Saturday, 10 December 2016

China: Yancheng - Shanghai - Nanchang

We had a couple of hours back in what we called Yancheng Wood this morning before setting off on the long drive back to Shanghai. Still no waxwings but plenty of other birds to keep us occupied and I was particularly pleased to see the flock of Silver-throated Bushtits again, this time showing much better than yesterday. After all it was a lifer for me yesterday!

Silver-throated Bushtit - a split from Long-tailed Tit

There were also plenty more Pallas’s Warblers around, as well as some Dusky, a few Pale and a single Naumann’s Thrush as well. A Mugimaki Flycatcher was a bit of a surprise, but at least 5 Northern Red-flanked Bluetails were more expected and in the bare tree tops we saw 6 Hawfinches and Brambling. A singing Manchurian Bush Warbler was odd but reaffirmed the brief glimpses given yesterday to Paul and Derek. 

Pallas's Warbler

At 8.40am we had to leave and walking back to the bus a White’s Thrush flew right across the path in front of us. From here we drove back to Shanghai, where we said goodbye to Tang Jun, and flew to Nanchang. Our flight was delayed several hours and it was quite late by the time we arrived at our destination and met up with my good friend, Steven An. It was a drive of maybe 90 minutes to our digs in Poyang Hu - a great location to explore this vast area and there's more cranes to find....

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