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Old Saturday 19th November 2011, 22:49   #401
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You need to learn the call Gretchen.
Thanks for the clues about where to look! Learning the call before seeing the bird seems like a challenge though.

Now I've checked Xeno-Canto, IBC, AVOCET, and Macaullay library and found no recordings for Siberian Accentor! Does someone have one or is there another place to look? (or does it sound like another accentor?)

(Sorry to hijack this thread Tom! Hope you're enjoying the same beautiful clear weather there too.)
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Old Monday 21st November 2011, 10:54   #402
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Does someone have one or is there another place to look? (or does it sound like another accentor?)

(Sorry to hijack this thread Tom! Hope you're enjoying the same beautiful clear weather there too.)
Hey I found one! Since this isn't quite a bona fide source (sound effects?) - would anyone care to comment if it sounds correct? It's here.
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Old Wednesday 23rd November 2011, 04:46   #403
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Hey I found one!
I sent you an mp3 of the call, Gretchen. Didn't you get it ?

If not, I'll resend. (Have you changed your email address? If so, PM it to me.)

What you've put here is mainly the song, with some tacking that I'm not sure about. Mark will tell us.
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Old Friday 25th November 2011, 08:19   #404
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Sea-farming Ponds Nov. 25, 2011

Bad news: The ponds and surrounding habitat are be filled in. I saw the signs of it a long time ago but it is for real now. First all the local residents were kicked out and their houses destroyed. Then a factory for making concrete was constructed. Now the area is full of dump trucks, new roads, bulldozers, etc... The main pond where the ducks usually are will still be there for a little while but it is the beginning of the end. I'm sure the final result will be a concrete river channel with new housing areas. All the wetland and scrub areas will be completely destroyed. very dissapointing. I have seen over to 200 species there in the last 5 years. This was also where all the Chinese Egrets fed during breeding time after their original feeding sight was destroyed.

Ponds are half frozen.

Here is the list from today in between dump trucks.

Common Pheasant
Japanese Quail - 13
Ruddy Shelduck - 12
Gadwall - 2
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler - 2
Tufted Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 25
Smew - 2
Little Grebe - 15
Grey Heron - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Common Coot - 21
Green Sandpiper - 1
Black-tailed Gull - many
Vega/Mongolian Gull - many
Oriental Turtle Dove - 8
Bull-headed Shrike - 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 2 groups
Daurian Redstart - 4
Yellow-throated Bunting - over 100
Japanese Reed Bunting - 4
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 40
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Old Friday 25th November 2011, 08:22   #405
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I believe the dead one is an Eastern Water Rail but other suggestions more than welcome. Huge bill, feet, feather colours.
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Bad news: The ponds and surrounding habitat are be filled in.
I know how you feel, Tom.

One of my patches was 'lost', with change of ownership, in the last few years. It creates a hole in one's birding life, similar to the death of a friend.

Is there anywhere locally to which some of these birds can relocate ?
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Old Monday 28th November 2011, 15:28   #407
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Hey I found one! Since this isn't quite a bona fide source (sound effects?) - would anyone care to comment if it sounds correct? It's here.
No, not that one, this one, a wav file, if it works

Edit, It doesn't, so I'll try a different way later
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Old Friday 2nd December 2011, 09:58   #408
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Jinshitan Reservoir Dec. 2, 2011

I led some field trips today to the Jinshitan GeoPark. Because of this I spent more time outside today than usual on a work day. I also went to the Reservoir for a short time before dark.

Common Pheasant - at least 20
Great Bustard - life bird!
Mallard - 24
Northern Pintail - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 7 at the GeoPark
Little Grebe - 2
Great Cormorant - at the GeoPark
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1 at the GeoPark, 2 at the reservoir. One caught a Naumann's Thrush, flew over, and ate it on a rock on the other side of the reservoir.
Northern Goshawk - 1 male, 1 juv. female
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Great Tit - 10
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - many
Winter Wren - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 30
Dusky Thrush - 10
Daurian Redstart - 5
Blue Rock Thrush - 1 at the GeoPark
Siberian Accentor - 1
Brambling - 45
Meadow Bunting - 10
Little Bunting - 15 including one still in breeding plumage
Rustic Bunting - abundant
Yellow-throated Bunting - abundant
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 20
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Old Friday 2nd December 2011, 10:00   #409
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Hey Tom, congratulations! (I happened to just see that bird change identities in a few minutes It was while I was busy playing my "can I identify it?" game with your new pics and deciding that the 3rd one was a cormorant and not a goose ) It does have huge wings. It's great you caught a picture too.
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Great find Tom - it's always wnderful to know these huge birds somehow survive in NE China.

Eyes on the sky Gretchen!!!


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P.S. Lovely picture of the Geopark - very scenic! Have you described it before - not sure what kind of spot it is...

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Old Sunday 25th December 2011, 09:45   #413
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Jinshitan Dec. 24, 2011

Really tied up at work for the last 3-4 weeks. I went out for a drive yesterday with my brother-in-law and saw some Brown-eared Bulbuls which is a first for me in Jinshitan. They are usually seen at a few places in Dandong, but a first for me here in Dalian. I heard something different from the platform and an investigation turned out to be quite rewarding. We were not birding at all but managed to see the following at a coastal viewpoint along the road.

Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Rough-legged Buzzard - 1
Common Buzzard - 1
Brown-eared Bulbul - 2
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1
White-cheeked Starling - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting
Oriental greenfinch
Great Tit
Daurian Redstart

Big birding weekend coming up for New Years.
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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 08:20   #414
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Jinshitan Dec. 31, 2011

Three locations: Jinshi Golf Club, Reservoir, and sea-farming ponds.

A whole day birding but I feel like I missed some key winter birds for the area. Despite this it was a good day out. Cloudy, no wind, trace amounts of snow, and warm enough for the motorbike (-5 to 0) I really covered the golf club well but came up empty handed on Varied Tit, Rosefinches, Accentor (very surprising), and other winter birds.

The sea-farming ponds are completely finished. I was able to cover one small field that usually isn't reachable (thanks to an ice crossing). It is basically the only habitat left in the entire area. Very very dissapointing. Sometimes I have to force myself not to think about it. So so depressing. I don't know what I can do in the short time after work now. Maybe the country club will come back when they finish the 100 acre housing development nearby. I am so sick of development, land reclamation, demountainization and the rest. It just sucks.

Highlights of the day - getting caught in a rabbit/pheasant snare! See photo. Almost driving into an uncovered storm drain while looking at the Kestrel making sure it wasn't a Merlin. People steal the covers and recycle them b/c they're metal.

Total list today from the three places:

Common Pheasant - between 60-80 (not joking!)
Japanese Quail - 3
Common Shelduck - 50
Falcated Duck - 30
Mallard - 2
Spot-billed Duck - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 19
Common Merganser - 1
Great Cormorant - 1
Pelagic Cormorant - 4
Eurasian Kestrel - 2 (one being chased away by a Goshawk)
Northern Goshawk - 2 big adults
Eastern Buzzard - 3
Upland Buzzard - 1 (95% sure the same one as the 2-3 previous winters)
Common Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Mongolian Gull
Hill Pigeon - 1
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 3
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1 chasing/scolding an Eastern Buzzard
Great Tit - over 50 and I checked every one!
Eurasian Skylark - 2
Chinese Bulbul - approx. 35
Brown-eared Bulbul - 3 (I guess this is the year for them here)
Vinous-throated Parrotbills - many many
Naumann's Thrush - 30
Daurian Redstart 5-10
Oriental Greenfinch - one group of 19
Meadow Bunting - 3 singles
Little Bunting - 1
Rustic Bunting - only 3
Yellow-throated Bunting - ridiculous numbers. This place is covered with them in the winter.
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 8
Japanese Reed/Ochre-rumped Bunting - 6
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Old Saturday 31st December 2011, 08:22   #415
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Going to Wafangdian tomorrow - stayed tuned.
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Some recordings from today. Both Brown-eared Bulbul recordings have Chinese Bulbuls calling in the background. Brown-eared are the high pitch.
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Wafangdian Jan. 1, 2012

Day trip todayto Wafangdian. It's a place about an hour from my house on the west side (Bo Hai) of the penninsula. The birding site is not near the city of Wafangdian but that's what the whole area is called. Temperature was extremely cold with very high wind. Some of the pictures below are unclear because of the hot air escaping through the car windows when I put them down to shoot. When I did jump outside, I had literally 30 seconds before my fingers felt like they were about to freeze up. Anyone who has been here in the winter is very familiar with the Dalian wind. It's not the temperature, but the wind that chills you to the bone.

The birding site near Wafangdian is a huge area of rice and corn fields near a large river with many sea-farming ponds. There are little tracks criss-crossing through and it can be frustering when it seems like the birds are always two tracks over from where you are. By this time, there are only a tiny amount of water holes on the fast flowing river so locating the ducks present is a matter of finding open water. The cranes and storks always seem to be on the move and a lot of time can be spent trying to locate where they are at any particular time. We spent some time today scanning large areas from the car and this seems to work better instead of trying to keep moving. It's an amazing place in the winter and is undoubtably amazing during migration also but I am always covering Jinshitan at that time.

Be sure to take the counting challenge with the one crane picture. Take a glance at the photo, guess how many, and then count them to see how close you were.

List:
Common Pheasant
Bean Goose - 86
Whooper Swan - 12 huddled around a tiny piece of water
Ruddy Shelduck - 300
Spot-billed Duck
Mallard
Common Pochard - 3
Tufted Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 8
Common Merganser - 1
Little Grebe - 5
Oriental Stork - 72!
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 5
Hen Harrier - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Rough-legged Buzzard - 3
Upland Buzzard - 2
Common Crane - 114
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Chinese grey Shrike- 1
Eurasian Skylark - approx. 50
Yellow-throated Bunting
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 15
Ochre-rumped Bunting - 10 (need to get out of the car to get more buntings!)
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Old Sunday 1st January 2012, 06:59   #418
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Jinzhou Bay and Dalian Bay tomorrow.
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Hi Dong Bei,

I know what you mean about the habitat. Our immediate vicinity has changed so much in 15 years - used to have quite a bit of wetland and forest in our area and now its just a forest of 20 story buildings! It is easier to just not think about it...

Nice pictures yesterday and today - nice to see the 2 kinds of mergansers! Do you often see Pelagic Cormorants? I think the ones I've seen have been Great... I still can't tell Kestrels from Merlins - was sure your pic was the latter. The first of your Brown-eared Bulbul recordings sounds just as I remember hearing one 2 years ago, but the second was less familiar - I'll have to look around and see if we have any this year. And wow - lots of storks, good number of cranes, elegant buntings, and even sea eagles - seems like good birding!
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Depressing Day Jan. 2, 2011

Spent with the day three Chinese birders. Leighton, a Beijing birder who now works in Dalian, and his two friends from Beijing. Together we covered Jinzhou Bay, Dalian Bay, Daheishan, and Jinshitan.

We began at Jinzhou Bay, a great winter gull location near a large garbage dump, and found the place devoid of gulls. I think we saw around 50 total and there should have been at least a thousand or more. Also, no winter sea eagles there for the first time ever. Disappointed, we left for Dalian Bay (only a 20 minute drive)

At Dalian Bay there was about 400 Mongolian Gulls and one Vega that I could make out. There was a decent cast of ducks there and this was probably the best of the locations today.

Daheishan yielded life Brown-eared Bulbuls for Leighton which was a highlight but not much else.

Jinshitan was dead. We had to really work for anything.

List from Jinzhou Bay:

Ruddy Shelduck approx. - 150
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Mongolian Gull - 50
Grey Heron - 5
Eurasian Skylark - 2


Dalian Bay:
Common Shelduck - 1
Ruddy Shelduck - a few
Falcated Duck - 30
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Common Goldeneye - 50
Common Merganser - 10
Red-breasted Merganser - 20
Little Grebe - 3
Great-crested Grebe - 50
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Mongolian Gull - 400
Vega Gull - 1

Daiheishan (Big Black Mountain)
Common Pheasant - 3
Spot-billed Duck
Brown-eared Bulbul - 4 (I guess this is the winter for them)
Chinese Bulbulb - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 15
Dusky Thrush - 2
Red-throated Thrush - 1
Daurian Redstart - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting

Jinshitan: mainly at the Jinshi Golf Club
Common Pheasant - 2
Common Shelduck - 50
Falcated Duck - 15
Red-breasted Merganser - 8
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Mongolian Gull - a few
Great Tit - 4
Chinese Bulbul - 6
Brown-eared Bulbul - 4
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Daurian Redstart - 1
Brambling - 3
Meadow Bunting - 3
Yellow-throated Bunting - 1!
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Old Saturday 14th January 2012, 03:06   #422
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Jinsh Golf Club Jan. 13, 2012

A quick walk through. Temperatures above zero and I birded with no gloves. This warm trend will stay for a few days according to the weather reports. No complaints here!

Common Pheasant - abundant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Common Merganser - 4
Red-breasted Merganser - 24
Pelagic Cormorant - 98 flew past the point in a 30 minute watch. By far the highest number I've seen here before.
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 1
Mongolian Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Great-spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit - many flocks but nothing else mixed in.
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1
Chinese Bulbul - 8
Brown-eared Bulbul - 4
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 40
Dusky Thrush - 3
Daurian Redstart - 3
Siberian Accentor - 2
Oriental Greenfinch - 1 group
Yellow-throated Bunting - abundant
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Old Saturday 14th January 2012, 18:00   #423
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Almost cried when I saw the 2nd December post from Jinshitan - my birthday - and the present was a Great Bustard. One day!
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Jinshitan Dec. 15, 2012

Drove around the area today in a friend's car. This is the first day of my 5 week holiday. Paul Holt is coming for birding on Jan. 17 and Terry Townshend arrives on the 25th. We're all going to Dandong and Feng Huan Shan on Jan. 25+26 as well as other day trips.

Today, my daughter and I surveyed the farming areas around Jinshitan from the car to see whatever was there in the afternoon. We came back along the coast. Surprise bird of the day was a Japanese Sparrowhawk.

List:

Common Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck - 68
Mallard - 189
Spot-billed Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 4
Red-breasted Merganser - 4
Little Grebe - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Japanese Sparrowhawk -- bizarre record in January. My daughter looked on as we waited for it to fly. When it did, it went after a group of tree sparrows and I believe it was successful. Unfortunately they dissappeared behind a building and never reappeared.
Eastern Buzzard - 2
Upland Buzzard - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 4
Mongolian Gull - 12
Chinese Grey Shrike - but have a look at it if you have experience with Great Grey Shrike
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
Naumann's Thrush - 1
Daurian Redstart - 1
Oriental Greenfinch - 6
Yellow-throated Bunting - some along the road.
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Jan. 17 Dalian and Jinzhou Bay

Paul Holt arrived at the airport at 11:00 am and together we went to Dalian and Jinzhou Bays. Dalian Bay = Yellow Sea and Jinzhou Bay = Bo Hai Bay. Two separate oceans separated by only 10kms of land. We counted our blessings with the temperature right around 0 degrees and no wind. Unusually warm for this time of year.

List: Dalian Bay = DB Jinzhou Bay = JB

Common Shelduck - 10
Ruddy Shelduck - approx. 150 JB
Falcated Duck - approx 50 DB
Mallard - over 500 JB
Spot-billed - over 500 JB
Northern Pintail - 1 JB
Eurasian Teal - 28 JB
Common Goldeneye - 50 DB
Smew - 6 DB
Common Merganser - approx 150 DB
Red-breasted Merganser - approx 40 DB
Little Grebe - 4 DB
Great-crested Grebe - 50 DB
Grey Heron - 6 JB
Peregrine Falcon - 2 JB
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 4 JB
Black-tailed Gull - a few DB
Common Gull - 50 DB a few in JB
Glaucous Gull - 1 DB 1 JB
Vega Gull - 50 JB
Mongolian Gull - approx 3000 JB 75 DB
Slaty-backed Gull - 1 JB
Heughlin's Gull - 1 DB
Pallas's Gull - 1 first winter JB
Black-headed Gull - a few in each Bay
Saunder's Gull - 8 DB 7 JB
White Wagtail - 1 JB (my first Dalian winter record)
Pallas's Reed Bunting
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