Great-Crested Grebe and Goosander (Common Mersanger) were also putting on quite a show with territorial and mating behavior being evident. The Grey Heron made for the earliest I have seen any Heron or Egret arriving.

Gedalou Reservoir, Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Mar 10, 2017 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 kilometer(s)
Comments: aprox. 15 C Lake aprox. 50% ice covered
12 species

Taiga Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis) 30
Smew (Mergellus albellus) 100
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 49
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 54
Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) 5
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 20
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 205
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 445
Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) 12
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 12
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) 2
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) 8

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Gedalou Reservoir, Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Mar 10, 2017 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
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5 species

Taiga Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis) 500
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
Smew (Mergellus albellus) 12
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 200
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 100

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Things having been so good in the morning I decided to extend out trip and check out the area around Honghaitan. It is closed this early in the season and not yet having the promised gate pass, we just took a back road adjacent to the tourist park. The immense numbers of Great Cormorant in breeding plumage flying in V's overhead made me glad for spending the extra money. Also caught one V of Bean Goose which went right by at low altitude. Luckily our driver noticed them and excitedly pointed them out as I was too engaged with snapping shots of the Great Cormorant to even notice.

Finally made the trip to the mouth of the Shangtaizi River since it was just past high tide hoping to catch some waders. Turned out the area had recently had about 500m of wetland filled with dredge material from the shipping channel and the shoreline "improved" with rock breakwater. No longer being exposed mud, the waders were no where to be seen. I did manage to pick up some Eurasian Skylark though.

HongHaiTan (Red Beach), Liaoning, CN
Mar 10, 2017 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
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Taiga Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis) 23
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 182
Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) 10

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A hike over to one of the irrigation canals where there is widening making a small lake area proved to still be a little early in the season. The lake was still about 90% ice covered although it was basically a slurry of ice just covering the surface. Didn't pick up much except a few Pallas's Reed Bunting & some newly arrived Chinese Bulbul.

A walk with the dog around the local park area today was much the same with a couple of Common Magpie working on expanding their nest and more Chinese Bulbul.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Mar 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 2
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 14
Dusky/Naumann's Thrush (Turdus eunomus/ naumanni) 2
Pallas's Bunting (Emberiza pallasi) 4

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Some very nice winter birding Owen!

I envy you your Smew.

The Reed Bunting pix are terrific. We're these all the same bird? I am now on the way to work by would be interested to examine them more closely to make sure you don't have a Japanese Reed Bunting

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PS You might also have a chance of seeing a Scaly-sided Merganser as they migrate back north!
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Some very nice winter birding Owen!

The Reed Bunting pix are terrific. We're these all the same bird? I am now on the way to work by would be interested to examine them more closely to make sure you don't have a Japanese Reed Bunting

PS You might also have a chance of seeing a Scaly-sided Merganser as they migrate back north!
I was using Brazil's illustrations and text to ID and I am feeling good about the Pallas's RB. Primarily based on the very clean breast and the less colorful wing. Also the bill looks to be too small for Japanese RB. For you to peruse, or anyone else interested, I have posted the best quality pics at the highest available quality at: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0q5Uzl7Vdwbwj

I've gone back through my shots from that day and came up with a few shots that included both individuals in the same frames. I wasn't able to get a shot of the other two I saw.

I was excited when I first spotted them as I thought they were Japanese RB, which would have been a new species tick for me.

Scaly-sided Merganser would be another tick that I would love to have! I plan a trip back to a waterbird area within the next few days, so here's hoping!
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A trip to Gedalou Reservoir was not as productive as last week, but still a nice outing. I was fighting a general haze, which made the camera struggle with focus at times and even when it did well the birds were often so distant that I was forced to enlarge the shot to where I started losing resolution. Whereas last time ducks were the stars, this time it was mostly gulls. A few outstanding points though. Sometimes it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

While trying to get a usable id shot of the Swan Goose far out in the middle of the lake, I just happened to be right where three White Wagtail 'Amur' (leucopsis) coming up from the south swooped down for a brief rest and a drink. Within less than 10 minutes they were once again headed north.

The Great Crested Grebe were claiming territories along the shoreline. One fellow came up from a dive with a fish almost too large to swallow! I got a nice sequence out of his performance.

Unfortunately, I also found a GC Grebe that had what I am sure will prove to be a fatal injury. He was still defending a breeding territory, so the injury must be quite recent, but he has a broken upper bill, which will make it almost impossible to eat. I've used up my allotment for this post, so I will make another posting with those shots.

Black-headed Gull were in abundance out in the middle of the lake with a few Swan Goose and I heard a Hoopoe calling. That was nice to hear as, unlike past winters, it was cold enough that all the Hoopoe abandoned us for the winter.

Gedalou Reservoir, Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Mar 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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6.0 kilometer(s)
7 species

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 17
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 340
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 22
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 7
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 3
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) 2

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My birding started early today after being awakened by a loud owl call. This is the second time I have heard this call with the other time being early evening at approximately at 19:30 three days ago. This time it was quiet enough to record without all the background noise. I was unable to figure it out, so I submitted it to the ID forum. I am continued to be impressed with the ID forum as Mark Andrews came up with Little Owl - Athene noctuna. I had not considered that as Brazil's showed it as out of range here, but since Mark's ID I was able to match the call through the IBC sight.

My lack of experience in converting movie files to audio leaves me with a WAV file that the forum says is too large so you can listen to through my eBird report at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35383490
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A walk around some of the more rural local area turned up a surprise. While scouting around a rural village I came across some caged birds that had either escaped or been released. My attention was captured by the sight of a pair of very long tailed and blocky headed birds flying at the edge of the village and near some mixed timber by some small ponds. I was able to get a quick look with the binoculars but the camera refused to focus in time to get a photo if a pair of Amur Paradise-Flycatcher rufous morph. Both males by the long tails. While trying to get another look at them I spotted another pair of Crested Myna. I did manage one usable confirmation photo of them that I ran past the ID forum for a second opinion. I figure a good chance that in both cases there was a good chance that either someone released their collection or that they were escapees. The Asian Paradise-Flycatchers are possible natives though.

Hoopoe have definitively returned as I spotted four individuals. And a pair of Eurasian Kestrel were hunting over some open fields.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Mar 25, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
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Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 4
Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 2
Amur Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) 2 Probable released cage birds. Pair seen together. Observed very long tails, with blocky looking heads and seemingly awkward, head up tail lower flight. Rufous morph. Observed very near a pair of Crested Myna that were also likely released caged birds.
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 4
Crested Myna (Acridotheres cristatellus) 2 Probable released cage birds. Seen in close proximity to pair of Amur Paradise-Flycatcher.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 30

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Hey Dev,

We were discussing some of the details yesterday. One of the bigger issues is my age, but the local government says that since they want me they can get permission.

One thing they mentioned yesterday was wanting my advice on attracting foreign tourists and in particular those interested in birding. I was thinking this morning about coming up with package deals where lodging and meals and transportation of a quality level acceptable to Westerners along with one admission fee that would cover any of the 'environmental tourism' or 'conservation' areas within Panjin's governmental area that would be lower cost than each separately.

I especially would like to have any comments, ideas, suggestions or questions from the BirdForum community. What would make it more attractive to you? What could be done better than what you have experienced elsewhere in China? What have you seen done especially well elsewhere?

A trip to Huludao has been suggested to see what they are doing there, so if anyone has birded there it would help to get your impressions and suggestions on what to do better.
Hi Owen,

Apologies for the late reply. Haven't been to the section lately. Your idea of one whole package is certainly a very good one but first of all you may want to put Panjin in the birding circuit.
For a halfpat like me, i mostly stick to my local patch due to a desk job. Even, if its further afield i won't go further than 400km for a weekend birding.
For visiting birders n tour groups, they mainly stick to the well-known circuit. If it's not for Tom Beeke, Dalian was never in my radar.

A bird race or bird festival would certainly put Panjin under spotlight. A Bird race would certainly reveal more avifauna in the area.
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Most of us have real jobs to attend command our time. I have been really enjoying retirement and choosing what to spend my time on rather than it dictated to me by my job. At least you have a really nice web page. Something that I suppose I will need to be doing soon. Not something I look forward to as I have managed to avoid social media except for BirdForum. I understand sticking to your own patch as I rarely make it more than 20 km from home. The family here considers the 50 km to Yingkou to be a really long trip.

Very good comments. Getting a spotlight on Panjin on the birding circuit is exactly the kind of thing that the government wonks are expressing interest in accomplishing here. I've never even been a member of a birding club being inclined to prefer being on my own, so I am currently not even sure what that involves. I have contacted Cornell University to let them know about the local interest in environmental protection and birding in particular. No reply back yet, but at least a starting place. I think a bird race and/or bird festival is the kind of thing that the government would willingly get behind.

I've never even taken part in either, so any suggestions from anybody on what would be good are always welcome. My role here is going to be as a brand representative and consultant on this end and facilitator for those interested in environment and/or birding here. They have spoken of expanding efforts out past just Panjin into Liaoning in the future.

All that, of course, dependent upon the whole thing actually happening. Things in China tend to progress at a glacial pace then suddenly an immense rush to do it now. The vice-mayors office still says they are working on the official paperwork. The way things work here I'll probably get a phone call out of the blue saying the driver will be there to pick me up in 20 minutes then a day of chaotic activity getting started.
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Another trip out to Gedalou Reservoir for a pleasant day birding. My wife went along for the exercise and we covered about 6 km on foot before our pre-arraigned ride picked us up. March is the month where the reservoir goes from totally ice covered to the present ice free and as a result there is a constantly changing parade of bird life arriving.

First of all some of the incidental things during the walk. About two hours in, having walked on ahead while I was trying to get a better picture of some gulls, my wife started yelling for me, panicked enough to forget any English. Literal translation: “Come, come, come quickly! Person die! I’m afraid!” For a moment she had me going too. Somebody had lost a rubber glove in the lake. Took quite a while to convince her. Also, this doesn’t look like a job I would care to have. And I used to complain about having to feed and water the hogs when doing farm work.

Back to the birding. The lack was very productive and I managed to pick-up three new tics on my list. The Garganey made for a really nice pic. The Tufted Duck was a bit of a puzzle at first as there was no tuft evident. Shortly I caught one with the tuft showing. Gadwall were the third new tic having been sighted before but only at a distance and not well enough to be certain.

Great Crested Grebe were questioned by eBird as being too early and too high a number, but pairs were distributed regularly in territories around the shoreline & small groups further out. If anything I probably had an under-count as they were so common that one started to only notice them in passing. I had to work a little to find a good photo for them as they were common enough that I didn't put any effort into obtaining one. The Gray Heron impressed me more as being early for here.

Given the disagreements in classification, i.e. Brazil’s Field Guide says, Mongolian Gull - Larus mongolicus but MacKinnon & Phillipps has Yellow-legged Gull - Larus cachinnans mongolicus. The Helm Identification Guide Gulls has it as a subspecies under Caspian Gull - Larus cachinnans mongolicus, I took the opportunity to question how they actually want the Mongolian Gull counted and the reply is "In the eBird taxonomy, that gull is Herring Gull (Mongolian), or Larus argentatus mongolicus."

I was reluctantly forced to leave when our ride showed up just as 150 or so Mallard came back in from the north in V after V to roost for the evening.

Gedalou Reservoir, Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Mar 28, 2017 11:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 kilometer(s)
17 species

Taiga Bean-Goose (Anser fabalis) 23
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 12
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 150
Eastern Spot-billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha) 5
Garganey (Anas querquedula) 2
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 8
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) 6
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 33 Pair distributed regularly in territories around the shoreline & small groups further out. Commonly see pairs along the shore through the breeding season at this location.
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 8
Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) 8
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 59
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) 30
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 150
Herring Gull (Mongolian) (Larus argentatus mongolicus) 68
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 14
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) 4
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) 8

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Great to see spring hotting up, up there !

We get get Yellow-legged/Mongolian/Caspian Gull here in Hong Kong, too. The constant name changes are a challenge.
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You should probably contact Terry T in Beijing - he's plugged in to the Chinese scene and you will need that within-country, national support over and above anything Cornell can or would do - they cause enough angst outside "murka" as it is and are only really interested in US and S Am birds in my opinion...


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Most of us have real jobs to attend command our time. I have been really enjoying retirement and choosing what to spend my time on rather than it dictated to me by my job. At least you have a really nice web page. Something that I suppose I will need to be doing soon. Not something I look forward to as I have managed to avoid social media except for BirdForum. I understand sticking to your own patch as I rarely make it more than 20 km from home. The family here considers the 50 km to Yingkou to be a really long trip.

Very good comments. Getting a spotlight on Panjin on the birding circuit is exactly the kind of thing that the government wonks are expressing interest in accomplishing here. I've never even been a member of a birding club being inclined to prefer being on my own, so I am currently not even sure what that involves. I have contacted Cornell University to let them know about the local interest in environmental protection and birding in particular. No reply back yet, but at least a starting place. I think a bird race and/or bird festival is the kind of thing that the government would willingly get behind.

I've never even taken part in either, so any suggestions from anybody on what would be good are always welcome. My role here is going to be as a brand representative and consultant on this end and facilitator for those interested in environment and/or birding here. They have spoken of expanding efforts out past just Panjin into Liaoning in the future.

All that, of course, dependent upon the whole thing actually happening. Things in China tend to progress at a glacial pace then suddenly an immense rush to do it now. The vice-mayors office still says they are working on the official paperwork. The way things work here I'll probably get a phone call out of the blue saying the driver will be there to pick me up in 20 minutes then a day of chaotic activity getting started.
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You should probably contact Terry T in Beijing - he's plugged in to the Chinese scene and you will need that within-country, national support over and above anything Cornell can or would do - they cause enough angst outside "murka" as it is and are only really interested in US and S Am birds in my opinion...
My exact thoughts. Can't vouch for Cornell but for Terry. Terry has hands on experience working with NGO's, govt organisations and has also recently participated in the Bird Race in Israel.
You should also get in touch with Tom on his thoughts as he has also participated in a Bird festival somewhere up north.
I guess, there is a bird race/festival coming up this October in Laotieshan.
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True enough that in the past eBird (Cornell) has only really been for the Americas, but they are wanting to expand their database more worldwide. They have started with Taiwan but I have had contact with them in the past where they expressed real interest in expanding to the Mainland but they are still working on establishing the contacts and cooperation they need. They do have traditional character language available now. http://ebird.org/content/ebird/?lang=zh-hant
http://help.ebird.org/customer/zh_tw/portal/articles?t=

I intend to get in touch with Terry directly soon. I have been waiting a little bit until the paperwork filters through the government but may go ahead and directly contact him today or tomorrow. Tried Tom recently with no reply, but I have had some problems with internet and emails recently, so maybe should try again.
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Staying close to home yesterday but in a more rural area yielded a nice selection. The Red-Flanked Bluetail were absent last year, but have returned this spring and are exceptionally brightly colored. Elegant Bunting were busy scolding me as well. A flock of Naumann's Thrush led me down a side canal embankment where I have had several especially good sightings before and sure enough, there I found three Dusky Thrush that, unlike the Naumenn's, were completely unconcerned with my presence. A few other regulars rounded out the day.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Apr 1, 2017 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
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11 species (+1 other taxa)

Eurasian Hoopoe (Eurasian) (Upupa epops [epops Group]) 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 2
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 1
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 7
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 5
Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) 12
Dusky Thrush (Turdus eunomus) 3
Dusky/Naumann's Thrush (Turdus eunomus/ naumanni) 13
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) 6
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) 2
Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans) 28
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) 4

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Hi Owen

I would suggest joining a bird race yourself - perhaps the one in Laotieshan? - to get a sense of what's its like.

Fine shot of the Garganey over the water!

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A rather active day birding starting before sunrise and finishing up with another trip to Gedalou Reservoir.

The Little Owl continues to patrol our neighborhood and can be heard calling most every night. I woke up at about 4:30 AM and step out on the patio and was able to get a quick glance in the first light of the day as it soared over the rooftops maybe 100 meters away.

The pair of White Wagtail that have nested in our community in the past have returned and can often be seen perched on the peak of the building just behind us. The sighting of a single Grey Heron while walking the dog in the morning led to the decision to make another trip to the reservoir.

Things are slowing down there but still some interesting sightings. The earliest sighting for me here of a single Barn Swallow skimming a drink off the reservoir. I didn't manage any good ID photos but got a good visual. Which reminds me that a couple of days before I briefly saw a Bat also skimming a drink from a small fish pond and then heading into the small adjacent village which has several abandoned buildings. I did manage to get a good enough photo to verify that it was indeed a bat. Seems especially early for them as it is still commonly getting down to about freezing at night.

eBird still keeps flagging my Great Crested Grebe at Gedalou as being too early in the season and too high of a count. Not a doubt though. They tend to have defended territories all the way around the lake with others lacking territories seen further out towards the middle. My 35 was an actual count and along less than half the lake.

No other real notables except for the large numbers of Black-headed Gull mostly resting well out from shore.

Gedalou Reservoir, Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Apr 12, 2017 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 kilometer(s)
9 species

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina) 16
Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) 10
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) 35
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) 7
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 370
Herring Gull (Mongolian) (Larus argentatus mongolicus) 16
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1 Single individual observed closely while skimming drinks from reservoir presented as juv. Wings did not have the sickle shape of swift and no white or red rump patch
Pallas's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus) 8

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