BEIDAIHE AREA 1+2 DECEMBER 2002

JESPER HORNSKOV & JAN KIEL

As an add-on to a business visit to Tianjian, JK travelled up to Beidaihe by train. The journey takes c3 hours as it does from Beijing; alternatively Beidaihe can be reached conveniently from both cities by car or public express bus also in c3 hours, and we believe our list would recommend a similar adventure to anyone visiting N China under similar circumstances...

On 1 Dec, JK having arrived late the previous evening, we set out by car at daybreak to cover areas to the S of Beidaihe, doing some 220 kms in total, birding river mouths and similar habitat likely to hold gulls and wildfowl, as well as wooded areas and scrub-lined canals for buntings etc.

On 2 Dec we visited scrub-covered hillsides at the Great Wall near Shanhaiguan before JK departed on the 13h30 train, enjoying prolonged sessions with several N China birds, incl. Pere David's Laughingthrush, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Chinese Hill Warbler, and the exquisite Godlewski's, Meadow & Yellow-throated Buntings.

The weather was pleasant throughout, calm or very nearly so, with extensive hoarfrost in the morning of 1st but above freezing throughout 2nd, somewhat foggy along the coast early on both days but with visibilty improving later and not hampering our efforts, and with temperatures rising to 9C at least on 2nd, enabling us to pocket hat and gloves as we enjoyed a couple of out-of-the-back-of-the-car bisquits and coffee sessions (during one of which an Upland Buzzard appeared over wintry fields near the coast).

Jesper Hornskov
Bei Ling 3 Qu no. 1
Apartment 3-402
Beidaihe 066100
Hebei Province
Phone/fax +86 335 403 4587
E-mail: goodbird@heinfo.net
 
 

Species list:

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

One immature at Laomigou on 1st.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Four at Laomigou & two at Large Wood on 1st.

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

Eight at Dapuhe bridge on 1st.

Common Shelduck T. tadorna

120 at Qilihai, 33 at Laomigou & three near Small Wood on 1st.

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope

A female at Qilihai & three females at Laomigou on 1st.

Mallard A. platyrhynchos

50 at Laomigou on 1st.

Yellow-nibbed Duck A. zonorhyncha

45 at Laomigou on 1st.

Northern Shoveler A. clypeata

Three at Laomigou on 1st.

Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis

Four males at Qilihai on 1st.

Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

30 at Yanghe bridge, 30 at Qilihai & 128 at Laomigou on 1st.

Goosander Mergus merganser

16 at Laomigou on 1st.

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

An adult male at Laomigou & one ringtail at Small Wood on 1st.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

A female at Great Wall on 2nd.

Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius

One at Laomigou on 1st.

Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Singletons S of Qilihai & at Large Wood on 1st.

Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

An adult male at Great Wall on 2nd here in its native range!

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

A 1st cy bird at Laomigou on 1st.

Common Crane Grus grus

6+ heard near Large Wood on 1st.

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata

15 at Yang He bridge, 182 at Qilihai, 32 at Laomigou & heard at Small Wood on 1st.

Relict Gull Larus relictus

A 1st cy bird at Laomigou on 1st performed well.

Black-headed Gull L. ridibundus

500+ at Yanghe bridge & 265 at Laomigou on 1st.

Black-tailed Gull L. crassirostris

An adult at Laomigou on 1st.

Common Gull L. canus heinei & L. c. kamtschatschensis

50+ (incl 5+ kamtschatschensis & 1+ heinei, all 1st cy) at Yang He bridge, 20 at Dapuhe bridge, 20 at Qilihai & 250 (of various ages) at Laomigou on 1st.

Vega Gull L. vegae vegae & L. v. birulai

15 at Yanghe bridge, ten at Dapuhe bridge, ten at Qilihai & c40 (incl. one adult vegae) on 1st.

Yellow-legged Gull L. cachinnans

One 1st cy bird at Laomigou on 1st.

Heuglin's Gull L. heuglini taimyrensis

Ten 1st cy birds at Yanghe bridge, ten at Qilihai & eight at Laomigou on 1st.

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Two at Great Wall on 2nd.

Oriental Turtle Dove S. orientalis

Four S of Yanghe & one at Large Wood on 1st.

Little Owl Athene noctua

One perched on a wire S of Laomigou on 1st.

Hoopoe Upupa epops

Two S of Laomigou on 1st.

Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus

Two at Great Wall on 2nd.

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major

One at Large Wood on 1st & three at Great Wall on 2nd.

Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella (rufescens) cheleensis

36 at Laomigou & c50 flying to roost over Large Wood on 1st.

Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis

28 at Laomigou & five at Large Wood on 1st.

White Wagtail M. alba baicalensis

One at Laomigou on 1st.

Chinese Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis

Four in orchards S of Qilihai on 1st.

Siberian Accentor Prunella montanella

Four at Large Wood on 1st & 14 at Great Wall on 2nd.

Naumann's Thrush Turdus naumanni

Two in orchards S of Qilihai on 1st & two at Great Wall on 2nd.

Chinese Hill Warbler Rhopophilus pekinensis

28 at Great Wall on 2nd included a number seen at very close range.

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Three at Great Wall on 2nd.

Vinous-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis webbianus

Heard at Large Wood on 1st & 15 at Great Wall on 2nd.

Pere David's Laughingthrush Garrulax davidi

24 at Great Wall on 2nd.
 
 

Marsh Tit Parus palustris

Eight at Great Wall on 2nd.

Great Tit P. major minor

14 at Great Wall on 2nd.

Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius

Three at Great Wall on 2nd.

Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha

23 at Great Wall on 2nd.

Common Magpie Pica pica

Common.

Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos

Four at Great Wall on 2nd.

Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Common encountered on several occasions.

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Two females at Great Wall on 2nd. Not recorded annually in Hebei Province.

Brambling F. montifringilla

Three at Laomigou & 1+ at Large Wood on 1st; three at Great Wall on 2nd.

Eurasian Siskin Carduelis spinus

One at Great Wall on 2nd.

Pallas's Rosefinch Carpodacus roseus

Prolonged views of an exquisite adult male w/ one female/immature at Large Wood on 1st.

Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus

Four at Laomigou & two at Large Wood on 1st.

Godlewski's Bunting Emberiza godlewskii

Ten at Great Wall on 2nd.

Meadow Bunting E. cioides

27 at Great Wall on 2nd.

Yellow-throated Bunting E. elegans

Two (one male, one female) at Large Wood on 1st & 14 at Great Wall on 2nd.

Rustic Bunting E. rustica

Four at Large Wood on 1st.

Little Bunting E. pusilla

Six in orchards S of Qilihai, nine in Small Wood & 15 at Large Wood on 1st; two at Great Wall

on 2nd.

Pallas's Reed Bunting E. pallasi

Eight seen well at Laomigou & 40 at Large Wood on 1st.