Week 5 started on a note of a detour to twitch the Japanese Yellow Bunting then caught up with the Shanghai traffic and finally concluding day 1 with the Little Curlew.

Day 2 was still raining with strong winds. I scouted the good ‘ol places from two years back. Most of the habitat was gone which is not unusual for Yangkou. The common waders were hanging around their old place even though the place didn’t look exactly the same. Common Sandpipers were everywhere, they really live up to their name, Grey Wagtails were stunning in their breeding plumage. The temple forest was beaming with Passerine activity.

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Couple of togs were chasing an Ashy Minivet and it evaded them and landed right in front of me giving me the  “Minivet Moment”. I have to be very thankful to the togs again for flushing out a Male “Yellow-rumped Flycatcher”.


Flash the Rump

A pair of Siberian Rubythroats gave satisfying views as i never had them in my bins for two consecutive days. I finished day 2 with a superb male Amur Falcon, my second every sighting in China and left a bit early to pickup my “team” at Rudong town.

Day 2 started with Roger Theo Timmermann and Kevin Pickering. We did the fields, ponds, scrubs n picked up our regular species.


You can you Bi Bi, no can no pia pia.



Real Ruby

We then went into the mudflats to see only the commoners.

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Later that evening, we went to construction site which previously was the habitat of Oriental Pratincoles. As expected, there was no sign of Oriental Pratincoles but Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers had made it as their breeding site.


Last day, we covered the southern & eastern side of the port village. Plenty of Indian Cuckoos were trying to sneak into Drongo’s nest. We also tried the new sea wall as the old dyke and the sea wall are no more good for the high tide roost. We saw people walking in near the dyke and some were even trying to shoot the wader flock with their smartphones.


Relaxing time at the high tide roost


Get those headshots with Xiaomi.


Kentish Plover eggs found very close to the sea wall, very well camouflaged. I hope the hoards of the people doesn’t step on them.

We found a nesting site of Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers. There were about 8 nests within 500sq.m. On a painful side, there was a good photographer friend of us was driving around in that place to photograph an Oystercatcher. When i pointed out the nests, he felt sorry and left the place, however the damage is already done. I don’t know how many nests were destroyed on that act.


See the tire treads missed the nest by few cm.

A very tame Eurasian Oystercatcher which put up with the photographer chasing him in his car.



Mother’s love


Time to cuddle with daddy

Overall, it wasn’t an overwhelming trip neither a dull one. As i visit Yangkou for the fourth time in 3 years, the place is not the same. The wader cloud which was doing several formations is not there anymore, with the chemical industries and fisheries growing everywhere along the coast the has the shrunk the habitat in Yangkou. Despite these downsides, we still managed to see a Spoon-billed Sandpiper.


Sorry image of a spooner


Monster Beak


Kevin in “Magic Forest”

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Species List :

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae) – 1 / 173
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha
Pheasants and allies (Phasianidae) – 1 / 182
Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Grebes (Podicipedidae) – 1 / 23
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae) – 6 / 72
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Striated Heron Butorides striata
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
Great Egret Ardea alba
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Rails, Crakes and Coots (Rallidae) – 2 / 151
White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae) – 1 / 12
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae) – 1 / 10
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Plovers (Charadriidae) – 7 / 67
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae) – 21 / 96
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Little Curlew Numenius minutus
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Far Eastern Curlew – VU Numenius madagascariensis
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Sanderling Calidris alba
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Spoon-billed Sandpiper – CR Eurynorhynchus pygmeus
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus
Gulls, Terns and Skimmers (Laridae) – 6 / 102
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Saunders’s Gull – VU Chroicocephalus saundersi
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
Little Tern Sternula albifrons
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae) – 2 / 335
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis
Cuckoos (Cuculidae) – 2 / 149
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis
Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus
Rollers (Coraciidae) – 1 / 12
Oriental Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
Kingfishers (Alcedinidae) – 1 / 93
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Hoopoes (Upupidae) – 1 / 4
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae) – 2 / 67
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis
Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae) – 1 / 92
Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus
Shrikes (Laniidae) – 1 / 33
Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
Drongos (Dicruridae) – 1 / 26
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Crows, Jays (Corvidae) – 2 / 131
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
Tits, Chickadees (Paridae) – 1 / 61
Japanese Tit Parus minor
Larks (Alaudidae) – 1 / 97
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae) – 1 / 151
Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae) – 2 / 88
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Cettia Bush Warblers and allies (Cettiidae) – 1 / 32
Manchurian Bush Warbler Horornis borealis
Leaf Warblers and allies (Phylloscopidae) – 3 / 77
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
Pale-legged Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus tenellipes
Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus
Reed Warblers and allies (Acrocephalidae) – 1 / 61
Oriental Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis
Cisticolas and allies (Cisticolidae) – 2 / 159
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata
Sylviid Babblers (Sylviidae) – 1 / 70
Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora webbiana
Starlings, Rhabdornis (Sturnidae) – 3 / 123
Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus
Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus
White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus
Thrushes (Turdidae) – 2 / 166
Common Blackbird Turdus merula
Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus
Chats, Old World Flycatchers (320) (Muscicapidae) – 8 / 320
Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa latirostris
Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana
Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope
Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina
Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki
Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches (Passeridae) – 1 / 51
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae) – 5 / 67
Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Finches (Fringillidae) – 1 / 219
Chinese Grosbeak Eophona migratoria
Buntings, New World Sparrows and allies (Emberizidae) – 1 / 176
Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioides
Species: 95
Total sightings: 95