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Old Thursday 12th May 2011, 14:11   #301
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Old Sunday 15th May 2011, 08:27   #302
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Sea-farming Ponds May 13, 2011

Two trips: first from 5-7 a.m. by myself, the second in the late afternoon with Terry Townshend and Spike Millington.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Gadwall
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Chinese Egret
Little Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Amur Falcon
Northern Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Marsh Harrier
Oriental Honey-Buzzard -- 3
Common Coot
Black-winged Stilt
Pacific Golden Plover
Kentish Plover
Little-ringed Plover
Whimbrel
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Common Sandpiper
Sanderling
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Vega or Mongolian Gull
Common Kingfisher
Brown Shrike
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Pacific Swift
Zitting Cisticola -- first Jinshitan record for me
Oriental Reed Warbler
Black-browed Reed Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Siberian Blue Robin
Siberian Stonechat
Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Common Rosefinch
Meadow Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
Common Reed Bunting
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Old Monday 16th May 2011, 11:38   #303
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Jinshitan, Pikou, and Zhuanghe May 14, 2011

Great trip with Terry Townshend and Spike Millington up the Yellow Sea coast with shorebirds as the main focus. Beautiful weather and the tide was just right. Way too many pictures to post.

Common Pheasant
Common Shelduck -- 200 or more
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Little Grebe
Black-faced Spoonbill -- 6
Black-crowned Night Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Cattle Egret
Intermediate Egret
Chinese Egret -- over 50
Little Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Amur Falcon
Northern Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Marsh Harrier
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Common Moorhen
Common Coot
Eurasian Oystercatcher
Pacific Golden Plover -- more than 50
Grey Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover --
Greater Sand Plover -- I didn't see it
Black-tailed Godwit -- 43
Bar-tailed Godwit -- more than 300
Whimbrel -- more than 300
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Spotted Redshank -- 25
Common Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Wood Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler -- 10
Terek Sandpiper -- more than 150
Common Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Knot -- 400 or so
Red Knot -- 15
Sanderling
Red-necked Stint -- over 400
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- 35
Dunlin -- close to or over 1000
Broad-billed Sandpiper -- 15
Black-tailed Gull
Mongolian Gull
Saunders Gull
Black-headed Gull
Caspian Tern -- I didn't see them
Common Tern
Little Tern
Little Owl
Pacific Swift
Brown Shrike
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Some kind of House Martin
Yellow-browed Warbler
Asian Brown Flycatcher
White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Richard's Pipit
Meadow Bunting
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Old Monday 16th May 2011, 11:40   #304
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same trip
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Old Wednesday 18th May 2011, 03:36   #305
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Pikou and Zhuanghe shorebirding May 17, 2011

Afternoon trip with Jesper Hornskov and a group of Canadian birders being led by him. They are stationed at Laotieshan for 3-4 days befor heading to NE Tibet. Black-faced Spoonbill was the main focus and we saw 5. We were very much on a mission and so didn't stop at as many places or stay as long at some places as last Saturday.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Common Shelduck
Black-faced Spoonbill -- 5
Chinese Egret
Common Coot
Grey Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Terek Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Knot
Red Knot
Red-necked Stint
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- more than Saturday
Curlew Sandpiper -- 2 stunning summer adults
Dunlin
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Black-tailed Gull
Vega/Mongolian Gull
Black-headed Gull
Little Tern
White-winged Tern
Brown Shrike
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
White Wagtail
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Old Wednesday 18th May 2011, 07:43   #306
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Sounds like lots of good birding! I love the first pic - couldn't figure that out on the thumbnail Good shot of the flying spoonbills too. (Is that a great egret with them? Surely not - but I see black feet...)

edit - I see the label says Chinese egret! Nice comparison anyway.

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Old Wednesday 18th May 2011, 13:29   #307
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Pretty dead today with swirling wind and change coming to the weather for my quick hour today.

Mallard
Black-crowned Night Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Cattle Egret
Common Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Oriental Reed Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Chestnut-flanked White-eye
White-cheeked Starling
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Dark-sided Flycatcher
White Wagtail
Forest Wagtail -- 8
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
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Old Thursday 19th May 2011, 00:25   #308
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Hi Tom, what age would that heron be? Is it just completing one year?
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Old Thursday 19th May 2011, 01:14   #309
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yes, juvenile.
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Old Monday 23rd May 2011, 05:59   #310
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Jinshitan and Pikou May 21, 2011

Out with Gina Sheridan for a quick look for Broad-billed Sandpiper. After finding one we returned to Jinshitan for other target birds. Here is what we saw but were mostly looking for a few species on her wanted list.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Little Grebe
Striated Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Cattle Egret
Intermediate Egret
Little Egret
Chinese Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Amur Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Common Moorhen
Common Coot
Grey Plover
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Common Greenshank
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Knot
Red-necked Stint
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Dunlin
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Black-tailed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Vega/Mongolian Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Eurasian Cuckoo
Grey Nightjar
Pacific Swift
Common Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher
Dollarbird
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole
Black Drongo
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Zitting Cisticola
Chinese Bulbul
Black-browed Reed Warbler
Oriental Reed Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Radde’s Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Arctic Warbler
White-cheeked Starling
Blue Rock Thrush
Grey-streaked Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Dark-sided Flycatcher
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Forest Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
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Old Monday 23rd May 2011, 22:43   #311
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Be sure to check out Terry Townshend's report (6 MB's worth!) of his and Spike Millington's recent Laotieshan trip (end of the penninsula here). You can find it here:
http://birdingbeijing.wordpress.com/
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Old Tuesday 24th May 2011, 08:28   #312
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Laotieshan May 22, 2011

All day at Laotieshan with Gina Sheridan trying to find some of her target birds.

Common Pheasant
Streaked Shearwater – Had 26 pass through one stationary scope view in 60 seconds.
Chinese Pond Heron
Eurasian Kestrel
Northern Hobby
Oriental Honey Buzzard – 4 (the pic below looks vulture-like but I assure you it wasn't)
Chinese Sparrowhawk – 3
Northern Goshawk
Grey-faced Buzzard
Black-tailed Gull
Spotted Dove -- I suspect it to be released as it was hanging out around some bird cages. Two Chukar in the cages!
Pacific Swift
Brown Shrike
Black Drongo
Black-naped Oriole
Great Tit
Red-rumped Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chinese Hill Warbler
Chinese Bulbul
Korean Bush Warbler -- heard only but absolutely sure.
Lanceolated Warbler
Thick-billed Warbler
Black-browed Reed Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Raddes – 20 or more.
Yellow-browed Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-eye Species -- group blew over us at the ridge
White-cheeked Starling
Siberian Blue Robin
Red-flanked Bluetail
Blue Rock Thrush
Grey-streaked Flycatcher
Asian brown Flycatcher
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
White Wagtail
Greenfinch
Japanese Grosbeak -- 1 almost 100% certain from the ridge
Chinese Grosbeak -- heard only
Meadow Bunting
Little Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Tuesday 24th May 2011, 08:29   #313
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Old Tuesday 24th May 2011, 15:03   #314
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Tom,

Sounds like the season is going quite well for you! As always, enjoy your pics - the honey buzzard does look like a vulture! I struggled to decide if the sparrowhawk and grey-faced buzzard were really different species (some day I will see shapes!). Your little bunting is very handsome, as is the lancy (which I've not taken a good look at before). I'm still waiting to see a drongo in this country!

By the way, do you think the Crested Mynas you have seen are all releases - any signs that they are breeding?
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Old Tuesday 24th May 2011, 23:23   #315
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Some good records Tom - first Streaked Shearwaters I've heard of in China away from Hong Kong.

What is the scientific name of Korean Bush Warbler?

I agree with Gretchen - the Lancy pic is a cracker

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Old Wednesday 25th May 2011, 03:19   #316
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Mike,

Mark Brazil says Cettia canturians and formerly part of Japanese Bush Warbler. I've only seen it once a few years ago.

Streaked Shearwaters were found by Terry Townshend and Spike Millington. See the link to their report above.
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Old Wednesday 25th May 2011, 03:23   #317
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Gretchen, it's hard to say about the Mynas. I saw a few again this morning. They are migrating and returning -- probably breeding around here somewhere.
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Old Thursday 26th May 2011, 13:53   #318
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Not much happening today with so much construction going on right beside the productive areas. I couldn't even hear myself think, let alone birds. Could it be that my seven good birding sites are now down to 1.5? Maybe for this year anyway, we'll see what actually arises right next to the river where Ruddy-breasted Crake was breeding last year. I'm told that it will be upscale houses.

Forest Wagtails, Orioles, Striated Herons, Arctic Warblers, and not much more.
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Old Wednesday 1st June 2011, 13:40   #319
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Jinshitan Sea Farming Ponds May 28 and June 1

May 28 4:45-7:30 am in the pond areas. Today for one hour on the mudflats only and in the fog.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Little Grebe
Striated Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Cattle Egret
Chinese Egret
Little Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Common Moorhen -- many breeding
Common Coot
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Whimbrel
Common Greenshank
Grey-tailed Tattler -- 3
Red-necked Stint
Black-tailed Gull
Eurasian Cuckoo
Common Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Zitting Cisicola
Chinese Bulbul
Lanceolated Warbler
Oriental Reed Warbler
Thick-billed Warbler
Black-browed Reed Warbler
Arctic Warbler -- had one day this week with many calling in the tiny garden in front of my place.
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Crested Myna -- now nesting on a building on my way out.
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Forest Wagtail
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
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Old Wednesday 8th June 2011, 01:56   #320
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Jinshi Golf Course June 7, 2011

I have been out a few times in the last 5 days but had nothing special to report until yesterday when I found a [b]Large Hawk Cuckoo [b] This is new for me and for the area as far as I know. I also recorded an Indian Cuckoo at very close range. This was at Jinshi Golf Course after I managed to get in. By the time I figured out where the birds were I had to leave and the fog was rolling in off the ocean. There has been a lot of fog and mist here in the last week. Temps have struggled to hit 20 (despite what the internet says) and I am wearing a long sleeve shirt with a zipped up spring jacket still. June birding, because it follows May, is depressing but can be surprising if the effort is made to get out. Here is the list from the Jinshi Golf Course (one hour from 4:30-5:30 pm):

Common Pheasant (heard only but probably 10 individuals)
Eurasian Kestrel -- 1
Large Hawk Cuckoo -- 1 (life bird for me)
Indian Cuckoo -- 1 seen, 3 more heard.
Eurasian Cuckoo -- 1 heard
Dollarbird -- 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker -- 2
Brown Shrike -- 1
Black-naped Oriole -- 4 seen, maybe 10 heard total
Black Drongo -- 1
Azure-winged Magpie -- 6 actually a big deal in Jinshitan!! I've seen them in the Dalian area about 5 times in 5 years.
Won't mention the other magpies!
Great Tit -- 2 adults and 2 juveniles (juv. Great Tits sounds a lot like Varied Tits and made me very interested for a few minutes)
Barn Swallow -- many
Red-rumped Swallow -- 3
Chinese Hill Warbler -- 2
Chinese Bulbul -- 4
Oriental Reed Warbler -- 1 heard
Arctic Wabler -- 1
Vinous-throated Parrotbill -- a group of about 10
Blue Rock Thrush -- 1 pair, more singing in the fog.
White Wagtail -- 1
Greenfinch -- many
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I know what you mean about the weather! We're hoping the rain today will clear up the skies here a bit ...

Very interesting about the Azure-Winged Magpies. A Beijing birder told me that they were intentionally brought to Beijing some time ago from the south. I don't recall the details. We only occasionally see them here, though there are some. I wonder if they are moving to occupy more areas in the north?

PS. Nice shot of the PT nest - a good reminder to me to keep an eye out for them!

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June 13, 2011 Jinshi Golf Course

A quick trip after work. Highlights would be flushing a Grey Nightjar from a low tree and a few Great Cormorants flying around the point. Very dense forest meant birding mostly by ear. The cool weather lately has kept the spiders down so the forest is still manageable. The forest within the golf course is as close to natural as can be found around here. I walked into an area where there must have been a Greenfinch nest and recorded their scolding call. I also got a recording of an Indian Cuckoo again but not as good as last time.

Common Pheasant
Great Cormorant -- 3
Black-tailed Gull
Grey Nightjar
Indian Cuckoo -- saw one and heard 3 more
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole
Azure-winged Magpie
Great Tit
Barn Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Oriental Reed Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Blue Rock Thrush
White Wagtail
Oriental Greenfinch
Chinese Grosbeak
Meadow Bunting
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Old Monday 13th June 2011, 11:30   #323
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Old Sunday 19th June 2011, 10:33   #324
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Sea-farming Ponds June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers! There certainly are some new fathers in the bird world in the last week. Today I saw young Coots, Moorhens, Spot-billed Ducks, Mallards, Great Tits, and Little Grebes.

Common Pheasant
Mandarin Duck -- 2
Falcated Duck -- 1(strange record for this time of year)
Mallard -- many
Spot-billed Duck -- many
Little Grebe -- 15
Striated Heron -- 6
Chinese Egret -- 8
Eurasian Kestrel -- 5
Northern Hobby -- 1
Common Moorhen -- 6 adults
Common Coot -- 2 adults
Little-ringed Plover -- 4
Oriental Turtle Dove -- 3
Eurasian Cuckoo -- seen 1, heard a few more.
Dollarbird -- 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker -- 1
Black-naped Oriole -- saw 4 but heard many
Great Tit
Chinese Penduine Tit -- 15
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Zitting Cisticola -- 2
Chinese Bulbul
Oriental Reed Warbler -- 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill -- 2 groups
White Wagtail -- 8
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting -- 1
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Old Monday 20th June 2011, 12:51   #325
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Nice! I haven't seen young coots - a face only a mother could love!

Quite a few interesting birds around - 5 kestrels seems like a lot, or maybe that 's typical for you...

Is the mandarin picture a young duck? female? or are males losing their breeding colors already?

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