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Dalian (Jinshitan) Birding Reports (1 Viewer)

Black Mountain and Dalian Bay January 30, 2013

I spent 3 hours this morning in Big Black Mountain and then about 10 minutes quickly at Dalian Bay to have a look around before I had to be somewhere.

List from both places:

Spot-billed Duck - 40
Common Pochard - 60
Tufted Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 15
Smew - 2
Common Merganser - 60
Red-breasted Merganser - 10
Great Crested Grebe - 35
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 2
Eastern Buzzard - 2
Black-tailed Gull - 10
Mongolian Gull - 15
Woodpecker Sp. - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Bohemian Waxwing - 45 in one place on the way
Great Tit - over 50
Chinese Hill Warbler - 1
Chinese Bulbul - 5
Brown-eared Bulbul - 6
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 5
Alpine Accentor - 20
Siberian Accentor - 7
Brambling - 10
Oriental Greenfinch - 125
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 3
Eurasian Bullfinch - 1
Hawfinch - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 20
 

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recordings from today

The Alpine Accentor one is quite poor.
 

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Feb. 1, 2013

I started 7 full days of birding today with two visitors from Switzerland. Together we visited Jinshitan, Dalian, and Jinzhou Bays. The day started out at 2 degrees and very foggy and ended with clear skies and -11! They were keen on photographs of Saunders's Gull which worked out very well this afternoon. Here's the list from today. Birds are reported in total numbers from all the places combined:

Common Pheasant - 1
Common Shelduck - 75
Ruddy Shelduck - 200
Falcated Duck - 120
Mallard - 100
Spot-billed Duck - 50
Eurasian Teal - 14
Common Pochard - 80
Common Goldeneye - 25
Smew - 3
Common Merganser - 7
Red-breasted Merganser - 20
Little Grebe - 5
Great Crested Grebe - 40
Slavonian Grebe - 1
Pelagic Cormorant - 2
Eurasian Kestrel - 3
Peregrine Falcon - 1
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 8
Hen Harrier - 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 2
Black-tailed Gull - 150
Common Gull - 50
Vega Gull - 5
Mongolian Gull - 2500
Black-headed Gull - 50
Saunders's Gull - 8
Hill Pigeon - 5
Little Owl - 1
Great Tit - 2
Chinese Hill Warbler - 2
Crested Myna - 1
Siberian Accentor - 1
White Wagtail - 3 (1 identified as ocularis)
Buff-bellied Pipit - 6
Oriental Greenfinch - 50
Meadow Bunting - 1
 

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What do you do when you're not birding, mate? You do seem to be able to allocate an awful lot of your week to "voyeurism" ;-)
 
Yellow Sea Coast Feb. 2, 2013

The target bird of the day was Relict Gull. Paul Holt had found over 1000 of them wintering at one bay just south of Zhuanghe last winter. I quickly scrambled to join him that day last year after he texted me. Today it was confirmed that this large group of Relict Gulls in that area was not just a one year occurrence. We were overjoyed to spend most of the day with anywhere between 500-800 of them at the same location. I counted 374 at a roosting site at high tide but as the tide fell and the gulls moved to the mudflats, it became obvious that there must be more that one roosting site in the area as there were clearly more than 374 present. Just as with the Saunders's Gulls yesterday, we observed the Relict Gulls eating crabs. I'm not sure if this is the only thing they were feeding on but I have one photo showing a crab clearly about to be swallowed! Another fantastic day! No clouds in the sky. It was -10 when we left and warmed to around -5 at midday with a light wind.

Tomorrow we go to Wafangdian all day. Snow in the forecast....

Today's complete list:

Common Pheasant - 2
Common Shelduck - 75
Mallard - 20
Greater Scaup - 6
Common Goldeneye - 20
Common Merganser - 3
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Pelagic Cormorant - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 10
Eastern Buzzard - 2
Upland Buzzard - 3
Eurasian Curlew - 500
Black-tailed Gull - 100
Common gull - 250
Vega Gull - 1 confirmed
Mongolian Gull - 50
Heughlin's Gull - 2
Relict Gull - 500+
Hill Pigeon - 4
Oriental Turtle Dove - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 5
Great Tit - 1
Bohemian Waxwing - 4
Eurasian Skylark - 30
Dusky Thrush - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 10
Oriental Greenfinch - 30
Pallas's Rosefinch - 1 roadside!
Meadow Bunting - 2
Rustic Bunting - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting - 5
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 2
 

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Wafangdian and Jinshitan Mountains Feb. 3, 2013

Spent most of the day at Wafangdian. Returned as the snow became heavy around 1:30. It turned out to be very fortunate that we left when we did as the roads were becoming very poor as we arrived back in Jinshitan. With an hour or so of daylight left, we quickly had a short walk in the mountain area behind my house.

Wafangdian list:

Japanese Quail - 3
Common Pheasant - many
Bean Goose - minimum of 67
Greater White-fronted Goose - 2
Ruddy Shelduck - 150
Mallard - 75
Spot-billed Duck - 30
Common Merganser - 7
Oriental Stork - 4
Eurasian Kestrel - 8
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Hen Harrier - 2
Northern Goshawk - 2
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Upland Buzzard - 1
Common Crane - 250
Hooded Crane - 3
Hill Pigeon - 50
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 4
Chinese Grey Shrike - 3
Great Tit - 10
Coal Tit - 3
Asian Short-toed Lark - 1
Eurasian Skylark - 75
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Brambling - 10
Oriental Greenfinch - 5
Meadow Bunting - 5
Yellow-throated Bunting - 10
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 50
Common Reed Bunting - 2
Japanese Reed Bunting - 30

Jinshitan Mountains (1 hour walk while snowing heavily)
Great Tit - 20
Coal Tit - 4
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Eurasian Treecreeper - 1
Pallas's Rosefinch - 15
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Hawfinch - 9
Yellow-throated Bunting - 2
Meadow Bunting - 3
 

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Jinshi Golf Club, Black Mountain, and Jinzhou Bay Feb. 4, 2013

We had a decent amount of snow last night so the roads to Laotieshan were not ready by 6:30 this morning. We changed plans and went to the three places written above in the title. We spent roughly 4.5 hours at the Jinshi Golf Club and then split the afternoon between the other two places. At Jinzhou Bay we focused on gull pictures. The temperature started around -8, warmed to perhaps -1 and ended at -8 again. Beautiful blue sky all day.

List from Jinshi Golf Club:
Pheasant - many
Mallard - 2
Red-breasted Merganser - 6
Pelagic Cormorant - 2
Northern Goshawk - 1
Mongolian Gull - 10
Black-tailed Gull - 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Azure-winged Magpie - 8
Great Tit - 50
Coal Tit - 5
Willow Tit - 1
Eurasian Skylark - 1
Chinese Bulbul - 5
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
Goldcrest - 1
Siberian Accentor - 7
Brambling - 15
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 8
Pallas's Rosefinch - 20
Hawfinch - 2
Meadow Bunting - 20
Rustic Bunting - 1
Yellow-throated Bunting - 50 minimum

Black Mountain:
Pheasant - many
Probable Northern Goshawk - 1
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Great Tit - 50
Coal Tit - 3
Varied Tit - 3
Brown-eared Bulbul - 6
Naumann's Thrush - 10
Siberian Accentor - 2
Alpine Accentor - 5
Brambling - 5
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 8
Hawfinch - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting - 5

Jinzhou Bay Dump:
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 5
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Ruddy Shelduck - 150
Spot-billed Duck - 100
Mallard - 50
Eurasian Kestrel - 1

No time for processing photos today, will come later. Gone to Dandong for two days tomorrow.
 
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Hey buddy! It looks like I might be swinging through Dandong for 2 days next week. I want to take my father to see the Great Wall at Hushan, and a morning/half-day of birdwatching to pad his lifelist.

I will be watching your next few posts very closely. Please do share the location details! :)
 
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Dandong Great Wall Feb. 5, 2013

Today we left Jinshitan at 7:30 and drove the three or so hours up to Dandong. We birded a bit along the way and then spent the entire afternoon at Hu Shan (the Great Wall mountain). We did most of our birding from the Great Wall and, as well as birding, enjoyed great views into North Korea.

Tomorrow we plan to spend most of the day at Feng Huang Shan (about 30 minutes north of Dandong city) and then bird the Yalu River and coastal areas here before returning back to Dalian.

List from the road to Dandong:
Eastern Buzzard - 7
Upland Buzzard - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 4
Hawfinch - 15
Brambling - 4
Chinese Grey Shrike - 2
Bohemian Waxwing - exactly 60 in one huge group along the road.

Great Wall:
Common Pheasant - 1
Goldeneye - 50
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Oriental Turtle Dove - 36
Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker - 5 minimum
Great Spotted Woodpecker - 1
Grey-headed Woodpecker - 1
Azure-winged Magpie - 21
Great Tit - 35
Coal Tit - 2
Willow Tit - 1
Brown-eared Bulbul - 2
Eurasian Nuthatch - 5
Eurasian Treecreeper - 1
Dusky Thrush - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 1
Siberian Accentor - 1
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 35! the most I've seen in one place.
Pallas's Rosefinch - 10
Meadow Bunting - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting - 8

99% sure we heard Hazel Grouse call once.

Mammals:
1 Water Deer in North Korea! A life mammal for me found by Raphael.
 

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Dandong area guide

Andrew, if you are looking for a guide in the Dandong area there is a Chinese guy who is excellent. He speaks English (I know you can speak Chinese as well) and is highly recommended. He lives in Dandong and knows the area very well. Message me directly if you want his e-mail and phone number.

Also a recording from today attached.

Tom
 

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Feng Huang Shan (Phoenix Mountain) Dandong Feb. 6, 2013

Had a great day with surpisingly warm temperatures. There was too much snow/ice on the only road up so we had to walk it instead of riding most of the way up in a car. By doing this we encountered many more birds lower down on the mountain than normal. It was a very pleasant walk in fantastic winter scenery. We did well on the bird front, picking up almost all of the mountain's specialties.

List from Dandong hotel to Phoenix Mountain (on the toll highway):
Upland Buzzard - 1
Carrion Crow - 16
Oriental Greenfinch - 69
Oriental Turtle Dove - 7
Rock Pigeon - 1
Brambling - 8
Pallas's Rosefinch - 12
Hawfinch - 1

List from the parking lot just inside the entrance gate to the top and back:
Northern Goshawk - 1
Japanese Pgymy Woodpecker - 3
White-backed Woodpecker - 5
Eurasian Jay - 9
Large-billed Crow - 1
Great Tit - 30
Coal Tit - 4
Varied Tit - 4
Marsh Tit - 10
Willow Tit - 2
Long-tailed Tit - 10
Brown-eared Bulbul - 5
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
Eurasian Nuthatch - 35
Eurasian Treecreeper - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Siberian Accentor - 2
Pallas's Rosefinch - 1
Meadow Bunting - 3
Yellow-throated Bunting - 12

Mammals:
Red Squirrel - 2

Road from Dandong City to Donggang along the Yalu Jiang and the North Korean Border:
Common Pheasant - 2
Ruddy Shelduck - 50
Mallard - 500
Spot-billed Duck - 20
Northern Pintail - 2
Common Goldeneye - 75
Common Merganser - 40
Smew - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
White-tailed Sea Eagle - 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 1
Eastern Buzzard - 1
Rough-legged Buzzard - 1
Upland Buzzard -1
Black-tailed Gull - 3
Common Gull - 5
Mongolian Gull - 5
Chinese Grey Shrike - 2
Bohemian Waxwing - 7
Japanese Waxwing - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 1
Oriental Greenfinch - 10
 

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Laotieshan Feb. 7, 2013

After arriving back in Jinshitan last night we attempted to head out at a decent time this morning to bird Laotieshan all day. We had a slight issue with an ATM eating a bank card and after a decent amount of time and 7 different workers in the bank working our case, we retrieved the card and were on our way... Despite this, we hit most of the Laotieshan areas today. The weather was a factor starting at -15 warming to around -10 and then cooling off again as darkness set in. There was also a 40 km/h wind on top. We were prepared for it and were dressed well. We left with a new appreciation of the phrase "Dalian wind". Laotieshan is located on the very southern tip of the Liaodong Penninsula and is the place where all the raptors and passerines migrate through during spring and fall migration times. In the winter there can be surprises there with some individuals of migratory species not willing to make the jump across the ocean to Shandong Province.

List:
Common Pheasant - 2
Common Merganser - 2
Red-breated Merganser - 8
Great Crested Grebe - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 1
Buzzard Sp. - 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk - 2
Black-tailed Gull - 50
Mongolian Gull - 15
Hill Pigeon - 3
Oriental Turtle Dove - 2
Bull-headed Shrike - 2
Bohemian Waxwing - 2
Great Tit - 30
Coal Tit - 15
Chinese Hill Warbler - 2
Chinese Bulbul - 3
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
Goldcrest - 1
Eurasian Nuthatch - 1 (first Dalian record for me)
Chinese Nuthatch - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 25
Daurian Redstart - 2
Siberian Accentor - 12
Brambling - 30
Pallas's Rosefinch - 25
Hawfinch - 4
Yellow-throated Bunting - 75
Pallas's Bunting - 1

Marine Mammals:
Fin-less Porpoise - over 50
Seal Sp. - 1
 

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I would be more than happy with that fine list Tom. Congrats on the mammals and Euro-Nut too ! I was just saying to McMadd and Dev last week that I haven't seen a Nuthatch around Shanghai (or Hangzhou, Wu Yuan, Po Yang. Yang Shan etc.) since I've been birding here (just over a year) despite finding what looked to be very suitable habitat.
 
Feb. 11, 2013 Jinshitan

I took my wife and two children down to the beach today because the weather had warmed up to around zero. The kids played on the giant ice chunks piled up in a shallow bay. On the way home we decided to swing by the Little Owl place and see if it was out and we were rewared with good looks. After this we saw a lot of species very quickly so decided to take the long way home and do a bit of birding.

Common Pheasant - 1
Ruddy Shelduck - 1
Mallard - 2
Little Grebe - 1
Eurasian Kestrel - 2
Merlin - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
Hen Harrier - 1
Rough-legged Buzzard - 1
Upland Buzzard - 1
Little Owl - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Great Tit - 5
Eurasian Skylark - 50
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - 1 group
Siberian Accentor - 1
Oriental Greenfinch - 50
Meadow Bunting - 2
Yellow-throated Bunting - 5
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 5
 

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Jinshitan Feb. 15, 2013

Went for a drive for around 3 hours this afternoon with my son. I covered a lot of areas but never really went far from the car. The list includes a short drive yesterday as well.

Common Pheasant
Common Shelduck - 75
Gadwall - 2
Falcated Duck - 50
Mallard - many
Spot-billed Duck - 3
Common Goldeneye - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 2
Little Grebe - 1
Pelagic Cormorant - 2
Eurasian Kestrel - 7
Hen Harrier - 2
Eastern Buzzard - 2
Rough-legged Buzzard - 1
Black-tailed Gull - 25
Common Gull - 10
Mongolian Gull - 5
Little Owl - 1
Chinese Grey Shrike - 1
Great Tit - 5
Coal Tit - 3
Eurasian Skylark - 20
Chinese Bulbul - 2
Crested Myna - 1
Naumann's Thrush - 2
Siberian Accentor - 1
Long-tailed Rosefinch - 1
Meadow Bunting - 5
Yellow-throated Bunting - 2
Pallas's Reed Bunting - 10
 

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My housing complex in Jinshitan Feb. 16, 2013

I walked around my housing complex for an hour this morning. Temperature was right around zero but with a warm wind bringing in warmer air. I can whistle the Chinese Hill Warbler call so after hearing one in some scrub I had it out and dancing in front of me for a minute or so. See the picture to see how extensive their tails are. The wind was fanning it out nicely. The Naumann's Thrushes are also more tame right around my house and I was able to get a shot in habitat with the winter berries all around. Three variations of the Chinese Hill Warbler call also below.
 

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