Wednesday, 2 May 2012

SE China

With migration in full swing along the south-east China coast there have been a number of good records in the last few days. Several smart Spoon-billed Sandpipers in full breeding dress have been sighted, along with Nordmann's Greenshank and Asiatic Dowitcher. A few Black-faced Spoonbills are still lingering in the estuaries and migrants such as Pechora Pipit, Yellow-browed Bunting and Pleske's Grasshopper Warbler have been seen. A few rarities at Magic Forest near Rudong have included Japanese Robin and Japanese Paradise Flycatcher as well! My hope is that this area provides a far better experience and nicer environment than Beidaihe - time will tell. At the Min Jiang Estuary a few Chinese Crested Terns are appearing intermittently as well....... There are 7 of us in all travelling to Shanghai (a perfect sized group!) and I really hope the good run of migrants continue and fingers crossed for the spoonies...... 

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