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An Early-spring Snapshot of Binjiang Park, Shanghai

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级别: 侠客

Introduction

Binjiang Forest Park (滨江森林公园) is at the northern tip of Pǔdōng, where the Huángpǔ River flows into the mighty Yangtze just before the latter discharges its contents into the East China Sea. On Sunday 23 March 2014, Elaine Du and Craig Brelsford took a day trip to the park. The most remarkable find was a pair of Mandarin ducks.

Who Am I?

In 2011, Craig Brelsford devoted himself to a pursuitthat combines athletics, art, science, and culture. That pursuit isbirding, in particular bird photography, in greater particular birdphotography in China, and in even greater particular writing aphotographic field guide to the birds of China. Craig is in Year 3 ofhis four-year project to create this field guide. Craig runs the Website craigbrelsford.comand is a Chinese-language student at the Shanghai University ofEngineering Sciences. Craig is from Florida in the United States. He lives near Zhongshan Park in Shanghai.

Equipment

-- Cameras: Nikon D3S; for landscapes, Apple iPad 6.1.3
-- Lens: Nikon VR 600mm F/4G
-- Sound recorder: Olympus DM-650
-- Binoculars: Swarovski EL 8 x 32 (Craig), Zeiss Conquest HD 8 x 42 (Elaine)

Questions and Comments

Let me answer your questions and hear your comments. Write me at info@craigbrelsford.com.

Birds Noted at Binjiang Forest Park, Shanghai, China, 23 March 2014

Key

For taxonomy and English names, my first reference is the IOC World Bird List, Version 4.1 . For Chinese names, my first reference is 中国观鸟年报“中国鸟类名录” 3.0(2013) The CBR Checklist of Birds of China v3.0 (2013).

We noted 25 species, representing 7 orders and 19 families.

Anseriformes: Anatidae

Mandarin duck
鸳鸯 (yuānyāng)
Aix galericulata

A pair flew from the park into the Huángpǔ-Yangtze, hiding behind a scuttled ship just offshore

Podicipediformes: Podicipedidae

litle grebe
小䴙䴘 (xiǎo pìtī)
Tachybaptus ruficollis

We counted 2

Pelecaniformes: Ardeidae

little egret
白鹭 (báilù)
Egretta garzetta

1 flew past the scuttled ship

Charadriiformes: Scolopacidae

common sandpiper
矶鹬 (jī yù)
Actitis hypoleucos

1 disappeared behind the scuttled ship in water too deep for shorebirds, suggesting that the ship may serve as a hiding place

Charadriiformes: Laridae

Vega gull
西伯利亚银鸥 (xībólìyà yín'ōu)
Larus vegae

According to the IOC, Vega gull includes Larus vegae vegae and L. v. mongolicus. 2 singles flying over Huángpǔ-Yangtze

Columbiformes: Columbidae

rock dove (feral pigeon)
原鸽 (yuángē)
Columba livia

18; scattered throughout

spotted dove
珠颈斑鸠 (zhūjǐng bānjiū)
Spilopelia chinensis

13; scattered throughout

Passeriformes: Laniidae

long-tailed shrike
棕背伯劳 (zōngbèi bóláo)
Lanius schach

7 singles

Passeriformes: Paridae

yellow-bellied tit
黄腹山雀 (huángfù shānquè)
Pardaliparus venustulus

26 of this most endearing species, in 3 widely spaced flocks; I'm assuming these birds will be leaving Shanghai soon to breed

Passeriformes: Remizidae

Chinese penduline tit
中华攀雀 (zhōnghuá pānquè)
Remiz consobrinus

2 near the front gate, high in a tree

Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae

light-vented bulbul
白头鹎 (báitóu bēi)
Pycnonotus sinensis

17; scattered throughout

Passeriformes: Hirundinidae

barn swallow
家燕 (jiā yàn)
Hirundo rustica

1 near the rivers

Passeriformes: Phylloscopidae

Pallas's leaf warbler
黄腰柳莺 (huángyāoliǔyīng)
Phylloscopus proregulus

9 in various places but mainly close to flowering trees

Passeriformes: Cisticolidae

plain prinia
褐头鹪莺 (hètóu jiāoyīng)
Prinia inornata

1 alighted on the scuttled ship

Passeriformes: Leiothrichidae

Chinese hwamei
画眉 (huàméi)
Garrulax canorus

7, in various places

Passeriformes: Zosteropidae

Japanese white-eye
暗绿绣眼鸟 (ànlǜ xiùyǎnniǎo)
Zosterops japonicus

1 in the tree with the Chinese penduline tits

Passeriformes: Regulidae

goldcrest
戴菊 (dàijú)
Regulus regulus

2 in "thrush heaven"

Passeriformes: Turdidae

grey-backed thrush
灰背鸫 (huībèi dōng)
Turdus hortulorum

23 in "thrush heaven," a part of the park near the place where the main road heading into the park from the main gate meets the rivers; here, widely spaced, tall trees provide the parklike forest habitat that thrushes love

common blackbird
乌鸫 (wū dōng)
Turdus merula mandarinus

11, throughout the park as well as in "thrush heaven"

pale thrush
白腹鸫 (báifù dōng)
Turdus pallidus

20, all but one of them in "thrush heaven"

Passeriformes: Muscicapidae

red-flanked bluetail
红胁蓝尾鸲 (hóngxié lánwěiqú)
Tarsiger cyanurus

Just 2, such a low number a sure sign that spring has arrived

Daurian redstart
北红尾鸲 (běi hóngwěiqú)
Phoenicurus auroreus

Just 1, a female in a garbage-strewn collection of trees near the river; on a typical winter's day in Binjiang, one could expect to see 10 Daurian redstarts

Passeriformes: Passeridae

Eurasian tree sparrow
树麻雀 (shù máquè)
Passer montanus

Noted but not studied

Passeriformes: Motacillidae

white wagtail
白鹡鸰 (bái jílíng)
Motacilla alba

4, all leucopsis

Passeriformes: Emberizidae

black-faced bunting
灰头鹀 (huītóu wū)
Emberiza spodocephala

3 singles

Mammals

Chinese water deer
獐 (zhāng)
Hydropotes inermis inermis

1; obviously feeling the pressure from the large crowd, this individual darted from one thickly vegetated area to another on two occasions
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