Monday, 18 May 2015

Brilliant blue and fiery flashes

4 May 2015, South-eastern China - Day 2

Nanhui and Yang Kou


Started the day back on the coast checking some of the same sites as yesterday afternoon. A Yellow Bittern flew over the road and showed briefly on top of some roadside reeds in the early morning mist as we drove to the reedbeds.  The track through the reeds produced more good views of the Reed Parrotbills, Marsh Grassbirds and Vinous-throated Parrotbills. The dewy track produced 2 each of Black-faced and Pallas's Reed Bunting, 2 Pechora Pipit, 2 Bluethroat and an Oriental Skylark while the adjacent ditch revealed 3 Chinese Pond Herons and 3 Common Snipe. A singing Manchurian Bush Warbler finally showed well and a Pale Thrush showed on the track.


Manchurian Reed Warbler
Pechora Pipit
The pools produced 2 Mandarin, a brief Baillons Crake, a Reed Parrotbill, 2 Chinese Egret, 8 Night Heron, 20 Black-winged Stilt, a Terek Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, 20 Marsh Sandpiper, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank and 2 stunning Eastern Black-tailed Godwit. As we watched the pools 2 Olive-backed Pipit flew in and showed in the roadside bushes from which an Oriental Turtle Dove was flushed. 


Olive-backed Pipit
The bushes along the road held fewer birds than last night but included a superb male Siberian Blue Robin being staked out and lured with mealworms by some Chinese photographers and a male Blue and White Flycatcher. Also here were 2 Pale Thrush, 10 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Eastern Crowned Warbler. A small flock of Japanese White-eye moved through the bushes, pausing briefly and overhead 2 Pacific Swift flew through a flock of hirindines that included at least 1 Red-rumped Swallow. 

Amur Wagtail
Siberian Blue Robin
Although skulking under the hedge it would venture out for the supplied mealworms

Eastern Crowned Warbler
Blue and White Flycatcher flicks away
And then gives itself up - what a stunner
Brilliant blue
Red-billed Starling
Pacific Swift
We then headed off on a 4 hour drive to Rudong. After some lunch, a Chinese, we drove the short distance to 'The Temple Wood' surprisingly adjacent to a small temple. Inside the wood was full of some very smart migrants: Blue and white Flycatcher (4), Mugimaki Flycatcher (2), a stunning male Narcissus  Flycatcher, a showy Rufous tailed Robin, 3 Tristram's Bunting, 3 Eye-browed Thrush, an Olive-backed Pipit, Pallas's Warbler (3), Eastern crowned Warbler (4), Claudia's Warbler (2), Pale-legged Leaf Warbler (2), Yellow-browed Warbler (10), and a flock of Japanese White-eye. 

Blue and White Flycatcher
Blue and White Flycatcher
Blue and White Flycatcher
Blue and White Flycatcher
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Female Mugimaki Flycatcher
Female Mugimaki Flycatcher
Female Mugimaki Flycatcher
Male Narcissus Flycatcher
Male Narcissus Flycatcher
Male Narcissus Flycatcher - flash of fire in the woods
Male Narcissus Flycatcher
Female Narcissus Flycatcher
Pale-legged Warbler
Pale-legged or Sakhalin Leaf Warbler
Pale-legged Warbler
Pale-legged Warbler
Possible Sakhalin Leaf Warbler
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Male Tristram's Bunting
Female Tristram's Bunting
We were eventually dragged away after enjoying repeat views of the wood's inhabitants. Next stop was the 'Magic Wood', a long raised bank covered in mature trees running a couple of miles towards the sea and surrounded by agricultural fields. As the wind dropped birds became more active. We walked about half way checking the bushes and fields. Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Asian Brown and Blue and white Flycacher were common and Chinese Grosbesk had arrived in good numbers. Other highlights included 3 Little Curlew with a flock of 13 Whimbrel, a fly through Black-winged Kite, Tristrams Bunting, a female Siberian Blue Robin and female Siberian Rubythroat flushed from dense cover, Yellow-bellied Tit, Grey-headed Lapwing, 2 Dusky Thrush, 4 Eye-browed Thrush, 4 Azure-winged Magpie, a Great-spotted Woodpecker, a Red-billed Blue Magpie, Claudia's, Eastern-crowned and Yellow-browed Warbler.  

Grey-streaked Flycatcher
Grey-streaked Flycatcher
Grey-headed Lapwing
Whimbrel and Little Whimbrel
2 Little Whimbrel
2 Little Whimbrel
Yellow-bellied Tit
We finished the day on a small trail where 2 Rufous-tailed Robin sang from dense cover and a number of Blue and White and Grey-streaked Flycatchers fed in the last of the evening's sunshine. A Little Bunting showed well in the track and a couple of Vinous- throated Parrotbill performed. 

Grey-streaked Flycatcher

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