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.com
and 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.
-- 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)
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Birds Noted at Binjiang Forest Park, Shanghai, China, 23 March 2014
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.
A pair flew from the park into the Huángpǔ-Yangtze, hiding behind a scuttled ship just offshore
小䴙䴘 (xiǎo pìtī)
We counted 2
1 flew past the scuttled ship
矶鹬 (jī yù)
1 disappeared behind the scuttled ship in water too deep for shorebirds, suggesting that the ship may serve as a hiding place
西伯利亚银鸥 (xībólìyà yín'ōu)
According to the IOC, Vega gull includes Larus vegae vegae and L. v. mongolicus. 2 singles flying over Huángpǔ-Yangtze
rock dove (feral pigeon)
18; scattered throughout
珠颈斑鸠 (zhūjǐng bānjiū)
13; scattered throughout
棕背伯劳 (zōngbèi bóláo)
黄腹山雀 (huángfù shānquè)
26 of this most endearing species, in 3 widely spaced flocks; I'm assuming these birds will be leaving Shanghai soon to breed
Chinese penduline tit
中华攀雀 (zhōnghuá pānquè)
2 near the front gate, high in a tree
白头鹎 (báitóu bēi)
17; scattered throughout
家燕 (jiā yàn)
1 near the rivers
Pallas's leaf warbler
9 in various places but mainly close to flowering trees
褐头鹪莺 (hètóu jiāoyīng)
1 alighted on the scuttled ship
7, in various places
暗绿绣眼鸟 (ànlǜ xiùyǎnniǎo)
1 in the tree with the Chinese penduline tits
2 in "thrush heaven"
灰背鸫 (huībèi dōng)
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
乌鸫 (wū dōng)
Turdus merula mandarinus
11, throughout the park as well as in "thrush heaven"
白腹鸫 (báifù dōng)
20, all but one of them in "thrush heaven"
红胁蓝尾鸲 (hóngxié lánwěiqú)
Just 2, such a low number a sure sign that spring has arrived
北红尾鸲 (běi hóngwěiqú)
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
Eurasian tree sparrow
树麻雀 (shù máquè)
Noted but not studied
白鹡鸰 (bái jílíng)
4, all leucopsis
灰头鹀 (huītóu wū)
Chinese water deer
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