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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2012, 11:51   #500
Dong Bei

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds April 3, 2012

Staying with the theme of shorebirds and gulls I covered only the channel and rapidly disappearing mudflat today (tide, not backfilling!). Highlight has to be the Black-eared Kite. I seem to see at least one each spring. Laotieshan is overrun with them in the fall.

Common Pheasant
Common Shelduck - approx 150
Mallard - 2
Common Goldeneye - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 8
Grey Heron - 11
Black-eared Kite - 1 clearly migrating high in a southeast wind
Grey Plover - 7
Kentish Plover - 93
Great Knot - 1
Black-tailed Gull - over 350 (I tried counting once but gave up)
Common Gull - 30
Mongolian Gull - only 2
Black-headed Gull - only 3
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 2

Saw my first of the season Red-flanked Bluetail in my complex yesterday as well
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