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Old Wednesday 29th June 2011, 04:56   #326
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Doldrums -- June 28, 2011

Out with my daughter for an hour yesterday. She got a new camera and wanted to go take pictures of birds . We had a decent tropical storm move through last Sunday which knocked over many trees and dumped a record amount of rain. I was hoping for some ocean birds that were blown in during the storm but was busy with work for the first few days of this week. We're in the middle of moving to a new place and then leave for Vancouver in a few days so this is the last post until the end of August.

I'm really looking forward to raptor migration at Laotieshan at the end of September and early October. There is a group of people coming so if anyone wants to join us, you are more than welcome. Scroll back to that time last year on earlier posts to get a sampling.

We might be staying in China for our 5 week holiday next winter and already have one birding outing booked then. If anyone wants to come brave the north-east China winter there is always good birding here at tha time. My holiday is from mid January to mid February.
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Old Thursday 30th June 2011, 02:49   #327
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Good to see your daughter getting bitten by the bug.

Many thanks for posting through the spring - it makes it last longer after they all leave HK by mid-May.

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Old Tuesday 23rd August 2011, 12:39   #328
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Jinshitan sea-farming ponds and mudflats August 23, 2011

Back in Dalian again after a 6 week holiday. There was a lot of rain here over the summer and the ponds are almost overflowing. There are two huge wash outs that prevented me from doing my complete circle route through the ponds. One of them is pictured below. Whole sections of roads are under water so I was only able to cover about half of what I normally do in the 1.5 hours out tonight. Highlight for tonight was distant looks at a Watercock, only my second record. The ponds were swarming with egrets. By far the most that I've seen there at one time and I only covered half of the habitat. Again, this was a very quick outing without covering anything other than ponds and their edges.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed
Little Grebe
Striated Heron -- 3
Black-crowned Night Heron -- 3
Grey Heron -- 15
Great Egret -- 15
Little Egret -- over 75
Chinese Egret -- 3
Watercock -- 1 (very distant looks)
Common Moorhen -- 5
Common Coot -- 2
Whimbrel -- everywhere
Far Eastern Curlew -- 3
Common Greenshank -- 2
Green Sandpiper -- 20
Wood Sandpiper -- 3
Common Sandpiper -- 5
Dunlin -- 1
Black-tailed Gull -- many
Black-headed Gull -- many
Oriental Turtle Dove -- 3
Common Kingfisher -- 3
Brown Shrike -- 2
Black-naped Oriole -- 2
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Hill Warbler -- 2 (recorded, see below)
Oriental Reed Warbler -- 3
Vinous-throated Parrotbill -- 10
White Wagtail -- 15
Grey Wagtail -- 2
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Old Tuesday 23rd August 2011, 23:44   #329
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welcome back - looking forward to your updates on passage down the Dalian Peninsula

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Old Wednesday 24th August 2011, 12:24   #330
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Yes, welcome back!

Thanks for the Hill Warbler recordings - I hope they will eventually help me to find one of those guys! (Of course going outdoors would be one of the requisites I suppose ) What is the difference between these? (is one a song and one a call? or different activities?)
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Old Wednesday 24th August 2011, 14:47   #331
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Sea-farming ponds August 24, 2011

Gretchen, that's a good question. What happens is that I am driving on my motorbike on some back road and hear them. I can imitate their call and that usually brings them in and then they respond with all sorts of notes. I'm assuming one is a territorial call and the other some kind of scold. They will do the "territorial call" at any time of the year however. They are always heard before seen. These particular individuals were sounding off before I got there and continued as I stopped right beside them.

Here is the list from 2 hours today.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Little Grebe
Yellow Bittern -- 1
Striated Heron -- 1
Black-crowned Night Heron -- 1
Great Egret -- 5
Little Egret -- 40
Chinese Egret -- 15 all juv.
Eurasian Kestrel -- 3
Amur Falcon -- 1
Common Moorhen -- 2
Whimbrel -- at least 75
Eurasian Curlew -- 1
Far Eastern Curlew -- 3
Green Sandpiper -- 4
Wood Sandpiper -- 2
Common Sandpiper -- 6
Red-necked Stint -- 3
Black-tailed Gull -- many
Black-headed Gull -- many
Vega or Mongolian Gull -- 15
Gull-billed Tern -- 3 (Life Bird) any tern is a big deal here.
Common Tern -- 1
Oriental Turtle Dove -- 6
Dollarbird -- 2
Common Kingfisher -- 2
Brown Shrike -- 5
Great Tit -- 3
Barn Swallow -- many
Red-rumped Swallow -- many
Zitting Cisticola -- 1
Arctic Warbler -- 1
Vinous-throated Parrotbill -- one group
Siberian Stonechat -- 1
White Wagtail -- 10
Grey Wagtail -- 2
Greenfinch -- 10
Meadow Bunting -- 1
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Old Wednesday 24th August 2011, 23:51   #332
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Congratulations on the Gull-billed Terns.
Happy to hear Amur Falcons and Dollarbirds are moving - the first is my most desired for my own patch , and I can bore everyone else to death when I can start counting Dollarbirds!

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Old Thursday 25th August 2011, 11:16   #333
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Birds seen while at the beach with the kids today:

White Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Great Cormorant
Green Sandpiper
Brown Shrike

Birds seen during a quick 30 minute tour of the mudflats with my daughter after dinner:
Whimbrel -- 45
Far Eastern Curlew -- 1
Chinese Egret -- at least 20
Little Egret -- 10
Great Egret -- 5
Grey Heron -- 2
Black-tailed Gull -- many
zero Black-headed Gull

Went and looked at the country club today which was completely flooded in July and it looks fine aside from a lot of erosion in places. The grass areas have a new layer of silt! Big shorebird day tomorrow up the coast on the bike.
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Old Friday 26th August 2011, 04:43   #334
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Loving the 20 Chinese Egrets as a routine data entry!

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Old Friday 26th August 2011, 08:10   #335
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Yellow Sea Coast shorebirding August 26, 2011

Morning trip between Jinshitan and Zhuanghe. Put over 250 kms on my bike. Stopped wherever I could get a view.

Common Pheasant
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Great Egret
Little Egret
Chinese Egret -- only 4. Moving out?
Eurasian Kestrel
Coot
Eurasian Oystercatcher -- 14
Grey Plover -- 30
Little-ringed Plover -- 1 juv.
Kentish Plover -- 15
Bar-tailed Godwit -- 247
Whimbrel -- stopped counting after 150 and that was on my way up.
Eurasian Curlew -- 51
Far Eastern Curlew -- 23
Marsh Sandpiper -- 3
Common Greenshank -- many many
Green Sandpiper -- 6
Wood Sandpiper -- 4
Grey-tailed Tattler -- 38
Terek Sandpiper -- 15
Common Sandpiper -- 2
Temmincks Stint -- 3
Broad-billed Sandpiper -- 14
Black-tailed Gull
Black-headed Gull
Vega and/or Mongolian Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Little Owl -- nice treat on the way up as daylight approached
Common Kingfisher
Brown Shrike
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Zitting Cisticola
Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
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Old Wednesday 14th September 2011, 11:44   #336
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Pikou mudflats Sept. 4, 2011

I'm back online -- what a nightmare that was! We moved to a new place and had to buy another year's service -- wow!, all we wanted was an internet connection.

Anyway, Terry Townshend was here 2 weekends ago and I was able to join him for an afternoon. He birded between here and Dandong for 3 days and has an excellent report on his blog here: http://birdingbeijing.wordpress.com/

Here is the list from the one afternoon:

1. Spot-billed Duck
2. Little Grebe
3. Grey Heron
4. Little Egret
5. Chinese Egret
6. Great Egret
7. Eurasian Kestrel
8. Northern Hobby
9. Peregrine Falcon
10. Common Moorhen
11. Common Coot
12. Eurasian Oystercatcher – 22
13. Grey Plover
14. Little Ringed Plover
15. Kentish Plover
16. Lesser Sand Plover
17. Bar-tailed Godwit
18. Whimbrel
19. Eurasian Curlew
20. Far Eastern Curlew
21. Marsh Sandpiper
22. Wood Sandpiper
23. Terek Sandpiper
24. Great Knot
25. Red Knot
26. Red-necked Stint
27. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
28. Dunlin
29. Broad-billed Sandpiper
30. Black-tailed Gull
31. Black-headed Gull
32. Saunders’s Gull
33. Vega Gull
34. Caspian Tern
35. Eurasian Collared Dove
36. Brown Shrike
37. Sand Martin
38. Barn Swallow
39. Red-rumped Swallow
40. White Wagtail
41. Yellow Wagtail
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Old Thursday 15th September 2011, 00:24   #337
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Country Club Sept. 5, 2011

Quick 1 hour stop at the Country Club:

Eurasian Kestrel
Northern Hobby
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Brown Shrike
Black-naped Oriole
Barn Swallow
Red-umped Swallow
Lanceolated Warbler
Thick-billed Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Dark-sided Flycatcher
Grey Wagtail
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Old Thursday 15th September 2011, 00:41   #338
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds Sept. 8, 2011

The Lancy recorded below was the same one photographed.

1. Common Pheasant
2. Spot-billed Duck
3. Little Grebe
4. Grey Heron
5. Great Egret
6. Little Egret
7. Chinese Egret
8. Northern Hobby
9. Common Moorhen
10. Far Eastern Curlew
11. Common Greenshank
12. Wood Sandpiper
13. Common Sandpiper
14. Vega/Mongolian Gull
15. Black-tailed Gull
16. Black-headed Gull
17. Oriental Turtle Dove
18. Common Kingfisher
19. Great Spotted Woodpecker
20. Brown Shrike
21. Great Tit
22. Chinese Penduline Tit
23. Barn Swallow
24. Red-rumped Swallow
25. Chinese Bulbul
26. Lanceolated Warbler
27. Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler
28. Oriental Reed Warbler
29. Vinous-throated Parrotbill
30. Siberian Stonechat
31. White Wagtail
32. Grey Wagtail
33. Yellow Wagtail
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Old Thursday 15th September 2011, 12:14   #339
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Hi Dongbei,

It sounds like good sightings. I especially appreciate the picture of the magpie and hobby - I'm still having trouble with raptors and appreciate the chance to see one with such a familiar bird in contrast.

(I'm feeling familiar with internet problems these days, though we usually have something which can be called "access" :-)
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds Sept. 9, 2011

Had an amazing encounter with a Watercock family. The mother was trying to bring her young across a new road that runs between two wetland areas. The problem was a very tall curb on both sides. The chicks were unable to get over and the mother was calling from the weeds and finally came right out in the open. I parked my motorcycle right in the middle of the road so cars had to go around. Eventually I chased the chicks to an area where the curb was missing a few pieces without having to touch them. The mother was there immediately and led them off. Rare to see them out in the open like this. A memorable 5 minutes!

Common Pheasant
2. Mandarin Duck
3. Spot-billed
4. Mallard
5. Little Grebe
6. Yellow Bittern
7. Grey Heron
8. Great Egret
9. Little Egret
10. Chinese Egret – 5
11. Watercock -- 3
12. Common Moorhen
13. Common Snipe
14. Whimbrel
15. Common Greenshank
16. Wood Sandpiper
17. Mongolian/Vega Gull
18. Black-tailed Gull
19. Black-headed Gull
20. Oriental Turtle Dove
21. Common Kingfisher
22. Brown Shrike
23. Chinese Grey Shrike
24. Chinese Penduline Tit
25. Barn Swallow
26. Red-rumped Swallow
27. Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler
28. Vinous-throated Parrotbill
29. Siberian Stonechat
30. Yellow Wagtail
31. White Wagtail
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Watercock road experience

from Sept. 9
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Brilliant photos Tom. And a wonderful encounter. As you know, I still haven't seen Watercock!!
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Wow - very high on "cuteness" factor! I'm surprised they have such little fluff balls at this time of year - would it be a second brood? (They can't be very old can they?)

They are great pictures - glad you had more presence of mind than I did! The pictures and story show some of the literal barriers which "development" causes.
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Gretchen, could be a second brood. I have seen very young Grebes in the first week of October a few years back. I know there was extensive flooding there in August, maybe the first batch was lost?

List from Friday afternoon: a hint of change in the air... The recording only has one note of Wood Sandpiper. Don't let the title fool you. It's basically all the same Greenshank.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck -- large group of new arrivals
Garganey -- also a new group of around 20
Little Grebe -- 30
Grey Heron -- around 10
Purple Heron -- 1
Great Egret -- around 10
Little Egret -- 5
Chinese Egret -- 5
Eurasian Kestrel -- 1
Peregrine Falcon -- 2
Eastern Marsh Harrier -- 1
Northern Goshawk -- 1
Common Moorhen -- around 20
Far Eastern Curlew -- only 3
Whimbrel -- only 1
Common Greenshank -- 10
Green Sandpiper -- 10
Wood Sandpiper -- 2
Black-tailed Gull -- many
Mongolian/Vega Gull -- 50 or so
Black-headed Gull -- many
Oriental Turtle Dove -- around 10
Common Kingfisher -- 5
Chinese Penduline Tit -- heard only
Barn Swallow -- hundreds
Chinese Bulbul -- 3
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler -- 1
Vinous-throated parrotbill -- two groups
Yellow Wagtail -- 10-15
White Wagtail -- 2
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Those Watercock pix are terrific Tom - thy used to breed in HK in the 1970s - shots like yours make me wish some of the habitats now being managed for wetland birds might pull in a pair.

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Old Saturday 17th September 2011, 16:25   #346
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In Sichuan I haven't seen Watercock for the last three years - the reasons I suspect for making this an uncommon species here, agricultural mechanization/development and general drainage of any wet corners so loved by this bird must have contributed to a large decline within the whole of China.
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Sea-farming Ponds Sept. 18, 2011

Had a nice few hours out today with my daughter. We are currently experiencing a decent cold front that's bringing strong wind and so I was out with three layers on and still cold. Felt more like November but the weather is supposed to warm back up to normal soon. The best part of the day was the last 30 minutes (isn't that always what happens?) when 16 Oriental Honey Buzzards migrated over with a few Eurasian Sparrowhawks and a Hobby. The buzzards were making very good time angled slightly into the wind but letting it take them without much effort at all. I know a spot between two mountains where they can be seen migrating in the end of September if the weather is right. There was also a very distant group of Teal that would move around from time to time and I found a few Baikal Teal mixed in when looking at the very distant flight images later at home. Not the best day for photography.

Spot-billed Ducks - around 20
Eurasian Teal - around 30
Baikal Teal - at least 3, could be more
Little grebe - many
Grey Heron - 10
Great Egret - 10-15
Little Egret - 1
Chinese Egret - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Northern Hobby - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Oriental Honey Buzzard - 16
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 4
Common Moorhen - 10-15
Snipe sp - 2 flybys
Far Eastern Curlew - 9
Common Greenshank - 4
Green Sandpiper - 4
Wood Sandpiper - 1
Black-tailed Gull
Black-headed Gull - 10
Vega/Mongolian Gull - around 50
Oriental Turtle Dove - 15
Common Kingfisher - 2
Ashy Minivet - 1
Chinese Penduline Tit - heard 1
Sand Martin - 1
Barn Swallow - many
Yellow Wagtail - 10
White Wagtail - 10
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Old Sunday 2nd October 2011, 15:18   #348
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I have been really busy with work and haven't posted in a while. Terry Townshend, his friend Peter Cawley, and Paul Holt are here at the moment and I joined them all day Saturday at Laotieshan. Terry and Peter are here for around 10 days and Paul Holt is staying for longer. They are camped out at Laotieshan and putting together some amazing records. First for Dalian birds for me that they have seen include Black Stork, Steppe Eagle, Eurasian Woodcock, Hair-crested Drongo etc... Paul had over 1000 Oriental Honey Buzzards in his first afternoon. Saturday's highlights included over 180 Grey-faced Buzzards, 4 Greater Spotted Eagles, 2 White's Thrush, a Grey-headed Lapwing, and a few Eurasian Woodcock. I was raptor watching when the Woodcock were seen, would have been a life bird for me. Laotieshan is simply amazing during fall migration! Paul and Terry will have complete reports when they are finished and I will link their reports to this thread when they are produced. They drove out to Jinshitan tonight and had dinner at our place before we head out all day up the coast tomorrow. I will list the species seen by me last Saturday below. I'll leave the more detailed count numbers in the very capable hands of Terry and Paul for later. I spent almost the entire day raptor watching so the records reflect that. There were also ridiculous numbers of Ashy Minivet and White-eyes.

Common Pheasant
Eurasian Kestrel
Amur Falcon -- many
Northern Hobby
Peregrine Falcon
Osprey
Oriental Honey Buzzard -- many
Black-eared Kite
Eastern Marsh Harrier
Pied Harrier
Japanese Sparrowhawk
Eurasian Sparrowhawk -- many
Northern Goshawk
Grey-faced Buzzard -- more than 180
Common Buzzard -- many
Greater Spotted Eagle
Grey-headed Lapwing
Black-tailed Gull
Vega/Mongolian Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Pacific Swift
Ashy Minivet -- many many
Bull-headed Shrike
Yellow-bellied Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Eurasian Skylark
Dusky Warbler
Radde's Warbler
Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Chesnut-flanked White-eye -- many many
White-cheeked Starling
White's Thrush
Siberian Rubythroat
Siberian Stonechat
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Red-throated Pipit (helps when Paul Holt knows their flight calls!)
Chinese Grosbeak
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Sunday 2nd October 2011, 15:21   #349
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more from Saturday
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Old Sunday 2nd October 2011, 15:25   #350
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Oriental Honey Buzzards and an Osprey. Pictures show variations with Honey Buzzards.
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