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EASTERN CHINA

 

22 NOVEMBER-3 DECEMBER 2012

 

DION HOBCROFT

A fascinating birding trip with Paul and Betty-Rae Davis that targeted global rarities and scarce endemics in eastern China in early winter. We visited some remote forests and wetlands. After a comfortable night in a superb Shanghai hotel we flew to Nanchang. Here we met Laolin, our man on the ground for the next five days of solid birding. It was pretty much a full day¡¯s drive to get to a forest area in Wuyi Shan via Tian Shan. Temperatures hovered around zero with plenty of fog and swirling winds.

Our early morning drive downhill through the forest started with some great birds with Spotted Forktail, White¡¯s Thrush and a cracking male Silver Pheasant all showing very well. Then we started an incredible run of Koklass Pheasant sightings notching up eleven individuals in total that gave the best views imaginable. The morning reached a grand finale with a stunning male Elliot¡¯s Pheasant giving a repeat view right next to the van and too close to photograph. After breakfast we explored a quiet forest trail behind the forest guest house area. Wintery conditions made for quiet birding but by plugging away we kept the list growing. Amongst the birds encountered were more Silver Pheasants, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Olive-backed Pipit, Collared Finchbill, Chestnut and Mountain Bulbul, Dusky Thrush, Red-flanked Bluetail, White-crowned Forktail, Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush, the scarce Moustached Laughingthrush, Hwamei, Grey-sided Scimitar-Babbler, Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Rufous-faced Warbler, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Great Tit, Tristram¡¯s Bunting and Red-billed Blue Magpie. Maritime Striped Squirrel was the only mammal we encountered. The following morning we birded around the forest guest house sighting another pair of Koklass Pheasants, a fast view of White-necklaced Partridge, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, an Eye-browed Thrush, a Naumann¡¯s Thrush, Plumbeous Redstart, Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler, Pallas¡¯s Leaf-warbler, Black-throated Tit with more repeat sightings of several of the species observed yesterday. Leaving Wuyi Shan behind a night ahead of schedule for Wuyuan we picked up more birds in the agricultural country including a huge flock of Bramblings, a dark morph Long-tailed Shrike amongst many typical plumaged birds, and later in the day both Pied Kingfisher and a huge flock of Eastern Rook.

Our full day of birding at Wuyuan was dominated by heavy rain although we were lucky in that it did not overly affect the birding. Our first stop was at the hoped for Chinese Merganser bridge. On the way we spotted singles of both Greylag and Tundra Bean Geese-lost migrants. The Chinese Mergansers were present and we counted at least ten birds. The scope was well handy as they were typically shy. In fresh plumage the scaled flanks were quite subtle and difficult to discern due to distance and grey skies, eventually a pair working closer to us for a good scaly-sided view! This merganser site is quite bird rich and we observed Brown Crake, Long-billed Plover, Common Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Masked and White-browed Laughingthrush, Striated Yuhina, a pair of Yellow-browed Buntings amongst better numbers of Little and Black-faced Buntings.

Over the course of the day we explored a multitude of sites enjoying lunch with a Pied Falconet, seeing a bunch of Mandarin Ducks, a solitary Crested Kingfisher, a Brown Dipper, Brown-breasted Bulbul, a Grey-sided Scimitar-Babbler, Vinous-throated Parrotbills, flocks of Red-billed Starling with smaller numbers of the chunky Black-collared Starling mixed in plus a pair of Meadow Buntings. Other birds for the trip list included Chinese Spotbill, Oriental Turtle-Dove, Spotted Dove, Common Kingfisher, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Chinese Blackbird, Grey-capped Greenfinch and Grey Treepie. Much to Laolin¡¯s frustration we could not locate the four Siberian Cranes that had been present a few days before.

The following morning dawned bright and sunny. We returned to the Merganser site and saw a pair this morning really well. We explored some bamboo areas for the elusive Short-tailed Parrotbill that remained elusive. We added a few more birds to the trip list including Black Eagle, Chinese Bamboo-Partridge (heard), White-throated Kingfisher, Siberian Rubythroat, Spotted Wren-Babbler (heard), Yellowish-bellied Bush-Warbler and Yellow-throated Bunting. After the best part of the morning we said farewell to Laolin and made the lengthy drive to Nanchang. On the way we spotted a few birds including Northern Lapwing and Spotted Redshank.

In Nanchang we connected with another good Chinese birding friend Zhang Lin. The next day we had beautiful blue skies, light wind and a balmy 9-13 degrees C. It was a whole day exploring the fabulous Poyang wetlands on the Changjiang River. It was an outstanding day notching up 77 species. Big highlights included at least 200 Oriental Storks, a Eurasian Bittern, Swan Goose, a few Taiga and hundreds of Tundra Bean Geese, Falcated Duck, Hen Harrier, Eastern Marsh Harrier, Merlin, 20 Siberian Cranes, a Long-billed Dowitcher (perhaps the first inland Chinese record), Marsh Sandpiper, Red-throated Pipit, Marsh Grassbird, Dusky Warbler, Chinese Penduline Tit and Chestnut-eared Bunting.

Lin changed our train tickets and the next day we caught the train from Nanchang to Xinyang which took about nine hours. We then transferred to Dongzhai Nature Reserve and set ourselves up in the forest guest house.

The next morning we were up early and searching for Reeve¡¯s Pheasant-a truly stunning bird that would take some effort to locate. Whilst looking for the mega we flushed a Eurasian Woodcock, saw several Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Blue Whistling Thrush, White-crowned Forktail, Eurasian Wren, small flocks of Yellow-bellied Tits and a perched Collared Crow. Late in the morning we flushed two female Reeve¡¯s Pheasants like giant nightjars off the dappled leaf litter floor they were crouching into. Then Lin picked up a male which Dion also picked up briefly. In the afternoon we found a trio of males working up slope that gave some excellent if sneaky views. The following morning just as we were leaving a fantastic male Reeve¡¯s Pheasant waltzed right out into the open and crossed the road in front of all of us. What a relief and what a bird!!! Lin also spotted a Reeve¡¯s Muntjac and a couple of us had a quick view of a Speckled Piculet.

Leaving Dongzhai Nature Reserve we drove to Wuhan seeing at least two Collared Crows on the motorway. We then flew to Shanghai and transferred to Rudong a solid four hour drive.

The next day the first of December was spent exploring the Yancheng Nature Reserve and surrounding agricultural areas. It was another superb day of birding that notched up some 74 species. We started in a park woodland that produced a Japanese Grosbeak, a pair of male Verditer Flycatchers, a small flock of Eurasian Bullfinches, at least five Long-eared Owls and numerous Pale Thrush. We then headed out to some deep fish ponds were Lin had recently seen a drake Baer¡¯s Pochard-now a critically endangered species. With hundreds of diving ducks to search through in windy subzero temperatures, several days since the last sighting it was not an easy or overly optimistic task. Lin made the breakthrough and there it was in the scope-what a great bird and my first one in 22 years since I saw a bird in Hong Kong in 1990!

More great birds came consistently through the day including Red-crowned Crane, Hooded Crane, a couple of Sandhill Cranes amongst the several hundred Common Cranes, ten or so Baikal Teal, Smew, Hoopoe, a Chinese Grey Shrike, Eurasian Starling (like the Sandhill Crane good for the China list) and Rustic Bunting.

The following day the wind had really dropped off and we had a much more productive time searching for small passerines in the reed canals adjoining the fields. Buntings were in big numbers and a major highlight was five or so Japanese Reed Buntings mixed in with a hundred or more Pallas¡¯s Reed Buntings. Other species in the mix included Chestnut-eared, Little, Rustic, Yellow-throated, Black-faced and a swirling flock of Lapland Buntings. Reed Parrotbill was a big hit, a Siberian Weasel was squeaked right up to the van, we flushed a Eurasian Bittern, found a couple more Chinese Grey Shrikes and after lunch rescoped the Baikal Teal in the calmer conditions.

We then headed through to Rudong making a brief stop at Dafeng Nature Reserve to see the re-introduced population of Pere David¡¯s Deer. The next day our last full birding day commenced with a walk around the hotel gardens that turned up a White¡¯s Thrush and a Peregrine Falcon. We then explored fish farms looking for gull flocks turning up a solitary first winter Saunder¡¯s Gull amongst the more numerous Black-headed Gulls. In Rudong Harbour we found a mixed flock of gulls including plenty of Vega (including what was previously considered taimyrensis Heuglin¡¯s), a few Mongolian Gulls, a solitary Mew Gull, a solitary Black-tailed Gull whilst on the tidal flats were a few Eurasian Oystercatchers of the distinctive osculans subspecies. The hoped for Relict Gull remained elusive while some interesting migrants from earlier in the season had also moved along. It was time to head to Shanghai and our flights home after another great adventure. The whole trip was excellently organised by Zhang Lin and it was a great pleasure as always to bird with him and Laolin. Many thanks to Paul and Betty-Rae for making the trip such a success!

 

 
       
   

ITINERARY

21 NOV: Arrive Shanghai, catch the Meglev to the city and night at Grand Hyatt Shanghai.

22 NOV: Fly Shanghai to Nanchang then drive to Wuyi Shan (WS) via Tian Shan.

23 NOV: All day birding at Wuyi Shan with morning drive down road and rest of day exploring forest trails.

24 NOV: Morning Wuyi Shan till 0900 then drive to Wuyuan (W).

25 NOV: All day birding Wuyuan.

26 NOV: Morning Wuyuan till 1000 then drive to Nanchang.

27 NOV: All day birding Poyang Nature Reserve (P).

28 NOV: Catch train from Nanchang to Xinyang and then transfer to Dongzhai Nature Reserve (DNR).

29 NOV: All day birding Dongzhai Nature Reserve.

30 NOV: Morning DNR till 0900 then drive to Wuhan and fly to Shanghai and transfer to Yancheng.

1 DEC: All day birding Yancheng Nature Reserve (Y).

2 DEC: Morning at Y till 1200 then drive to Rudong via Dafeng Nature Reserve.

3 DEC: Birding Rudong (R) till 1500 then drive to Shanghai and fly home.

 

 
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BIRD LIST

 

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis: (1-30) recorded on seven days.

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus: (100) at P and (1-30) at Y.

 

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo: (30) at P and (10-30) at Y.

 

Little Egret Egretta garzetta: (5-40) recorded on seven days.

Great EgretArdea alba: (1-5) recorded on four days.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea: (1-100) recorded on six days with high count at P.

Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris: (1) at P and (1) at Y on 2 Dec.

 

Oriental Stork Ciconia boyciana: (200) at P and (3) at Y on 1 Dec.

 

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia: (30) at P and (30) at Y on 1 Dec.

 

Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus: (100) at P.

Swan Goose Anser cygnoides: (20) at P.

Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris: (1) at W, (1000) at P and (200-500) at Y.

Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis: (5) at P.

Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons: (200) at P and (1-10) at Y.

Greylag Goose Anser anser: (1) at W and (100) at P.

Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata: (10) at W.

Falcated Duck Anas falcata: (10) at P, (10-30) at Y and (40) at R.

Gadwall Anas strepera: (10-30) at Y.

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope: (20) at Y on 1 Dec.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos: (200) at Y on 1 Dec.

Chinese Spotbill Anas zonorhyncha: (1-100) recorded on five days at W, P and Y.

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata: (20) at Y on 1 Dec.

Northern Pintail Anas acuta: (2-10) at Y.

Common Teal Anas crecca: (2) at P and (1-6) at Y.

Baikal Teal Anas formosa: (10-20) at Y.

Common Pochard Aythya ferina: (20) at P and (500) at Y.

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca: (1) female at Y on 1 Dec.

Baer¡¯s Pochard Aythya baeri: (1) male at Y on 1 Dec.

Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula: (5) at P and (30) at Y on 1 Dec.

Greater Scaup Aythya marila: (2) at Y on 1 Dec.

Smew Mergellus albellus: (1-10) mostly females at Y on 1-2 Dec.

Chinese Merganser Mergus squamatus: (2-10) at W on 25-26 Nov.

Common Merganser Mergus merganser: (10-30) at Y and (5) at R.

 

Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus: (1) on 24 Nov and (1) at P.

Eastern Marsh Harrier Circus spilonotus: (1) at P and (1) at Y on 1 Dec.

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus: (1) male at P and (2) at Y on 1 Dec.

Eastern Buzzard Buteo japonicus: (1-2) seen on five days.

Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis: (1) near W on 26 Nov.

Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus: (1) on 22 Nov driving to WS.

 

Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus: (2) on 24 Nov, (2) at Y on 2 Dec and (1) at R.

Merlin Falco columbarius: (1) at P.

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus: (1) at P, (1) at Y on 2 Dec and (2) at R.

Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucos: (1) at W on 25 Nov.

 

Chinese Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola thoracicus: Heard at W on 26 Nov.

White-necklaced Partridge Arborophila gingica: (2) at WS on 24 Nov.

Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha: (2-11) at WS on 23-24 Nov.

Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera: (5) on 23 Nov at WS with a great view of first male on the road.

Elliot¡¯s Pheasant Syrmaticus ellioti: (1) male at WS on 23 Nov.

Reeve¡¯s Pheasant Syrmaticus reevesii: (1-5) at DNR on 29-30 Nov included good views of the male.

Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianinus colchicus: (2) at P and (1-5) at Y.

 

Brown Crake Amaurornis akool: (1) at W on 25 Nov and (1) at P.

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus: (5-10) seen on four days at W, P and Y.

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra: (200) at Y on 1 Dec.

 

Siberian Crane Grus leucogeranus: (20) at P.

Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis: (30-50) at Y.

Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis: (1-4) at Y.

Hooded Crane Grus monacha: (1-4) at Y.

Common Crane Grus grus: (60) at P and (300) at Y on both days.

 

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola: (1) at R.

Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus: (1-2) at W.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius: (2) at P.

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus: (2) at P.

Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus: (1-30) recorded on three days with high count at P.

 

Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola: (1) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago: (1-10) seen on three days at P and Y.

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus: (1) at P was well spotted by Lin and a major surprise.

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata: (1) at P and (100) at R.

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus: (1) on 26 Nov near Wuhan, (500) at P and heard at Y on 1 Dec.

Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia: (5) at W, (1) at P and (1) at R.

Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis: (2) at P.

Green SandpiperTringa ochropus: (1-2) seen on five days at W, P and R.

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos: (1) near R on 2 Dec.

Dunlin Calidris alpina: (100) at P and (100) at R.

 

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus: (10) of the interesting taxon osculans at R.

 

Pied Avocet Avosetta avosetta: (10) at P.

 

Black-tailed Gull Larus crassirostris: (1) first winter at R.

Common Gull Larus canus: (1) at R.

Vega Gull Larus vegae: (30) at Y and (100) at R.

Mongolian Gull Larus mongolicus: (1) at Y and (5) at R.

Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus: (100) at P, (5-50) at Y and (100) at R.

Saunder¡¯s Gull Saundersilarus saundersi: (1) first winter at R.

 

Rock Pigeon Columba livia: (1-20) seen on three days.

Oriental Turtle-Dove Streptopelia orientalis: (1-10) seen on eight days.

Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis: (2-10) seen on nine days.

 

Northern Long-eared Owl Asio otus: (5) including four roosting in one tree in a park near Y on 1 Dec.

 

Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis: (1-2) seen on four days at W, P and Y.

Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris: (1) at W on 25 Nov.

Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis: (1) on 24 Nov.

 

Hoopoe Upupa epops: (1-2) seen on three days at Y and R.

 

Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus: (1) on 29-30 Nov at DNR.

Grey-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerDendrocopos canicapillus: (1) at WS on 24 Nov, (2) at W on 25 Nov and (4) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major: (2-4) at DNR on 29-30 Nov.

Grey-faced Woodpecker Picus canus: (1) on 25-26 Nov at W, (1) at DNR on 29 Nov and (1) at Dafeng NR on 2 Dec.

Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis: Heard at WS on 23-24 Nov.

 

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach: (1-20) recorded on nine days; a common countryside bird. A single dark morph seen near WS on 24 Nov.

Chinese Grey Shrike Lanius sphenocercus: (1-2) at Y on 1-2 Dec.

 

Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius: (6) on 29 Nov at DNR.

Eurasian Magpie Pica pica:(4-100) recorded on five days; common from DNR to R.

Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus: (6-20) recorded on three days from Wuhan to R.

Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha: (2-6) recorded on four days at WS and DNR.

Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae: (2-5) at W.

Rook Corvus frugilegus: (300) on 24 Nov and (50) on 30 Nov.

Collared Crow Corvus pectoralis: (1-2) on 29-30 Nov at DNR and highway to Wuhan.

 

Eastern Great Tit Parus minor: (2-20) recorded on nine days.

Yellow-bellied Tit Periparus venustulus: (20) at DNR on 29 Nov and heard at P.

Yellow-cheeked Tit Periparus spilonotus: (1-4) at WS on 23-24 Nov.

 

Chinese Penduline Tit Remiz consobrinus: (4) at P and (6) at Y on 2 Dec.

 

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus: (10) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus: (4) at WS on 24 Nov and (4-10) at DNR.

 

Sand Martin Riparia riparia: (4) at P.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica: (1) at Y on 2 Dec.

 

Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis: (5-20) on four days at Y and R.

Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula: (10) at P.

 

Zitting CisticolaCisticola juncidis: (10) at P and (2) at R.

Plain Prinia Prinia inornata: (5) at P, (1) at Y on 1 Dec and (3) at R.

 

Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques: (20) at WS on 23 Nov, (20) at W on 25 Nov and (4) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous: (2) at W on 25 Nov.

Chinese Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis: (5-30) recorded on seven days at Shanghai, W, P, Y and R.

Mountain Bulbul Ixos mcclellandii: (2-10) at WS on 23-24 Nov.

Chestnut Bulbul Hemixos castanotus: (1-2) at WS on 23-24 Nov.

 

Marsh Grassbird Megalurus pryeri: (2) at P.

 

Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler Cettia fortipes: (1) WS on 24 Nov, (2) W on 25 Nov and (2) DNR on 29 Nov; also heard on another three dates.

Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler Cettia acanthizoides: (1) at W on 26 Nov.

 

Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus: (1) at P.

Pallas¡¯s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus: (2) at WS on 24 Nov and (4) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus: (1) at P and (1) at Y on 1 Dec.

Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis: (1-2) at WS on 23-24 Nov and (1) DNR on 29 Nov.

 

Grey-sided Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus swinhoei: (1) at WS on 23 Nov and (1) at W on 25 Nov.

Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis: (1-6) recorded on six days at WS, W and DNR.

Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps: (1) at WS on 23 Nov and (4) at W on 25 Nov.

Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia: (2-30) on four days at WS and W.

Striated (Indochinese) Yuhina Yuhina torqueola: (20) at W on 25 Nov.

 

Masked Laughingthrush Garrulax perspicillatus: (2) on 25-26 Nov at W and (2) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Lesser Necklaced LaughingthrushGarrulax monileger: (1) on 23 Nov at WS in a large flock of Greaters.

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectoralis: (20) on 23 Nov at WS.

Moustached Laughingthrush Garrulax cineraceus: (1) on 23 Nov at WS.

Chinese Hwamei Garrulax canorus: (1-4) at WS, (2) at W on 25 Nov and (2-4) at DNR on 29-30 Nov.

White-browed Laughingthrush Garrulax sannio: (2-6) at W on 25-26 Nov.

 

Vinous-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis webbianus: (10) at W on 25 Nov, (10) at DNR on 29 Nov and (20) at Y on 2 Dec.

Reed Parrotbill Paradoxornis heudei: (6) at Y on 2 Dec and (2) at R.

 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus: (4) at Y on 1 Dec.

 

Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes: (1) at DNR on 29 Nov.

 

Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus: (2-30) recorded on seven days.

Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis: (10-20) recorded on three days at W and P.

Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus: (10-500) recorded on five days at W, P and near Wuhan.

White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus: (20) at P, (50-100) at Y and (4) at R.

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris: (1-20) at Y on 1-2 Dec.

 

Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis: (1) on 24 Nov.

Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus: (1) on 29 Nov at DNR.

Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope: (1) female at W on 26 Nov.

Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus: (1-6) recorded on six days at WS, W, P and DNR; only a single coloured male seen.

Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus: (1-6) recorded on nine days.

Plumbeous Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosa: (2-6) recorded on three days at WS and W.

White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti: (1-2) at WS on 23-24 Nov and (2) at DNR on 29 Nov.

Spotted Forktail Enicurus maculatus: (1-2) at WS on 23-24 Nov.

Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassinus: (2) males at Y on 1 Dec were a surprise.

 

White¡¯s Thrush Zoothera dauma: (2) at WS on 23 Nov and (1) at R on 3 Dec.

Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula: (20) at W on 25 Nov, (10-30) at Y on 1-2 Dec and (20) at R.

Eye-browed Thrush Turdus obscura: (1) at WS on 24 Nov.

Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus: (1-20) on three days at Y and R.

Naumann¡¯s Thrush Turdus naumanni: (1) at WS on 24 Nov, (4) at DNR on 29 Nov and (10) at Y on 1 Dec.

Dusky Thrush Turdus eunomus: (10-50) seen on five days at WS, Y and R.

 

Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii: (1) at W on 25 Nov.

 

Orange-bellied Leafbird Chloropsis hardwickii: (2) at WS on 23 Nov and (2) W on 25 Nov.

 

Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus: (10-300) recorded on eight days.

 

White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata: (10) seen on three days at WS and W.

 

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea: (1-2) on 24-25 Nov at W.

White Wagtail Motacilla alba: (1-30) recorded on nine days nearly all leucopsis with a single ocularis.

Richard¡¯s Pipit Anthus richardi: (1) at P.

Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni: (5-10) recorded on five days at WS, W and R.

Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus: (1) at P.

Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens: (100) at P and (1) at Y on 2 Dec.

 

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla: (1000) on 24 Nov, (200) at P and (10) on 1 Dec at Y.

Oriental Greenfinch Carduelis sinica: (20) at W on 25 Nov and heard on two other dates.

Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula: (5) at Y on 1 Dec.

Chinese Grosbeak Eophona migratoria: (4) at W on 26 Nov, (10) at P, (10) at Y on 1 Dec and (5) at R.

Japanese Grosbeak Eophona personata: (1) at Y on 1 Dec mixed in with Chinese Grosbeaks.

 

Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioides: (3) at W on 25 Nov.

Tristram¡¯s Bunting Emberiza tristrami: (3-10) on 23-24 Nov at WS.

Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata: (2) at P and (2-10) at Y on 1-2 Dec.

Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla: (1-10) seen on five days at W, P and Y.

Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys: (2) at W on 25 Nov.

Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica: (1-50) on three days at Y and R.

Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans: (4) at W on 26 Nov, (5) at Y on 2 Dec and (5) at R.

Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala: (2-10) seen on five days at W, Y and R.

Pallas¡¯s Reed Bunting Emberiza pallasi: (2-100) on three days at Y and R.

Japanese Reed Bunting Emberiza yessoensis: (5) at Y on 2 Dec.

Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus: (200) on 2 Dec at Y.

 

MAMMALS

 

Siberian Weasel Mustela sibirica: (1) on the night drive to DNR on 28 Nov and (1) seen very well at Y in the day on 2 Dec.

 

Maritime Striped Squirrel Tamiops maritimus: (2) at WS on 23 Nov.

 

Pere David¡¯s Deer Elaphurus davidianus: (10) seen on the outside section of Dafeng NR on 2 Dec.

 

 

 

 

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