Hi all. I had a fantastic day today in the Hangzhou Botanical Gardens, but i still haven't figured out one of my sightings.
Firstly, it was a medium-sized songbird, and my first guess based on body size and the shape of the head and beak would be a Starling or maybe a Thrush. The problem is that it was almost entirely bright yellow, and i haven't been able to find such a starling.
Other features: a dark black stripe going through the eye, not much thicker than the eye itself, and extending from the front to near the back of the head (IIRC). The beak was either pink or orange, or somewhere in between. The breast area was white or beige with black speckles. On the back, besides the bright yellow, there was some dark gray outlining of the edge of the wings (while the wings were folded).
I've been looking through some bird reports on www.cnbirder.com and haven't been able to find this bird through random browsing, and when i looked through different types of starlings i couldn't find an all-yellow one.
thanks everyone, and if anyone's in hangzhou from now until february 2008, send me a message and we'll go birding :)