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Old Tuesday 29th March 2011, 22:40   #251
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No, I haven't got out to see the Baer's. I am quite busy and I will be in Shenyang this weekend so no chance then either. It would take some moving of things around for me to get there while it was still light out and things are not movable at the moment. It is killing me knowing it is there.

I'm going to get one in Jinshitan yet anyway

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Old Thursday 31st March 2011, 11:35   #252
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Two very quick trips to the Sea-farming ponds and then the Country Club today. First of the season Great Egrets and a Winter Wren last Tuesday. All the regular ducks and other stuff around at the moment. Still a very large group of Naumann's and Dusky Thrushes at the Country Club. I spent a lot of time sorting through them today hoping for something else but came up empty handed. I had my camera in the wrong mode for the Winter Wren
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Old Tuesday 5th April 2011, 14:02   #253
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Sea-farming Ponds April 5, 2011

Spring in the air today. In just over an hour:

Pheasant
Bean Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Gadwall
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler (FOS)
Garganey (FOS)
Eurasian Teal
Little-ringed Plover (FOS)
Kentish Plover (FOS)
Great Knot (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull
Vega Gull
White Wagtail
Meadow Bunting
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Old Tuesday 5th April 2011, 14:03   #254
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Old Tuesday 5th April 2011, 17:33   #255
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Several good sightings. I would love to see a Great Knot again. Is that Bean Goose an unusual sighting? I don't remember seeing any in Jinshitan. Which sea-farming ponds do you refer to lately, the ones by the new bridge?

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Old Wednesday 6th April 2011, 02:46   #256
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Yes, a Bean on the ground is not a common occurrence in Jinshitan. They do fly over during migration from time to time. Yes, the sea-farming ponds are what is left of the area by where the new bridge was going in. Unfortunately 80% of that area looks like the surface of Mars at the moment and I was told by a guy who lives there that in 2013 the entire area will be history. I'm sure the main river channel will have nice concrete bottom and sides soon. 3 Golf Courses, a main movie production area (Hollywood China?), and housing upon housing. I see there is a marsh in the middle on the plan but I'm sure it will be completely unusable because of people everywhere.

I've said it so many times but the waterfowl in this area is as jumpy as can be encountered. I am taking photos with an 800mm lens and still cropping almost to the point of disfiguration. It would be impossible to identify the Shoveler above as such with the naked eye. More people in area will mean more stone throwers, horn honkers, etc..

I was sitting behind a hill watching the 5 Whooper Swan that were in the area a few weeks ago and a small van suddenly appeared on the dirt pond-side road. When the driver saw the swans, he sped up and layed on the horn, forcing them to leave the pond for the time being. I walked out onto the road to intercept the guy on the way back and stood in the road so he was forced to stop. I then simply asked him what he was doing. He was clearly embarrassed and lost some face and drove off with me screaming the question again at him. There are no farms in the areas where the swans would be a nuisance (there's nothing planted yet anyway). I believe the person just wanted to have some fun scarring swans. This is not as serious (swans will learn) in areas where there is an abundance of swans, but such is no tthe case here.

Areas like Laotieshan are protected by law but Jinshitan is not so fortunate. Basically this area is being made into one of the much needed holiday locations in the country. I would love to get involved and steer that into some eco-friendly holiday activities. There are multiple sites here that could use a nice self-guided board-walk with educational oportunities about the life in the area. Instead all the development seems to be making concrete statutes of just about anything (Jinshitan related or not), concrete parking lots, and completely demolishing the natural beauty of the area for housing. There is a nice self-guided board-walk into the geo-park but that is RMB 80 a person and therefore only available to the rich (that's how they keep the number of people down as well).

It seems one of the common themes to be introduced to the area (and many other places) is that a natural landscape is beautiful. Areas don't need any signs of people to be beautiful. Right now, it seems the majority of development doesn't understand this.
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Old Wednesday 6th April 2011, 10:23   #257
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Hi Tom - the last post is one that a rang a bell with me!!!!!!

Last year, on Ruo Er Gai Marshes, I witnessed a group of tourists throwing stones at Black-necked Cranes - so they could get some in flight shots.

Like you I now confront all these kind of stupidities head on!!!!!
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Old Thursday 7th April 2011, 13:39   #258
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Sea-farming Ponds April 7, 2011

Dark, foggy, and cold today. Watched two separate Peregrine Falcons go for ducks today and miss. The first chased a female mallard for a bit before diving at some others on the ground. Never seen mallards move that fast before. The other went for some Little Grebes who immediately dove. Little Grebes have the ability to come back up with only their eyes above the water and they kept doing that as the Peregrine circled and circled really close to the water waiting for another chance. I've never seen a Peregrine wait around like that, usually they take one shot and then are gone. The interesting thing is that two Spot-billed Ducks were about 20 feet away and couldn't have cared less. Think they knew it needed more speed to get them? After the whole thing was over, I realized I could have videod the whole thing. Anyway, here's the list:

Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Gadwall
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Little Grebe
Peregrine Falcon
Kentish Plover -- close to 100
Far Eastern Curlew (FOS)
Mongolian Gull
Black-tailed Gull
White Wagtail
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
Pallas's Reed Bunting
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Old Saturday 9th April 2011, 14:22   #259
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Jinshitan -- several places

Went to four separate places today.

Common Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Gadwall
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Grey Heron
Great Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Grey Plover (FOS)
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Far Eastern Curlew
Dunlin (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull
Vega Gull
Common Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Chinese Hill Warbler
Chinese Bulbul
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-cheeked Starling
Naumann's Thrush
Dusky Thrush -- large flocks
Red-flanked Bluetail
White Wagtail
Brambling
Oriental Greenfinch
Hawfinch
Meadow Bunting
Yellow-throated Bunting
Black-faced Bunting (FOS)
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Old Saturday 9th April 2011, 14:24   #260
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Also from today.
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Old Monday 11th April 2011, 06:05   #261
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Super sharp image of Kentish Plover!

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Old Monday 11th April 2011, 13:57   #262
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Sea-farming Ponds April 11, 2011

Had a bit of time after work today, nice that the sun stays out longer.

No Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Gadwall
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Peregrine Falcon -- got video of it hunting this time.
Little-ringed Lover
Kentish Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit (FOS)
Eurasian Curlew (FOS)
Far-eastern Curlew
Dunlin
Black-tailed Gull
Mongolian Gull
Common Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Siberian Stonechat (FOS)
White Wagtail
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Old Monday 11th April 2011, 14:00   #263
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Also from today. Got an area shot of the main river channel at low tide. Peregrine video is loading and taking a while so will post link later.
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Old Monday 11th April 2011, 14:28   #264
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Here's the link to the hunting Peregrine from today.
http://www.birdforum.tv/action/viewvideo/2716/
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Old Tuesday 12th April 2011, 02:44   #265
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Sea-farming ponds April 12, 2011

Quick ride through.

The usual ducks and no new shorebirds

Pacific Swift (FOS)
Barn Swallow (FOS)
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Old Wednesday 13th April 2011, 10:45   #266
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April 13, 2011

Sea-farming ponds:

Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Eurasian Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Dunlin
Black-tailed Gull
Mongolian Gull
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Olive-backed Pipit (FOS)
White Wagtail
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting

Country Club: Good numbers of birds today. Good practice for the real show.

Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Little Egret (FOS)
Grey Heron
Hoopoe
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Varied Tit (second record at Country Club = group of 6)
Chinese Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler (FOS)
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-cheeked Starling
Dusky Thrush
Naumann's Thrush
Siberian Stonechat
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit (FOS)
Brambling
Greenfinch
Hawfinch
Yellow-throated Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Wednesday 13th April 2011, 10:46   #267
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April 13, 2011

the last ones.
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Old Wednesday 13th April 2011, 10:48   #268
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Old Friday 15th April 2011, 03:35   #269
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Peregrines returning to harass wildfowl

Tom: It is quite normal for Peregrines to make a pass giving the duck the impression they have left the area when in reality they are gaining height nearby preparing to re-enter the kill zone with a high-speed stoop onto the birds. I have seen this activity many times at Yeyahu where it is quite often successful.
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Dark, foggy, and cold today. Watched two separate Peregrine Falcons go for ducks today and miss. The first chased a female mallard for a bit before diving at some others on the ground. Never seen mallards move that fast before. The other went for some Little Grebes who immediately dove. Little Grebes have the ability to come back up with only their eyes above the water and they kept doing that as the Peregrine circled and circled really close to the water waiting for another chance. I've never seen a Peregrine wait around like that, usually they take one shot and then are gone. The interesting thing is that two Spot-billed Ducks were about 20 feet away and couldn't have cared less. Think they knew it needed more speed to get them? After the whole thing was over, I realized I could have videod the whole thing. Anyway, here's the list:

Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Gadwall
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Little Grebe
Peregrine Falcon
Kentish Plover -- close to 100
Far Eastern Curlew (FOS)
Mongolian Gull
Black-tailed Gull
White Wagtail
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
Pallas's Reed Bunting
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Old Friday 15th April 2011, 10:42   #270
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Sea-farming Ponds and Country Club April 15, 2011

List from both places:

Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Falcated Duck
Mallard
Spot-billed
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Little Egret
Great Egret
Grey Plover
Kentish Plover
Black-tailed Gull
Common Gull
Common Kingfisher (FOS)
Hoopoe
Great Tit
Barn Swallow
Chinese Hill Warbler
Chinese Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler
White-cheeked Starling
Dusky Thrush
Naumann`s Thrush
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Brambling
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
Yellow-throated Bunting (only 1)
Pallas`s Reed Bunting
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Old Monday 18th April 2011, 01:16   #271
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Tom,

Keep meaning to say that the pics you posted on the 13th were really great! Very nice shots of the warblers - a tough bird to photograph. Just had enough internet to look at your recent videos too. The peregrine and other bird (wigeon? grebe?) are interesting. As you say, it's interesting he seemed to ignore the ducks in the foreground.
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Old Wednesday 20th April 2011, 10:46   #272
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Country Club and Sea-farming Ponds April 19+20, 2011

Country Club yesterday. Not a lot happening other than more Grey Wagtails than I have ever seen in one location.

Eurasian Kestrel
Common Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow (FOS)
Chinese Bulbul
White-cheeked Starling
Dusky x Naumann's Thrush
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Brambling
Greenfinch

Sea-farming ponds (mudflats only) not the main duck area

Mallard
Common Goldeneye
Little Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover -- really putting on the weight now. I keep thinking they are lesser or greater sand plovers when I first arrive.
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel -- 17
Common Greenshank (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull
Common Gull
White Wagtail
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Old Friday 22nd April 2011, 13:08   #273
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Country Club April 22, 2011

Cool temp.

Pheasant - 2
Mallard - 5
Green Sandpiper - 4 (FOS)
Common Kingfisher - 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Carrion Crow - 1 flyby
Great Tit
Barn Swallow - 10
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - only 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 15
White-cheeked Starling - 5
Dusky Thrush - 30
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Red-flanked Bluetail - 4 females
Siberian Stonechat - 1 female
White Wagtail - 5
Grey Wagtail - 2
Olive-backed Pipit - 25
Brambling - 10
Greenfinch - 25
Black-faced Bunting - 10
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Old Saturday 23rd April 2011, 03:32   #274
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My, you really have flocks of Dusky Thrushes - do they stay all summer, or are some of these passing through?

I'm also curious about the number of kingfishers and how big an area they were seen in - does this represent two pairs do you think? Or were these all fairly spread out? I thought they were territorial and so wouldn't be likely to see more than two in a certain size area.

See you have a number of Olive Backed Pipits too! I'm not sure I've seen one - will have to try harder on those.

Not heaps of warblers for you yet - perhaps you have just seen the earliest arrivals and not the main body yet? We have had some little warblers around on campus but I haven't been able to stop and pursue them through the willow leaves and flowers which hide them perfectly.
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Old Saturday 23rd April 2011, 08:25   #275
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Gretchen,

You are right, this year there have been more Dusy Thrushes than usual. They are just passing through and some of them not yet into breeding plumage.

The Kingfisher area is quite small, just one long canal. There are usually a few pair all summer there constantly trying to defend some kind of territory.

Check large areas of grass for Olive-backed Pipit. They are hard to notice sometimes but will fly up to a near tree (usually in the lower branches) and wait for you to walk past before dropping down and feeding again.

Very few warblers so far. We are usually a week or so behind most other places of the same latitude (ex: Beijing) Trees are just beginning to change.

Now is the time to be planning your next few weekend trips!

Tom
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