Birds what I saw in
The list sequence follows MacKinnon and Phillips, which was based on Sibley and Monroe (oooh, bad choice!). Species level taxonomy follows my personal whim.
Daurian Partridge Perdix dauurica
A couple of coveys of 3-4 birds at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus
Two males at the Chengdu Panda Research Base may have been plastic.
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus
Wandering birds at the Chengdu Panda Research Base will almost certainly have been plastic.
Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii
Several birds at Yeyahu Wetland reserve.
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Four birds in flight at Yeyahu Wetland reserve.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Flocks at Yeyahu Wetland reserve and Sahe Reservoir
Falcated Duck Anas falcata
One at Yeyahu Wetland reserve.
Rufous-bellied Woodpecker Dendrocopus hyperythrus.
One juvvy for several days in the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major.
At least one for several days in the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel.
Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
One in trees at Sahe reservoir.
Feral Pigeon Columba livia
Occasional birds on rooftops in
Speckled Wood Pigeon Columba hodgsonii
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
Not that common, but a few birds around Sahe Reservoir and suburban
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Not uncommon in and around the outskirts of
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Individuals at Yeyahu, Sahe and
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
One bird at Sahe Reservoir.
Oriental Honey-buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
Two birds soaring over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Black-eared Kite Milvus migrans lineatus
2-3 birds over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
One ringtail hunting Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Pied Harrier Circus melanoleucos
One cracking male hunting over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
One bird over the outskirts of
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
At least three birds, all of which I think were this species, over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Greater Spotted Eagle
One bird over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni
Bit of a surprise was an adult male over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
One over the Grand Hotel,
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis
4 birds hunting at dusk at Sahe Reservoir.
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo
One bird flew through Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
One bird at Yeyahu, up to 250 at Sahe Res, and another singleton at the
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
One bird at Sahe Res.
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Maybe 5 birds at Sahe Res.
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
One adult in flight at Sahe Res.
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
One bird in the park opposite the Grand Continental Hotel,
Chinese Grey Shrike Lanius sphenocercus
A cracking monster of a bird at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus
Black-billed Magpie Pica pica
Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchus
Small groups at the
Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope
A cracking male in the park opposite the Grand Continental Hotel,
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola rubicula maurus/stejnegeri
Potential family groups in the park opposite the Grand Continental Hotel,
White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus
One group of around 20 birds at the
Great Tit Parus major
In scrub alongside the Great Wall, and also Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
In scrub alongside the Great Wall.
Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus
Sand Martin Riparia riparia
One bird (?sp.) at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Flocks not uncommon over
Red-whiskered Bulbul Pyconotus jocusus
One bird in Chengdu Panda Research Base.
Light-vented Bulbul Pyconotus sinensis
Very common in
Asian Stubtail Urosphena squamiceps
One bird in reedy edges and trees at
Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
One bird in the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel, and another apparently recently fledged juvvy in reeds at the
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus progregulus
Two migrants in the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel.
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
These were very common, and in most places when it appeared there were no birds about, eventually a Y=b W call would ring out from the treetops. In the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel every day, Ming Tombs, several birds at Yeyahu, Sahe – reliable.
Two-barred Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides plumbeitarsus.
One bird in the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel.
Radde’s Warbler Phylloscopus schwarzi
Very common in suitable ground-based habitat, and often quite vocal. In the park opposite Beijing Grand Continental Hotel, and also several at the
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis
Several flying south over Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
One with a flock of Black-throated Tits ina park in
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
What can I say. Absolutely everywhere throughout
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
One alboides at Chengdu Panda Research Base, and a flock of 4-5 ocularis at Sahe Reservoirs.
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
One flew over calling at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve.
Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria
A small party at Longevity Hill in the
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla
Very common at Yeyahu Wetland Reserve. Not seen elsewhere.