NE CHINA

We visited North East China in May 2001 on a Sunbirder trip to Beidaihe and Happy Island. The leaders were Paul Holt and James Lidster and there were 17 other birders on the trip including our friend Keith Corbett. We personally recorded 226 species even though the weather was anti-cyclonic and not conducive to any large falls.

Our itinerary was:

8 May            Heathrow to Beijing via Paris with Air France

9 May            Beijing(BJ) (Tiananmen Square, Imperial Palaces &

                      Jing Shan Park)

10 May          Badaling(BL) (Great Wall) and on to Beidaihe by expressway

11-13 May     Beidaihe(BH) (Sandflats <inc. marsh and wood>, Henghe Reservoir,

                      Henghe Pools and Wood, Dapuhe River and grassy fields, Yanghe

                      River and Woods, Qilihai Lagoon and Wood)

14 May          To Happy Island (HI) via Lao Yu Jian (LJ) mudflats

15-16 May     Happy Island

17 May          Return to Beidaihe (Yanghe) via Lao Yu Jian Wood

18-20 May     Beidaihe (Sandflats, Henghe Reservoir, Wet Boot Marsh,

                      Reservoir Marsh, Fishook Point, Jin Shan Field, Lotus Hills,

                      Yanghe Estuary & Wood, Radar Marsh, Dapuhe River and

                      Qilihai Wood)

21 May           Beidaihe (Sandflats and Henghe) and Shan Hai Guan (SH)

                       (Jiao Shan, Lao Long Tou coastal marshes)

22 May           Beidaihe (Sandflats, Henghe Reservoir and Yanghe River

                       and Woods)

23 May           Old Peak (OP)

24 May           Old Peak & return to Beidaihe (Sandflats and Yanghe)

25 May           Beidaihe (Lighthouse and Fishook Points, Sandflats Marsh,

                       Henghe Reservoir and Yanghe Estuary)

26 May           Beidaihe (Radar Marsh) and return to Beijing (Summer Palace)

27 May           Return to Heathrow  

Birds recorded:

(see itinerary for site codes) 

Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Little Grebe X   X        
Great Crested Grebe X   X        
Little Egret     X     X  
Chinese Egret     X     X  
Grey Heron     X X      
Purple Heron     X X      
Great Egret     X        
Cattle Egret X            
Chinese Pond Heron X X X X      
Striated Heron X            
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Black-crowned Night Heron X X X X      
Yellow Bittern X   X        
Schrenck's Bittern     X        
Great Bittern     X        
Eurasian Spoonbill     X X      
Common Shelduck     X   X    
Eurasian Wigeon     X        
Gadwall     X        
Common Teal     X        
Mallard X   X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Spot-billed Duck     X X X    
Northern Pintail X            
Garganey X   X        
Velvet Scoter     X        
Eastern Marsh Harrier X   X X      
Black-shouldered Kite     X        
Japanese Sparrowhawk   X X X      
Eurasian Sparrowhawk   X X X      
Grey-faced Buzzard   X   X     X
Upland Buzzard     X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Eurasian Kestrel   X X   X X X
Amur Falcon   X X X      
Eurasian Hobby X X X X     X
Chukar             X
Japanese Quail     X X      
Koklass Pheasant             h
Common Pheasant   h X X   h X
Yellow-legged Buttonquail     X        
Water Rail     X        
White-breasted Waterhen     X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Baillon's Crake X   X        
Ruddy-breasted Crake X   X        
Watercock     X        
Common Moorhen X   X        
Greater Painted Snipe     X        
Eurasian Oystercatcher     X X X    
Black-winged Stilt     X X X    
Avocet     X X      
Oriental Pratincole     X        
Grey-headed Lapwing     X   X    
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Pacific Golden Plover     X X      
Grey Plover     X X X    
Little Ringed Plover     X     X X
Long-billed Plover             X
Kentish Plover     X X X   X
Lesser Sand Plover     X   X    
Greater Sand Plover     X        
Pintail Snipe     X X X    
Common Snipe     X X      
Black-tailed Godwit     X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Bar-tailed Godwit     X X X    
Whimbrel     X X X    
Eurasian Curlew     X X X    
Far-Eastern Curlew      X X X    
Spotted Redshank     X X      
Common Redshank X   X X      
Marsh Sandpiper     X X X    
Common Greenshank     X X X    
Green Sandpiper     X X      
Wood Sandpiper      X X X    
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Terek Sandpiper     X X X    
Common Sandpiper X   X X      
Grey-tailed Tattler     X   X    
Ruddy Turnstone     X   X    
Asian Dowitcher     X   X    
Great Knot       X X    
Red Knot     X   X    
Sanderling     X        
Little Stint     X        
Red-necked Stint     X X X    
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Temminck's Stint     X        
Long-toed Stint     X        
Pectoral Sandpiper      X        
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper     X X X    
Dunlin     X X X    
Curlew Sandpiper     X X X    
Broad-billed Sandpiper     X        
Black-tailed Gull     X X X    
Siberian Gull     X        
Vega Gull     X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Black-headed Gull     X X X    
Saunders' Gull       X X    
Relict Gull       X X    
Whiskered Tern     X X X    
White-winged Tern     X X X    
Gull-billed Tern     X X X    
Caspian Tern     X   X    
Common Tern X   X X X X  
Little Tern     X X X    
Feral Pigeon X X X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Hill Pigeon             X
Oriental Turtle Dove X   X X   X X
Collared Dove     X        
Large Hawk Cuckoo        h     X
Indian Cuckoo X   X       X
Common Cuckoo X   X X   h X
Oriental Cuckoo     X       X
Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo             h
Oriental Scops Owl     dead        
Brown Hawk Owl       X      
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Little Owl             X
White-throated Needletail       X      
Common Swift X   X X      
Fork-tailed Swift     X X      
Common Kingfisher X   X X X    
Black-capped Kingfisher     X X      
Eurasian Hoopoe     X X      
Eurasian Wryneck     X   X    
Grey-capped Woodpecker     X        
Great Spotted Woodpecker X X X       h
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker     X        
Grey-headed Woodpecker   h X       h
Asian Short-toed Lark     X X   X  
Eurasian Crag Martin   X         X
Sand Martin     X X X    
Barn Swallow X X X X X X X
Red-rumped Swallow X X X X X X X
Forest Wagtail     X   X    
White Wagtail     X       X
Yellow Wagtail     X X X    
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Grey Wagtail   X X       X
Richard's Pipit     X X      
Blyth's Pipit     X X   X  
Olive-backed Pipit   X X X     X
Pechora Pipit     X        
Buff-bellied Pipit     X        
Ashy Minivet     X     X  
Chinese Bulbul     X X      
Blue Rock Thrush     X       X
Siberian Thrush     X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

White's Thrush     X        
Grey-sided Thrush             X
Eye-browed Thrush     X X      
Chinese Song Thrush     X X     h
Rufous-tailed Robin     X X      
Siberian Rubythroat     X X      
Bluethroat     X X      
Siberian Blue Robin     X X X X h
Daurian Redstart   X X       X
White-bellied Redstart             X
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Stonechat (Siberian)     X X X   X
Fan-tailed Warbler     X X      
Chinese Hill Warbler           X  
Asian Bush Warbler   X   X   h X
Manchurian Bush Warbler             X
Spotted Bush Warbler     h        
Lanceolated Warbler     X X   X  
Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler X   X        
Black-browed Reed Warbler X   X X X X  
Manchurian Paddyfield Warbler     X        
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Blunt-winged Warbler             X
Oriental Reed Warbler X   X X X    
Thick-billed Warbler     X X X    
Dusky Warbler X   X X   X  
Yellow-streaked Warbler   h          X
Pallas's Leaf Warbler X X X X X    
Radde's Warbler      X X      
Chinese Leaf Warbler             X
Yellow-browed Warbler X X X X X    
Hume's Warbler             X
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Arctic Warbler X   X   X h h
(Two-barred) Greenish Warbler     X X      
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler     X X   h  
Eastern Crowned Warbler   X X X     h
Blyth's Leaf Warbler   X X X     X
Golden-spectacled/Grey-crowned Warbler       X      
Japanese Marsh Warbler     X        
Grey-streaked Flycatcher     X X      
Siberian Flycatcher     X X X    
Asian Brown Flycatcher     X X X    
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Yellow-rumped Flycatcher     X X   h X
Chinese Narcissus Flycatcher       X X   X
Mugimaki Flycatcher     X X      
Red-breasted/throated Flycatcher    X X X      
Asian Paradise Flycatcher       X      
Pere David's Laughingthrush   X        h h
Vinous-throated Parrotbill     X     h  
Long-tailed Tit             X
Marsh Tit   X X       X
Songar Tit   X          
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Yellow-bellied Tit   X         X
Great Tit   X X     X X
Snowy-browed/Chinese Nuthatch             X
Chinese Penduline Tit     X h      
Chestnut-flanked White-eye     X X      
Black-naped Oriole   X X X   X X
Bull-headed Shrike             X
Brown Shrike X   X X X X X
Black Drongo X X X X X X X
Hair-crested Drongo             X
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Eurasian Jay             X
(Red-billed) Blue Magpie    X X     h X
Azure-winged Magpie X X          
Black-billed Magpie X X X X   X X
Red-billed Chough             X
Large-billed Crow X X X   X   X
Crested Myna X   X        
Daurian Starling       X X    
White-cheeked Starling X   X X     X
Tree Sparrow X X X X X X  
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Oriental Greenfinch X X X       X
Eurasian Siskin     X        
Common Rosefinch   X   X      
Chinese Grosbeak     X h      
Meadow Bunting   X       X X
Japanese Reed Bunting     X        
Tristram's Bunting     X X      
Chestnut-eared Bunting     X X      
Little Bunting   X X X      
Yellow-browed Bunting       X      
Species

BJ

BL

BH

HI

LJ

SH

OP

Yellow-throated Bunting   X   X     h
Yellow-breasted Bunting     X X      
Chestnut Bunting     X X X    
Black-faced Bunting     X X      
Pallas's Reed Bunting     X        
Godlewski's Bunting   X         X

                                                    ( 'X' denotes sightings and 'h' is heard only )

Mammals recorded:

Hare, Siberian Chipmunk and Pere david's Squirrel


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