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Old Monday 17th December 2012, 12:02   #726
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Two Baer's reported at Mai Po today too

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Old Monday 17th December 2012, 12:54   #727
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Two Baer's reported at Mai Po today too

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Great news! There are approaching 10 records of Baer's this autumn/winter so far. Let's hope the survey of the traditional winter grounds in China produces some more.. 10 really isn't very many!
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Old Sunday 23rd December 2012, 13:11   #728
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Jinshitan areas December 23, 2012

Out this afternoon (1-5 pm) with two people visiting from Shanghai. Together we covered a lot of different areas never venturing too far from the car. Temperature was between -10 and -15. Wafangdian all day tomorrow.

Common Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck - 75
Mallard - 50
Spot-billed Duck - 30
Common Pochard - 1
Grey Heron - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - a minumum of 15
Merlin - 1
Hen Harrier - 1
Harrier Sp. - 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 3
Northern Goshawk - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 3
Upland Buzzard - 2
Rough-legged Buzzard - 5
Vega Gull - 4
Black-tailed Gull - 3
Oriental Turtle Dove - 17
Little Owl - 1
Common Kingfisher - 1 sadly doomed little fellow.
Common Hoopoe - 1 perhaps the most surprising bird of the day!
Chinese Grey Shrike - 2
Great Tit - a few here and there
Eurasian Skylark - 40
Chinese Nuthatch - heard clearly at one place
Thrush Sp. - 3 most likely Dusky or Naumann's
Siberian Accentor - 1
Oriental Greenfinch - 10
Pallas's Rosefinch - 1 male
Meadow Bunting - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 20
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 10
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Old Monday 24th December 2012, 13:51   #729
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Wafangdian and Jinzhou Bay December 24, 2012

Had an early start this morning with Roger from Shanghai, arriving at Wafangdian at daylight. We waited approx. 30 minutes and were able to see 200+ cranes arriving to the rice fields from their night roosting area. We spent from 6:30-12:00 at Wafangdian and then decided to stop at Jinzhou Bay on the way home. We were looking for Oriental Storks by that time and couldn't find one (!) at the regular areas at Wafangdian. There were some at Jinzhou Bay last year so we made a last attempt there and were rewarded with nice looks at a close one that was unfortunately being harassed by magpies.

At Jinzhou Bay there were good numbers of gulls but we didn't have enough time to sort through everything. We finished in Jinshitan where we found the same owl as yesterday but in better light for photographs. Roger has a huge lens and I can't wait to see his photos from his time here.

Weather today started very cold but warmed up to around -5 but with NO WIND. I think it could have been my first time with no wind at all there. It snowed a bit on the way, was clear once we arrived, and we left as a blizzard was starting.

Highlights/oddities of the day:

-Ending with a Little Owl yesterday, starting with one this morning, and ending today again with one!
-Seeing another Hoopoe in the middle of winter (saw one yesterday in Jinshitan also). This individual was actually pounced on by an Eastern Buzzard as we watched through binos. Maybe he thought it was a rodent by the way they move? The Hoopoe flew away unharmed but took a pretty good shot from the buzzard and actually bounced off the ground.
-Seeing all 3 Reed Bunting Sp. at one place on the same day.
-Not seeing any Oriental Stork at Wafangdian.
-Not seeing any White-tailed Sea Eagles at Wafangdian.
-Not positively confirming 1 Upland Buzzard today.

List: Wafandian = WD Jinzhou Bay = JB
Pheasant - abundant at WD
Japanese Quail - 3 at WD
Tundra Bean Goose - 80 at WD
Greater White-fronted Goose - 1 at WD
Common Shelduck - 5 at JB
Ruddy Shelduck - 200 at WD 150 at JB
Mallard - 100 at WD 150 at JB
Spot-billed Duck - 100 at JB
Eurasian Teal - 7 at JB
Common Merganser - 5 near JB
Little Grebe - 3 at WD huddled in a water hole right beside a main road...
Oriental Stork - 1 at JB
Eurasian Kestrel - 7 along the roads
Merlin - 2 at WD
Peregrine Falcon - 2 at WD
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 1 at JB
Hen Harrier - a minimum of 6 females at WD 1 male at JB
Eastern Buzzard - 2 at WD
Rough-legged Buzzard - 2 at WD
Common Crane - 200+ at WD
Hooded Crane - 3 at WD
Black-tailed Gull - some at JB
Common Gull - some juv. at JB
Vega Gull - some at JB
Mongolian Gull - abundant at JB
Heughlin's Gull - at least 1 IDed at JB
Black-headed Gull - at least 1 IDed at JB
Little Owl - 1 at WD 1 at Jinshitan at dusk.
Hoopoe - 1 at WD
Chinese Grey Shrike - 5 at WD
Rook - 1 at WD
Great Tit - scattered around WD
Coal Tit - 2 at WD
Eurasian Skylark - abundant at WD probably around 200+ seen
Chinese Bulbul - 4 near Jinshitan
Naumann's or Dusky Thrush - 2 at WD
Daurian Redstart - 1 near Jinshitan
Siberian Accentor - 1 at WD
Brambling - 15 at WD
Meadow Bunting - 3 at WD
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 40 at WD
Japanese Reed Bunting - at least 15 at WD
Common Reed Bunting - 4 at WD
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Old Tuesday 25th December 2012, 12:56   #730
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Nice pictures Tom! I love the hooded cranes, and the harrier is an excellent shot. Nice outing...

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Old Monday 31st December 2012, 08:27   #731
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Woods behind my house December 31, 2012

I have to admit that I have never really birded the forest directly behind my house. Yesterday I was out playing with my son in the snow and saw 3 Bohemian Waxwings fly overhead coming from the same woods. I decided to investigate today and has about 1.5 hours to go for a walk. It also helps that my motorbike is in the shop for some time having repairs so walking is the new transportation. The woods had deep snow but the weather was quite nice at just below freezing, beautiful blue sky, and no wind. I think I'll be making return visits there.....

Common Pheasant -10
Great Tit - 15
Coal Tit - 10
Dark-throated Thrush - 2
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 5
Brambling - 1
Eurasian Siskin - 1
Pallas's Rosefinch - over 30! This was the surprise of the outing.
Hawfinch - 6
Chinese Grosbeak - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting - 15
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Old Saturday 5th January 2013, 03:43   #732
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Jan. 5, 2012 Forest behind my house

Went out for a 3 hour walk around the mountains/forest behind my house this morning (8-11am). Temperature was -8 but calm and pleasant if you were dressed for it. Very quiet and peaceful walking around in the 6 inches or so of snow. Highlight would be the 40+ Pallas's Rosefinches and also just the sheer numbers of birds for this time of year. Twice I had to stop counting because I was distracted by new sounds or other stuff flying in or out. Shades of migration time!

Common Pheasant - a few
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Merlin - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 2
Great Tit - many, probably around 80
Coal Tit - 5
Varied Tit - 2
Eurasian Treecreeper - 2
Naumann's/DuskyThrush - 3
Daurian Redstart - 1
Siberian Accentor - 2
Barmbling - 7
Oriental Greenfinch - 1
Eurasian Siskin - 4
Pallas's Rosefinch - over 40! in 2 large groups in one area
Hawfinch - 20+ in one large group
Chinese Grosbeak - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting - around 50
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Old Saturday 5th January 2013, 03:45   #733
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Old Sunday 6th January 2013, 00:23   #734
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Is the occurrence of the varied tit in your region part of this season's irruption, or are you within its normal range?
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Old Sunday 6th January 2013, 03:26   #735
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Wow - fabulous numbers in those finch flocks Tom.

Pallas's Rosefinch was one of my best birds from my year in Beijing, so the thought of 40 is a bit mind-blowing.

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Old Sunday 6th January 2013, 06:13   #736
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Craig,

They are within their normal range here but they, like most tits, do move around a lot within their range. This winter has been a normal year for them here. Two years ago there weren't any Coal Tits here for a full 12 months when most other years they would be common. Another example of movement within its range. Being right at the end of a long peninsula also increases wierd patterns between years with some birds just not coming down this far.

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Over 30 Pallas's Rosefinch recorded in the Beijing Botanical Gardens yesterday as well! This is usually one that Beijing birders would come here to see but not this year. Lots of interesting winter stuff here in the north this year. I keep thinking I'm going to see Bullfinch yet but guess I have to put my time in first....
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Old Saturday 19th January 2013, 08:50   #737
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Jinshitan Mountains Jan. 19, 2012

Let the games begin!

Yesterday was my last day of work for five weeks. I have birding energy bottled up in me like I've never experienced before. The combination of being busy at work, horrible weather, and still having my motorbike in the shop choked my birding neck but here we go now!

This afternoon I went for a walk with my son in the forest behind my house. It wasn't all birding, there was a lot of stick finding, banging, breaking, and drawing in the snow in there as well! We did well, all things considered, and covered a lot of ground in the 2.5 hours. We started with 8 Bohemian Waxwings right in the complex where I live on some berry-bearing bushes. Again there was a huge group of Pallas's Rosefinch quite near to where I saw the large group a few weeks ago. Now the group had to be at least 60 or more. They reminded me of Brambling in a large group feeding on the ground and all flushing to the trees at any noise only to return back to the same spot within 10 seconds.

Lots of birding coming in the next 5 weeks including Dalian Bay and Jinzhou Bay on Monday.

Common Pheasant - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 1 patrolling the hills and landing on a cell phone tower.
Hen Harrier - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 3
Bohemian Waxwing - 8
Great Tit - 50 or more
Varied Tit - 1
Dusky/Naumann's Thrush - 3 including 1 trying its best to keep the Waxwings away from its berry bush.
Daurian Redstart - 2
Pallas's Rosefinch - 60 or more
Hawfinch - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 10
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Old Saturday 19th January 2013, 10:45   #738
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Bohemian's and Pallas's in the backyard. Lucky you!
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Another great spread of winter birds Tom, and looking forward to hearing how you get on - based on my birding motto (Always be greedy) my personal target for you is Steller's Sea Eagle!

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Old Sunday 20th January 2013, 06:41   #741
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Mike,

I haven't checked it off yet but am almost sure I had one in the Wafangdian area here 6 years ago. The China records (only a few) are mostly from eastern Jilin Province. Every time I go back I have a look. That would make my year! That's the kind of China record where you retire from birding!

Heavy snow storm keeping me inside at the moment or I'd be in the "backyard".

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Old Monday 21st January 2013, 11:17   #742
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Dalian Bay and Jinzhou Bay Jan. 21, 2013

Three hours at each bay today. Light snow in the morning after a good dump yesterday and last night. The temperature was just below zero but the wind picked up a bit in the afternoon making it hard to keep the scope still and perhaps dropping to -5 without the wind chill. The visibility wasn't the best with overcast skies and fog, maybe 1 km at the most.

Dalian Bay: An ice-free bay on the Yellow Sea side that has deep water quite close to shore. There is also a sewage (and who knows what else)channel that empties into it and that's where a person would find the only Grey Heron in town in January.... Any liquid that isn't frozen by now is certainly suspect

Common Shelduck - 6
Mallard - 25
Common Pochard - 167
Tufted Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 125
Smew - 3 females
Common Merganser - 112
Red-breasted Merganser - 4
Little Grebe - 7
Great Crested Grebe - 26
Slavonian Grebe - 2
Grey Heron - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 100
Common Gull - 75
Vega Gull - 3
Mongolian Gull - 50


Jinzhou Bay: A completely frozen chunk of ocean on the BoHai Bay side that also has a sewage channel emptying into it. It's a ten minute drive from Dalian Bay but a different ocean and often gets a completely different shake of gulls, etc.. There is a large garbage dump there also and that is what occupies the gulls. The ducks feed in the mud that is exposed by the sewage water that winds out into the bay. The eagles feed on the ducks and gulls and generally just sit on the ice looking mean. Whenever they flinch the whole sky fills with ducks and gulls. I have to be in Jinzhou to order a motorcycle part tomorrow morning so will most likely return here tomorrow. Anything can show up and today the weather was bad so hopefully I can get back with better visibility.

Common Shelduck - 4
Ruddy Shelduck - 150
Mallard - 50
Spot-billed Duck - 200
Northern Pintail - 1
Eurasian Teal - 1 flyby
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 5
Hen Harrier - 2 males
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Common Gull - 50
Vega Gull - 100
Mongolian Gull - around 2000
Black-headed Gull - 1
Great Tit - 1
Eurasian Skylark -
Oriental Greenfinch - 1 flyby
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 4
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Whoa...that Common Gull looks well seedy! Not the cute-faced, gentle bird we're used to!

Liking the eagle shots too!

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Killer claws in action! Let me bless you a Steller's among those white-tails.
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Agree with Mark that Kamchatka Gull (?) is a right evil-looking sod - never seen such a strong collar.

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 13:24   #749
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Jinzhou and Dalian Bays January 22, 2013

Visited both sites again today. Three hours at Jinzhou Bay and 20 minutes at Dalian Bay. I also was with a friend who lives in Jinzhou this morning and we went north up the Bohai side of the peninsula about 30 kms or so. I had never been up that way and, like most places around here, a brand new road made it possible. There is a lot of beautiful looking mudflat right beside the road for later in the year. Today there were only a few groups of gulls here and there. I forgot my book in the car so can't do a full list. Basically the species were the same as yesterday except:

Add 1 adult Slaty-backed Gull up the new road.
Add 1 Merlin
Add 1 Falcated Duck
Add several Heughlin's Gull
Add 1 Pallas's Rosefinch, several Brambling, and at least 5 Naumann's Thrush up the new road
Minus 1 Horned Grebe
Minus almost all of the Black-tailed Gulls
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Dalian Bay and Jinshitan January 24, 2013

I had to be near Dalian Bay this morning so popped over for a quick look. The only new birds seen were 6 Saunders's Gull mixed in with about 25 Black-headed Gulls.

After lunch I went north of Jinshitan for a 3 hour drive. I covered a lot of habitat but never really went far from the car.

Afternoon List:

Common Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck - 2
Mallard - 50
Common Goldeneye - 10
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Eurasian Kestrel - 8
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Hen Harrier - 2 females
Eastern Buzzard - 4
Upland Buzzard - 3
Black-tailed gull - 10
Common Gull - 4
Mongolian Gull - 25
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Great Tit - 10
Coal Tit - 2
Eurasian Skylark - 50 Heard something else in the group that was different. Sounded like a sparrow and then I read that Mongolian Lark sound similar to sparrows.....no pictures of it...couldn't get on it and the group kept moving around. I spent at least an hour in the area trying to see what it was.
Chinese Hill Warbler - 2
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Naumann's Thrush - 1
Pallas's Rosefinch - at least 20 in trees along the roads. Big year for them this year.
Yellow-throated Bunting - 15
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 1
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