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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 15:37   #601
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Cotton-pickin' Goose is a monster find Tom - congratulations!

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Old Saturday 16th June 2012, 18:49   #602
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Cotton Pygmy Goose waiting for me upon arrival in the main pond. I checked with Bai in Dandong and he said there was one other Liaoning record from near Shenyang also in June. Paul informed me that there are only two historical records in Beijing also in the summer. A mega rarity in northern China. I am quite pleased to say the least! This single male was very much a wild bird and took several short flights. The pictures below are after doing a decent amount of sneaking up to it using tall grass and reeds as a blind.
That's a strange coincidence Tom!

It certainly helps the with female we had in Beidaihe a few weeks ago that literally flew in from the coast and resided at the reservoir for a few days.
Like yours it behaved as a wild bird and looked immaculate but it certainly wasn't on my radar either!
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Old Sunday 17th June 2012, 13:30   #603
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Wafangdian June 17, 2012

Afternoon trip to Wafangdian today. This is the wintering area for cranes, storks and the like about 1.5 hours north of dalian. I have never been there other than December - February so the mystery of what would be there in June influenced my choice of destinations. The afternoon trip was a lovely present from my wonderful wife for Father's Day!

The place is slower in June than in winter. (although a trip in spring or fall migration time would really be worth it) One surprise was to find Common Redshank with flightless young walking around an old rice field. Another surprise was to see over 20 beautifully breeding plumaged Amur Falcons, I would have thought they should be more north at this time? Lots of Oriental Reed Warblers were over the reed areas calling so loud that it got irritating after a while. (recording below) One chased away a Cuckoo that landed too close. The caption for the picture of the two of them below should read, "not in my nest!"

Common Pheasant - many
Spot-billed Duck - many
Little grebe - 1
Cattle Egret -7
Intermediate Egret - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Amur Falcon - 25 (sitting on power lines over fields all around the area)
Common Moorhen - 2
Little-ringed Plover - 2
Common Redshank - 4 adults and 2 juveniles
Common Sandpiper - 5
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Hill Pigeon - 15
Eurasian Cuckoo - 1 seen and many more calling (check the photo, would love to be wrong)
Common Kingfisher - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 3
Brown Shrike - 1
Black Drongo - 1
Great Tit - a few
Chinese Penduline Tit - many nesting
Barn Swallow - many
Zitting Cisticola - approx 5
Oriental Reed Warbler - at least 15
White-cheeked Starling - 2
White Wagtail - 10 (many juv)
Oriental Greenfinch - 1
Meadow Bunting - 4
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Old Monday 18th June 2012, 07:06   #606
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Tom: Superb record.I keep hoping I will find it around my patch in Shenzhen but no luck so far. It is high on my list of bird priorities. interesting that Mark Andrews had a female at Beidahea short while ago.




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Cotton Pygmy Goose waiting for me upon arrival in the main pond. I checked with Bai in Dandong and he said there was one other Liaoning record from near Shenyang also in June. Paul informed me that there are only two historical records in Beijing also in the summer. A mega rarity in northern China. I am quite pleased to say the least! This single male was very much a wild bird and took several short flights. The pictures below are after doing a decent amount of sneaking up to it using tall grass and reeds as a blind.

The Brown Shrike recording below is of two scolding a magpie that I'm guessing was close to their nest. I never did find the nest and was sure they were going to be Tiger Shrikes when I first heard the sound. I still need Tiger Shrike for this year's list.

Also a neat comparison shot of Little and Chinese Egret below.

List from the Country Club (3 hours with family) and around 2 hours at the ponds:

Common Pheasant
Cotton Pygmy Goose (Lifer) -- wasn't even on my radar as a possibility.
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Little Grebe - many adults and young.
Yellow Bittern - 1
Striated Heron - over 10
Grey Heron - 1
Great Egret - 1
Intermediate Egret - 1
Little Egret - 8
Chinese Egret - I counted 18 but only covered about 1/3 of the area. Tomorrow I'm going up the coast and will def. count these.
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Common Moorhen - 2 and young
Common Coot - 4 and young
Little-ringed Plover - 3
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 5
Eurasian Cuckoo - 2 calling
Brown Shrike - 2
Black-naped Oriole - many
Chinese Penduline Tit - a few calling
Barn Swallow - many
Red-rumped Swallow - many
Chinese Bulbul - a few
Red-billed Starling - 3
White-cheeked Starling - 5
White Wagtail - many juv. leucopsis (40?)
Oriental Greenfinch - many including some feeding young
Meadow Bunting - 1
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Old Tuesday 19th June 2012, 01:18   #607
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 01:38   #608
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Cotton-pickin' Goose is a monster find Tom - congratulations!

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Tom/Mark - they are awesome records of Cotton Pygmy Goose..! And great images, too. Superb. I didn't realise that this species is most likely to turn up in late Spring/early Summer.. I always imagined it would be fairly early if it was to turn up as a vagrant.
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Old Tuesday 26th June 2012, 12:47   #609
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June 26, 2012 Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds

Quick hour. A five egret day is always a good day!

Common Pheasant
Mallard - many
Spot-billed Duck - many
Little Grebe - many
Striated Heron - 3
Grey Heron - 5
Cattle Egret - 12
Great Egret - both albus and modesta - 10
Intermediate Egret - 3
Little Egret - 1
Chinese Egret - around 30 but hard to count exactly b/c they were very active.
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Northern Hobby - 1
Chinese Sparrowhawk - 1 (95% sure it's not Japanese Sparrowhawk --see picture)
Common Coot - 2
Little-ringed Plover - 8
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Common Kingfisher - 2
Black-naped Oriole - many
Chinese Penduline Tit - a few calling
Barn Swallow - 20
Red-rumped Swallow - 1
Zitting Cisticola - 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - a few along the road
White Wagtail - a few juv. leucopsis
Oriental Greenfinch - 2 flyovers
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Old Thursday 28th June 2012, 05:31   #611
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Quick hour. A five egret day is always a good day!
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White Wagtail - a few juv. leucopsis
I would agree about the 5 egret day! I've not identified a cattle egret here yet. Do they always have the brown/orange coloring?

Also haven't seen a juvie wagtail, but they should be here - I'll have to look more carefully.
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Old Wednesday 4th July 2012, 13:17   #612
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Liaoning Trip Report from May 2012

Thanks to Paul Holt for putting all of this info together and allowing me to post it here. If you are wondering about the shorebird situation in Liaoning in early May this should give you an idea! I took out some of the photos to bring it down into allowable size for this forum.

I am now near Vancouver in Western Canada. I will soon be visiting Florida and Central America. Hope to be back in Dalian on August 23.
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds August 24, 2012

Returned to China yesterday. Did a 3 hour tour of the area this afternoon to see what was about. Much more of the ponds are now destroyed. The vegetation is very thick and some of the trails aren't accessible. Spotting smaller birds is very difficult. I was left knowing that there was a lot more there than what I could positively identify. I stopped at another location first and found a minimum of 8 Dollarbirds on some power lines that stretch over a forested area. I was looking for some pictures of them before they head out.

List from the ponds:

Common Pheasant - 5
Spot-billed Duck - 20
Mallard - a few juv.
Little Grebe - many
Yellow Bittern - 2
Striated Heron - 1
Gray Heron - 2
Purple Heron - 1
Great Egret - 25
Intermediate Egret - 3 check the photo, is it hurt? Not sure what to make of that posture....
Little Egret - 20
Chinese Egret - 5 (all juv)
Norther Hobby - 1
Common Moorhen - 10
Common Coot - 15
Whimbrel - 20
Eastern Curlew - 1
Grey-tailed Tattler - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 200
Black-headed Gull - 100
Vega/Mongolian Gull - 5
Hill Pigeon - 5
Oriental Turtle Dove - 3
Dollarbird - 8 at the other place
Common Kingfisher - 3
Brown Shrike - 1
Great Tit - 8
Chinese Penduline Tit - 6
Barn Swallow - 30
Chinese Bulbul - 1
Radde's Warbler - 1
unidentified Reed Warbler Sp.
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 3
Siberian Stonechat - 2
unidentified Pipit Sp.
White Wagtail - 20 all luecopsis
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Old Friday 24th August 2012, 12:58   #614
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I saw a squirrel today which is my first for China. I've seen Chipmunks in a Beijing park and near Dandong but never a squirrel. It took me a second to realize where I was (after having travelled all over for the summer) and how special it was. I have no photos becuase I watched it completely cross the road close to me before clueing in what I was seeing and where I was. It was average size and quite dark. I also saw a wild rabbit, many water snakes, and several vole/field mice along the trails. That's at least a 3 mammal day in Dalian!
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A three mammal (+ a snake) day is excellent !

Interesting that you only had juvie Chinese Egrets - have the parents left?!? Your picture shows a posture I haven't seen - did you see the bird moving?

(Walking around the rustic parts of our campus I saw easily more than a dozen Brown Shrikes - guess they've had excellent breeding this summer.)
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Was the Squirrel like this Tom? - http://www.biolib.cz/en/image/id171600/ (they often look a bit darker and dingier) and the other a Tolai Hare? No native rabbits in China despite the Chinese Zodiac "year of the..."

Good to have you back in China, look forward to the updates.
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Thanks for mentioning this, I hadn't remembered that. I've wondered about the ones I've seen, and not been sure they were hares, but perhaps they were juveniles and the size threw me off.
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Tom: the LH butterfly in your #614 is an Asian Comma Polygonia c-aureum.

That in the RH shot is probably the Asian/Chinese Yellow/Xuthus (take your pick!) Swallowtail Papilio xuthus.
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Short stop at the Country Club on the way home from getting gas. Also a one hour trip with my daughter to the ponds to find butterflies -- lots around at the moment.

Common Pheasant - 5
Mallard - 2
Spot-billed Duck - 5
Little Grebe - many
Striated Heron - 3
Great Egret - many
Little Egret - many
Chinese Egret - 10
Intermediate Egret - 3
Great Cormorant - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Common Moorhen - 5
Common Coot - 10
Whimbrel - 15
Black-tailed Gull - many
Vega/Mongolian Gull - 50
Black-headed Gull - 25
Saunders's Gull - 2
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Common Kingfisher - 3
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Brown Shrike - 1
Black-naped Oriole - 3
Great Tit - 3
Barn Swallow - 40
Red-rumped Swallow - 2
Pallas's Leaf Warbler - 5
Eastern-crowned Warbler - 2
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 5
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 5
Dark-sided Flycatcher - 2
White Wagtail - 4
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Thanks to everyone for identifying everything from butterflies to hares! Lots of life around at the moment. Gretchen, not sure if all the adults have left. I believe I made that claim in a previous year only to have a few show up the next day......
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Love the pic of the gulls Tom, and you Dollarbird pic has awakened my migration radar . . .

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That Amur is such a lovely bird. You do seem to have a lot of raptors up there.

Amazing fact re. rabbits in China. Would make a decent pub quiz question !

+1 for the two gulls shot ... excellent timing.
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Sea-farming Ponds August 29, 2012

I spent one hour covering the main channel near where it meets the ocean. I stayed in one place and mostly saw things flying past. Seeing three Saunders's Gulls is good for this particular place.

List:

Common Pheasant
Spot-billed Duck - 2
Little Grebe - 1
Great Egret - 2
Chinese Egret - 6
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Little-ringed Plover - 1
Kentish Plover - 8
Whimbrel - 22
Eurasian Curlew - 3
Common Sandpiper - 1
Wood Sandpiper - 1
Red-necked Stint - 4
Black-tailed Gull - many
Vega/Mongolian Gull - many
Black-headed Gull - 15
Saunders's Gull - 3
Whiskered Tern - 1
Eurasian Cuckoo - 1
Common Kingfisher - 2
Barn Swallow - many
Red-rumped Swallow - 10
White Wagtail - 10
Richard's Pipit - 25 minimum
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Jinshitan Area Sept. 2, 2012

I did a 3 hour tour of the area here this afternoon. I mainly went north around Jinshitan and Dali Jia and concentrated on wetland areas. Some migrants in the area. If I had a few more hours I would have went further north to the main shorebird areas which I'm sure are full at the moment.

Mallard - 5
Spot-billed Duck - 10
Little Grebe - abundant
Grey Heron - 3
Purple Heron - 1
Cattle Egret - 10
Great Egret - abundant
Intermediate Egret - 10
Little Egret - abundant
Chinese Egret - 4
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Amur Falcon - 1
Northern Hobby - 1
Eastern Marsh Harrier - 2
Common Moorhen - abundant
Common Coot - abundant
Eurasian Oystercatcher - 1
Kentish Plover - 10
Lesser Sand Plover - 1
Common Snipe - 1
Whimbrel - 5
Eurasian Curlew - 25
Green Sandpiper - 3
Wood Sandpiper - 15
Common Sandpiper - 2
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Vega/Mongolian Gull - 25
Black-headed Gull - 150
Saunders's Gull - 2
Oriental Turtle Dove - 3
Cuckoo Sp - 2
Pacific Swift - 15
Common Kingfisher - 2
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Tiger Shrike - 1 juv.
Brown Shrike - 15
Black-naped Oriole - 2
Sand Martin - 2
Barn Swallow - abundant
Red-rumped Swallow - 25
Zitting Cisticola - 2
Chinese Bulbul - 1
Reed Warbler Sp. - 1
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 2 groups
Siberian Stonechat - 1
Asian Brown Flycatcher - 8
Dark-sided Flycatcher - 1 juv.
Yellow Wagtail - 30 mostly juv.
White Wagtail - 20
Grey Wagtail - 5
Meadow Bunting - 1

Tolai Hare - 1

Tiger Keelback - 1
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