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Old Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 06:17   #151
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Smog or not, I decided to get out for a little bit today. Not much over two kilometers, but what I did find was mostly clustered together in the middle of a village. I could hear what sounded to be a large mixed flock feeding noisily, so having little luck otherwise, followed the sound into a village area and found a large group of Tree Sparrow, Light-vented Bulbul, Coal and Long-tailed Tit that were ground feeding behind the two meter high wall of one of the residences. Counts were the best I could do since all I could actually see were the birds which showed themselves in the trees inside the yard. The rest were one flock of Spotted Dove looking forlorn as the roosted in a tree next to another village area and a flock of Azure-winged Magpie with two Common Magpie hanging around them on the outer edges. I did see what I think was one Eurasian Kestrel, but it was barely visible as something moving fast in the smog.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Dec 23, 2015 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 kilometer(s)
7 species

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 12
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 20
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 2
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 2
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 5
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 10
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 100

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Old Saturday 26th December 2015, 06:49   #152
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A Christmas gift from Siberia today with clear blue skies prevailing. This prompted me to head out, but it was also accompanied by a high of -10 ( -20 wind chill) which drove me back in after only half an hour. One interesting observation though.

At distance I spotted an unidentified form take flight ahead of me with CM in pursuit. Medium sized body with large bill and very short tail. Getting closer I was able to see the unfamiliar form was a Common Magpie with almost no tail feathers. I managed a couple of photos including one not great on in flight. I don't know if he had lost his tail feathers to the mobbing or not. My wife suggested that they were the fashion police and didn't want such a poorly dressed member in their flock.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Dec 26, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 2
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 11
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 10

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Old Saturday 26th December 2015, 14:47   #153
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Owen, I have jammed on the brakes many a time for the tail-less magpies only to find out they are not some new type of woodpecker, nutcracker, or chough! I feel your pain....

Cold here as well.

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The cold weather here is continuing to keep the bird counts so low that I hadn't made a posting here.

Dec. 28th - 1.5 hrs 3 km
8 Spotted Dove - 3 Azure-winged Magpie - 3 Long-tailed Tit - 3 Light-vented Bulbul and 13 Tree Sparrow

Dec 29th was even lower with 1hr 3km
7 Spotted Dove and 1 Common Magpie

January 1st was better weather and I decided to make the 2km hike over to the irrigation canal as it has the best habitat. By the time the light started to fail I was ready to head home to get out of the cold. A few surprises were in order. I was not expecting to see the Olive-backed Pipit although in small numbers. One lone Hawfinch must have missed the memo about moving further south as I haven't been seeing them for awhile now. One Hoopoe especially surprised me as I had not seen any for a few weeks.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jan 1, 2016 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 kilometer(s)
13 species

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 2
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 6
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 3
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 23
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) 1
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 2
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) 4
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) 4
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) 7
Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans) 8
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes) 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 40

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January 3rd I returned back to the canal again.
Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Jan 3, 2016 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
7 species

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 7
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 4
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 3
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 2
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 8
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 7

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Old Wednesday 6th January 2016, 01:54   #155
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Check your equipment before you leave folks! I now have added to my check list that I automatically run through whenever I pull the camera out of the bag. Check to make sure the mounting threads are tight!

It turns out that the big lens hood doesn't just make you look like you are a real photographer and know what you are doing. I moved to using an expensive shoulder strap with my Canon 7D and 100-400 zoom to remove the strain from my arthritic neck. This utilized the tripod mount threads as the attachment point and when I first obtained the rig I obsessively checked to make certain that the threads had not loosened. Having never found a problem I eventually got lax about checking it, which as it turned out, was a mistake. As I was leaving my birding area a few days ago with my camera hanging on my right side the thread backed out and the camera dropped. Since I have never had a problem in the past I suppose that with the cold weather and differential coefficients of expansion caused the threads to loosen up.

The heavy lens causes the camera to hang with the lens pointing straight down and I have the Mark I lens which has the sliding zoom, both of which were in my favor as it turns out. I generally collapse the lens and fully tighten the tension to keep it from drooping as I leave the birding area and walk home. This time however I had luckily neglected to do this and still had the lens extended and the tension set midway making it stiff but still able to slide. When the threads backed out the camera landed on the concrete, on the lens hood and the lens shortened up absorbing some of the shock. At the same time the lens hood, being plastic, deformed and finally popped loose, absorbing even more energy. Watching all this happen, seemingly in slow motion and horrified, I saw that the assembly then just slowly fell over on it's side.

After uttering a few well chosen invectives and expecting ruination, I picked up the equipment to discover within a few minutes that the camera had landed softly enough to be unmarked and that in fact other than some heavy marking of the end of the lens hood, no damage was evident at all. Remounting the hood I found that the camera powered up and everything performed fine. Use since continues to show no adverse effects from my mishap with the auto-focus working well and the lens continuing to capture crisp and clear images. I had been sold on spending the money on the 7D over the 70D based to a great degree on better weather sealing and better shock resistance and now I am glad I did. An insurance policy, which does cover drops, accompanied the purchase, but it would involve shipping the camera back. Shipping an expensive luxury item is something that I am not really comfortable with doing in China.

The lesson learned, now added to the checklist before leaving home includes checking the mounting threads at the same time that I check to see that I have a fresh battery installed.
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Seems that most of the bird life is concentrated around the irrigation canal a couple of kilometers from our apartment. A trip over there yesterday turned up mostly various Tits. An interesting note is that often I have found there to be different species directly opposite each other on opposite banks of the canal. This time I found that the Coal Tit were concentrated on the west bank while immediately across on the east bank I found a small flock of Japanese Tit but no Coal Tit.

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Jan 6, 2016 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 2
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 2
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 2
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 16
Japanese Tit (Parus minor) 10
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 26
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) 3
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) 5
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 195

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Check your equipment before you leave folks! I now have added to my check list that I automatically run through whenever I pull the camera out of the bag. Check to make sure the mounting threads are tight!

It turns out that the big lens hood doesn't just make you look like you are a real photographer and know what you are doing. I moved to using an expensive shoulder strap with my Canon 7D and 100-400 zoom to remove the strain from my arthritic neck. This utilized the tripod mount threads as the attachment point and when I first obtained the rig I obsessively checked to make certain that the threads had not loosened. Having never found a problem I eventually got lax about checking it, which as it turned out, was a mistake. As I was leaving my birding area a few days ago with my camera hanging on my right side the thread backed out and the camera dropped. Since I have never had a problem in the past I suppose that with the cold weather and differential coefficients of expansion caused the threads to loosen up.

The heavy lens causes the camera to hang with the lens pointing straight down and I have the Mark I lens which has the sliding zoom, both of which were in my favor as it turns out. I generally collapse the lens and fully tighten the tension to keep it from drooping as I leave the birding area and walk home. This time however I had luckily neglected to do this and still had the lens extended and the tension set midway making it stiff but still able to slide. When the threads backed out the camera landed on the concrete, on the lens hood and the lens shortened up absorbing some of the shock. At the same time the lens hood, being plastic, deformed and finally popped loose, absorbing even more energy. Watching all this happen, seemingly in slow motion and horrified, I saw that the assembly then just slowly fell over on it's side.

After uttering a few well chosen invectives and expecting ruination, I picked up the equipment to discover within a few minutes that the camera had landed softly enough to be unmarked and that in fact other than some heavy marking of the end of the lens hood, no damage was evident at all. Remounting the hood I found that the camera powered up and everything performed fine. Use since continues to show no adverse effects from my mishap with the auto-focus working well and the lens continuing to capture crisp and clear images. I had been sold on spending the money on the 7D over the 70D based to a great degree on better weather sealing and better shock resistance and now I am glad I did. An insurance policy, which does cover drops, accompanied the purchase, but it would involve shipping the camera back. Shipping an expensive luxury item is something that I am not really comfortable with doing in China.

The lesson learned, now added to the checklist before leaving home includes checking the mounting threads at the same time that I check to see that I have a fresh battery installed.
Can totally understand that feeling, Owen. Been there and done that, not once but twice in a slightly different way. Both times, my gimbal head came of from the monopod. Luckily, my glass survived both times, "medical miracle" i guess.
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I braved the cold for a short hour and a half and 3 km today finding two locations with small numbers.

(4) Spotted Dove
(8) Common Magpie
(5) Azure Winged Magpie
(40) Tree Sparrow
All clustered together within sight of our apartment with the Dove huddling up to a stove pipe on one of the homes in the nearby village.

(25) Azure Winged Magpie
(45) Tree Sparrow
In a small city park area about a kilometer away that usually produces almost nothing. The other two kilometers spent wandering about checking out vacant habitat.
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An interesting observation as I was walking the dog late this afternoon. The skies were clear blue and unclouded today and I happened to look up at just the right moment to catch sight of a large long legged and long necked bird flying at what was probably almost a kilometer distance. The body was quite dark apparently all over with very long out-stretched dark legs. I at first thought possibly my first Crane sighting, but the all dark body doesn't seem to fit anything. It flew with the slow wing beats and "cupped" wings typical of a Heron so I suppose it could have been an out of season Purple Heron that was flying with the neck extended, which would be unusual but Herons occasionally do fly with the extended neck. I have a picture from this summer of a Great Blue Heron that initially fooled me because he was flying with the neck out-stretched. However, my impression was that it was larger than that. It was flying towards an area that Purple Herons frequent during the warmer months. Unfortunately, no bins or camera with me, so nothing to evaluate.

Other than that, nothing but (8) Common Magpie scratching at the leaf litter.
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Owen, maybe Grey Heron? They seem to be hanging around this winter much later than normal.
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That was my first impression, just seemed unlikely this late (early?) in the season. Strong cold front supposed to arrive late today/tomorrow but if I get warm spell I'll go check out the reed beds where they were earlier.
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I got back out today after a week of a fierce head-cold which has kept me inside during the cold wave. Not that I would have been really inclined to be out much anyway given the temperatures.

Just a short jaunt and only turned up some Magpie and Tree Sparrow along with one Grey-Headed Woodpecker and 2 Spotted Dove. About another month until things start to pick up again here.

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Jan 26, 2016 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) 2
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 1
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 20
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 9
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 20

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We had some very nice weather today with it almost reaching freezing and with no wind, so I decided to make the 10 kilometer Grand Tour which takes in about half of the areas that I commonly bird. Large areas of nothing at all, but did come up with a few nice ticks.

I hadn't anymore than walked out the gate than (8) Long-Tailed Tit made an appearance just inside the grounds of the large boarding school, which being closed right and hence without hoards of students about provides some new territory to forage. I walked on to the irrigation canal and stopping to scan the flock of about (50) Tree Sparrow proved worthwhile as mixed in with them where (20) Brambling and (2) Elegant Bunting. Getting a picture proved harder than one might have expected though due to the (18) Azure-Winged Magpie who were noisily objecting to my presence. I twice had one who sat perched less than 5 meters away giving me the "Churrr.." call and waited until I aimed the camera at flock of Brambling then quickly flew down, buzzing the Brambling and sending them scattering.

Proceeding south along the canal for a couple of Kilometers yielded only (10) Little Bunting, (4) Elegant Bunting and (4) Rustic Bunting. Unfortunately, the next 4 kilometers yielded only (10) Rustic Bunting, again mixed with (50) Tree Sparrow and two Falcon that I heard at close range but did not see until it was too far away to be sure of an ID, probably Eurasian Kestrel. Ended on the little city park right next to home and unusually it yielded nothing today.
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Not a lot to report, but I did manage to come up with some good photos this week. It is looking like the first few scouts of the migration are starting to show up.

During one walk where I went further north toward the city center than I have before I ran into a small flock of Olive-Backed Pipit and while working to get a verification photo I was surprised to look up and see I was surrounded by a group of (4) Eurasian Treecreeper. First time I have ever seen more than two at a time. One got so close that I had to quickly switch to the close focus mode and gave me an excellent shot. The first shot is a more typical spotting. Can you find Waldo? The second is the up close opportunity. A flock in which I counted (48) Brambling seems to indicate they are starting to move back north.

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Feb 2, 2016 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 1
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 33
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 3
Japanese Tit (Parus minor) 3
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 6
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) 6
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) 5
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) 48
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 58

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The next day was just close to home and not a lot to see, but did produce my first female Daurian Redstart of the season and some great shots of a male Eurasian Kestrel that has returned to his hunting grounds after being gone for the coldest of the weather. The only problem with this was forcing myself to delete so many shots!

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Feb 3, 2016 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM
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Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 1
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 28
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 2
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 21
Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) 1
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides) 5
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 65

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As I said, the kind of problem you like to have, too many great shots.
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Wonderful shots of the kestrel and the treecreeper Owen!

Best wishes for the Year of the Monkey!

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February-7-2016

Seeing the chance to escape the Spring Festival crowd in the house, I went out to see what I could find despite the fireworks. It didn't pan out exceptionally well, but this time I got some great shots of an Eastern Buzzard.

Everything was very flighty due to all the fireworks and only after getting out did it dawn on me that I had left my bins at home. As a result I had a couple of brief sightings that I unfortunately couldn't positively identify. Firstly there were what I am reasonably certain were five Larks. However they only exposed themselves from the overgrown grass they were hiding in very briefly a couple of times and I didn't get the camera up in time. About 80% certain of probably Eurasian Skylark or possibly Crested Lark. Nothing else seems to work for the size, general shape and habitat. The other was a Thrush size and shape but all black. I had a good shot with the camera but a misfire when I tried. Turns out I had switched it off. Lord only knows why. Possibly an Eastern Blackbird but seems out of place for this time of year, or Common Starling, but a single bird would be really odd for them. No white slash on head, so not a Siberian Thrush.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Feb 7, 2016 11:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 kilometer(s)
8 species

Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus) 1
Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 1
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 1
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 4
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 3
Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni) 1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) 112

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Old Thursday 11th February 2016, 13:23   #168
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Owen, excellent Eastern Buzzard pictures. Very good chance the larks were Eurasian. Was the black bird possibly a Brown-eared Bulbul? They could look very dark depending on the lighting. The only other possibilities I can think of is a rook or crow but that wouldn't fit the size... Dusky Thrush maybe? It also is amazing that you have a Hoopoe staying in your area for the entire winter -- really cool!

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Tom, I had a flock of Light-Vented Bulbul males making their appearance earlier than I expected yesterday, so although I haven't recorded one yet, a Brown-Eared Bulbul would definitely be a possibility. The lighting was not the best. More Naumann's Thrush are moving back into the area as well, but at this point I doubt I would have missed the white markings on the head of a Dusky Thrush, a year ago, I might have.

The presence of a few Hoopoe through the winter surprises me also and last winter caused eBird to send an email on several occasions suggesting I had to be mistaken but I have enough photos that they have accepted it now. I still find it amazing that they survive given their feeding habits. The ground has been frozen solid since mid November and sometimes is snow covered. Just now starting to thaw a bit in areas with lots of sun light as the temperatures are finally managing to struggle to above freezing and even rain forecast for tonight.
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We had people doing some work at the apartment, so I decided to take a longer hike with the dog so she wouldn't be raising everyone's stress level by barking at them constantly. Not to mention her stress level.

I went over to the irrigation canal which is now dry except for the collapsed ice sheet that formed back in November when it had a couple of meters of water. Proceeding south along the canal. Covered about 6 kilometers but found almost everything I spotted in one area of about 50 meters radius. Surprisingly, no Tree Sparrow at all. All the fireworks appear to have pushed them into a few very large flocks, so you either see very large numbers or nothing.

The Grey-Headed Woodpeckers were the first to appear. There were two males arguing and fighting over the attention of one female who was doing her best to look unimpressed. There were a couple of more woodpecker sightings but I was unable to be sure of identity through the brush although I think it was another Grey-Headed and one Great-Spotted.

A pair of Hoopoe were spotted in a new area, so I am sure I am seeing the beginnings of migration back north now.

Treecreeper are still surprising abundant in that area with being able to see three at once. Again a probability of more based on calls that I wasn't able to visually ID.

One very angry Japanese Tit came in very close to object to the dog's presence with a total of three spotted.

The big find showing migration activity was (10) male Light-Vented Bulbul. They were still bunched up together in one small area not having spread out along the canal as they will and were very actively singing and making their demonstration flights.

Looking at my report I see I need to make a correction as I left out the two Winter Wren, one of which was singing loudly. How such a little bird can be so loud is amazing.

Panjin, Dawa County, Liaoning, CN, Liaoning, CN
Feb 11, 2016 9:15 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 kilometer(s)
12 species (+1 other taxa)

Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) 1
Gray-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus) 4
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) 12
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) 4
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 2
Japanese Tit (Parus minor) 3
Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) 3
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) 10
Dusky/Naumann's Thrush (Turdus naumanni/eunomus) 1
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) 6
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) 5
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) 6

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Some interesting records indeed - I'm equally amazed by your Hoopoes and impressed by your buzzard pix

It strikes me that your black thrush is as likely to be a Chinese Blackbird as anything else.

I remember seeing Light-vented Bulbul in Beidaihe in 1991 when it was something of rarity - very interesting to see you documenting it further north as a wintering bird.

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Mike, the climate here is not as pleasant as Dahlian, but still quite a bit milder than is typical for Liaoning. This year was somewhat harsher, but normally only January is really persistently bitter cold. I assume that is the major reason for seeing species that the books say shouldn't be here. A small flock of L-V Bulbul, probably first year birds as they were hanging together without any competition or displaying, hung around until the real cold set in but the ones I am spotting now are definitely breeding males staking out territory. Rain today but hopefully I can get out again tomorrow.
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All optimistic thinking aside, it seems that winter is not done with us yet in Panjin. We woke up to the attached yesterday and ended up with something like 10cm of snow as well as quite a bit of wind. Unfortunately not able to see if it caused a fall as I managed to throw my back out clearing snow off the patio. The threat of taking me to the hospital was thrown out but I managed to stall long enough to get where I could stand up by myself. Maybe I'll have more to see once I get to where I can do more than shuffle around the apartment. I did see five Tree Sparrow this morning out this same window.
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Good morning Owen!

I'm a lapsed BirdForum poster based in Shenyang: Liaoning, Shenyang aka 辽宁沈阳

I've been following your reports on eBird for awhile now, and greatly admire your dedication to the field!

You're only 120 minutes by car away from me. I'd love to drive down on a Friday night in the Spring and do a Saturday session with you.

Take care of your back and keep up the great work!
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Good to hear from you, Andrew. Sounds like a plan. We have an extra bed. Unfortunately, the fast trains, which are only an hour, go to the North Panjin train station which is closer to JinZhou than to us since we are actually just south of Panjin Shi. There are some good areas nearby that we can try come spring. Yingkou and or Gedalou Reservoir for migrating water birds. Maybe we could catch the cranes. I have tried several times and it was always, "Oh, they were here yesterday, but not today." I was teaching at Shenyang Aerospace University (Hang Kong Hang Tian DaXue) until the government decided that I was too old for a work permit. Too bad we didn't meet then.
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