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23 to 26 January (74 species; 103 in 2013)
Yancheng 23 and 24 & Nanjing (Purple Mountain) Jiangsu 25 and 26

Public bus on 23rd from Shanghai to Yancheng city (7.50am - 12.05pm).  Taxi to Xinyanggang.  Birded from 1pm to 5.30pm.

On 24th:  Morning on the Reed Farm; afternoon around the reserve, and the road that passes it (as far as 20km to the east).

25th:  7.40am train from Yancheng city to Nanjing (arriving around midday).  Motorised rickshaw to the foot of Purple Mountain. Birded the mountain from 1pm to 6pm. 

26th: Walked to the top of the mountain and back down again (8am - 2pm).  Taxi to the airport for flight back to Beijing (5pm - 6.45pm).

My detour to Nanjing (there are now flights from Yancheng to Beijing) was to spend time on Purple Mountain - a place I last birded in 1997.  I am delighted to report that the mountain exceeded my high expectations of it.

This is the annotated list of the birds I saw during the four days (actually a total birding time of two and a half days):

["+" indicates that this is the first time I have seen this species in 2013;  "++" = the first time I have ever seen this species.]

Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus  雉鸡

2 on 23, 1 on 24. 

Tundra Bean Goose  Anser serrirostris 短嘴豆雁

+c100 on 23, c800 on 24. 

Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus 小天鹅

+2 on 24. 

Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 翘鼻麻鸭

1 on 24. 

Gadwall Anas strepera 赤膀鸭

c20 on 23, c30 on 24. 

Falcated Duck Anas falcata 罗纹鸭 +

1 male on 24. 

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 绿头鸭

A few hundred on 23, several hundred on 24. 

Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha 斑嘴鸭

c30 on 23, c70 on 24. 

Pintail Anas acuta 针尾鸭

c10 on 23. 

Common Teal Anas crecca 绿翅鸭

Several hundred on 24. 

Pochard Aythya ferina 红头潜鸭

c50 on 23, c1,200 on 24. 

Smew Mergellus albellus 白秋沙鸭

c10 on 23, c30 on 24. 

Goosander Mergus merganser 普通秋沙鸭

Several on 23, c30 on 24. 

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 小䴙䴘

c10 on 23, c20 on 24. 

Oriental White Stork Ciconia boyciana 东方白鹳 +

2 on 23, c50 on 24. 

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Spoonbill sp Platalea leucorodia/minor 白琵鹭/黑脸琵鹭

20 distantly on 23. 

Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 白琵鹭 +

c250 on 24. 

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 夜鹭 +

c15 on 24. 

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 苍鹭

Several on 23, c20 on 24. 

Great White Egret Ardea alba 大白鹭 +

c20 on 23, c 15 on 24. 

Little Egret Egretta garzetta 白鹭

c10  on 23, c30 on 24. 

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 普通鸬鹚 +

c30 on 23, c50 on 24. 

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 红隼

3 on 23. 

Merlin Falco columbarius 灰背隼 +

1 on 24. 

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 游隼

1 ssp japonensis on 24. 

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Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus 黑翅 +

1 on 24.  

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Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 黑水鸡 +

c10 on 23, c30 on 24. 

Coot Fulica atra 骨顶鸡 +

c20 on 23, c300 on 24. 

Common Crane Grus grus 灰鹤 +

c100 on 23, c1,200 on 24. 

Red-crowned Crane Grus japonensis 丹顶鹤 +

7 on 23, 5 on 24. 

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Hooded Crane Grus monacha 白头鹤 + 

c20 on 24. 

Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 黑翅长脚鹬 +

c60 on 24. 

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 白腰杓鹬 +

c25 on 23, c10 on 24. 

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 鹤鹬 +

72 on 24. 

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 白腰草鹬

1 on 23. 

Vega/Mongolian Gull Larus vegae/mongolicus 西伯利亚银鸥/蒙古银鸥

c200 on 23, c500 on 24 (a good view of 1 Mongolian mongolicus 蒙古银鸥 + on 24). 

Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis 山斑鸠

c10 on 23, c20 on 24, c10 on 25, c30 on 26. 

Hoopoe Upupa epops 戴胜

1 on 23, 4 on 24. 

Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus 斑姬啄木鸟 +

Several ssp chinensis on 25. 

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus 星头啄木鸟

5 ssp scintilliceps [same as Hebei and Beijing] on 25, 1 on 26. 

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach 棕背伯劳 +

3 ssp schach on 23, 2 on 24. 

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Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus 灰喜鹊

Several on 25 and also on 26. 

Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha 红嘴蓝鹊

Several on 25, 3 on 26. 

Common Magpie Pica pica 喜鹊

More than 200 seen on 23 and also on 24.  A few on 25 and also on 26. 

Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae 灰树鹊 +

3 ssp sinica on 25 and 2 on 26.

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Southern Great Tit Parus cinereus 苍背山雀 +

1 on 23 was heard calling.   

Eastern Great Tit Parus minor 远东山雀

c50 on 25 and similar numbers on 26.    

Silver-throated Tit Aegithalos glaucogularis 银喉长尾山雀 +

c30 on 25, and same number on 26.

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Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus 红头长尾山雀 +

c20 on 25, c 30 on 26. 

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Chinese Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis 白头鹎

Several on 26. 

Masked Laughingthrush Garrulax perspicillatus 黑脸噪鹛 +

3 on 25; and 1 on 26 with the flock of Berthemy’s Laughingthrushes. 

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes Garrulax pectoralis 黑领噪鹛 +

Wonderfully long views of an entertaining flock of c30 ssp picticollis on 25. 

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Berthemy’s Laughingthrush Dryonastes berthemyi 棕噪鹛 ++

Prolonged views of a flock of about a dozen on 26 searching for food on the ground at 80m above sea-level, unbothered by the unrelenting noise of hundreds of people passing by on their way up the mountain.  The taxon in eastern and south-eastern China was previously called Rusty Laughingthrush, until its Taiwan cousin nabbed the name following a split.   The BBBC, always keen to seek truth from facts, concluded that its new name is as misleading as it is uninspiring and, therefore,  unanimously voted to consign “Buffy Laughingthrush” to the same etymological dustbin that already contains the ill-conceived “Plain Laughingthrush”.   This beautiful bird shall henceforth be known by the honourary eponym chosen by Emile Oustalet (1844-1905), when describing the species to science in 1876.  Jules Francois Gustave Berthemy was born in Paris on 1 December 1826.  He was attached to the French diplomatic service in China, and became minister in Peking in 1862.  He died in 1902. 

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Hwamei Leucodioptron canorum 画眉 +

Several nominate ssp in a flock on 25, and also a few on 26. 

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Webb’s Parrotbill Sinosuthora webbiana 棕头鸦雀 +

c50 nominate ssp on 23, c30 on 24, c20 on 25, c40 on 26.

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Reed Parrotbill Paradoxornis heudei 震旦鸦雀 +

Prologed close-up views of a feeding flock of 17 on 23. 

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Japanese White-Eye Zosterops japonicus 暗绿绣眼鸟 +

1 ssp simplex on 26. 

Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus 八哥 +

2 on 23. 

Red-billed Starling podiopsar sericeus 丝光椋鸟 +

1 on 23. White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus 灰椋鸟 +

c20 on 23, c50 on 24. 

Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus 中国乌鸫 +

3 on 23, several on 24. 

Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus 白腹鸫 +

1 on 23. 

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Naumann’s Thrush Turdus naumanni 红尾鸫

1 on 23, 1 on 24, 1 on 26. 

Dusky Thrush Turdus eunomus 斑鸫 +

2 on 23, 1 on 24. 

Japanese Robin Erithacus akahige 日本歌鸲 +

Frame-filling views of 1 on 25 at 260m above sea-level. 

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Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus 红胁蓝尾鸲 +

1 on 25.

 Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus 北红尾鸲 +

2 on 23, 1 on 24. 

Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 麻雀

More than 200 on 23 and same again on 24. 

White Wagtail Motacilla alba 白鹡鸰

1 on 23. 

Buff-belled Pipit Anthus rubescens 黄腹鹨 +

c4 on 23, 2 on 24. 

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Brambling Fringilla montifringilla 燕雀

1 on 26 Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica 田鹀 +

c dozen on 23, c80 on 24. 

Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala 灰头鹀 +

3 on 23, and 2 on 24. 

Pallas’s Reed Bunting Emberiza pallasi 苇鹀

1 on 23.

20th January (10 species; 59 in 2013)
Weir at the Wenyu River, Beijing;  4.30 - 5.30pm

c100  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos  Mallard

c6  绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal

1 female 白尾鹞 Circus cyaneus Hen Harrier +

白腰草鹬  Tringa ochropus  Green Sandpiper

c20 灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus  Azure-winged Magpie

c20 喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

few 达乌里寒鸦  Coloeus dauuricus  Daurian Jackdaw

several 小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

c100 麻雀  Passer montanus Tree Sparrow

水鹨    Anthus spinoletta  Water Pipit

18th January (24 species; 58 in 2013)
Cycled 20km stretch of Wenyu River, Beijing; 11am - 5pm

1 雉鸡Phasianus colchicus Common Pheasant  +

1 翘鼻麻鸭Tadorna tadorna Common Shelduck +

c 35  赤麻鸭  Tadorna ferruginea  Ruddy Shelduck

c600  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos  Mallard

2 斑嘴鸭  Anas zonorhyncha  Spot-billed Duck

c10  绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal

1 鹊鸭  Bucephala clangula Goldeneye

2 白秋沙鸭  Mergellus albellus  Smew

8 普通秋沙鸭  Mergus merganser  Goosander

c15  小䴙䴘  Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe

1 白鹭  Little Egret Egretta garzetta +

红隼   Falco tinnunculus  Common Kestrel

1 游隼Falco peregrines  Peregrine Falcon +

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3 长嘴剑鸻Charadrius placidus  Long-billed Plover +

白腰草鹬  Tringa ochropus  Green Sandpiper

1 冠鱼狗 Megaceryle lugubris  Crested Kingfisher +

3 戴胜 Upupa epops  Hoopoe

c20灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus  Azure-winged Magpie

c30 喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

c200达乌里寒鸦  Coloeus dauuricus  Daurian Jackdaw

c50 小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

c60 麻雀  Passer montanus Tree Sparrow

3 白鹡鸰Motacilla alba White Wagtail +

2 水鹨    Anthus spinoletta  Water Pipit

17th January (19 species; 51 in 2013)
Botanical Gardens, Beijing; 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

3  星头啄木鸟  Dendrocopos canicapillus scintilliceps  Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

1  灰头绿啄木鸟  Picus canus  Grey-headed Woodpecker

c20  灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus  Azure-winged Magpie

3  红嘴蓝鹊 Urocissa erythrorhyncha Red-billed Blue Magpie +

c10 喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

c30 小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

c50  黄腹山雀Periparus venustulus Yellow-bellied Tit +

c6  远东山雀Parus minor Eastern Great Tit  +

1  白头鹎Pycnonotus sinensis  Chinese Bulbul +

1  鹪鹩 Troglodytes troglodytes Eurasian Wren +

3  黑头䴓 Sitta villosa Chinese Nuthatch +

2  红尾鸫  Turdus naumanni   Naumann’s Thrush

c12  银喉长尾山雀Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit

c80  麻雀  Passer montanus Tree Sparrow

c60  燕雀 Fringilla montifringilla Brambling +

2  金翅雀 Carduelis sinica Oriental Greenfinch +

1  红腹灰雀 Pyrrhula pyrrhula Eurasian Bullfinch +

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1  锡嘴雀 Coccothraustes coccothraustes Hawfinch +

1  黑尾蜡嘴雀 Eophona migratoria Chinese Grosbeak +

Wednesday, 16th January 2013 (17 species)
5 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing; 2.30pm to 4.40 pm

1 鹌鹑 Coturnix japonica  Japanese Quail  

c 30  赤麻鸭  Tadorna ferruginea  Ruddy Shelduck

1  鸳鸯  Aix galericulata  Mandarin Duck 

c 2050  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos  Mallard

1 male  琵嘴鸭  Anas clypeata  Shoveler  [2013 = 38 species]

2 (male and female)  针尾鸭  Anas acuta  Pintail  [2013 = 39 species]

绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal 红头潜鸭  Aythya ferina  Pochard

1  白眼潜鸭  Aythya nyroca  Ferruginous Duck  [2013 = 40 species]

红隼  Falco tinnunculus  Common Kestrel

白腰草鹬  Tringa ochropus  Green Sandpiper

c 20  喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

c 1100  达乌里寒鸦  Coloeus dauuricus  Daurian Jackdaw [photo of some of them]

c 10  小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

c 100  麻雀  Passer montanus Tree Sparrow

c dozen  苇鹀  Emberiza pallasi   Pallas’s Reed Bunting

several 红颈苇鹀   Emberiza yessoensis  Japanese Reed Bunting [photo]  

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Monday, 14th January 2013 (15 species)
4 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing; 3.15 pm to 4.45 pm

鹌鹑 Coturnix japonica  Japanese Quail

c 10  赤麻鸭  Tadorna ferruginea  Ruddy Shelduck

c400  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos  Mallard

c 70  绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal

苍鹭  Ardea cinerea  Grey Heron

红隼  Falco tinnunculus  Common Kestrel

1  普通鵟  Buteo japonicus  Eastern Buzzard

c 20  灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus  Azure-winged Magpie

c 20  喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

1  红尾鸫  Turdus naumanni   Naumann’s Thrush  [2013 = 37 species]

c 50    麻雀  Passer montanus Tree Sparrow

1  小鹀  Emberiza pusilla  Little Bunting

苇鹀  Emberiza pallasi   Pallas’s Reed Bunting

1   红颈苇鹀  Emberiza yessoensis  Japanese Reed Bunting  

Sunday, 13th January 2013 (31 species)
20 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing; 8.45 am to 2 pm

4 鹌鹑 Coturnix japonica  Japanese Quail  (2 pairs) [2013 = 33 species]

c 15  赤麻鸭  Tadorna ferruginea  Ruddy Shelduck

c10  鸳鸯  Aix galericulata  Mandarin Duck 

few  赤膀鸭  Anas strepera  Gadwall

several hundred  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos  Mallard

c 20  斑嘴鸭  Anas zonorhyncha  Spot-billed Duck

c 25  绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal

红头潜鸭  Aythya ferina  Common Pochard  [2013 = 34 species]

39  鹊鸭  Bucephala clangula Goldeneye

c 20  白秋沙鸭  Mergellus albellus  Smew

several  普通秋沙鸭  Mergus merganser  Goosander

c dozen  小䴙䴘  Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe

苍鹭  Ardea cinerea  Grey Heron

2  红隼  Falco tinnunculus  Common Kestrel

2  普通鵟  Buteo japonicus  Eastern Buzzard

白腰草鹬  Tringa ochropus  Green Sandpiper

黑腹滨鹬 Calidris alpina [presumed sakhalina]  Dunlin [2013 = 35 species]

山斑鸠  Streptopelia orientalis Oriental Turtle Dove

戴胜 Upupa epops  Hoopoe

星头啄木鸟  Dendrocopos canicapillus scintilliceps Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

灰头绿啄木鸟  Picus canus  Grey-headed Woodpecker

c 20  灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus  Azure-winged Magpie

c 30  喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

c 30  达乌里寒鸦  Coloeus dauuricus  Daurian Jackdaw

c20  小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

c 100  麻雀  Passer montanus  Tree Sparrow

1  水鹨  Anthus spinoletta  Water Pipit

several  棕眉山岩鹨  Prunella montanella Siberian Accentor (scrub field south of stables)

小鹀  Emberiza pusilla  Little Bunting

few  苇鹀  Emberiza pallasi  Pallas’s Reed Bunting

few 红颈苇鹀 Emberiza yessoensis Japanese Reed Bunting [2013 = 36 species]

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Wednesday, 9th January 2013 (23 species)
5 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing

赤麻鸭  Tadorna ferruginea   Ruddy Shelduck

17  鸳鸯  Aix galericulata  Mandarin Duck (5 males)

赤膀鸭  Anas strepera  Gadwall

c 1,100  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos Mallard

c 10  斑嘴鸭  Anas zonorhyncha  Spot-billed Duck

c 25  绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal

21  白秋沙鸭  Mergellus albellus  Smew

小䴙䴘  Tachybaptus ruficollis  Little Grebe

苍鹭  Ardea cinerea  Grey Heron

红隼  Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel  [2013 = 31 species]

1  普通鵟  Buteo japonicus  Eastern Buzzard

白腰草鹬  Tringa ochropus  Green Sandpiper

山斑鸠 Streptopelia orientalis Oriental Turtle Dove

珠颈斑鸠  Spilopelia chinensis Spotted Dove

戴胜 Upupa epops Hoopoe 

灰头绿啄木鸟  Picus canus Grey-headed Woodpecker

c 40  灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus Azure-winged Magpie

c 30  喜鹊  Pica pica Common Magpie 

c 500  达乌里寒鸦  Coloeus dauuricus Daurian Jackdaw

c6  小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone Carrion Crow

c 100  麻雀  Passer montanus  Tree Sparrow

水鹨 Anthus spinoletta blakistoni   Water Pipit  [2013 = 32 species]  ---  photo below

苇鹀  Emberiza pallasi  Pallas’s Reed Bunting   

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Monday, 7th January 2013 (30 species)
24 km stretch of the Wenyu River, Beijing

c 60  赤麻鸭  Tadorna ferruginea  Ruddy Shelduck

10  鸳鸯  Aix galericulata  Mandarin Duck  (5 males)

赤膀鸭  Anas strepera  Gadwall

c 2,100  绿头鸭  Anas platyrhynchos  Mallard

c 60  斑嘴鸭  Anas zonorhyncha  Spot-billed Duck

c 80  绿翅鸭  Anas crecca  Teal

18  鹊鸭  Bucephala clangula Goldeneye

c 20  白秋沙鸭  Mergellus albellus  Smew

普通秋沙鸭  Mergus merganser  Goosander

c 10  小䴙䴘  Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe

苍鹭  Ardea cinerea  Grey Heron

雀鹰  Accipiter nisus  Eurasian Sparrowhawk

1  普通鵟  Buteo japonicus  Eastern Buzzard

白腰草鹬  Tringa ochropus  Green Sandpiper

山斑鸠  Streptopelia orientalis Oriental Turtle Dove

珠颈斑鸠  Spilopelia chinensis  Spotted Dove

戴胜 Upupa epops  Hoopoe

星头啄木鸟  Dendrocopos canicapillus  Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

灰头绿啄木鸟  Picus canus  Grey-headed Woodpecker

c 6  灰喜鹊  Cyanopica cyanus  Azure-winged Magpie

c 30  喜鹊  Pica pica  Common Magpie

c 40  达乌里寒鸦  Coloeus dauuricus  Daurian Jackdaw

小嘴乌鸦  Corvus corone  Carrion Crow

大嘴乌鸦  Corvus macrorhynchos  Large-billed Crow

c 12  银喉长尾山雀  Aegithalos caudatus  Long-tailed Tit

c 50  麻雀  Passer montanus  Tree Sparrow

棕眉山岩鹨  Prunella montanella Siberian Accentor (scrub field south of stables)

小鹀  Emberiza pusilla  Little Bunting

c 6   三道眉草鹀  Emberiza cioides  Siberian Meadow Bunting

c35  苇鹀  Emberiza pallasi  Pallas’s Reed Bunting