Friday, 25 May 2018

Majorca - 25th to 29th May

This was a short family break to an island that I had long wanted to visit for its scenic beauty and to see Balearic Warbler. It was Tobias’s half-term break and so we had decided to head to the island for a four night stay. We booked the the entire holiday through British Airways for £3,000 which included return flights, Avis car hire and B&B accommodation at the Grand Soller Hotel. Soller was a beautiful village to stay in, located at the foot of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, with easy access to the water front at Port de Soller via a tram and with a vibrant village life. We spent most evenings relaxing in the square in Soller watching the world go by, eating olives and drinking beer. From Soller we also went to Port de Soller on the tram for the day. Our car was mainly used to get to some of the birding sites and to some of the more out of the way (relatively speaking) destinations.

  • 25th May (Day 1) – 09:35 BA flight from London Heathrow to Palma. We landed at 13:00 (Palma being one hour ahead of BST) and collected our car (which took a ridiculous amount of time) before driving one hour north-west to Soller arriving at15:30. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in Soller.
  • 26th May (Day 2) – We were up early and drove north-east following the Ma-10 to Pollenca. Birded Valle de Boquer until 08:30 and then drove along the Cap de Formentor. After a brief stop to gather supplies for lunch we headed to the Parc Natural des'Albufera and birded here until 16:00 before heading back west along the Ma-13 back to Soller for the evening.
  • 27th May – We had a lie in today and spent the day relaxing. The afternoon and early evening were spent at Port de Soller.
  • 28th May – After a leisurely breakfast we headed north-east along the Ma-10 and birded the reservoir at Panta de Gorg Blau from 10:30 until 12:30 before heading to Port de Sa Calobra where we had a relaxed afternoon on the beach. We headed back at around 15:30 and relaxed in Soller for the  early evening.
  • 29th May – Today was our final day and after checking out of our hotel at 12:00 we headed south-west along the Ma-10 to Deia for a bit of sightseeing. It was raining heavily and so we headed to Valldemossa before dropping south to Palma and an early arrival at the airport. Our 20:00 flight was delayed until 21:00 and we eventually landed at 22:30 and were home by 00:30.

25th May
We were up early and heading to Heathrow at 05:30 for our 09:35 British Airways flight to Palma, Majorca. The flight left on time and we landed at 13:00, one hour ahead of UK time. Our bags arrived quickly but as usual the process of hiring a car through Avis took a disproportiatant amount of time, why this is always so escapes me – if you have booked and paid for a car why cant you just walk to the counter get the keys and drive off. We spent 1.5 hours faffing around trying to get the car which we had prebooked and prepaid. Anyway, by 14:30 we were off and heading north from Palma towards our hotel in Soller. The drive went very smoothly and we were soon booking into the Grand Hotel Soller where ten minutes of scanning produced many Common Swift with small numbers of Pallid Swift, Booted Eagle, Cinereous Vulture and Serin. We unpacked our bags and headed to the Plaça Constitució where we soon found a café serving beer, olives, salads and ice-cream keeping us all happy and relaxed as we watched the old wooden trams, people and town life passing us by.

26th May
So today I was going to head out for my only potential tick of the trip. I was planning on heading out alone but Tobias and Sarah were keen to join me and so we headed out together at 05:30. Soller is not best located for the main site for Balearic Warbler at Valle de Boquer north of Porta de Pollenca and our sat nav said we would be there in around an hour. Following the sat nav we found ourselves winding along the beautiful mountain road of the Ma-10 through high altitude Evergreen Oak and Pine forests. I felt slightly tense as I wanted to simply get to site while Tobias felt very car sick as I wound the car around hair pin bends, Sarah tried her best to placate both Tobias and I. An impromptu toilets stop produced Cinereous Vulture, many Nightingale, Blue Tit, Blackcap and Firecrest. Pressing on, we eventually arrived at the entrance to the Valle de Boquer at around 08:00 and began our walk to the main area for Balearic Warbler. The first, spectacular section of the valley flanked by tall cliffs produced Sardinian Warbler, Stonechat, Booted Eagle, Raven, Zitting Cisticola and Spotted Flycatcher. Stopping at virtually every one of the abundant Sardinian Warbler I soon decided that I needed to hurry my steps and get further to the coast. Soon the habitat changed to a low coastal scrub known as garrigue and I felt I had at least reached the correct habitat. I quick play of my recording of Balearic Warbler and a Sylvia warbler briefly sang and then performed a display flight – Balearic Warbler! And Tobias and Sarah were quick to get onto this bird. The bird showed reasonably well and moved around us before vanishing back into the lower dense scrub of the garrigue. Sarah and Tobias decided it was time for breakfast (which consisted of left overs from yesterdays snacks) and so headed back to the car while I stayed out to get better views and photos of the warbler. After a bit of wandering around at the spectacular moth of the Valle de Boquer I came across two Balearic Warbler which showed exceptionally well down to around five metres and after getting my fill I headed back to the car to meet Sarah and Tobias. By now I was very hungry having been up for around four hours with no food intake. Breakfast was a banana and a slice of bread and then I suggested we head out onto the nearby Cap de Formentor.

Balearic Warbler, this recent split from Marmora's Warbler only breeds on the Balearic Islands and is subtly different from Marmora's having a whiter throat, buffy wash to the belly and flanks and a slightly different sing - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Balearic Warbler - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Balearic Warbler - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Balearic Warbler - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Balearic Warbler, male in song - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Mouth of Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca showing short garrigue habitat 
favoured by Balearic Warbler

Sardinian Warbler - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Sardinian Warbler - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Sardinian Warbler, male in song - Valle de Boquer, Porta de Pollenca

Spotted Flycatcher of subspecies balearica.  This subspecies, along with tyrrenhica of Corsica and Sardinian, are paler, with less streaking on breast and shorter wings than other subspecies. They differ genetically, leading to suggestion that they might warrant species status, limited available evidence reveals no obvious differences in voice, and further study is required before any splits occur.

Driving the long winding road that extends east to the lighthouse at the tip of Cap de Formentor it was evident that the numbers of cars, cycles and tourists were increasing and our stops at scenic lay-bys became increasingly disturbed. Still, during these brief stops I recorded Blue Rock-thrush, Scopoli's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Eleanora's Falcon and Sardinian Warbler which was sufficient to detract from the human traffic, but only just. At the headland, Tobias wanted an ice-cream so I spent a few minutes birding the headland area seeing much the same as previously. Still, it was a beautiful, if busy, spot. I suggested we beat a retreat and Sarah was keen to get some food having been largely deprived of breakfast and I suggested that it made sense to spend some time at Parc Natural des'Albufera rather than having to drive back at a later stage - the deal was done on the condition that we were allowed to visit a shop for food!

Scopoli's Shearwater -  Cap de Formentor

Yellow-legged Gull - Cap de Formentor

 Yellow-legged Gull - Cap de Formentor

Cap de Formentor

Driving the short distance south to Parc Natural des'Albufera, Tobias had fallen a sleep and I had my lunch of water and a banana. Sarah suggested that I go bird while she waited in the car with Tobias. While I wanted to bird the site, I really had only one main target species here, Moustached Warbler which I had not seen for maybe 30 odd years and so I was keen to catch-up with it again. Following the gen on eBird and the map of the site I soon found myself at a wooden viewing platform and obtaining glimpses of Moustached Warbler but I was not satisfied and so pushed on a little longer. I had great, overhead, views of Eleanora's Falcon as they caught dragonflies and also recorded Great Reed-warbler, Purple Gallinule, Cattle Egret, Sardinian Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Red-crested Pochard as well as common wetland bird species. I decided to return to the first platform where eventually I had good views of a singing Moustached Warbler perched high on a reed stem. Wandering back, I bumped into Sarah and Tobias who had now surfaced and we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering the same route as I had earlier, Tobias keen to collect various bugs and Sarah enjoying the birds and the sunshine. We added Osprey, Common Tern and Common Reed-warbler to the list before deciding to head back to the hotel.

The return journey was along the Ma-13, a much faster and more direct route than the mornings journey and by 18:00 we were relaxing in the square in Soller with a beer and with me content with my birding day.

Parc Natural des'Albufera

Moustached Warbler - Parc Natural des'Albufera

Moustached Warbler - Parc Natural des'Albufera

Zitting Cisticola - Parc Natural des'Albufera

Moustached Warbler - Parc Natural des'Albufera

Cattle Egret - Parc Natural des'Albufera

Eleanora's Falcon- Parc Natural des'Albufera

Eleanora's Falcon- Parc Natural des'Albufera

Eleanora's Falcon- Parc Natural des'Albufera

Eleanora's Falcon- Parc Natural des'Albufera

Eleanora's Falcon (dark phase) - Parc Natural des'Albufera


27th May
Today we just relaxed and it was great. Sarah had a treatment in the spa in the hotel while I swam in the pool with Tobias and then at lunchtime we caught the tram to the Porta de Soller and had lunch along the beautiful seafront, played on the beach and drank wine. I saw little but added Audouin's Gull, a superb adult flying around the marina, to the trip list. We were back at Soller by 21:00 and enjoyed a moonlit dinner and more wine.

Porta de Soller

28th May
I decided to push my luck and suggested that we head to the reservoir at Panta de Gorg Blau for a couple of hours birding in the beautiful mountain scenery before doing whatever Sarah wanted. After breakfast, we headed to the reservoir and began by walking the west shore for a short way, Nightingale were abundant in the Holm Oak and we recorded Griffon Vulture, Black Vulture, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Common Kestrel and Spotted Flycatcher. But my main target was not here and seeing suitable habitat on the east side of the reservoir we diverted and concentrated our attention here. We recorded Common Crossbill and then I heard a soft 'tacking' call and there was my target, A superb male Moltoni's Warbler a species I had seen on Corsica and Sicily previously but not particularly well. I eventually saw three Moltoni's Warbler but none exceptionally well but I was satisfied. On the walk back to the car I added Tawny Pipit to the list and then we headed north to Sa Calobra along a winding mountain road thronged with tourist vehicles and coaches. Parking up we wandered to the heaving bay but enjoyed some time on the beach relaxing and playing in the waves before heading back to Soller for 16:30.

Griffon Vulture - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Cinereous Vulture - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Common Stonechat - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Spotted Flycatcher - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Moltoni's Warbler - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Moltoni's Warbler - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Moltoni's Warbler - Panta de Gorg Blau 

Panta de Gorg Blau

Sa Calobra

29th May
Today was our final day and after a swim and then checking out of our hotel at 12:00 we headed south-west along the Ma-10 to Deia for a bit of sightseeing. At Deia I recorded Cirl Bunting, a new species for the trip, and then it really started to rain so we beat a retreat to a small taverna for a sandwich and a red wine. Between rain we made a run for the car and decided to head to the airport early, we headed through Valldemossa before dropping south to Palma and arrived at the airport at 17:00. Our 20:00 flight was delayed until 21:00 and we eventually landed at 22:30, it seemed like the rain had followed us, we were home by 00:30.


Deia

Deia


Trip List

Total of 181 species with one tick (shown in bold).

Red-legged Partridge
Canada Goose
Common Shelduck
Red-crested Pochard
Gadwall
Mallard
Rock Dove
Common Woodpigeon
Eurasian Collared-dove
Pallid Swift
Common Swift
Western Water Rail
Purple Swamphen
Common Moorhen
Common Coot
Scopoli's Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Black-crowned Night-heron
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Audouin's Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Common Tern
Osprey
Griffon Vulture
Cinereous Vulture
Booted Eagle
Red Kite
Common Hoopoe
Common Kestrel
Eleonora's Falcon
Red-backed Shrike
Common Raven
Eurasian Blue Tit
Great Tit
Zitting Cisticola
Moustached Warbler
Common Reed-warbler
Great Reed-warbler
Northern House Martin
Barn Swallow
Eurasian Crag Martin
Cetti's Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Eurasian Blackcap
Sardinian Warbler
Moltoni's Warbler
Balearic Warbler
Northern Wren
Spotless Starling
Eurasian Blackbird
Spotted Flycatcher
Common Nightingale
Common Stonechat
Common Firecrest
House Sparrow
Tawny Pipit
Western Yellow Wagtail
Common Chaffinch
European Greenfinch
Common Linnet
Red Crossbill
European Goldfinch
European Serin

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

16th-18th May - Martin Down and Pennington Marsh

The last couple of weeks have been manic at work with some very early starts for breeding bird surveys, late nights reviewing documents and getting the company ready for the new and extremely tedious General Data Protection Regulations which come into force later in May. However, I have managed to get out a little to protect my sanity.

On the morning of 16th May I visited Marin Down on the north Hampshire and Wiltshire border to complete my Nightingale survey as organised by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, alas, there were no Nightingale. Martin Down has experienced a catastrophic fall in population from 24 singing males in 1980 to none now, there cannot have been a change in the extent of scrub, this is a National Nature Reserve and there has probably been an increase rather than a reduction in scrub cover. So surely this local and the national decline is linked to changes in the wintering grounds or something happening along the migration routes rather than localised habitat loss/change in the UK. Still, there were lots of Corn Bunting (at least 15 birds recorded) and the first Turtle Dove that I have seen in the UK for many years with at least six 'purring' birds. Here, also were an amazing density of Skylark and it was difficult to estimate the number of birds but my best guess was 30 birds in all. It was a little windy for butterflies and the only species I recorded was a single Green Hairstreak, my first of the year.

Corn Bunting - Martin Down, Hampshire

Corn Bunting - Martin Down, Hampshire


Turtle-dove - Martin Down, Hampshire

The gentle purring of Turtle-dove is a classic summer sound which is fast disappearing from the UK countryside - Martin Down, Hampshire

Green Hairstreak - Martin Down, Hampshire

Invertebrate surveys with Adam Wright on 17th May near to Fishbourne, Chichester area produced a few first spring records for me although we recorded nothing of great excitement. White-legged Damselfly, Beautiful Demoiselle, Banded Demoiselle and Hairy Hawker were nice species to see as always.

The hoverfly Platycheirus rosarum - Fishbourne, Chichester

The hoverfly Helophilus pendulus - Fishbourne, Chichester

The hoverfly Cheilosia albitarsus - Fishbourne, Chichester

The snipefly Rhagio scolopacea - Fishbourne, Chichester

On 18th May I had a short wander around Pennington Marsh, it was fairly quiet with the highlights being two male Ruff almost in summer plumage, 25 Dunlin, two Peregrine over the site, three Whimbrel, 15 Great-crested Grebe (this seemed to be a large number for a May visit) and two very late Wigeon. Numbers of migrant birds seem to be very low and I only recorded three Whitethroat and four Reed Warbler of the breeding species. Singles of Cuckoo and a Lesser Whitethroat seemed to be birds holding territory on site.

Reed Warbler - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire

Song of Reed Warbler (the bird photographed above) - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire


Long song sequence of Reed Bunting, a lazy mid-summer sound of wetland habitats, reeds can be heard rustling in this recording - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire


Single song sequence of Reed Bunting - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire


Lesser Whitethroat - Pennington marsh, Hampshire


The typical song of Lesser Whitethroat with a rattle followed by harsh warbling notes - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire


Sequence of Lesser Whitethroat song with a rattle to begin with followed by warbling notes - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire

Sequence of Lesser Whitethroat song starting with the rattle then a sequence of warbling notes and ending in a rattle - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire

There were high numbers of Great-crested Grebe for a May visit - Pennington Marsh, Hampshire

Monday, 7 May 2018

North-west China (Xinjiang) - 7th and 8th May (Day 17 and 18)

Awaking at 05:30 on 7th May I looked out of the hotel window to a scene of torrential rain, flooding and high winds. This did not bode well for our only day to Nanshan in the Tien Shan mountains – our only day here and my last day of the trip. Loading the bus at 06:00 we headed south from the city into the foothills and the rain turned to snow and as we approached our first birding site at around 1,500m this snow had reached near blizzard conditions. Our first target was Red-headed Bunting and I had seen images of this bird singing at this site in alpine meadows in beautiful sunny conditions – the weather we faced was a different kettle of fish altogether. Hopping out of the bus we were blasted by snow and a cold wind and optics quickly fogged. We birded this stretch of road for around an hour seeing small groups of finches and pipits moving south evidently trying to escape the conditions. Unperturbed were singing Sky Lark plus Water Pipit, Richard’s Pipit, Tawny Pipit and Northern Wheatear but I dipped the only tick that the group saw, a pair of Red-fronted Serin. We decided that the conditions were too grim to bird so retired to the bus for breakfast – the usual fair of bread and sweet coffee – before heading to a different area to bird. Passing along a minor road flocks of birds were in abundance but we didn’t really stop as we were heading to a key birding area. We did stop for a flock of Plain Mountain-finch beside the road and saw species such as Mistle Thrush and a possible Black-throated Thrush from the bus. Arriving at the main site some 30 minutes later conditions were so bad that we didn’t even get out of the bus to walk the trail and decided to leave for a slightly lower and more sheltered elevation. As we descended Barry spotted a redstart from the bus which he swiftly identified as an Eversmann’s Redstart, one of our key targets, but we could not relocate it after we had disembarked the bus. Driving further down the road I spotted another redstart from the bus we stopped and all piled out and there was a stunning male Blue-capped Redstart and then a male Eversmann’s Redstart quickly followed by a Black-throated Accentor all in the same clump of trees – three of our key tragets within a few minutes were seen. It soon became apparent that there were multiple birds of these species in a stretch of road of approximately 50m, these birds are normally higher in the woodlands at the site and far more difficult to see and it was clear that these birds had dropped to avoid the snow. We birded up and down the road and the numbers of these birds was incredible with 50+ of each being seen, at one point I watched 12 Black-throated Accentor feeding on the road together – Tang Jun says he normally only sees one or two of this species at the site and often struggles to see the two Redstart species. Along the road and passing overhead were also numerous Water Pipit, Tree Pipit and Godlewski’s Bunting while the bushes also held Hume’s Warbler. It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the number of birds that the scrub aloing the road held but we still had two further targets. Having seen large numbers of birds along the roadside as we headed to this area we decided to descend further and birded a village area on the way back to the Red-headed Bunting site. This produced hundreds of Pine Bunting around the village and in the fields with similar numbers of Plain Mountain-finch. Also here we recorded Red-tailed Rock-thrush, Red-tailed Shrike, Hoopoe, Horned Lark, Water Pipit, Northern Wheater and Common Stonechat of the subspecies maura. It was evident that we had dropped out of the area where the redstarts and accentors were frequenting as we saw none of these species here. Another brief look for the Red-headed Bunting drew a blank and we decided that the birds had probably descended lower to escape the snow.

After an hours lunchstop I was itching to get back into the field and with only two hours left I still wanted to see two target species. So we headed back to the main birding site and stopped in a layby. Here there were multiple Blue-capped Redstart, Eversmann’s Redstart, Black-throated Accentor and Godlewski’s Bunting which we enjoyed but our remaining target birds were not here. We headed to the main car park area, and as we approached Tang-Jun spotted a Red-mantled Rosefinch on the roadside so we leapt out of the car and quickly located two females and a male, as we watched these birds I heard a flock of serin calling and a scan produced a flock of around 25 Red-fronted Serin flying up the valley, fortunately they landed and we enjoyed reasonable, although a little distant views of these stunning little finches with their fire red foreheads. These were our two remaining targets and we had seen them within the space of a few minutes. Martin called a Rubythroat and I was amazed when I saw that it was a Himalayan Rubythroat, another new bird in the space of a few minutes and one that was not on my radar to see. There were two of these stunning birds feeding in the roadside scrub and ditches and we enjoyed good views. I had an hour before my taxi arrived to take me back to Urumqi and so we birded this area seeing more Eversmann’s Redstart, Blue-fronted Redstart and Black-throated Accentor - we were simply stunned at the number of birds present and it reminded me of a similar fall of birds that we experienced in Mongolia, see here.

At 17:00 my taxi arrived and I said goodbye to Barry, Martin, Ian, Andy D, Andy B and Volkert and drove the short distance to the airport with my local driver. We dropped out of the snow zone into rain and I arrived at the airport at just gone 18:00 for my 21:15 flight to Beijing. The lady at the check in desk informed me that the 21:15 flight had been delayed and instead managed to get me onto the 19:15 flight and by 23:00 I was in Beijing. My bags took an age to arrive and it was almost midnight by the time I left the airport. I transferred to the Eastern Airline Hotel arriving at 00:45 and enjoyed a very plush apartment room while repacking ready for my international flight tomorrow, I eventually crashed at around 02:00.

Male Eversmann's Redstart - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Male Blue-capped Redstart  - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Male Blue-capped Redstart - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Black-throated Accentor - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Pine Bunting - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Red-tailed Shrike - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Red-tailed Shrike - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Red-tailed Shrike - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Red-tailed Shrike (differenet bird to above) - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Eurasian Sparrowhawk - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

 Common Stonechat of subspecies maura - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Horned Lark of subspecies brandti - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Eurasian Hoopoe - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Northern Wheatear - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Godlewski's Bunting - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Black-throated Accentor - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Tree Pipit - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Red-mantled Rosefinch - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Eversmann's Redstart - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Himalayan Rubythroat - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Hamalayan Rubythroat - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Black-throated Accentor - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Black-throated Accentor - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Black Kite - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Andy B, Martin and Andy D enjoying the snow - Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

 Nanshan, Tien Shan Mountains

Conditions were blizzard like






Leaving Nanshan and heading back to the aiport at Urumqi

Rather sterile city scape of the new Urumqi. Most of the older buildings are being flattened to make way for these apartment blocks across the city

After a short sleep I was up at 06:00 on the 8th May and after a quick repack I was on the shuttlebus from the Eastern Airline Hotel in Beijing to the International Airport. I checked in then relaxed after some duty free shopping. My flight was delayed and we eventually departed at 11:45, 30 minutes late. Flying north-west we passed over Xinjiang and I thought of the Ground-jay’s below and then over Ullan Bataar where I had visited a little later this time last year. We headed over Russia and the Baltic before landing at Heathrow 15:15.

List of Birds Recorded in the South-east and North-west China
We recorded 322 species 34 of which were ticks for me (shown in bold). Bird of the trip for me was Cabot's Tragopan with Reeve's Pheasant, Chinese Crested Tern, Xingjiang ground-jay, Siberian Thrush, Himalayan Rubythroat, Eversmann’s Redstart and Blue-capped Redstart being up there.

Collared Partridge
Chinese Bamboo-partridge
Cabot's Tragopan
Koklass Pheasant
Elliot's Pheasant
Reeves's Pheasant
Common Pheasant
Silver Pheasant
White-headed Duck
Ruddy Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Red-crested Pochard
Common Pochard
Tufted Duck
Garganey
Northern Shoveler
Falcated Duck
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
Chinese Spot-billed Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Common Teal
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Rock Dove
Hill Pigeon
Stock Dove
Oriental Turtle-dove
Eurasian Collared-dove
Eastern Spotted Dove
Laughing Dove
Grey Nightjar
White-throated Needletail
Edible-nest Swiftlet
Pacific Swift
House Swift
Common Swift
Greater Coucal
Lesser Coucal
Western Koel
Large Hawk-cuckoo
Oriental Cuckoo
Brown Crake
White-breasted Waterhen
Common Moorhen
Common Coot
Eurasian Spoonbill
Black-faced Spoonbill
Asian Crested Ibis
Eurasian Bittern
Black-crowned Night-heron
Green-backed Heron
Chinese Pond-heron
Cattle Egret
Grey Heron
Great White Egret
Little Egret
Chinese Egret
Great Cormorant
Pied Avocet
Black-winged Stilt
Grey Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
White-faced Plover
Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sandplover
Grey-headed Lapwing
Whimbrel
Little Curlew
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Knot
Red Knot
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Sanderling
Dunlin
Asian Dowitcher
Common Snipe
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Spotted Redshank
Common Greenshank
Common Redshank
Wood Sandpiper
Marsh Sandpiper
Saunders's Gull
Black-headed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Arctic Herring Gull
Little Tern
Common Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
White-winged Tern
Common Tern
Chinese Crested Tern
Greater Crested Tern
Northern Boobook
Collared Owlet
Little Owl
Oriental Scops-owl
Osprey
Black Baza
Black Eagle
Booted Eagle
Eastern Marsh-harrier
Crested Goshawk
Chinese Sparrowhawk
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Black Kite
Grey-faced Buzzard
Eurasian Buzzard
Long-legged Buzzard
Red-headed Trogon
Common Hoopoe
Oriental Dollarbird
Common Kingfisher
Black-capped Kingfisher
Great Barbet
Eurasian Wryneck
Speckled Piculet
Grey-capped Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
White-winged Woodpecker
Pied Falconet
Common Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Black-naped Oriole
White-browed Shrike-babbler
White-bellied Erpornis
Grey-chinned Minivet
Scarlet Minivet
Ashy Minivet
Brown-rumped Minivet
Black-winged Cuckooshrike
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Hair-crested Drongo
Brown Shrike
Red-tailed Shrike
Isabelline Shrike
Long-tailed Shrike
Grey Treepie
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Asian Azure-winged Magpie
Plain-crowned Jay
Xinjiang Ground-jay
Eurasian Magpie
Common Raven
Carrion Crow
Collared Crow
Large-billed Crow
Sultan Tit
Yellow-bellied Tit
Azure Tit
Great Tit
Yellow-cheeked Tit
Chinese Penduline-tit
Hume's Lark
Horned Lark
Eurasian Skylark
Oriental Skylark
Crested Lark
Bearded Reedling
Zitting Cisticola
Yellow-bellied Prinia
Plain Prinia
Common Tailorbird
Sykes's Warbler
Black-browed Reed-warbler
Oriental Reed-warbler
Marsh Grassbird
Red-rumped Swallow
Barn Swallow
Collared Sand Martin
Chestnut Bulbul
Mountain Bulbul
Black Bulbul
Collared Finchbill
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Brown-breasted Bulbul
Light-vented Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler
Hume's Leaf-warbler
Pallas's Leaf-warbler
Dusky Warbler
White-spectacled Warbler
Alström's Warbler
Eastern Crowned Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Pale-legged Leaf-warbler
Sakkalin Leaf-warbler
Hartert's Leaf-warbler
Rufous-faced Warbler
Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler
Korean Bush-warbler
Black-throated Tit
Silver-throated Tit
Lesser Whitethroat
Tarim Hill-warbler
Reed Parrotbill
Grey-headed Parrotbill
Short-tailed Parrotbill
Vinous-throated Parrotbill
Indochinese Yuhina
Black-chinned Yuhina
Japanese White-eye
Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler
Grey-sided Scimitar-babbler
Rufous-capped Babbler
Dusky Fulvetta
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta
Chinese Hwamei
Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrush
Grey Laughingthrush
White-browed Laughingthrush
Masked Laughingthrush
Black-throated Laughingthrush
Blue-crowned Laughingthrush
Brown Dipper
Common Starling
Purple-backed Starling
Black-collared Starling
White-shouldered Starling
Red-billed Starling
White-cheeked Starling
Crested Myna
White's Thrush
Siberian Thrush
Chinese Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Eurasian Blackbird
Chinese Blackbird
Japanese Thrush
Grey-backed Thrush
Pale Thrush
Dusky Thrush
Black-throated Thrush
Oriental Magpie-robin
Grey-streaked Flycatcher
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Small Niltava
Zappey's Flycatcher
Blue-and-white Flycatcher
Siberian Blue Robin
Rufous-tailed Robin
Bluethroat
Siberian Rubythroat
Himalayan Rubythroat
White-crowned Forktail
Spotted Forktail
Blue Whistling-thrush
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher
Green-backed Flycatcher
Narcissus Flycatcher
Mugimaki Flycatcher
Eversmann’s Redstart
Blue-capped Redstart
Plumbeous Water-redstart
Daurian Redstart
Chestnut-bellied Rock-thrush
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush
Common Stonechat
Northern Wheatear
Desert Wheatear
Spotted Elachura
Fork-tailed Sunbird
Black-throated Accentor
White-rumped Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
Saxaul Sparrow
House Sparrow
Russet Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Pechora Pipit
Tree Pipit
Olive-backed Pipit
Water Pipit
Richard's Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Grey Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
White Wagtail
Chinese Grosbeak
Red-mantled Rosefinch
Plain Mountain-finch
Desert Finch
European Greenfinch
Oriental Greenfinch
Common Linnet
Red Crossbill
Red-fronted Serin
Eurasian Siskin
Chestnut-eared Bunting
Godlewski's Bunting
Pine Bunting
Ochre-rumped Bunting
Pallas’s Bunting
Yellow-breasted Bunting
Little Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
Yellow-browed Bunting
Tristram’s Bunting

Links to Other Days of the Trip (Click to View)
Day 1 and 2 – International flight and Dongtai.
Day 3 - Dongtai.
Day 4 – Dongtai and Magic Wood.
Day 5 - Nanhui then fly to Fuzhou.
Day 6 - Shanutan Island and Fuzhou Forest Park.
Day 7 - Fuzhou Forest Park then Emeifeng Mountain.
Day 8 - Emeifeng Mountain.
Day 9 - Emeifeng Mountain.
Day 10 - Emeifeng Mountain then Wuyuan.
Day 11 - Wuyuan.
Day 12 – Drive Wuyuan to Dongzhai.
Day 13 - Dongzhai.
Day 14 – Dongzhai then fly Wuhan to Korlor.
Day 15 – Taklamakan Desert.
Day 16 – Taklamakan Desert then Urumqi.