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Old Friday 5th October 2012, 03:34   #651
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Jinsitan Sea Farming Ponds Oct. 5, 2012

3.5 hours this morning beginning before light. Any day with both Bluethroat and Siberian Rubythroat is good day Spent a lot of time sitting in one place just watching. On the recordings below I had a Chinese Grey Shrike that was sounding like everything from a Black-naped Oriole to a Hobby! I have other recordings of its vocalizations from this morning. I think it was trying out some new sounds for next Spring?! You can also hear Dusky Warbler, Black-faced Bunting, etc... in the backdrop of the recordings.

Common Pheasant - 5
Eurasian Wigeon - 1
Mallard - around 300
Spot-billed Duck - around 100
Little Grebe - 30
Grey Heron - 7
Purple Heron - 2 again
Great Egret - 8
Little Egret - 5
Chinese Egret - 3
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Amur Falcon - 1
Northern Hobby - 2
Osprey - 1 with breakfast -- see photo
Oriental Honey Buzzard - 8
Northern Goshawk - 1
Common Moorhen - 2
Common Coot - 22
Pacific Golden Plover - 5
Common Snipe - 2
Common Greenshank - 2
Green Sandpiper - 3
Black-tailed Gull - 40
Black-headed Gull - 100
Hill Pigeon - 2
Oriental Turtle Dove - 5
Common Kingfisher - 1
Great-spotted Woodpecker - 1
Ashy Minivet - 1 group
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Great Tit - a few
Chinese Penduline Tit - 25 many moving early at dusk
Barn Swallow - 50
Eurasian Skylark - 4 (a little early?) Clearly them though.
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler - 1 almost got a photo......landed right on the path in front of me. Another half a second....
Black-browed Reed Warbler - 3
Dusky Warbler - 7
Radde's Warbler - 1 (very very cinnamom undertail coverts!)
Yellow-browed Warbler - 3
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
White-cheeked Starling - 1
Bluethroat - 1 my first ever photos of any kind of this one.
Siberian Rubythroat - 2 (1 adult male who wouldn't pose and 1 female)
Grey Wagtail - 3
White Wagtail - 3
Olive-backed Pipit - 6
Oriental Greenfinch - 15
Black-faced Bunting - 50
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Old Friday 5th October 2012, 03:36   #652
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Here is the very vocal Chinese Grey Shrike.
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Old Friday 5th October 2012, 03:50   #653
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Nice recordings! And your Rubythroats seem to pose more often than in Beijing! Skylarks are on the move here in the capital; I counted over 200 in an hour at Wild Duck Lake last weekend. No sign of a Mongolian YET.
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"Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler - 1 almost got a photo......landed right on the path in front of me. Another half a second...."

LOL, I've never managed it either, gets me every time... one day!
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Old Friday 5th October 2012, 12:48   #655
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Sea farming Ponds Oct. 5 pm

I went back to the ponds with a colleague and our children in the afternoon and enjoyed a small movement of raptors. The pond area breaks up a mountain range and the raptors, following the ridge, cross the valley always in one spot. As our kids played, we enjoyed good views of the list below. We watched the area for approx. 3 hours.

Osprey - 2 (one single bird caught 4 fish right in front of us in a 2 hour span. It kept going off tho eat only to appear again a half hour later each time)
Oriental Honey Buzzard - 3
Kite - 6
Japanese Sparrowhawk - 4
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 5
Northern Goshawk - 1
Grey-faced Buzzard - 4
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Common Kestrel - 2
Amur Falcon - 4
Northern Hobby - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1

Pictures coming tomorrow, off to bed now.
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Old Friday 5th October 2012, 13:12   #656
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Well, lots of interesting stuff! Very interesting to hear your shrike - I had no idea they could make that range of sounds.

I'm quite jealous of the lovely pics of the purple herons. I still haven't really confidently picked one out on our mudflats (usually a bit far away).

Your first picture of the rubythroat was quite helpful in solving a little i.d. problem I had had. I had seen on campus a mysterious plain brown bird with a prominent eyebrow, which I saw in profile. It wasn't a warbler, and I just couldn't place what would be so plain and yet not drab - a very attractive bird. Now I see it must have been a first year (or female?) rubythroat.

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Old Friday 5th October 2012, 13:54   #657
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Love the Chinese Grey Shrike - and still have delusions about finding Hk's first every cold snap . . .

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Old Saturday 6th October 2012, 14:13   #658
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Migration watching from the ridge beside the sea-farming Ponds - Jinshitan Oct. 6

I had a fantastic morning (5:30-12:00). I scrambled up a mountain beside the sea-farming ponds where I saw most of the raptors heading yesterday. On the top I found an excellent rock that came complete with a perfect chair-shape, foot and arm rests, and even a cup holder! There are great views of the ponds from there and some of the photos below are zoomed in sections of my regular birding site. Good news was that I saw many things I otherwise wouldn't have, bad news is that I couldn't see the Ruby and Bluethroats from the top of the mountain. Many things passed over that went unidentified because I don't know all the flight calls yet. Other people whose last name end with Holt would have had an even better list than below.....

Common Pheasant - 15 (many flying around today)
Mandarin Duck - 10 flew over together
Mallard - a few hundred flying around below
Spot-billed Duck - around 100 flying around below
Little Grebe - many below
Grey Heron - counted 14
Great Egret - many, but hard to distinguish from other egrets from the ridge.
Little Egret - same as Great above.
Eurasian Kestrel - 5
Amur Falcon - 3
Northern Hobby - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Osprey - 2 (one catching more fish in addition to yesterday)
Black-eared Kite - 3
Japanese Sparrowhawk - 6 (good year for them)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 7
Northern Goshawk - 2
Grey-faced Buzzard - 4
Eastern Buzzard - 3
Upland Buzzard - 1 (first of the season)
Greater Spotted Eagle - 1 (first Jinshitan record for me but many last year at Laotieshan)
Common Coot - several below
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Mongolian/Vega Gull - 3
Black-headed Gull - 100
Hill Pigeon - 5
Oriental Turtle Dove - 30
Common Kingfisher - 1
Ashy Minivet - around 50
Great Tit - 25
Yellow-bellied Tit - 4 (always a good record in Jinshitan but regular at Laotieshan)
Coal Tit - 1
Varied Tit - 4 landed right beside me in a dense tree, I pished once and they all came storming out right at me and dropped over the ridge behind. I saw them later in another place as well. Many people have been telling me to look out for them but they are quite regular now here in most years. I don't know if my sighting today falls into the eruption that is happening over other areas in China as I've seen them in the same place also in Ocotber a few times before over several years. They are very regular in Dandong, about 300 kms north of Dalian.
Barn Swallow - 300
Red-rumped Swallow - 150
Eurasian Skylark - 50
Chinese Hill Warbler - 4
Dusky Warbler - 1
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
Chestnut-flanked White-eye - 100
Japanese White-eye - at least 2 are confirmed of this species using photos.
Dusky or Naumann's Thrush - 3 (first of the season)
Red-flanked Bluetail - 2
Red-throated Flycatcher - 1
White Wagtail - 2
Olive-backed Pipit - 10
Oriental Greenfinch - 30
Meadow Bunting - 3
Chestnut-eared Bunting - 8
Chestnut Bunting - 1 huge group of 40 or more.
Black-faced Bunting - many many flyovers. At least 100 or more.
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Old Saturday 6th October 2012, 14:19   #659
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Old Saturday 6th October 2012, 17:05   #661
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Old Saturday 6th October 2012, 19:19   #662
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That's an amazing list Tom - congrats !
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Old Saturday 6th October 2012, 22:33   #663
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A great session Tom - amazing Dalian has remained "undiscovered" for so long.

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It sounds like holiday and migration have overlapped quite well for you! Great selection of birds. Love the pic of the yellow-bellied tit - thought it was something else entirely in the thumbnail.
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Old Thursday 11th October 2012, 13:33   #665
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds October 11, 2012

Pulled myself away for a quick hour just before dark. This place is amazing during migration time. There are lots of species that I see during the day that i don't report here. For example, while getting my motorcycle out of my garage this morning I had 2 Olive-backed pipits, 2 Red-throated Pipits, 15 buntings, some Wagtails, 2 Coal Tits, a few Eurasian Skylarks, Swallows, etc.. At lunch I noticed 18 Amur Falcons over work in a thermal. If someone was on the ground here only birding during migration time, the list would be amazing. Today, during my hour, I got about 50 feet from my motorcycle. Usually I do a set loop around a few key ponds and pass a few reed areas. I immediately heard Common Reed Buntings which are not a common bird here by any means. Shortly after this I spotted a Ferrigunous Duck (my second record) and flushed a tiny rail/crake like bird from the reeds that rose up and dropped in a different spot in half a second. It was entirely dark and had some grey somewhere on its underwing and was the size of a Common Kingfisher. I have no idea what it was and after talking with Terry Townshend and Paul Holt, am convinced it was not a Swinhoe's Rail (which I thought it could have been for a short time). While talking to Terry on the phone, a Baillon's Crake landed literally 30 feet away. This was enough to tie me up for an hour! I left with that feeling that I left a lot there unseen but unfortunately birding isn't my day job..... I plan to scramble to the same ridge early Saturday morning as last week.

List is small but contains some quality birds for the area here:

Common Pheasant - 2
Gadwall - 3
Mallard - 200
Spot-billed Duck - 50
Eurasian Teal - 4
Ferrigunous Duck - 1 (second record for me in Jinshitan)
Little Grebe - 10
Yellow Bittern - 1
Grey Heron - 3
Purple Heron - 1
Great Egret - 3
Little Egret - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Amur Falcon - 18 in and around lunch
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Baillon's Crake - 1
Common Coot - 5
Green Sandpiper - 4
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - the same vocal one. Today it was sounding like a cat...
Great Tit - 2
Chinese Penduline Tit - many flyovers
Sand Martin - 1
Barn Swallow - hundreds
Red-rumped Swallow - hundreds (huge amount on the way home)
Eurasian Skylark - 2
Zitting Cisticola - 1
Black-browed Reed Warbler - 1
Yellow-browed Warbler - 1
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
White Wagtail - 15
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 5
Common Reed Bunting - 20
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Nice Tom!

Shame it wasn't a Swinhoe's - have you ever seen one?

I've only ever seen one, fell out of the sky and literally dropped at my feet... thought it was going to be a locustella
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33 spp in an hour plus a second patch record and a mystery crake - not too shabby in my book!

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Mark, no I've never seen one. I've heard reports about the Laotieshan ringing station netting one last year but don't know for sure.

Mike, yes it wasn't that bad of a day but I had that feeling that I left a lot there. Would have been a lot longer list if I had more time.....
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I've only ever seen one, fell out of the sky and literally dropped at my feet... thought it was going to be a locustella
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Jinshitan Sea-farming Ponds October 12, 2012

Hour after work.

Common Pheasant - 2
Japanese Quail - 1
Mandarin Duck - 1
Mallard - 150
Spot-billed Duck - 50
Eurasian Teal - 6
Little Grebe - 25
Grey Heron - 6
Great Egret - 1
Little Egret - 3
Chinese Egret - 1
Amur Falcon - 12
Common Coot - 13
Common Greenshank - 1
Green Sandpiper - 2
Black-tailed Gull - 20
Vega/Mongolian Gull - 2
Black-headed Gull - counted 58
Oriental Turtle Dove - 5
Little Owl - 1 tonight on the way home from dinner
Common Kingfisher - 1
Great Tit - at least 50. I stopped and pished a few areas looking for Yellow-bellied or Varied but no luck.
Coal Tit - 2
Chinese Penduline Tit - 2
Barn Swallow - a few hundred. Didn't see 1 Red-rumped today after the hundreds yesterday.
Black-browed Reed Warbler - 1
Dusky Warbler - 2
Yellow-browed Warbler - 10
Red-flanked Blutail - 1
Siberian Stonechat - 2
Yellow Wagtail - 1
White Wgatail - 10 ocularis and 6 leucopsis
Chestnut-eared Bunting - 1
Black-faced Bunting - 50
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 3
Common Reed Bunting - 1
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Jinshitan - Ridge near the Sea-farming Ponds Oct. 13, 2012

Hiked the ridge again near the sea-farming ponds with Stephen, a colleague and fellow birder from work. We were there before light and got to the top just as birds were starting to move. We left at 8:30 so were there for approx. 3 hours. I later returned for about 1 hour with my son but spent more time skipping rocks than birding.....

The Korean Bush Warbler listed and photographed below looks like one but was in the reeds of a wetland. I've never seen them before in such habitat. I'm not sure what else it could be with that coloured crown.....Have a look and I would love to be wrong.

Common Pheasant – 3
Eurasian Wigeon – 1
Mallard – many
Spot-billed Duck – many
Grey heron – 3
Great Egret – 4
Little Egret – 4
Eurasian Kestrel – 2
Amur Falcon – 109 + 3 later= 112 (including one group of nearly 70) most were adults.
Peregrine Falcon – 1
Osprey – 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk – 4
Grey-faced Buzzard – 1
Common Greenshank – 2
Green Sandpiper – 2
Black-tailed Gull – 5
Black-headed Gull – 50
Oriental Turtle Dove – 7
Common Kingfisher – 1
Ashy Minivet – 3
Great Tit – 45
Yellow-bellied Tit – a group of around 20
Coal Tit – 5
Varied Tit – 1
Chinese Penduline Tit – a huge scattered group of more than 50 in a reed bed.
Barn Swallow – 100
Red-rumped Swallow – 30
Eurasian Skylark – 3
Chinese Hill Warbler – 3
Korean Bush Warbler – 1
Black-browed Reed Warbler – 1
Dusky Warbler – 1
Yellow-browed Warbler – 3
Vinous-throated Parrotbill – 1 group
White-eye Sp. - 25
Chinese Nuthatch – 6 (haven’t seen them here since 2006)
Starling Sp. – 3
Grey-backed Thrush – 2
Dusky/Naumann’s Thrush – 14
Red-flanked Bluetail – 1
Daurian Redstart – 1 calling on my return trip
White Wagtail – 5. 2 identified as ocularis
Pipit Sp. – several flyovers
Brambling – 75
Oriental Greenfinch – 25
Hawfinch – 3
Meadow Bunting – 4
Black-faced Bunting – many
Common Reed Bunting – 1 on my return trip
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rest. I have more photos of the Warbler in question if needed. I don't claim to be an expert in warblers! Korean Bush Warbler is Mark Brazil's English name for Cettia canturians in case you were wondering. It was just slightly bigger than the Black-browed Reed Warblers beside it. It fit the 14-17 cm range that Brazil gives for it.
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Old Sunday 14th October 2012, 10:05   #674
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The canturians looks fine Tom, birds on migration turn up in the oddest habitats.

Really gripped by all these Varied's, they seem to be everywhere at the moment and I've never seen one!
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Hi Tom, just yesterday I was watching some Korean Bush Warblers here in...er... Korea. They were very active in the reeds, especially early morning - they do seem quite catholic in their choice of habitat. BTW you know its a Chinese Nuthatch "year"?
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