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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 13:45   #526
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Jinshitan Sea Farming Ponds April 23, 2012

A fantastic 2 hours before dark. We had very heavy rain all day Saturday and today the temperature was quite cold (I would guess around 5-6 degrees all day). I was back to wearing gloves. Heavy fog covered the area for most of the day preventing the temperature from rising. I was keen to get out after the rain but was not able to yesterday. As I watched through the windows at work, I knew today was going to produce a lot of new stuff. At lunch I heard a Wood Sandpiper flying over my house in the fog trying to figure out where it was. Once at the site after work I called my lovely and patient wife to inform her I was going to be home late......

The rain made the dirt roads a complete mess and I got absolutely filthy, not to mention my motorbike which was stuck 3 times At some points the wheels were so caked in mud that they struggled to turn. All worth it for the banquet of new birds moving into the area or migrating through.

The weather made photography almost impossible. Also there was too much happening to concentrate on one bird for long.

Common Pheasant
Japanese Quail - 6 different birds
Greater White-fronted goose - the 1 still remains
Gadwall - 5
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler - 5 males, 1 female
Eurasian Teal - only 2
Little grebe - 10
Black-crowned Night Heron - 12 (FOS)
Grey Heron - 2
Chinese Egret - 3 (FOS)
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Common Coot - 3
Grey Plover - 2
Little-ringed Plover - 5
Kentish Plover - 20
Common Snipe - 7 (FOS)
Whimbrel - 24 (FOS)
Green Sandpiper - 1
Wood Sandpiper - 2
Common Sandpiper - 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 1 (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull - 100
Common Gull - 50
Mongolian Gull - 15
Black-headed Gull - 3
Common Kingfisher - 1
Great Tit - 2
Chinese Penduline Tit - saw 2 but heard a few more
Barn Swallow - unbelievable numbers - 1000 but probably more. I've never seen that many in one place other than Laotieshan. They were sitting in the cold weather on almost every dike between the ponds.
Red-rumped Swallow - 100 (FOS)
Asian House Martin - 1 (flew right past me and banked nicely revealing dark underwing coverts) (FOS)
House Martin Sp - 5 (not sure which species)
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Pallas's Leaf Warbler - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 (FOS)
Zitting Cisticola - 1 heard then seen (FOS)
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 2 groups
Siberian Stonechat - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 20 Most were taivana but at least one was thunbergi (or Western Yellow Wagtail in Brazil's guide) (FOS)
Citrine Wagtail - my first fantastic view of an adult male --> gorgeous bird. Not many come this way. (FOS)
White Wagtail - 30 the majority of which were ocularis the rest were leucopsis
Olive-backed Pipit - 2
Red-throated Pipit - 4
Buff-bellied Pipit - 30
Oriental Greenfinch - 2
Meadow Bunting - 1
Chestnut-eared Bunting - 1 (FOS)
Little Bunting - 3
Black-faced Bunting - 15
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 10


Look on the far right of the wagtail photo to see my only "picture" of a adult male Citrine Wagtail :(
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Old Monday 23rd April 2012, 14:22   #527
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A fantastic 2 hours before dark.
Liking the shot of the Swallows on the deck! Ain't migration time great?!!

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Old Thursday 26th April 2012, 12:22   #528
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds April 26, 2012

I love migration! Being on a narrow peninsula really funnels birds and brings them right past me This week and the next will be slightly crazy and I already am a mess and most likely will continue to be until the end of May. This place really explodes with migrants. You have to understand that I bird a very small area of habitat that is far from ideal. It's not even close to a major migratory stop over point in comparison to other locations within an hour or so of where I live. There are dump trucks, machines, dust, and noises everywhere.

5 Eurasian Spoonbills flew high overhead and then later a single flew right past me near the ocean. This was a lifer for me still so I'm in quite a good mood here.

I spent most of the time near the mudflats.

Japanese Quail - 4
Common Pheasant
Greater White-fronted Goose - 1
Gadwall - 4
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler - 7
Little Grebe - 8
Eurasian Spoonbill - 5 (FOS)
Grey Heron - 2
Intermediate Egret - 2 (FOS)
Chinese Egret - 6
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 1
Common Coot - 4
Grey Plover - 1
Little-ringed Plover - 3
Kentish Plover - 25
Common Snipe - 1
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1
Whimbrel - at least 50
Common Redshank - 5
Marsh Sandpiper - 7 (FOS)
Wood Sandpiper - 8
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 100
Common Gull - 40
Mongolian Gull - 15
Black-headed Gull - 50
Whiskered Tern - 1 (FOS)
Great Tit
Barn Swallow - 10
Red-rumped Swallow - 3
Yellow-browed Warbler - 4
Yellow Wagtail - 20
White Wagtail - 10
Red-throated Pipit - at least 30 (FOS)
Buff-bellied Pipit - 2
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 2
Common Reed Bunting - 1
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Old Thursday 26th April 2012, 12:40   #529
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Nice one, Tom! Spoonbills are not common in northern China. Good to hear that Red-throated Pipits are coming through in numbers. I'm going to Wild Duck Lake tomorrow - will be interesting to compare what's going on there with what you are seeing...
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Old Thursday 26th April 2012, 14:19   #530
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Sounds exciting! Nice you got a good quail pic as well as the spoonbills!
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Old Friday 27th April 2012, 04:29   #531
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That Swinhoe's Egret is superb - looks like it's so charge hormones that it's about to burst!

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Old Monday 30th April 2012, 13:36   #532
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Sea-farming ponds April 30, 2012

Was supposed to be my big day shorebirding up the coast. I left my place at 4:45 am to make it to Zhuanghe and back stopping wherever I chose at some of the huge mudflats that can be found between here and there. I also wanted to count Chinese Egrets and look for flagged Godwits, etc... Thoughts of Spoon-billed Sandpiper also were on my mind..... All started well but I got turned back by fog about 1/4 of the way there. You can believe me when I say it was bad, I'm not one to cancel a birding day too quickly. I will try another day this week when better conditions present themselves. There certainly birds about in the fog but visibility was almost nothing and getting worse. I was also frozen on my motorcycle with water vapour dripping from the hair on my knuckles and eye lashes. Instead my wife and I took our two kids to one of the beach areas in the fog. The kids had fun and I heard a clear Korean Bush Warbler calling. A bit early but an unmistakeable call. Also picked up this years first Northern Hobby among other things. In the afternoon it cleared up a bit and I made a quick 2 hour trip to the regular ponds. I almost got trapped due to an excavator on one end and a bulldozer on the other end of the only way in and out destroying roads while I birded. This place will not be around long.

Anyways, here is the list from this morning in the fog, today with my family, and this afternoon for the only 2 hours clear enough to see.

Of note, I unzipped by winter coat today! Still had a T-shirt and long sleeve fleece on underneath.....One day it will warm up here.

Japanese Quail - 6
Common Pheasant
Gadwall - 1
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler - 7
Eurasian Teal - 8
Little Grebe - around 20 with one on a nest.
Striated Heron - 1 flyby (FOS)
Grey Heron - 4
Great Egret - 10 (FOS)
Intermediate Egret - 2
Little Egret - 1
Chinese Egret - 5
Northern Hobby - 1 (FOS)
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Common Moorhen - 2 (FOS)
Common Coot - 5
Black-winged Stilt - (FOS in Jinshitan)
Little-ringled Plover - 6
Kentish Plover - saw 20 but more were in the fog
Common Snipe - 1
Whimbrel - 18 and calling everywhere in the fog
Wood Sandpiper - 5
Terek Sandpiper - 3
Common Sandpiper - 2
Red-necked Stint - 2 (FOS)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Common Gull - 10
Hill Pigeon - 1
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Common Kingfisher - 2
Carrion Crow - 2
Chinese Penduline Tit - heard calling at 2 places in the fog
Barn Swallow - 100
Zitting Cisticola - heard 2 in the fog
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1 heard in the fog!
Chinese Bulbul - 3
Korean Bush Warbler - 1 (FOS) heard well but couldn't be located in the fog.
Yellow-browed Warbler - at least 30
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler - 2 (FOS)
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - heard in the fog
White-cheeked Starling - 2
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 1 (FOS)
Yellow Wagtail - 1 thunbergi, 2 taivana, and 18 Tschutschensis
Grey Wagtail - 3
White Wagtail - 3 all leucopsis
Olive-backed Pipit - 20
Red-throated Pipit - 15
Oriental Greenfinch - 25
Meadow Bunting - 15
Tristrams Bunting - 2 (FOS)
Little Bunting - 1
Black-faced Bunting - 10
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 2
Common Reed Bunting - 1
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Old Monday 30th April 2012, 14:22   #534
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Ah ha! I finally saw one FOS bird before you! You usually beat me out through persistence and better skills - I haven't really figured out if most birds appear in both places simultaneously or not. However, we definitely had a pair of stilts 2 weeks ago, and at least a half dozen last week. (Grey herons, which shouldn't require too much skill for me to be able to see, have not appeared here at all.)

I'm also interested to notice your Asian Brown Fly - I've been wondering how soon I should be seeing them, but haven't seen one yet.

I looked closely at the yellow wags last weekend, and took mental notes, but forgot to write them down, and now can't recall which type I saw! Nice selection in your pics! Interesting to see the grebe nesting already. Like the flying shovelers too!

PS Know what you mean about the weather! We've actually had lots of dust as well as today's fog - not much sun, and not particularly warm most days.... Hope the holiday holds some better birding weather for you yet!

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Old Tuesday 1st May 2012, 13:32   #535
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Jinshitan Sea farming Ponds May 1, 2012

Quick visit to the ponds and a few other things while at a playground with my kids. Temperature at 22 degrees today with no fog

Many things left today with the arrivial of a warm southern front and the tide wasn't right for shorebirds.

Paul Holt arrives tomorrow and will join me for the big shorebird day which will happen on Thursday now! Maybe I can teach him a few things about birding......

Do you think the pictured Wood Sandpiper looks like a Solitary from North America? Something about the pose. It's a Wood but it's fun to dream.

Japanese Quail - 3
Common Pheasant
Common Shelduck - 25
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Northern Shoveler - 10
Little Grebe - 20
Cattle Egret - 1 (FOS)
Great Egret - 4
Intermediate Egret - 2
Little Egret - 1
Chinese Egret - 2
Northern Hobby - 1
Common Coot - 2
Black-winged Stilt - 2
Little-ringed Plover - 4
Swin-tailed Snipe - 4 (FOS)
Whimbrel - 5
Wood Sandpiper - 4
Common Sandpiper - 2
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Common Gull - 10
Mongolian Gull - 3
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Little Owl - 1
Pacific Swift - 3
Common Kingfisher - 2
Ashy Minivet - heard twice today flying over the playground but not seen.
Brown Shrike - 1 (FOS)
Black-naped Oriole - 1 (FOS)
Chinese Penduline Tit - 2
Barn Swallow - seen all day
Red-rumped Swallow - a few
Zitting Cisticola - 2
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Black-browed Reed Warbler - 1 (FOS)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1 but probably 100 at the Country Club now.
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 2
Grey Wagtil - 1
White Wagtail - a few leucopsis
Olive-back Pipit - 15
Red-throated Pipit - 10
Greenfinch - a few
Black-faced Bunting - 3
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Quick visit with my son. Construction still preventing a lot of birds from stopping there.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Striated Heron - 2
Black-crowned Night Heron - 1
Chinese Pond Heron - 5 (FOS)
Whimbrel - 3
Common Snipe - 2
Spotted Dove - 2 (First ever for me in Jinshitan)
Pacific Swift - 3
Common Kingfisher - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Great Tit - 4
Chinese Penduline Tit - heard only
Barn Swallow - 30
Red-rumped Swallow - 5
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - 30
Eastern Crowned Warbler - 2 (FOS)
White-cheeked Starling - 5
Olive-backed Pipit - 2
Oriental Greenfinch - 20
Little Bunting - 3
Yellow-browed Bunting - 2 (FOS)
Black-faced Bunting - 10
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Hmm, few spotted doves there - so interesting how birds distribute themselves! Quite interesting to see your FOS's - very helpful as I need to get a better sense of the order of movement of the various species.
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Jinshitan to Zhuanghe shorebirding May 3, 2012

Paul Holt and I left Jinshitan at 4:30 am and slowly made our way to Zhuanghe, stopping wherever there were birds to see along the way. I think we arrived and had lunch at Zhuanghe right around noon. Zhuanghe is a little under two hours drive from Jinshitan without stopping. Near the end of the day the tide pushed numerous flagged Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Great Knots close towards us. In all, we were able to see over 20 tags but many were just out of reach and they left because of the rising tide just before they came into view. We were able to read several at another site where we found a high tide roost but the majority weren't able to be seen clear enough. We did record colours, position on the legs, and other details that will make the researchers (in Australia) very happy. Attached is a photo of a very visible one.

Two lifers for me were 3 Pied Avocets (not too many pass this way) and 2 Asian Dowitchers (thanks to Paul). The dowitchers were too far for photos but clearly seen with good scope views while they were feeding among a large group of Bar-tailed Godwit. I should add that, being in summer plumage, they were very similar in colour to the Godwits.

An absolutely fantastic full day of shorebirding with one of the world's best!

Japanese Quail - 3 (heard my first one calling -- very cool sound)
Common Pheasant - 13
Common Shelduck - 9
Eurasian Wigeon - 2
Mallard- 15
Spot-billed Duck - 63
Northern Shoveler - 1
Eurasian Teal - 6
Little Grebe - 3
Black-faced Spoonbill - 5 (at the breeding site near Zhuanghe)
Chinese Pond Heron - 1
Grey Heron - 5
Great Egret - 1
Intermediate Egret - 5
Little Egret - 12
Chinese Egret - 75 (My goal was to get 100 which I think would be possible in a few weeks) As I like to say "the most common egret on the east coast of Liaoning Province"
Grey-faced Buzzard - 2 Funny story - we stopped because our driver thought he saw something in a tree. We stopped to check and it ended up being nothing, but right at that moment two flew directly over us. Must have been a movement of them but we had shorebirds to look at. It's only the 2nd record for me close to Jinshitan. (flocks of them at Laotieshan in autumn).
Common Kestrel - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1 spoiled our close views at one site when it dropped in front of us and grabbed a Dunlin sized shorebird!
Common Coot - 2
Eurasian Oystercatcher - 1 ( a little late for them)
Black-winged Stilt - 5
Pied Avocet - 3 (lifer)
Pacific Golden Plover - 31
Grey Plover - 440
Little-ringed Plover - 7
Kentish Plover - 6
Lesser Sand Plover - 155
Asian Dowitcher - 2 (lifer) excellent scope views
Black-tailed Godwit - 3
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1570
Whimbrel - 487 (including 239 flyovers at the first Jinshitan location)
Eurasian Curlew - 11
Far Eastern Curlew - 92
Unidentified Curlew Sp. - 303
Spotted Redshank - 4
Common Redshank - 3
Marsh Sandpiper - 40
Common Greenshank - 98
Wood Sandpiper - 139 (including 49 flyovers at the first Jinshitan location)
Terek Sandpiper -84
Common Sandpiper - 9
Ruddy Turnstone - 69 (including my 3rd Jinshitan record)
Great Knot - 478 (320 at one location)
Red Knot - 10
Sanderling - 13 (not common at all around here)
Red-necked Stint - only 14
Temminck's Stint - 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 18
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 (gorgeous summer plumaged males)
Dunlin - 8275
Broad-billed Sandpiper - 16
Black-headed Gull - 3842
Saunders's Gull - 28 including some completely hooded adults
Black-tailed Gull - 378
Common Gull - 15
Mongolian Gull - 5
Unidentified large gulls - 17
Little Tern - 5
Hill Pigeon - 10
Oriental Turtle Dove - 3
Eurasian Collared Dove - 2 (only my second record in Dalian!) I was very excited and Paul was looking at me like I had completely lost my mind. They are much more common near Vancouver where I am originally from now!
Brown Shrike - 4
Chinese Penduline Tit - 2
Asian Short-toed Lark - 2 (not so ironically.....my third record and all 3 have been with Paul on three different trips in the area)
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Barn Swallow - 7
Red-rumped Swallow - 3
Yellow-browed Warbler - 10
Zitting Cisicola - 1
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1
Chestnut-flanked White-eye - 2
Daurian Redstart - 1
Blue Rock Thrush - 3
Eastern Yellow Wagtail - 12 none would sit to check subspecies
Grey Wagtail - 6
White Wagtail - 12 inlcuding 3 leucopsis and 1 ocularis
Richard`s Pipit - 7
Blyth`s Pipit - 1 flyover (very good record)
Olive-backed Pipit - 17
Red-throated pipit - 18
Buff-bellied Pipit - 2
Oriental Greenfinch - 3
Common Rosefinch - 1
Meadow Bunting - 2
Little Bunting - 4
Black-faced Bunting - 11
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Old Friday 4th May 2012, 09:28   #541
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Well, not too bad of a day
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I thought you were listing the index of BoEA for a moment

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Old Monday 7th May 2012, 09:11   #544
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Wader day

Great day Tom. Congrats for the Avocet and Dowitchers. Both great birds. I was very envious of your Jap Quail photo earlier on. I must have seen well over 150 of them but I have never been able to get a shot.
Your Chinese Egrets look marvellous. I haven't seen one in breeding plumage yet down here in Guangdong.
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Paul Holt and I left Jinshitan at 4:30 am and slowly made our way to Zhuanghe, stopping wherever there were birds to see along the way. I think we arrived and had lunch at Zhuanghe right around noon. Zhuanghe is a little under two hours drive from Jinshitan without stopping. Near the end of the day the tide pushed numerous flagged Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Great Knots close towards us. In all, we were able to see over 20 tags but many were just out of reach and they left because of the rising tide just before they came into view. We were able to read several at another site where we found a high tide roost but the majority weren't able to be seen clear enough. We did record colours, position on the legs, and other details that will make the researchers (in Australia) very happy. Attached is a photo of a very visible one.

Two lifers for me were 3 Pied Avocets (not too many pass this way) and 2 Asian Dowitchers (thanks to Paul). The dowitchers were too far for photos but clearly seen with good scope views while they were feeding among a large group of Bar-tailed Godwit. I should add that, being in summer plumage, they were very similar in colour to the Godwits.

An absolutely fantastic full day of shorebirding with one of the world's best!

Japanese Quail - 3 (heard my first one calling -- very cool sound)
Common Pheasant - 13
Common Shelduck - 9
Eurasian Wigeon - 2
Mallard- 15
Spot-billed Duck - 63
Northern Shoveler - 1
Eurasian Teal - 6
Little Grebe - 3
Black-faced Spoonbill - 5 (at the breeding site near Zhuanghe)
Chinese Pond Heron - 1
Grey Heron - 5
Great Egret - 1
Intermediate Egret - 5
Little Egret - 12
Chinese Egret - 75 (My goal was to get 100 which I think would be possible in a few weeks) As I like to say "the most common egret on the east coast of Liaoning Province"
Grey-faced Buzzard - 2 Funny story - we stopped because our driver thought he saw something in a tree. We stopped to check and it ended up being nothing, but right at that moment two flew directly over us. Must have been a movement of them but we had shorebirds to look at. It's only the 2nd record for me close to Jinshitan. (flocks of them at Laotieshan in autumn).
Common Kestrel - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1 spoiled our close views at one site when it dropped in front of us and grabbed a Dunlin sized shorebird!
Common Coot - 2
Eurasian Oystercatcher - 1 ( a little late for them)
Black-winged Stilt - 5
Pied Avocet - 3 (lifer)
Pacific Golden Plover - 31
Grey Plover - 440
Little-ringed Plover - 7
Kentish Plover - 6
Lesser Sand Plover - 155
Asian Dowitcher - 2 (lifer) excellent scope views
Black-tailed Godwit - 3
Bar-tailed Godwit - 1570
Whimbrel - 487 (including 239 flyovers at the first Jinshitan location)
Eurasian Curlew - 11
Far Eastern Curlew - 92
Unidentified Curlew Sp. - 303
Spotted Redshank - 4
Common Redshank - 3
Marsh Sandpiper - 40
Common Greenshank - 98
Wood Sandpiper - 139 (including 49 flyovers at the first Jinshitan location)
Terek Sandpiper -84
Common Sandpiper - 9
Ruddy Turnstone - 69 (including my 3rd Jinshitan record)
Great Knot - 478 (320 at one location)
Red Knot - 10
Sanderling - 13 (not common at all around here)
Red-necked Stint - only 14
Temminck's Stint - 1
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 18
Curlew Sandpiper - 3 (gorgeous summer plumaged males)
Dunlin - 8275
Broad-billed Sandpiper - 16
Black-headed Gull - 3842
Saunders's Gull - 28 including some completely hooded adults
Black-tailed Gull - 378
Common Gull - 15
Mongolian Gull - 5
Unidentified large gulls - 17
Little Tern - 5
Hill Pigeon - 10
Oriental Turtle Dove - 3
Eurasian Collared Dove - 2 (only my second record in Dalian!) I was very excited and Paul was looking at me like I had completely lost my mind. They are much more common near Vancouver where I am originally from now!
Brown Shrike - 4
Chinese Penduline Tit - 2
Asian Short-toed Lark - 2 (not so ironically.....my third record and all 3 have been with Paul on three different trips in the area)
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Barn Swallow - 7
Red-rumped Swallow - 3
Yellow-browed Warbler - 10
Zitting Cisicola - 1
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1
Chestnut-flanked White-eye - 2
Daurian Redstart - 1
Blue Rock Thrush - 3
Eastern Yellow Wagtail - 12 none would sit to check subspecies
Grey Wagtail - 6
White Wagtail - 12 inlcuding 3 leucopsis and 1 ocularis
Richard`s Pipit - 7
Blyth`s Pipit - 1 flyover (very good record)
Olive-backed Pipit - 17
Red-throated pipit - 18
Buff-bellied Pipit - 2
Oriental Greenfinch - 3
Common Rosefinch - 1
Meadow Bunting - 2
Little Bunting - 4
Black-faced Bunting - 11
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Old Monday 7th May 2012, 12:22   #545
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Jinshitan Reservoir May 7, 2012

Have been taking it surprisingly easy over the last few days considering that migration is in full swing. I had all of last week off work and we spent a lot of that time sitting on the nice beaches here. My kids are so happy to get outside. The weather completely changed last Monday. I went from 3 layers to shorts in 12 hours.......We haven't look back with temperatures in the low to mid 20s for the last week now.

I also don't have that much motivation to go check out shorebirds after seeing almost every Asian species with Paul last week! No, I would still do it but today I opted for forest migrants and successfully negotiated my way into the large reservoir behind some mountains here in Jinshitan. This is the place that I was upset about in one of my very first posts about being barred from entry. I somehow managed to smile nice at the guards and let them look at almost everything through my binoculars for around 5 minutes before they told me to go in quickly and disappear! This location is a fraction of what it used to be but was still fun to check out again.

Common Pheasant - males calling constantly now
Mandarin Duck - 1 pair (FOS)
Mallard - 4
Little Grebe - 2
Chinese Pond Heron - 1
Northern Hobby - 2
Common Sandpiper - 3
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1 calling somewhere in the rapidly thickening forest!
Oriental Scops Owl - 1 calling as I left (FOS)
Common Kingfisher - 1
Brown Shrike - 3
Great Tit - 5
Chinese Penduline Tit - heard a few
Barn Swallow - 50
Radde's Warbler - 2 (FOS) recording below
Yellow-browed Warbler - 10
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - one group
Chestnut-flanked White-eye - one small group
Grey-backed Thrush - 3 (FOS) they seem to like this place each spring. Rarely seen at other locations around here.
Siberian Blue Robin - 2 (FOS)
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 6
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 1 male, 1 female (FOS)
Taiga Flycatcher - 1 (FOS)
White Wagtail - 2 both leucopsis
Oriental Greenfinch - 15
Black-faced Bunting - 10
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Ooh, nice hobby shot, and very handsome Asian Brown (though I had to cheat to make sure it wasn't a female Taiga). Another "creature" is louder than the Radde's I think - as my player got it.
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Old Tuesday 8th May 2012, 11:06   #547
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Country Club May 8, 2012

The big passerine push is on! The Country Club was out of control today. I was asked to leave because the staff there was closing the gate for the day. Because of this I didn't get to cover more of the open areas. Construction nearby also keeps the main water channel and surrounding areas completely void of birds.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Striated Heron - 4
Snipe Sp. - 1
Common Sandpiper - 1
Whimbrel - 7
Oriental Turtle Dove - 2
Spotted Dove - 1
Common Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher - 1 (FOS)
Hoopoe - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker -2
Brown Shrike - 5
Black-naped Oriole - 2
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit - 1
Barn Swallow - 25
Red-rumped Swallow - 5
Chinese Bulbul
Manchurian Bush Warbler - 1 (Brazil calls it Korean Bush Warbler) recording below
Dusky Warbler - 1 (FOS)
Radde's Warbler - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - many
Eastern Crowned Warbler - 7
White-eye Sp. - 8
White-cheeked Starling - 3
White's Thrush - 1 (FOS) first for me in Jinshitan also and my second record in Dalian
Grey-backed Thrush - 3
Eye-browed Thrush - 2 (FOS)
Dusky x Naumann's Thrush - 1
Siberian Blue Robin - around 10
Swinhoe's Robin - 2 (FOS)
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 10
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher - 4
Mugumaki Flycatcher - 1 (FOS) camera-shaking male.......gorgeous.
Taiga Flycatcher - 1
Forest Wagtail - 2 (FOS)
Grey Wagtail - 3
White Wagtail - 1 leucopsis
Olive-backed Pipit - 15
Oriental Greenfinch - 20
Eurasian Siskin - 1
Tristram's Bunting - 5
Little Bunting - 15
Yellow-browed Bunting - 7
Chestnut Bunting - 4 (FOS)
Black-faced Bunting - 20
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Appreciate you putting all the bird shots up Tom. I use these to test myself (still doing poorly for the moment but repeated exposure will help) !
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