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Old Saturday 23rd April 2011, 13:47   #276
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Sea-farming Ponds April 23, 2011

3 hours (5:15-8:15 am) Things are picking up.

Common Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Eurasian Teal
Little Grebe
Grey Heron
Eurasian Kestrel
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Grey-faced Buzzard (FOS)
Peregrine Falcon
Common Coot (FOS)
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Common Greenshank
Marsh Sandpiper (FOS)
Green Sandpiper
Black-headed Gull (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull
Common Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Common Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit (FOS)
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Dusky Thrush
Siberian Stonechat
White Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
Pallas's Reed Bunting
Common Reed Bunting (FOS)
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Old Saturday 23rd April 2011, 15:44   #277
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Is this not a Pale-legged/Sakhalin Leaf Warbler

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Originally Posted by Dong Bei View Post
I love this week of May. Next week should also have some goodies.
Just joined BirdForum & have been trawling through some of Dong Bei's excellent Liaoning images and one, posted on 16 May last year (2010) looks morre like a Pale-legged/Sakhalin Leaf than an Arctic Warbler to me.

Have you any more images of this bird Dong Bei?

Love the Dalian postings...
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Old Sunday 24th April 2011, 10:17   #278
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Sea-farming Ponds April 24, 2011

2 hours today. Also had what I think was a Lanceolated Warbler right in our complex on the way out and a first of the season Straited Heron fly over the road earlier in the day.

Pheasant
Ruddy Shelduck
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Falcated Duck
Eurasian Teal
Common Goldeneye
Little Grebe
Little Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Common Coot
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Whimbrel
Common Redshank (FOS)
Common Greenshank
Green Sandpiper
Black-tailed Gull
Common Gull
Black-headed Gull
Common Kingfisher
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
White Wagtail
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
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Old Sunday 24th April 2011, 10:40   #279
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Warbler question

Firethroat and others,

Here are two more shots of the warbler in question from last May.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 12:01   #280
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Excellent day for migrants today. The south wind stopped and it clouded over just before I arrived and I spent 1.5 hours there just before drizzle started around 7pm. It started on an interesting note - on the way I slammed on the breaks and turned my motorbike off while it was still in gear and not completely stopped causing me to almost vault over the handlebars when I spotted what would have been Jinshitan's first large eagle-like bird with plenty of red on it. Once comfortably back on my seat, I noticed a string attached to the bottom of it! Apparently someone decided to fly a kite over a patch of mixed scrub and forest! I looked around sheepishly to see who would be laughing but it was just me and the kite. The string went down into the woods, maybe it was stuck on a tree? Either way, it was right in the spot where all the buzzards hang out in the winter so a very relevant location. I was just reminding myself to not hurry to the birding site but to be alert on the way as anything can turn up almost anywhere heading into May!

At the Country Club I was completely overwhelmed with birds. I did a lot of birding with my binoculars and not my camera. If you have ever birded with me you know that it a rare occurence. the lighting was horrible and I tried hard to really survey the area for species instead of concentrate on photography. It's so easy to miss things during migration. One that I missed was a very rusty coloured warbler (bigger than Dusky and Radde's and more red) that popped into the reeds while I was photographing a Stubtail. I never relocated it and I think it would have been a life bird for me. There are several that fit the decription that I don't have yet.

The amount of warblers today were too much for one person! I concentrated on other things after finding some of the more common ones. Hardly any of them were calling except Yellow-browed. I heard Pallas's as I was leaving but for the most part, they were all silent.

Here is the list:

Striated Heron (FOS)
Peregrine Falcon (on the way, shortly before the new Kite species)
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper (FOS)
Common Kingfisher
Eurasian Wryneck (FOS)
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Asian Stubtail -- 10 (FOS)
Pallas's Leaf Warbler (FOS)
Arctic Warbler (FOS)
Yellow-browed Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler (FOS)
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-cheeked Starling
Dusky Thrush
Naumann's Thrush
Grey-backed Thrush -- 5 (FOS)
Red-flanked Bluetail
Siberian Stonechat
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Brambling
Greenfinch
Meadow Bunting
Tristram's Bunting beautiful males (FOS)
Little Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting beautiful males (FOS)
Black-faced Bunting
Pallas's Reed Bunting -- not normally at the Country Club
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 15:01   #281
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Nice 'Stubby" Tom..

Agree with Firethroat, a Pale-legged Leaf though Sakhalin, visually virtually identical I believe.
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Old Wednesday 27th April 2011, 00:06   #282
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Sounds like an excellent day! I agree about the stubtail - good pic! Have to admit the last one I saw was with Dave... (hopefully will get out a bit in the next month...)
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Old Wednesday 27th April 2011, 02:08   #283
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Brilliant, Tom. That total of 10 Stubtails at that location is awesome. Can't wait until my visit on 11 May!

It's a pity birders don't get statutory holidays for the last week of April and all of May... we're all a bit of a mess if we have to work at this time of year!

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Old Wednesday 27th April 2011, 12:52   #284
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Place was pumping with birds. Maybe not species, but definantly numbers. Strong north front arrived today after the short drizzle last night. I think this was bringing down the migrants and/or holding them there. Strong north wind all day (30km/h+) Like yesterday, I didn't even get close to covering the entire area like I usually do before the sun went down. Had 1.5 hours of daylight after work.

Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Striated Heron
Chinese Pond Heron -- 2 (FOS)
Cattle Egret -- 1 (FOS)
Little Egret
Green Sandpiper
Oriental Turtle Dove
Common Kingfisher
Great Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Asian Stubtail -- 2
Yellow-browed Warbler (many many, on just about every branch)
White-cheeked Starling
Grey-backed Thrush -- 2
Pale Thrush -- 2 (FOS)
Naumann's Thrush
Dusky Thrush -- 50
Red-flanked Bluetail
Asian Brown Flycatcher -- 1 (FOS)
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit -- 50
Red-throated Pipit -- 1 (FOS)
Brambling
Greenfinch
Eurasian Siskin -- 2nd record for there.
Tristram's Bunting -- 25
Little Bunting -- 15
Yellow-browed Bunting -- 25
Yellow-breasted Bunting -- 2
Black-faced Bunting -- 75
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Old Wednesday 27th April 2011, 12:54   #285
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Old Thursday 28th April 2011, 11:53   #286
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Very quick 45 minutes today. Cloudy and light rain. Only covered a small corner before I had to leave. There would have been much much more. Warblers dripping off trees today. I tried in vain to get a Yellow-browed Warbler out of the large building where I work this morning. It managed to get in through an open door. I would like to know just how many are in Jinshitan at the moment. Thousands. Saw a Stubtail in the tiny landscaped area of my apartment complex tonight and a large group of Pallas's Leaf Warblers. Sore neck birding for the quick 45 minutes. Unbelievable numbers of individuals. I would love to have 5 people and spend an entire day in that place just to see what is actually there at the moment. The place is a magnet.

Mallard
Striated Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Eurasian Kestrel
Green Sandpiper
Oriental Turtle Dove
Common Kingfisher
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Asian Stubtail
Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Grey-backed Thrush
Pale Thrush
Dusky Thrush
Blue and White Flycatcher (FOS)
Olive-backed Pipit
Brambling
Greenfinch
Eurasian Siskin
Tristram's Bunting
Little Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Sunday 1st May 2011, 11:10   #287
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Rescued two birds from nets in the Country Club today. The Siskin this morning and the Dusky Thrush this afternoon. First visit from 5:00-7:45 am and then again from 2:00-4:30 pm. Unfortunately the Sikin died shortly after I cut it free as it had been hanging by its neck for quite a while before I got there. I had my daughter with me for the afternoon visit and she was so angry seeing the Thrush that she destroyed the whole net while I was cutting the Thrush free. I hesitated to do it because of the relationship I have with owner of the place but I turned around to see that rocks moved that were holding it up and the entire thing flat on the ground. I know its illegal but it's a bit of a tricky situation with the owner of the place who is very very nice to me in letting me bird there whenever I want.

Anways, here's the list. Much more in the morning than mid-afternoon:

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Striated Heron
Japanese Sparrowhawk (FOS) adult male
Whimbrel -- 25 or more
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull
Oriental Turtle Dove
Common Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher (FOS)
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Eastern-crowned Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-cheeked Starling
Grey-backed Thrush -- 1 female
Pale Thrush
Dusky Thrush
Blue and White Flycatcher
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Greenfinch
Eurasian Siskin -- a huge group of over 50 all day.
Hawfinch
Tristram's Bunting
Little Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Sunday 1st May 2011, 11:13   #289
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Old Monday 2nd May 2011, 11:17   #290
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Warm weather arrived yesterday afternoon and today was quite warm with almost no wind. Many of the numbers in the country club left last night. I went to both places today with my daughter so not that serious of birding. We did do some tadpole collecting and flower picking, however!

List from both places:

Common Pheasant
Eurasian Wigeon
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Garganey
Eurasian Teal
Little Grebe
Striated Heron
Grey Heron
Eurasian Kestrel
Amur Falcon (FOS)
Peregrine Falcon
Common Coot
Kentish Plover
Whimbrel-- 50 or more divided between both places
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Green Sandpiper
Black-tailed Gull
Black-capped Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Hill Warbler
Chinese Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-cheeked Starling
Siberian Stonechat
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Greenfinch
Eurasian Siskin -- huge group remains at the Country Club
Meadow Bunting
Tristram's Bunting
Little Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Monday 2nd May 2011, 13:09   #292
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Hey Tom,

Love the whimbrel in a field and the tree full of siskins! Was the pheasant foraging? Quite an interesting posture! (I had some of my best views of one yesterday.) Nice falcon too.

Sounds like a good holiday - especially the tadpole catching!

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Old Tuesday 3rd May 2011, 08:02   #293
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Early morning visit (5:00 - 7:30 am) Much has left with the recent warm weather and slow south breeze. Weather reached 20 degrees for the first time this year today.

Pheasant
Mallard
Little Grebe
Striated Heron
Chinese Pond Heron
Eurasian Kestrel
Chinese Sparrowhawk (FOS)
Black-winged Stilt (FOS)
Common Greenshank
Oriental Turtle Dove
Common Kingfisher
Hoopoe
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Dusky Warbler (FOS)
Yellow-browed Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
White-cheeked Starling
Dusky Thrush
Siberian Stonechat
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit -- only a few
Greenfinch
Euasian Siskin -- huge group remains
Meadow Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Saturday 7th May 2011, 12:22   #294
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Rain yesterday and fog most of today. The internet was saying 18 degrees but it was 10 or under here in the famous Jinshitan fog/mist. Some new stuff arrived despite 6 large busses of people having some kind of gathering inside with loud music. This is from a 2 hour afternoon visit with my daughter.

No pheasants seen or heard!
Mallard
Striated Heron
Intermediate Egret (I belive I have a photo of one below, please inform if you have doubts -- I don't have that much experience with them. The bill is certainly not Great, Little, or Chinese and the black feet..., also size. It would only be my third record)
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Snipe (FOS)
Whimbrel
Black-tailed Gull
Common Kingfisher
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Ashy Minivet -- flyovers of 2 small groups (FOS)
Brown Shrike (FOS)
Great Tit
Chinese Penduline Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Yellow-browed Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler (FOS)
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Chestnut-flanked White-eye (FOS)
Japanese White-eye (FOS)
Crested Myna (presumably escaped)
Grey-backed Thrush -- 1
Dusky Thrush
Siberian Blue Robin -- 1 early one (FOS)
Rufous-tailed Robin -- 1 (FOS)
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Forest Wagtail (FOS)
Grey Wagtail
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Greenfinch
Tristram's Bunting (great year for them here -- many)
Chestnut-eared Bunting (FOS)
Little Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Chestnut Bunting (FOS)
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Saturday 7th May 2011, 12:24   #295
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Intermediate Egret confirmation?
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Old Wednesday 11th May 2011, 11:47   #296
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Country Club May 11, 2011

Spike and Terry arrived today for 10 days or so at Laotieshan. I can't wait to hear what they get there and am green with envy. We plan to hook up this Saturday for a trip up the Yellow Sea coast through some great shorebird habitat. I will post their findings here as well if that's ok with them. Had a small window of time today for a quick trip to the country club. Heavy rain and overcast the last two days and today was clear and quite warm. 20 or more degrees in the afternoon.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Little Grebe
Striated Heron
Cattle Egret
Intermediate Egret
Common Snipe
Whimbrel
Green Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Common Kingfisher
Black-naped Oriole (heard only but very clear) (FOS)
Great Tit
Barn Swallow
Chinese Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler
Arctic Warbler (many)
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Japanese White-eye
White-cheeked Starling
Eye-browed Thrush -- 10 (FOS)
Dusky Thrush
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (FOS)
Red-throated Flycatcher -- many
Blue and White Flycatcher - 1 female
Forest Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Greenfinch -- everywhere
Eurasian Siskin - 1
Chinese Grosbeak (FOS)
Tristram's Bunting -- great year for them
Chestnut Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Old Wednesday 11th May 2011, 19:57   #297
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Sharp images lately. Especially some of the bunting photos and the Grosbeak.

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Old Thursday 12th May 2011, 01:21   #298
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Wish I could help with the egret, but...

Nice White-eyes! I haven't seen any yet. (I also haven't seen an Asian Brown flycatcher - so I obviously haven't been out enough!) Nice to see your handsome Forest Wags back again. And great picture of the Yellow-rumped flycatcher. Surprising this was your first Chinese Grosbeak.

All sounds great anyway.
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Old Thursday 12th May 2011, 07:22   #299
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Terry Townshend's blog about his birding in Dalian and usually in Beijing can be found here. http://birdingbeijing.wordpress.com/
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Old Thursday 12th May 2011, 14:10   #300
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Sea-farming Ponds May 12, 2011

Excellent hour today after work. Didn't get very far as a lot happening including my first life bird in a while. White-winged Tern. Had the feeling that we just scratched the surface today in the short hour there. I didn't even get to the main areas because of all the activity.

A colleague of mine was along yesterday and today and has seen all 5 north-east Asian Egret species on two outings in two days!

I have plans to visit again tomorrow from 5-7 a.m. and Terry and Spike will be there in the afternoon. Check Terry's blog linked in the post above for their list and write up about their day today. Streaked Shearwater and Russet Sparrow would both be life birds for me right in my backyard! I am a mess

Please check the tern photos and correct if I am mistaken. I have seen whiskered in Cambodia but never here so have no experience with summer birds.

Common Pheasant
Mallard
Spot-billed Duck
Little Grebe
Garganey
Grey Heron
Great Egret
Little Egret
Chinese Egret -- 5 (FOS)
Eurasian Kestrel
Black-winged Stilt
Kentish Plover
Little-ringed Plover
Whimbrel
Common Greenshank
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (FOS)
Black-tailed Gull
Common Tern (FOS)
White-winged Tern -- lifer!
Whiskered Tern? -- see photo
Brown Shrike
Sand Martin
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Pechora Pipit (FOS)
Greenfinch
Yellow-browed Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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