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Old Thursday 28th May 2015, 22:06   #51
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Bart, looking forward to your reports. Please feel free to put any sighting from Bingyu Valley here on this forum. I'm happy to try to help with any recordings. Great that you got some birding done on your trip, even if it was only some small green areas. The time you were here was excellent and most green spaces would have things to see.

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Old Friday 29th May 2015, 22:41   #52
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Date: 12-May-2015
Time: 13:30 – 15:10 (20 min break in between)
Location: Appartment complex on outskirts of Shenyang, incl. park area

The first few days after arrival in Shenyang (the 9th) I didn’t have any opportunity to see other birds than Three sparrow, Barn Swallow, Common Magpie and Azure-Winged Magpie. The birds that are the most common and noticeable around the apartment of my in-laws.

The first day I heard or saw something else than these birds, we went to a family’s residence in a walled apartment complex on the outskirts of Shenyang, between the centre of the city and the Dongling park area. I had been there before on previous trips but all in July and I didn’t see anything more than Three sparrow, Barn Swallow and Common Magpie until now. 12 May was a rainy day. At arrival some faint whistle higher up in a three caught my attention. It was impossible to get a good view, I just noted it was a small warbler. After making the best sound recording I could, I looked around for more green and immediately found more of probably the same species, but they kept on avoiding my field of view for a perfect view. I did make better recordings however. I later identified them to be all Yellow-Browed Warblers. After saying hi to the family, everybody was just resting, so I decided to go out for another hour or so to explore more of the surroundings, which I never did before.

I found a little park attached to the residence, with some stone edged ponds and thick bushes around a 5m high mount/ridge. On the other side of the wall there were higher threes and some rough grassy parts. The first birds I heard were Common Kingfishers. At the same time I noticed a heron flying away from the park. Probably a Grey Heron, but I cannot be sure because of the bad light that day. Slowly progressing through this area I had many calls were I couldn’t see the birds and I missed to make a recording. Other times I saw flashes of a bunting and a flycatcher without any possible ID. But I was lucky to have a good view of my first male Tristram’s bunting. Other ID’s were a Spotted Dove and Pheasant, both recorded over the wall, which I later found out was military property. Some calls were possibly Japanese bunting. I chased after a thrush-like call for a considerable amount if time but I didn’t find the bird. I do have a bad recording of it, 4 sec in the attached mp3. You probably have to listen to it with earpieces or headphones to hear it clearest. Maybe someone has a clue what it is?

Afterwards I tried some more recordings of the YB warblers. You can find all YB warbler recordings for that day in these places:
http://china.observado.org/waarneming/view/102099486 (first observation, faint)
http://china.observado.org/waarneming/view/102099485
http://china.observado.org/waarneming/view/102768313

Species list (excl. possible):
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition
1 Common Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus P, T
2 Spotted Dove - Spilopelia chinensis P, T
3 Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis P, T
4 Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
5 Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
6 Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus L, T
7 Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
8 Tristram's Bunting - Emberiza tristrami L, T

Life list: 335 (+2)
China list: 67 (+2)
Trip list: 9 (+5)
Patch list : 8 (+5)
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Old Saturday 30th May 2015, 01:36   #53
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Bart,

I think the unknown recording is a Taiga (Red-throated) Flycatcher. Korean (Yellow-rumped) Flycatcher can sound similar though.

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Old Monday 1st June 2015, 20:51   #54
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Tom,

I think this is the right direction, although I believe it is rather Korean in stead of Taiga Flycatcher. Just before the thrill call at 4s there is another call, that seems to match with this one. I also think I hear it in combination with the thrill call here. In contradiction, I can not find similar with recordings of Taiga flycatcher calls.

Still, it is too little to be sure I guess and I keep it as probable. So no formal Korean flycatcher thick, at least for that day .

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Old Wednesday 3rd June 2015, 18:06   #55
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Date: 13-May-2015
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Location: Shenyang University - part North of river

Nothing special was planned before lunch, so my father-in-law, wife, son and I went to some badminton courts at the Shenyang University. I remembered the campus from a previous trip (2012). I didn’t see that much back then because we were just using it as a shortcut to get home, but in those few minutes I at least saw some more than I was used to in that area of the city. The additional species I remember were Azure winged magpie, Brown shrike, some dove and even a great spotted or white-backed woodpecker. So I definitely wanted to bring my bino’s, although my father-in-law mostly wanted to hit the shuttle back and forth. While we were playing badminton I could hear the calls of Yellow-browed Warblers which I just got familiar with the day before. After a half hour or so, I was trying to figure out how to tell my father-in-law to stop the workout and that I rather wanted to have a look around for some birds. It was actually he who stopped the play to point out a bird that flew from behind my back to a tree on the edge of the court. I grabbed my bino’s from the bag and confirmed it was a white-backed woodpecker, mainly based upon the black face bar that didn’t touched the nape. From that moment my father-in-law knew he lost me and let me be. While he went back to the apartment to get some more water, I, my wife and son went to explore more of the campus.

First we went to the back of the athletics field. It had a double row of high trees with many, already familiar calls of more Yellow-browed Warblers. After spending some time to get better views and giving up in the end, a male Siberian blue robin showed a few times and was a first for me. At that point I thought this was the first clear migrant of the trip. After that bird was gone, we found the main park area. These are 4 ‘patio’s’ of maybe 50 by 50 meters with paths running through. These patio’s include rather mature trees and enough thick bushes underneath for migrants to hide in. I quickly could confirm previous sightings I had done in 2012 of Tree sparrow, azure-winged magpie, Brown shrikes and found Oriental turtle dove. These would be the usual suspects of later visits. After this I left my family on a bench and found even more Yellow-browed Warblers calling and even one singing I believe. Strolling through the last patio there was a lot of short calls and flashes of little birds. First the head of a bunting, no ID, I tried to follow but then some flycatcher flashed in my view, again trying to follow but found again another bunting, this time with enough visibility to finally put a name to a flash, Chestnut bunting. After I found Chinese grosbeaks in the tree tops, I heard a singing bird. You can find the recording in this post, which is I believe Raddes Warbler. I also had short views of the brownish phyllo foraging under a bush. Than it was time for lunch.

The fact that I could find so much more birds 5min walk from our apartment exited me to make more visits during the days I was in Shenyang. More excitingly, I found out later that most of those birds were actually not residents but short stay migrants. I still had my doubts that day which birds were resident and which ones were migrants. Except for the Chinese grosbeaks, which came part of the usual suspects, I only saw Chestnut bunting one more time on campus and some Yellow-browed warblers but in much lower numbers (e.g. 1 per visit). Even the singing Raddes warblers and the woodpecker were one-timers. I only realized at the second visit two days later this first time had to have been a fallout from the rains the day before (on the 12th), especially with the loads of Yellow-browed warblers that first day. Although without any rain, this site also had much to offer during later visits, with a high turnover. Although many times it was very challenging with many flashes and short callings without ID’s and even with ID’s, the birds were many times seen a few seconds and then gone, not to be found again.
Species list (excl. possible):

L = Lifer, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition
1 Oriental Turtle-Dove - Streptopelia orientalis T, P
2 White-backed Woodpecker - Dendrocopos leucotos T, P
3 Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus T
4 Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus T
5 Radde's Warbler - Phylloscopus schwarzi L, T, P
6 Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus P
7 Siberian Blue Robin - Larvivora cyane L, T, P
8 Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
9 Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria T, P
10 Chestnut Bunting - Emberiza rutila L, T, P


Life list: 338 (+3)
China list: 70 (+3)
Trip list: 17 (+8)
Patch list : 12 (+7)
Sounds:
1. Chinese grosbeak – calls
2. Yellow-browed Warbler – song?
3. Radde’s Warbler - song
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File Type: mp3 Chinese grosbeak-20150513-112218.mp3 (1.30 MB, 78 views)
File Type: mp3 Yellow-browed warbler-20150513-110257.mp3 (752.0 KB, 67 views)
File Type: mp3 Raddes Warbler-20150513-111934.mp3 (2.63 MB, 73 views)

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Old Wednesday 17th February 2016, 01:48   #56
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Wow, delighted to see someone else making use of this thread!

My trusty Monarchs completely fell apart during a trip to Cát Tiên National Park last summer and we didn't have money to get new ones until just now, so I haven't done much birding lately.

HOWEVER, I did drag my spotting scope down to the last bit of open water on the Hun river on January 1st. I was on the north bank out near Shen-Fu New City (沈抚新城) freezing my ass off looking at a huge mess of mallards when a White-tailed Eagle flew in.

From my eBird note:

Was done scoping the ducks and actually headed up to the car when all hell broke loose. Turned around to see this beast gliding over the massive flock seated on the ice. The mallards were in a frenzy. After two slow passes he landed a fair distance behind them and was immediately mobbed by carrion crows. All key field markings clearly observed: white tail, heavy beak, brownish head, fingered wings, wing angle during flight, flight wingbeat pattern. Undoubtedly a white-tailed (sea) eagle and a tremendous record for this location!

I did a little happy-dance right there on the shoreline!

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1) mobile phone shot of the scene from the shoreline, the black specks below the horizon are your mallards
2) mobile phone shot through scope (cropped, enhanced contrast) of eagle resting on ice
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Old Saturday 12th November 2016, 00:31   #57
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Scoters!

(I apologize for not participating here these days. Nothing personal, y'all are great!)

This morning at the same location as the sea eagle above, I spotted a pair of female white-winged scoters (Melanitta fusca). I wasn't expecting anything out of the ordinary, so ended up jogging back to the car to grab my phone so I could take a shot through the scope for evidence!

At least within eBird's limited Chinese records, this is the first reported sighting for 2016 in all of China. Furthermore, it's only the 6th sighting for China on eBird.

Tom Beeke pipped me for the "first in province" award by a year, however! We all bow before ye! :-)

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Old Saturday 12th November 2016, 12:30   #58
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Fantastic, Andrew! You certainly picked up the right bird for the award.

Even, in Hokkaido, we had to sweat in -15C to find this one.

If you are curious about the recent records, there was a female bird recorded in Hangu, Tianjin on last sunday. Not sure if its been reported in ebird.
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Old Tuesday 29th November 2016, 18:56   #59
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Andrew, that Scoter sounds like a spark bird to revive the hobby and thread to me.
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Old Friday 30th March 2018, 16:46   #60
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Hi all,

Every 2-3 years I cycle back to this forum when visiting my parents-in-law in Shenyang. Last time was in May 2015 and I realise now I still had to share a lot of sightings and undetermined calls/songs I recorded from back then. I am so dissapointed by myself! Maybe it can still be useful to add those sightings from 2015, especially because it covers patches that are not much mentioned here before and during prime migration. I think of Beiling Park and Bingyu Valley. I'll do my best!

This time my preparation is even worse then before, none at all. My head was all about work for months until this Wednesday. Now I am realising migration could also send some interesting observations this time around (coming 3 weeks). I hope I can report when I am still here to avoid last times reporting disaster.

One thing I am in particular looking into right now is the Siberian Cranes. I understand, at least a few years back, March-April is the time for them to stopover in Huanzidong Reservoir in Faku county. What a special thing it would be if I would still be able to get there in time without any preparation.

Does anybody know if there is updated information on the cranes at the lake? What are the better locations around the lake. I only have my binoculars, is it worth going without a scope? Is it a location a family could enjoy? Risking to sound to desperate: any locals from Shenyang or even Liaoning that are planning to go up there and I can tag along with? BTW. sorry to see the thread of Dong Bei end after so many years. I have fond memories following his posts previous times.
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Hello Creba, welcome back! So mid to late April? I would love to get some wild sightings of SC myself as I have so far been really talented in missing them by just a day or so in several locations and times. There is a conservation hatchery here for Red-Capped Crane and I have been looking for an excuse to get out there again anyway so I'll see if the Professor there has any hints on where to look for SC about that time frame. He has captive birds hatched there, but is somewhat elusive about any details on releases. A good idea as if details got out tourists would swarm from the nearby Red Beach Tourist Area and disturb the birds. Panjin was until fairly recently a hotbed for Red-capped, but numbers have declined dramatically in the last few years. Shenyang to Panjin or vice-versa is only about an hour by train, so I'll see if I can stir up some likely prospects around either.
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Today, I had my first morning visit for this trip to the grounds of Shenyang University, North of the channel. This place was a real eye opener last time. I was so surprised of how many short stay migrants I could find in such an urban environment.

It is quit early in the season, so birds are probably not as plenty as last time. However, the deciduous trees don’t have their leaves yet, just some scrubs are flowering. That makes birds easier to spot, so I was hopeful that would increase my chances. At first, as I feared, nothing especially interesting. Without the leaves it becomes clear how much Azure-winged magpies are around. At one point 20 or so flew across the street to the railway. Tree sparrow, Common magpies, Japanese Grosbeak and Oriental Turtle dove were also common locals last time. No Barn swallows and Brown shrikes yet. Last time the swifts just arrived, so I don’t expect them this time. The best observation was a squirrel, didn’t expect it here. Because of the lack of migrants I made my round very quick and had spare time to explore further.

I took the tunnel to the South side of the water channel. Last time I passed by there once maybe 6 years ago and that was when we were hurrying. I didn’t remember there was a lot of green, but luckily I remembered incorrectly. On the side, close to a railway, there is nice enough, about 20m by 200m green area leading to a small park around a pond, hidden next to it is a Natural History Museum!

More Azure winged magpies and Tree sparrows here, but no Grosbeaks. However, I had several additional encounters here, some new for me in Shenyang and China, not lifers though. First thought I heard a faint Yellow-browed warbler, but it ended up to be a Goldcrest, a bird I am much more familiar with in my home country. Two Dendrocopus woodpeckers, I am almost sure they were Great spotted woodpeckers. Seriously doubting my previous sightings of White-backed woodpeckers at Shenyang University , Could they both occur here? They never play a good enough model to close my ID. One day I hope to confirm one or the other…

Varied Tit was a nice surprise here, first for me downtown Shenyang. I had to go to Bingyu valley last time to see it. Had some undetermined birds with short sightings also, some trush, probable flying Hoopoe (couldn’t focus my bins on time), probably heared white wagtail (would be certain if in Belgium) and at first I noted possible waxwills after I thought to have heared a short faint ringing. Afterwards, reevaluated it as ‘must have been wishful thinking after reading Owen’s post’ and decided to scrap it from my list all together and then forgot about it. But at the entrance of the tunnel to return, again, faint ringing of Waxwills and +20 flew over. Still not 100% at that point, but luckily found them along the tracks. Had to look 50m or so away, looking over a low building. Most seemed Bohemian waxwings, some were smaller and could have been Japanese, but I noted them all 27 as the later. Also a squirrel here, before I returned home.

Species list for Shenyang University (both S and N of Channel), 01 April 2018, 6:00 - 8:00:
Naming according to Observation.org
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition
Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis (T)
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus (T)
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulous (C,T,P)
Varied Tit - Sittiparus varius (T,P)
Goldcrest - Regulus regulus (C,T,P)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria (T)

Trip list: 8 (+6) , not counting city pigeons
China list: 95 (+2)
Lifelist: 362 (+0)

Additional probables:
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba
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This afternoon we made a Family visit to Wanquan Park. That is the former zoo of Shenyang and now has some children attractions and playgrounds. No real time for birding, but still noted 5 species on the go for this new patch. Among other again Waxwings! We past 2 groups of 5 and 22 at a minimum. Plenty to go around at this time of year it seems. Or is it just today?

Species list for Shenyang Wanquan park, 01 April 2018 (12:15 - 16:45):
Naming according to Observation.org
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus (P)
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica (P)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus (P)
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulous (P)
Grey-capped Greenfinch - Chloris sinica (T,P)

Trip list: 9 (+1)
China list: 95 (+0)
Lifelist: 362 (+0)
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Hi Creba,
Congratulations on your Greenfinch. That is one that I haven't managed to find yet in the three years I've been birding here. I was working on trying to find potential locations for viewing cranes Sunday. For details on a day of full of "Mao" and "Bu yo" you can check my last post at my thread: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread...301937&page=21
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Shenyang University 02-03 April 2018

Yesterday and this morning I went again to the campus of Shenyang University. I feel it is harder work to get some extra species than last trip in May 2015. Still early in the season of course. There was some rain predicted yesterday, raising my hopes for a possible fallout. But the few drops clearly were not enough.

For both days the only additions were Yellow-Browed Warbler, Brambling and Yellow-throated Warbler and I could finaly positively identify Great spotted Woodpecker. The YBW were much less noisy then in 2015. Only the one today had one type of call. The description and figure of Great spotted Woodpecker in Brazil show a the black bar from nape to base of bill, but the individuals I saw closely enough, all didn't have the bar connect to the nape. also the shoulder patch is much reduced to the sides, compared to European ones. Hence, my previous confusion. This time it was a male and showed all red parts in the correct locations for Great spotted (just at the nape) and didn't have streaking on underparts. I guess it is supspec. japonicus.

Both days Waxwings were still flying around, but also included herons, probably Grey Herons (?) and Amur Falcon. Later one was definitely not Peregrine or Saker, but could have been Hobby I guess. Another unidentified was a Sparrowhawk fleeing from the noisy Azured-Winged magpies. The Godcrest was still in the neighborhood Yesterday, but no luck today. The Varied Tit could be a resident on the South side. It was singing today.

Species list for Shenyang University (both S and N of Channel), 02 April 2018, 5:30 - 8:00:
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition

Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus
Varied Tit - Sittiparus varius
Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus (T)
Goldcrest - Regulus regulus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Brambling - Fringilla montifringilla (C,T,P)
Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
Yellow-throated Bunting - Emberiza elegans (T,P)

No possitive ID
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus
Amur Falcon - Falco amurensis

Species list for Shenyang University (both S and N of Channel), 03 April 2018, 5:30 - 7:30:
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition

Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus
Varied Tit - Sittiparus varius
Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major (T,P)

Call of the YBW (best with earpeaces or headphones)
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https://china.observation.org/sound/0/67010.mp3
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Trip list: 13 (+4)
Patch list: 30 (+3)
China list: 96 (+1)
Lifelist: 362 (+0)

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Shenyang University 05 april 2018

Yesterday I didn't feel like going into the cold and got some needed sleep. Today it started to itch again and although I think it was colder than yesterday, I went out to hopefully find something new again at the University grounds. Clothed myself with double layers however. It was hard work again because birds were very silent. Luckily, most deciduous trees and shrubs are still without leaves, although many are flowering and ( I think) willows have their first shoots. With the help of the lack of cover on the side of the birds, I located a Red-flanked Bluetail (female or imm. male), my first in China, on the North side. When returning home I tried again and I did find it, but at a different patio.

The Bohemian Waxwings are still around and seem to have still increased in numbers. The biggest group of about 150 were resting in the trees along the railway on the South side. At first pass I was frustrated because of the bad light conditions with grey skies. At a second pass they moved a bit and I could place myself comfortably on a wall to have another closer look. An odd whistle of a Waxwing flying over made me keep on looking. In the end I noticed a red bar at the tip of a tail, contrasting because of other birds on the background, in total 3 times, but I kept the number of Japanese Waxwing, a lifer for me, to at least 1.

I could not spot any other migrants (assuming now the Varied tit is a local).

Species list for Shenyang University (both S and N of Channel), 05 April 2018, 5:35 - 8:15:
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition

Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus
Japanese Waxwing - Bombycilla japonica (L,C,T,P)
Varied Tit - Sittiparus varius
Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus (C,T,P)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria

For a phone recording of the whistle of Japanese Waxwing, please check: https://china.observation.org/sound/9/67089.mp3 (after 14 sec)

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Hi Bart,

I was going to suggest that you take a closer look at the Bohemian Waxwing as it is not uncommon here to have a few Japanese Waxwing mixed in with them.

I don't know how familiar you are with the area, but if you follow the footpath along the bank of the channel (Xinkai River) it is a nice walk up to Beiling Park (Tomb of the Second Qing Emperor and surrounding park). Metro also has a station just to the west of the South Gate. If you haven't been in Beiling is worth the entry fee just to see and can have some decent birding for Passeriformes. We used to live a couple of hundred meters from the West Gate and would sneak in early in the morning with the other locals before the park officially opened. There is, or was anyway, an old gate, no longer used along the wall of the tomb itself about half way up along the west wall with some really neat old style Chinese dragon heads. At that time an overgrown area which I discovered due to being willing to get off the pavement and explore out into the wooded area. The area near the South Gate and along the way to the Tomb gets very busy but if you go north a bit the crowd suddenly thins out and 15 years ago would actually dwindle to a very few people.

I am sorry to say that I wasn't an active birder at the time I was living in Shenyang and hence never made it to Dongling Park and the adjacent Bird Island, but have been told they are good birding. Just taking the Metro down to the Wulihe stop and walking along the river bank parks might yield a few water birds.
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Hi Owen,

Thanks for the tip. I have seen the path along the river and have wondered how far it would go, but never went as far as try to walk it. I never thought about it because at the point of the University it looks quite sterile with concrete banks. I had a look at a map just now and actually it does look interesting enough to at least try it. I don't think I will walk all the way to Beiling Park, but there seem to be some smaller parks along the way that might be worth the effort. It wont be for tomorrow, but maybe later.

I have been to Beiling Park twice and have noticed some birds (19 species in total right now), but always on the go with Family, so never made it far North in the park. I still can post my May 2015 visit at some point... I also made it to Dongling Park and Bird island the first time in 2009. Not really that much to see in the summer, but I still have fond memories of the colony of Amur falcons at Dongling and a Long-billed Plover at 'Bird' Island.

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Errata #65

It seems I made some mistakes with regards to post #65.
1) in bold it was of course Yellow-throated bunting, not Warbler
2) The calls from 03-April are definitely Pallas's Warbler, not Yellow-Browed Warbler`

I even had similar recordings online myself, but internet here isn't always reliable enough to easily check.
Now I start to doubt my ID of Yellow-Browed Warbler the day before that. I shouldn't really have called it. Somebody have an idea about the phenology of the two species? ... checked eBird for all Liaoning patches and it shows Yellow-browed starting to come trough in the last quarter of the month. Thus, highly likely I also miss ID'ed the 2 Phylloscopus on 02-April.
I changed Yellow-Browed to Pallas's for 02-April, but to unsure. All my list counts stay the same, except the patch list, that is 33 now.

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Sunday 8 April Shenyang University and Ningshan Park

It was snowing on the morning of 6 April, but I still decided to do my round at Shenyang University. Hoping it would quit down, it didn’t really. Of the usuals, no magpies could be observed. Two Oriental greenfinches were my first this year at this location. Another trush I frustratingly couldn’t name. Waxwings were still flying around.

On Saturday (7 April) no birding visits, but managed to spot a white wagtail during a family outing to a waterpark on the border with Fushun. That’s a new one for the trip list.

On Sunday (8 April), I decided to walk the bank of the river towards Beiling Park as suggested by Owen. There was a tiny park on the way to a bigger park with a quite large lake. Two bridges go across it. The water seemed dead, similar to the river and thus no waterbirds to spot. I covered the footpath along the South side of the lake which had some birds in the trees. I doubt I will return here later.

The name I found on Bingmaps for the small park is Xiacuiyuan, the bigger one is Ningshan Park. Xiacuiyuan was more exciting with my very first of both Vinous-throated Parrotbill and a Black-headed Bunting. It also had a small Crossbill (a little bit bigger then Oriental greenfinch) but with Yellow collared face and also on the lower back. The crown was bright red, only the underparts and wings had the wine reddish color of a red crossbill. I assume this is some hybrid that escaped its cage.

Before and after that I went through the North part of the University Campus, with two more additions to my lifelist. Finally the trushes were showing themselves properly. I will include the birds of Xiacuiyuan to the patch list of Shenyang University as its really small and the locations are really too close to eachother from a bird’s eye view.

Species list for Shenyang University and suroundings (N of Channel + Xiacuiyuan), 08 April 2018:
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition
5:40 – 6:10 (University North side)
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
Dusky Thrush - Turdus eunomus (L, C, T, P) 6ex

6:20 – 6:35 (Xiacuiyuan park, only addtional)
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - Sinosuthora webbiana (L, C, T, P)
Grey-capped Greenfinch - Chloris sinica
Black-headed Bunting - Emberiza melanocephala (L, C, T, P)

7:45 – 8:15 (University North side, only additional)
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops (T,P) 2ex
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
Naumann's Thrush - Turdus naumanni (L, C, T, P) 1 ex.
Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica

Trip list: 20 (+5)
Patch list: 38 (+5)
China list: 102 (+4)
Lifelist: 367 (+4)

In the afternoon I visited the small natural History museum of the University on the South side. There were still Waxwings hanging around.

Species list for Ningshan Park, 08 April 2018, 6:40 – 7:15:

Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Grey-capped Greenfinch - Chloris sinica
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops
Pallas's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulous 70ex
Also heard a probable Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

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Shenyang University and suroundings 09 april 2018

Remarkables of todays tour were 2 male Red-flanked Bluetails and the fact that the Bluetails have increased their numbers. The same goes for Pallas’s Leaf Warblers, some even singing after the temperatures started to increase (after 8:00). A White wagtail was new for the patch list. Still large groups of waxwings, but couldn’t spot a Japanese again.

Species list for Shenyang University and suroundings (N and S of Channel + Xiacuiyuan), 08 April 2018, 5:44 – 8:45:
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition

Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major major (at one point 1 couple chasing a third one)
Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus
Pallas's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus 5 ex
Dusky Thrush - Turdus eunomus
Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus 8ex (2 males)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba (P)
Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
Grey-capped Greenfinch - Chloris sinica


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Hi Bart, great to see this thread active each time you visit. I just spent a few minutes catching up from the posts above and it sounds like you're having a great time figuring out your sightings. In a few weeks you could bird somewhere like Beiling Park and see different migrants each day but it sounds like you are right between seasons at the moment. I always found the best weeks for migrants (in terms of volume) to be the last week of April and the first week of May but I was a bit south also.

The best way to separate Pallas's from Yellow-browed is by call and it looks like you have that figured out. Waxwings will flock around urban gardens in winter and I always found that the ratio was around 500:1 in terms of Bohemian:Japanese. Again, I mostly birded 400 kms south of you so it could be different there. Bluetails and Wagtails are the first migrants to show up and this just means that more are coming. When migration really gets under way you could see anything anywhere. You might have a Siberian Blue Robin visiting a potted plant on a 4th floor balcony downtown, for example.

Also, I think all your woodpeckers would most likely be Great Spotted there, as you have concluded. I have seen White-backed east of Shenyang near Dandong but always at really high elevation.

I was fortunate enough to visit the Siberian Crane site near Faku and attended a meeting in support of preserving the area from development. I saw 2-3 in a field near the large wetland/lake there. It is a large area of fields with a small adjacent village. I also missed the "hundreds" by a few minutes.... It was around 45 minutes north of Shenyang if I remember it correctly.

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Good Stuff, Bart. There is a big passage of Bluetails at the moment in Shanghai, they are literally everywhere.
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Shenyang University 11 april 2018

Hi Tom, Nice to see you sometimes still visit this forum. Unfortunately, my vacation will end on April 20th, so just before the prime migration. But it does allow to check the Huanzidong Reservoir for Siberian Cranes. We have a plan to go tomorrow! I don't have very high hopes since we are not going very early in the day (family visit) and also later in the season from my understanding. But since this is probably my only and last chance, every interesting sighting will be a plus.

Today I did my usual rounds of the University grounds. Nice numbers of Bluetails, often singing Pallas's leaf warblers and Goldcrests. Also, my first Yellow-Browed Warbler of the trip, confirmed by sound and, surprisingly it took so long, Japanese Tit (also didn't see it here in 2015). Yesterday I saw my first Swifts above the University in passing and the same birds seem to be flying around. I didn't expect them so early. No Barn swallows in Shenyang yet. While checking the swifts I noticed a Sparrowhawk flying over, but no idea how to start determining which species it was. Oh, and Waxwings still around, about 150 of them.

Species list for Shenyang University and suroundings (N and S of Channel), 08 April 2018, 5:45 – 8:40:
L = Lifer, C = New to China list, T = New to Trip list, P = New Patch addition

1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus ??
2 Oriental Turtle Dove - Streptopelia orientalis
3 Common Swift - Apus apus 4ex (T)
4 Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
5 Azure-winged Magpie - Cyanopica cyanus
6 Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica
7 Bohemian Waxwing - Bombycilla garrulus
8 Varied Tit - Sittiparus varius
9 Japanese Tit - Parus minor (T,P)
10 Pallas's Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus min 11ex
11 Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus 1ex
12 Goldcrest - Regulus regulus 4ex
13 Dusky Thrush - Turdus eunomus
14 Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus min 11ex (incl. 2 males)
15 Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
16 Chinese Grosbeak - Eophona migratoria
17 Grey-capped Greenfinch - Chloris sinica

Trip list: 22 (+2)
Patch list: 40 (+1)
China list: 102 (+0)
Lifelist: 367 (+0)

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