Latest Wildlife News from Beijing

This page is updated regularly with any significant wildlife news from Beijing Municipality.

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If you find a sick or injured bird or animal that requires specialist care, please call the Wildlife Rescue Centre on +86 (10) 89496118 or, for birds of prey, the Raptor Rescue Centre on +86 (10) 62205666.

If you find illegal mist-nets or witness any illegal activity involving wild birds or animals in Beijing, please take photographs and note the location, then call the State Forestry Police. For the numbers, see below, arranged by district.

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31 May 2020

1 CHINESE BUSH WARBLER, 3 DAVID’S BUSH WARBLER, 7 PALLAS’S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 4 THICK-BILLED WARBLER and 5 BLACK-BROWED REED WARBLER, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

2 DUSKY THRUSH, Wenyu River (Richard Liu)

The BLACK-WINGED CUCKOOSHRIKE still at Yuanmingyuan (Yan Shen)

30 May 2020

1 RUDDY-BREASTED CRAKE and 1 YELLOW BITTERN, Olympic Forest Park (Peng Zuo)

1 ASIAN KOEL, 1 LARGE HAWK CUCKOO and 2 YELLOW-RUMPED FLYCATCHER, Botanical Gardens (Catherine Dong)

2 ALSTROM’S WARBLER, 2 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, 1 ZAPPEY’S FLYCATCHER, Xiaolongmen (Wang Xiaobo)

29 May 2020

1 CHESTNUT-WINGED CUCKOO at Nanhaizi “in the last few days” (Zhong Zhenyu via WeChat)

28 May 2020

1 BLACK-WINGED CUCKOOSHRIKE, Yuanmingyuan (Wang Xiaobo, Zhen Niu, amal amer et al.).  Plus 2 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER.

26 May 2020

1 ORIENTAL CUCKOO (singing and recorded), 1 PALE-LEGGED LEAF WARBLER (singing and recorded), 1 MANCHURIAN REED WARBLER (singing), 2 PALLAS’S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER (singing), 1 INTERMEDIATE EGRET, 1 BLUETHROAT, 5+ YELLOW-RUMPED FLYCATCHER, 7+ DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 2 ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER, 3 FOREST WAGTAIL, 2 YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, Shahe Reservoir (Colm Moore)

1 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER, Yuanmingyuan (Zhen Niu)

This great image of a singing Indian Cuckoo was submitted by 田术 (Tian Shu)

25 May 2020

1 BAILLON’S CRAKE, ChaoBai River, Shunyi (Eason Liuc)

1 singing PALLAS’S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and 1 SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN, along the canal between ID City and Wenyu River, Shunyi (Terry Townshend)

24 May 2020

1 LARGE HAWK CUCKOO, 1 HIMALAYAN CUCKOO, 2 DOLLARBIRD, Botanical Gardens (Catherine Dong)

1 RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN, Temple of Heaven Park (Stefan Andrew)

1 GREY-SIDED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (Wu Jinsong)

1 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER, 15 SAND MARTIN, 2 ARCTIC WARBLER, 1 CHESTNUT-EARED BUNTING, 2 YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, Shahe Reservoir (健 宋)

23 May 2020

2 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER and 1 EYEBROWED THRUSH, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

1 GREY-SIDED THRUSH, 2 ASIAN KOEL, 1 ORIENTAL CUCKOO (sound-recorded), Temple of Heaven Park (Wang Xiaobo)

1 LESSER WHITETHROAT, 1 RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN, 1 GREY-SIDED THRUSH, 1 NORTHERN BOOBOOK, Temple of Heaven Park (Stefan Andrew)

2 RUDDY-BREASTED CRAKE, 32 THICK-BILLED WARBLER, 12 ARCTIC WARBLER, 1 singing PALLAS’S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, 1 singing PALE-LEGGED LEAF WARBLER, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

22 May 2020

1 BLACK STORK, 4 CATTLE EGRET, 1+ RUDDY-BREASTED CRAKE, 1 WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN, 1 BOOTED EAGLE (dark morph), 16 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 8 AMUR FALCON, 1 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 5 ASIAN KOEL, 5 INDIAN CUCKOO, 1 singing LESSER CUCKOO, 1 RUFOUS-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 6+ ARCTIC WARBLER, 6+ RADDE’S WARBLER, 10+ TWO-BARRED WARBLER, 3 THICK-BILLED WARBLER, 4+ GREY-STREAKED FLYCATCHER, 10+ DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 1 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER, 1 singing MANCHURIAN BUSH WARBLER, 6+ YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore)

3 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 GREY-SIDED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (Wang Xiaobo)

1 GREY-SIDED THRUSH and 1 NARCISSUS FLYCATCHER, Temple of Heaven Park (健 宋, amal amer et al.)

7 CATTLE EGRET and 1 RUFOUS-BELLIED WOODPECKER, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

1 YELLOW BITTERN, 1 PALLAS’S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and 1 RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN, near the Xiaozhong River, Shunyi (Li Zhaonan)

21 May 2020

1 YELLOW-LEGGED BUTTONQUAIL, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend).  Plus SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN, SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT and 29 COMMON TERN flew high NE after the thunderstorm.

9 COMMON TERN, Wenyu River (Richard Liu).  A good site record.

20 May 2020

1 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER, 8 TWO-BARRED WARBLER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 YELLOW-LEGGED BUTTONQUAIL, Temple of Heaven Park (via Wang Xue)

1 PALE-LEGGED LEAF WARBLER, 2 EYEBROWED THRUSH, 1 WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH, Temple of Heaven (Zhen Niu)

19 May 2020

1 RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN and 1 EYEBROWED THRUSH, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

1 RUFOUS-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 1 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER, 1 SIBERIAN THRUSH, 4 EYEBROWED THRUSH, 3 SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN, 1 WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH, 1 CHESTNUT BUNTING, Temple of Heaven Park (兆楠 李)

1 SIBERIAN THRUSH and 1 EYEBROWED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (amal amer)

1 CATTLE EGRET, Shunyi (Eason Liuc)

2 ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER, Wenyu River (Richard Liu)

3 JAPANESE WAXWING, Wanfeng Park (Zhang Chuang)

18 May 2020

1 ASHY DRONGO, Yuanmingyuan (via amal amer). Photographed.  Very rare and possibly the first documented record for Beijing.  GREY NIGHTJAR also present.

The Ashy Drongo in Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) on 18 May 2020. Photo by amal amer.

2 CHESTNUT-FLANKED WHITE-EYE, Temple of Heaven Park (Peng Zuo)

1 SIBERIAN THRUSH and 1 EYEBROWED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (Eason Liuc)

17 May 2020

1 BAIKAL BUSH WARBLER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 SIBERIAN THRUSH and 2 EYEBROWED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (Anonymous)

1 CHINESE THRUSH, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

16 May 2020

1 SIBERIAN THRUSH, 3 EYEBROWED THRUSH and 1 RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN, Temple of Heaven Park (Liu Aitao)

1 LESSER SAND PLOVER, Miyun Reservoir (Lou Fangzhou)

1 GREY-STREAKED FLYCATCHER, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

1 CHINESE SPARROWHAWK and 1 JAPANESE REED BUNTING, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend and Wang Xue)

Chinese Sparrowhawk over the Wenyu River, 16 May 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Chinese Sparrowhawk over the Wenyu River, 16 May 2020 (Terry Townshend)
Japanese Reed (Ochre-rumped) Bunting, Wenyu River, 16 May 2020 (Terry Townshend).
Japanese Reed (Ochre-rumped) Bunting, Wenyu River, 16 May 2020 (Terry Townshend).

1 probable SWINHOE’S SNIPE, Wenyu River (Steve Bale, Wang Xue and Terry Townshend)

The ‘Swintail’ Snipe at the Wenyu River, 16 May 2020. The tail structure appears to rule out Pintail.
The ‘Swintail’ Snipe at the Wenyu River, 16 May 2020. The tail structure appears to rule out Pintail.

2 CHINESE THRUSH, Wenyu River canal to ID City (Terry Townshend)

15 May 2020

5 AMUR FALCON, 1 COMMON CUCKOO, 3 HIMALAYAN CUCKOO, 6 INDIAN CUCKOO, 3+ LARGE HAWK CUCKOO, 3+ ASIAN KOEL, 1 male GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, 5 DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 4 ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER, 3 FOREST WAGTAIL, 7+ TWO-BARRED WARBLER, 20+ YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, 1 ARCTIC WARBLER, 6 RICHARD’S PIPIT, 25+ COMMON ROSEFINCH and 3 YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING (2 males), Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore)

1 TWO-BARRED WARBLER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 BAILLON’S CRAKE, 1 LONG-TOED STINT, 1 ASIAN STUBTAIL, 3 THICK-BILLED WARBLER, 1 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER (singing) and 1 TRISTRAM’S BUNTING, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

1 BAILLON’S CRAKE, 1 LONG-TOED STINT, 3 THICK-BILLED WARBLER, 1 DAURIAN STARLING, 1 FOREST WAGTAIL, 1 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER (singing), Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

2 RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN, Temple of Heaven Park (Lou Fangzhou)

1 SIBERIAN THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (via Wang Xue)

14 May 2020

1 DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Ritan Park (Anonymous)

1 BLACK-NAPED ORIOLE, Fangshan Red Scarf Park (大牙齿 458)

1 DOLLARBIRD, Botanical Gardens (Frank Gao)

1 BLUNT-WINGED WARBLER, Yuanmingyuan (Lou Fangzhou)

1 (singing) ORIENTAL CUCKOO, Yuanmingyuan (Zhang Dongyan).  Sound-recorded.

13 May 2020

1 RUFOUS-FACED WARBLER and 1 ZAPPEY’S FLYCATCHER, Xiaolongmen (Su Liang and te te)

1 BAILLON’S CRAKE,1 LONG-TOED STINT, 1 INDIAN CUCKOO, 1 COMMON CUCKOO, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

1 ORIENTAL CUCKOO (singing) near ID City, Shunyi (Terry Townshend).  Sound-recorded.

 

1 ASIAN KOEL, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, Baiwangshan Forest Park (健 宋)

1 INDIAN CUCKOO, 1 EYEBROWED THRUSH, 1 YELLOW-RUMPED FLYCATCHER and 1 TRISTRAM’S BUNTING, Temple of Heaven Park (amal amer)

1 EASTERN CROWNED WARBLER and 1 CHESTNUT-FLANKED WHITE-EYE, Shentai Park (Zhang Chuang)

1 HAIR-CRESTED DRONGO and 1 YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, Yuanmngyuan Park (大牙齿 458)

12 May 2020

1 BULL-HEADED SHRIKE and 2 PIED WHEATEAR near YanShangCun, Fangshan (amal amer)

150 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 15 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE, 10 LONG-TOED STINT, 1 RED-NECKED STINT and 1 RELICT GULL, Ma Chang (Wang Xiaobo)

100 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 4 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE, 10 LONG-TOED STINT, 1 TEMMINCK’S STINT, 1 RED-NECKED STINT, 3 COMMON GREENSHANK, 50 MARSH SANDPIPER, 3 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 3 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 3 AMUR FALCON, 1 PEREGRINE, 100 EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL, 30 CITRINE WAGTAIL and 5 RICHARD’S PIPIT, Kangxi Grassland (大牙齿 458)

1 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 ASIAN KOEL, British Embassy (Chris Boobier)

11 May 2020

5 ROSY PIPIT, 70 YELLOW WAGTAIL (at least 10 taivana), 4 CITRINE WAGTAIL, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp lugens, 380+ ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 4 EURASIAN HOBBY, 2 AMUR FALCON, 45+ WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 CHINESE PENDULINE TIT, 2 BARN SWALLOW ssp tytleri, 10+ DUSKY WARBLER and 1 RADDE’S WARBLER, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore and Zhao Qi)

One of the Oriental Honey Buzzards at Ming Tombs Reservoir on 11th May 2020 (Colm Moore)
Rosy Pipit, Ming Tombs Reservoir, 11 May 2020 (Colm Moore). A scarce migrant in lowland Beijing and a local breeder in the mountains (e.g. Lingshan)

128 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD and 1 ASHY MINIVET, HuiYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 EYEBROWED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven Park (健 宋)

106 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 3 JAPANESE SPARROWHAWK, 3 SAND MARTIN and 3 WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAIL, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

One of three White-throated Needletails that passed along the Wenyu River on the evening of 11th May (Terry Townshend)

10 JAPANESE WAXWING, Xiaozhong River (Steve Bale)

6 JAPANESE WAXWING and an INDIAN CUCKOO Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

10 May 2020

1 WHITE-THROATED NEEDLETAIL, Baiwangshan (一缕清风 WeChat name)

3 NORTHERN BOOBOOK, Temple of Heaven Park (张 佳依) and 1 EYEBROWED THRUSH.

1 BOOTED EAGLE (dark morph), Baiwangshan (Chen Yanxing)

8 GULL-BILLED TERN, 1 DALMATIAN PELICAN, 1 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 3 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 4 LONG-TAILED MINVET, 50 RICHARD’S PIPIT and 1 JAPANESE REED BUNTING (Zheng Qiuyang and Yan Shen)

1 STRIATED HERON, 92 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 1 NORTHERN HOUSE MARTIN, 220 COMMON ROSEFINCH, 2 CHESTNUT BUNTING and 2 YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

9 May 2020

13 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 8 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 MANCHURIAN BUSH WARBLER, 1 YELLOW-RUMPED FLYCATCHER, 120 EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL, 2 RICHARD’S PIPIT, 1 BLYTH’S PIPIT, 1 RED-THROATED PIPIT, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Steve Bale).

3 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 1 CHINESE LEAF WARBLER, 1 TRISTRAM’S BUNTING, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 BLUE ROCK THRUSH, Miyun Reservoir (Catherine Dong)

1 BLACK DRONGO, Botanical Gardens (ya gao)

55 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 2 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 8 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 4 WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN, 2 WHISKERED TERN, 3 SAND MARTIN and 9 RICHARD’S PIPIT, Kangxi Grassland (Steve Bale)

8 RED-CRESTED POCHARD, 4 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 1 WHIMBREL, 2 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE and 60 EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL, Ma Chang (Steve Bale)

1 CHUKAR, 1 SHORT-TOED EAGLE, 15 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 2 BLUE ROCK THRUSH, 2 PIED WHEATEAR near Yanshangcun, Fangshan (amal amer)

1 ASIAN KOEL, 1 LARGE HAWK CUCKOO and 1 ORIENTAL SCOPS OWL near Houliyanchun, Miyun (Liu Aitao)

2 ARCTIC WARBLER, Peking University (Liu Zhiheng)

5 CRESTED LARK and 2 JAPANESE REED BUNTING, Yunmeng Bridge (Liu Aitao)

1 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, Wanfeng Park (Zhang Chuang)

8 May 2020

1 ASIAN KOEL, 2 BLUE ROCK THRUSH and 2 PIED WHEATEAR, Houshimen Village, Fangshan (Wang Xiaobo)

An AMUR HEDGEHOG close to ID City in Shunyi District (Terry Townshend)

7 May 2020

2 LITTLE CURLEW, Kangxi Grassland (大牙齿 458)

1 GREY-SIDED THRUSH, Temple of Heaven (Wang Xue)

2 BLACK-WINGED KITE, Yizhuang Wetland (Wang Xiaobo)

6 CHESTNUT-FLANKED WHITE-EYE, Temple of Heaven Park (amal amer)

1 COMMON CUCKOO, Ma Chang (Vincent Wang).  An early date.

6 May 2020

1 LITTLE CURLEW, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore). Plus 2 GREY-HEADED LAPWING, 2 AMUR FALCON, 1 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 282+ ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 1 ORIENTAL SCOPS OWL, 10 BRAMBLING, 1 EURASIAN SISKIN, 3 EASTERN CROWNED WARBLER, 1 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER and 3 BROWN SHRIKE.

1 YELLOW-STREAKED WARBLER and 1 CHINESE THRUSH, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo).  Good lowland records.

1 BLACK-BROWED REED WARBLER, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

3 GULL-BILLED TERN, 15 EURASIAN SPOONBILL and a YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING, Shahe Reservoir (Grady Singleton)

10 late COMMON MERGANSER, Lianshihu Park (Tian Li)

1 ORIENTAL SCOPS OWL, 1 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, 1 WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH, 1 CHESTNUT BUNTING, 1 TRISTRAM’S BUNTING, Temple of Heaven Park (via Wang Xue) 

5 May 2020

The DALMATIAN PELICAN still at Shahe Reservoir (Yao Yizhou)

1 JAPANESE SPARROWHAWK, 1 OSPREY, 18 ORENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

4 May 2020

A report of a male HOUSE SPARROW near the north gate of Chaoyang Park (Zhong Jia via Lei Jinyu) on 3 May 2020.  The first record of this species in Beijing.

1 GREATER PAINTED SNIPE, ChaoBai River (Wang Xiaobo et al.)

1 BAER’S POCHARD, 1 ORIENTAL PLOVER, 17 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 8 TEMMINCK’S STINT, 3 LONG-TOED STINT, 1 PIED HARRIER, 1 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 2 tytleri BARN SWALLOWS, 300 EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL, Ma Chang (Liu Aitao et al.)

1 probable CITRINE WAGTAIL x EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL hybrid (Steve Bale, ZhouXi Bale and Terry Townshend)

The probable Citrine Wagtail x Eastern Yellow Wagtail hybrid, Ma Chang, 4 May 2020.
Probable Citrine Wagtail x Eastern Yellow Wagtail hybrid, Ma Chang, 4 May 2020.

1 LITTLE CURLEW, Kangxi Grassland (Liu Aitao et al,). Plus 31 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 15 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 12 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 2 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 1 AMUR FALCON and 1 PEREGRINE.

1 DALMATIAN PELICAN, 1 SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 BLUETHROAT, Shahe Reservoir (Stefan Andrew)

1 WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN and 15 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, Shahe Reservoir (健 宋)

10 JAPANESE WAXWING, Botanical Gardens (Wu Jinsong)

3 May 2020

A singing CHINESE LEAF WARBLER from a Shunyi apartment window (Terry Townshend). Scarce in lowland Beijing.

1 GREATER PAINTED SNIPE, ChaoBaiHe (via Steve Bale)

The Greater Painted Snipe at the ChaoBai River on 3 May 2020 (Steve Bale)

1 LARGE HAWK CUCKOO, 1 HIMALAYAN CUCKOO, 1 CHINESE TAWNY OWL, 10 ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN, 1 CHINESE THRUSH, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCH, Lingshan (Zhen Niu)

8 LONG-TAILED MINIVET, 1 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER, 1 WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH, Xiaolongmen (Zhen Niu)

1 DALMATIAN PELICAN, 12 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 ORIENTAL REED WARBLER and 1 YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING, Shahe Reservoir (Splan kty)

1 TEMMINCK’S STINT, 1 BROWN SHRIKE, 2 HUME’S WARBLER, 1 CHINESE LEAF WARBLER, 15 PALLAS’S WARBLER, 3 RADDE’S WARBLER, 12 DUSKY WARBLER, 1 EASTERN CROWNED WARBLER, 2 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER, 1 DAURIAN STARLING, 1 WHITE’S THRUSH, 1 BLUETHROAT, 16 TAIGA FLYCATCHER, 35 STEJNEGER’S STONECHAT, 4 BLACK-FACED BUNTING and 1 TRISTRAM’S BUNTING, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

1 COMMON CRANE, 10 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 1 RELICT GULL, Ma Chang (Richard Liu) 

2 May 2020

The DALMATIAN PELICAN still at Shahe Reservoir early morning (Steve Bale, 大牙齿 458, Catherine Dong et al.)

1 BROWNISH-FLANKED BUSH WARBLER, Lingshan (Zhen Niu).  Plus a lingering male WHITE-WINGED REDSTART, 1 CLAUDIA’S LEAF WARBLER and 6 JAPANESE WAXWING.

1 BAER’S POCHARD, 3 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 2 CURLEW SANDPIPER, 2 TEMMINCK’S STINT, 30 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 4 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 OSPREY, 1 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 130 EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL, 50 CITRINE WAGTAIL and 2 RED-THROATED PIPIT, Ma Chang (Zhen Niu)

1 May 2020

1 ISABELLINE WHEATEAR, Lingshan (YiLiang – WeChat name)

1 DALMATIAN PELICAN, Shahe Reservoir (Zhen Niu et al). Plus 27 EURASIAN SPOONBILL and a single YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING.

1 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 ORIENTAL REED WARBLER, Shunyi New Town Binhe Forest Park (大牙齿 458)

1 WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN, Liuyin Park (Anonymous)

30 April 2020

1 RUDDY TURNSTONE, 1 BROAD-BILLED SANDPIPER, 1 RED KNOT, 2 CURLEW SANDPIPER and 44 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, Ma Chang (Vincent Wang)

16 JAPANESE WAXWING, Botanical Gardens (amal amer)

1 YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING and 1 CHESTNUT-EARED BUNTING, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

28 April 2020

1 MONGOLIAN LARK, Wenyu River (Steve Bale). Plus 1 HUME’S WARBLER, 8 PALLAS’S WARBLER, 2 DUSKY WARBLER, 1 EASTERN CROWNED WARBLER and 2 CLAUDIA’S WARBLER.

1 WHITE’S THRUSH and 2 YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING, Olympic Forest Park (Zhen Niu)

27 April 2020

2 PIED HARRIER, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

2 YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING, Olympic Forest Park (Anonymous)

1 GREEN-BACKED FLYCATCHER, Temple of Heaven Park (健 宋)

1 BOOTED EAGLE, 1 ORIENTAL PLOVER and 1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp personata, Ma Chang (Lou Fangzhou)

1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 SHORT-TOED EAGLE, 2 AMUR FALCON, 2 PIED HARRIER, 1 TEMMINCK’S STINT, 40+ SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK, 2 DAURIAN STARLING, 12+ YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, 2 PALLAS’S WARBLER, 5 CITRINE WAGTAIL, 1 BLYTH’S PIPIT, 2 RCHARD’S PIPIT, 90+ OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, 200+ LITTLE BUNTING, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore) 

20 SWINHOE’S WHITE-EYE, Summer Palace (Steve Bale)

26 April 2020

1 ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, 1 PIED HARRIER and 21 BOHEMIAN WAXWNG Huo Ying (Wang Xiaobo)

2 ORIENTAL SCOPS OWL, 1 ASIAN STUBTAIL, Olympic Forest Park (Liu Aitao)

1 ASIAN STUBTAIL near Olympic Forest Park (大牙齿 458)

1 CHINESE THRUSH, Yangshan Park (Grady Singleton)

2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 6 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 1 SLAVONIAN (HORNED) GREBE, 1 ORIENTAL SCOPS OWL and 1 AMUR FALCON, Summer Palace (Ge Sun)

1 BAR-HEADED GOOSE, 3 SWAN GOOSE, 6 BLACK-NECKED GREBE and 1 SLAVONIAN (HORNED) GREBE, Summer Palace (KIKI LI)

10 JAPANESE QUAIL, 1 EURASIAN WOODCOCK, 1 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 2 REED PARROTBILL, 2 RICHARD’S PIPIT, 1 YELLOW-BROWED BUNTING, DaShiHe (splan tky)

8 PIED AVOCET, 1 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 OSPREY and 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xue)

7 PIED AVOCET, 1 GREY-HEADED LAPWING, 3 COMMON REDSHANK, 30 RELICT GULL, 9 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, Shahe Reservoir (Hu Cui)

59 FERRUGINOUS DUCK, 4 BAER’S POCHARD (3 male, 1 female), 1 GREY-HEADED LAPWING, 25 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 5 ORIENTAL PLOVER, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 EURASIAN CURLEW, 1 TEMMINCK’S STINT, 1 COMMON GREENSHANK, 2 COMMON REDSHANK, 12 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 2 RELICT GULL, 2 BLACK STORK, 2 OSPREY, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 3 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 1 PIED HARRIER, 5 AMUR FALCON, 1 MERLIN, 1 SAKER, 1 PEREGRINE, 62 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK, 4 ASIAN SHORT-TOED LARK, 200+ CITRINE WAGTAIL, 250+ WHITE WAGTAIL (>90% ocularis), 1 BLYTH’S PIPIT, 5 RED-THROATED PIPIT, 300+ BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT, Ma Chang (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend)

Also at Ma Chang, a WHITE WAGTAIL ssp personata (DaHao)

25 April 2020

1 WHITE’S THRUSH, Baiwangshan Forest Park (健 宋)

1 BLACK-WINGED KITE, Yizhuang Wetland (Anonymous)

24 April 2020

3 PIED AVOCET, 25 GREATER SAND PLOVER, 80 KENTISH PLOVER, 5 COMMON REDSHANK, 6 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 3 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER and 1 BLACK-THROATED THRUSH, Ma Chang (Wang Xiaobo)

1 LARGE HAWK CUCKOO, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 AMUR FALCON and 1 PEREGRINE, Baiwangshan

3 BAR-HEADED GOOSE and 1 GREATER SAND PLOVER, Ming Tombs Reservoir (amal amer)

23 April 2020

1 NORTHERN WHEATEAR, Yeyahu (Vincent Wang).  Plus a single male RUFF, 200 KENTISH PLOVER, 80 GREATER SAND PLOVER and 18 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE.

1 BLACK-WINGED CUCKOO-SHRIKE, Liangshui He (DaHao)

1 LONG-TAILED TIT (caudatus), Baiwangshan Forest Park (Richard Liu)

1 NORTHERN HOUSE MARTIN, Wenyu River (Steve Bale).  At the same place (the Lower Weir) as the ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN two days earlier!

Northern House Martin (Delichon urbicum lagopodus), Wenyu River, 23 April 2020 (Steve Bale). Note relatively large, clean white rump vs Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus).  A rare passage migrant in Beijing.
The Northern House Martin (Delichon urbicum lagopodum) over the Wenyu River, 23 April 2020 (Steve Bale).  Note concolourous underwing coverts (dark in Asian).

1 NORTHERN HOUSE MARTIN, 1 ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN and 1 SAND MARTIN, Shahe Reservoir (DaHao).  Possibly the Wenyu bird relocating.

2 COMMON REDSHANK, 1 OSPREY, 2 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK, 1 ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN and 1 SAND MARTIN, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

22 April 2020

1 SHORT-TOED EAGLE, 2 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 3 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 15 EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK, 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 BLACK KITE, 18 EASTERN BUZZARD, 2 COMMON KESTREL, 2 AMUR FALCON, 1 MERLIN, 1 SAKER, 4 PEREGRINE and 2 LONG-TAILED MINIVET, Baiwangshan (Wang Xiaobo)

6 PIED AVOCET, 5 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 OSPREY and 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, Shahe Reservoir (Anonymous via eBird)

1 WOODCOCK, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

6 COMMON REED BUNTING, Fangshan Red Scarf Park (Lu Na)

21 April 2020

1 ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

6 EURASIAN SPOONBILL and 15 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK, Shahe Reservoir (Liu Aitao)

3 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 1 BOOTED EAGLE, 1 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 1 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 1 HEN HARRIER, 2 BLACK KITE, 1 PEEREGRINE, Baiwangshan (amal amer et al.)

20 April 2020

5 LONG-TAILED MINIVET, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

9 ORIENTAL PLOVER and 6 GREATER SAND PLOVER, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

19 April 2020

1 SHORT-TOED EAGLE, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE and 40 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, Baiwangshan (Zhen Niu)

1 BAR-HEADED GOOSE, 1 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK and 1 MONGOLIAN LARK, ChaoHe (DaHao)

18 April 2020

1 TAIGA BEAN GOOSE, 2 LONG-TAILED MINIVET, 2 ASHY MINIVET, 6 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK and 1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp baicalensis, Shahe Reservoir (Zheng Qiuyang)

1 UPLAND BUZZARD, Shahe Reservoir (Liu Mingyuan)

1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 8 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 22 BEARDED TIT and 9 CITRINE WAGTAIL, Yeyahu (大牙齿 458) 

30 RED-CRESTED POCHARD, 12 ORIENTAL PRATINCOLE, 10 PURPLE HERON, 1 GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE, 8 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 2 BEARDED TIT and 16 CITRINE WAGTAIL, Yeyahu (Zhen Niu)

5 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Liu Aitao)

1 MANCHURIAN BUSH WARBLER and 6 HUME’S WARBLER near Lishutai, Mentougou District (Zhang Shen et al.)

2 LONG-TAILED MINIVET, 7 HUME’S WARBLER and 1 EASTERN CROWNED WARBLER, Caojiapu (Zhang Shen et al.)

17 April 2020

The RED-NECKED GREBE still at the Summer Palace (Richard Zhang).  Plus 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE (Fishing Cat)

The RUFOUS-FACED WARBLER still at Temple of Heaven Park (amal amer, Steve Bale et al.)

Rufous-faced Warbler, Temple of Heaven Park, 17 April 2020 (Photo by Steve Bale)
The Rufous-faced Warbler, Temple of Heaven Park, 17 April 2020 (Steve Bale)

1 (adult) BROWN-HEADED GULL, Shahe Reservoir (Li Bo via Jun Yang)

16 April 2020

1 DESERT WHEATEAR, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore). The second Beijing record and almost exactly ten years after the first on 15 April 2010 at Ma Chang (Brian Jones et al.)

The Desert Wheatear at Ming Tombs Reservoir (Photo by Colm Moore)

Also 1 BLACK STORK, 1 PURPLE HERON, 16 CASPIAN TERN, 1 GULL-BILLED TERN, 12 COMMON TERN ssp longipennis, 8 RELICT GULL, 5 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER, 30+ BLACK-EARED KITE, 1 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp alba, 1 CITRINE WAGTAIL, 2 RED-THROATED PIPIT, 14 JAPANESE WAXWING and 4 HAWFINCH, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore)

1 RUFOUS-FACED WARBLER, Temple of Heaven Park (via Wang Xue)

1 BOOTED EAGLE, 11 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 6 EASTERN MARSH HARRIER and 1 PIED HARRIER, Baiwangshan (amal amer et al.)

15 April 2020

1 RUFF, Shahe Reservoir (Chen Jingyun).  Also 1 CURLEW SANDPIPER (Zhen Niu et al.)

1 WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN and 2 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

2 RELICT GULL and a PIED HARRIER, Ma Chang (Richard Liu)

14 April 2020

12 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

3 GREY-FACED BUZZARD, 1 BLACK KITE, 1 REED PARROTBILL, 1 EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL, 5 CITRINE WAGTAIL, 2 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp alba, 1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp baicalensis, 1 RED-THROATED PIPIT, 45 BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT, Shunyi Xincheng Riverside Forest (XiaoPT, Splan tky)

1 DAURIAN STARLING, Luoma Wetland, Shunyi (Terry Townshend).  Flew north at 1810.  Flight call sound-recorded.

13 April 2020

1 WESTERN JACKDAW ssp soemmerringii, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore).  Pale eye and pale ‘collar’ seen well.  The first record for Beijing.  Another brilliant find by Colm Moore.

Record image of the Western Jackdaw at Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore). The pale eye and pale collar, seen well when the bird was on the ground, are visible in this image, taken as the group took flight after being flushed by a dog.

1 TAIGA FLYCATCHER, Olympic Forest Park (Grady Singleton)

12 April 2020

1 GREAT BUSTARD, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp personata, Niantan Park (Zhong Zhenyu). 

1 TAIGA BEAN GOOSE, 8 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 4 SYKE’S SHORT-TOED LARK, Shahe Reservoir (Yan Shen)

43 RELICT GULL east over Luoma Wetland, Shunyi (Terry Townshend).  Plus 2 male CITRINE WAGTAIL.

11 April 2020

5 SYKES’S SHORT-TOED LARK, Shahe Reservoir (Anonymous va eBird, Wang Xiaobo and XiaoPT)

1 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, Xiaozhong River (Steve Bale).  A rare record from inside the 6th ring road.

6 BOHEMIAN WAXWING and 35 JAPANESE WAXWING, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

10 April 2020

1 MEADOW PIPIT on the marsh at the Luoma Wetaland (small marsh opposite Luomahu Park), Shunyi (Terry Townshend)

Beijing’s first Meadow Pipit of the year was at the small marsh opposite Luomahu Park in Shunyi on 10 April 2020. Possibly only the 12th Beijing record.
The Meadow Pipit was loosely associating with four Buff-bellied and a single Water Pipit.
An image showing the relatively unmarked rump typical of Meadow Pipit.

2 singing HUME’S WARBLERS, HuoYing (Wang Xiaobo)

9 April 2020

50 COMMON ‘BEJING’ SWIFT at the Xiaozhong River today (Steve Bale).  Plus a EURASIAN WOODCOCK.

1 (female) RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, Summer Palace (“Jenny” via Wang Xue). Plus 9 BLACK-NECKED GREBE and the long-staying RED-NECKED GREBE.

7 April 2020

150 BOHEMIAN WAXWING and a single EURASIAN WOODCOCK, Temple of Heaven Park (大牙齿 458)

6 April 2020

1 (female) BAER’S POCHARD, 1 TAIGA BEAN GOOSE (heading NW), 65+ FALCATED DUCK, 8 GARGANEY, 3 OSPREY, 34+ RELICT GULL (all ads), 2 CRESTED KINGFISHER, 1 MONGOLIAN LARK, 2 (male) CITRINE WAGTAIL, 1 ad BLACK-THROATED THRUSH, 60+ WHITE WAGTAIL (mainly ocularis), 30+ BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT, 6 WATER PIPIT, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore)

The 2cy BLACK-LEGED KITTIWAKE still at Yanqing (Nancia)

4 April 2020

The RED-NECKED GREBE still at the Summer Palace.  Plus 50 RELICT GULL (大牙齿 458)

2 BAR-HEADED GOOSE, Huo Ying (Wang Xiaobo)

The 2cy BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE still at Yanqing (Hui Cui)

1 TAIGA BEAN GOOSE, 3 PIED AVOCET and 12 RELICT GULL, Shahe Reservoir (Song Jian)  

3 April 2020

The RED-NECKED GREBE still at the Summer Palace (Mint Ren and Zhang Shen).  Now developing breeding plumage.  Plus 11 BOHEMIAN WAXWING.

200 JAPANESE WAXWING and 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Temple of Heaven Park (XiaoPT)

The TAIGA BEAN GOOSE and the ORIENTAL STORK still at Shahe Reservoir (Zhen Niu)

2 April 2020

1 immature BOOTED EAGLE, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 1 first summer male LESSER KESTREL, 60+ WHITE WAGTAIL, including at least three alba, 2 EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN, 8 JAPANESE WAXWING and 6 COMMON STARLING, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Colm Moore)

The immature Booted Eagle at Ming Tombs Reservoir, 2 April 2020 – Colm Moore
One of the alba White Wagtails at Ming Tombs Reservoir, 2 April 2020 – Colm Moore. Since the first record in March 2016 (Luo Qingqing), this ssp has been annual in small numbers.

1 ORIENTAL STORK still at Shahe,  plus the TAIGA BEAN GOOSE (Steve Bale)

The BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE remains at the Pump Station, Yanqing (Vincent Wang)

1 April 2020

1 ORIENTAL STORK, Shahe Reservoir (Kevin 盛)

31 March 2020

2 SWAN GOOSE, 1 TAIGA BEAN GOOSE, 2 BEWICK’S SWAN, Shahe Reservoir (XaoPT, Lu Na et al.)

30 March 2020

2 (GREATER) CANADA GOOSE of unknown origin, Wenyu River (Richard Liu).  Seen c500m east of the bridge at Sunhe.

1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp personata, Miyun Reservoir (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend).  Plus 3 WHITE-NAPED CRANE (one colour-ringed as a juvenile on 7 August 2018 at Khurkh in Mongolia), 1 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, 6 ORIENTAL PLOVER.

29 March 2020

The RED-NECKED GREBE still at the Summer Palace.  Also the 2cy BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE still at the Guishui River (Liu Aitao).

28 March 2020

The 2cy BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE still present at Guishuihe, Yanqing (Zhen Niu, Amal Amer, Zhao Xiaojian).  Also an ORIENTAL STORK at Shahe Reservoir (Anonymous)

1 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp alba, Yzhuang Wetland (XiaoPT et al.)

40 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Temple of Heaven Park (Ya Gao)

1 LESSER SAND PLOVER, Yeyahu (niaotu)

27 March 2020

1 2cy BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, Guishui River, Yanqing (Wang Xue, Lou Fangzhou et al.).  The 13th record for Beijing and only the second in Spring.

The 2cy Black-legged Kittiwake at Yanqing on 27 March 2020. The 13th record for Beijing and only the second Spring record. Photo by Lou Fangzhou.
The 2cy Black-legged Kittiwake at Yanqing, 27 March 2020 (Lou Fangzhou)
Photo of the upperside of the 2cy Black-legged Kittiwake at Yanqing, 27 March 2020 (Lou Fangzhou).

26 March 2020

13 BLACK STORK, 7 WHITE-NAPED CRANE, one WHITE WAGTAIL ssp personata (“Masked Wagtail”), 3 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 2 GREYLAG GOOSE, 5 BAIKAL TEAL, 4 GARGANEY, 16 PIED AVOCET, 1 GREY PLOVER, 5 GREY-HEADED LAPWING, 6 ORIENTAL PLOVER, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 1,800 BLACK-HEADED GULL, 16 RELICT GULL, 80 MONGOLIAN GULL, 1 SIBERIAN GULL, 20 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 2 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, 1 EURASIAN EAGLE OWL, 2 EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN, 32 COMMON STARLING, 20 JAPANESE WAXWING, Miyun Reservoir (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend)

The adult White Wagtail ssp personata at Miyun Reservoir on 26 March 2020 (Terry Townshend)
This White Wagtail ssp personata was the 7th Beijing record of this distinctive subspecies, all since 2012 (Terry Townshend).

25 March 2020

1 EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN, Baiwangshan (健 宋)

1 BAIKAL TEAL, 4 PIED AVOCET and a PALLAS’S GULL, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

1 ORIENTAL STORK, Shahe Reservoir (Anonymous eBirder)

24 March 2020

1 DALMATAN PELICAN, Yuanmingyuan (Xiaomin via Tsinghua University WeChat group)

2 RELICT GULL, 1 ORIENTAL STORK, Shahe (Steve Bale)

23 March 2020

1 JACK SNIPE (possibly only the 9th record for Beijing), 2 ORIENTAL STORK, 3 PALLAS’S GULL (2 ad+ 1 2nd yr), 4 ASIAN SHORT-TOED LARK, 9 SIBERIAN GULL, 23 JAPANESE WAXWING, 15+ FALCATED DUCK, 2 GARGANEY, 4 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 180+ EASTERN ROOK, 4 PIED AVOCET, Shahe Reservoir (Colm Moore)

1 ORIENTAL STORK, Changping New Yorn Binhe Forest Park (健 宋)

2 ORIENTAL STORK, NanShahe (Zhang Weimin)

3 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 7 PIED AVOCET, 1 NORTHERN LAPWING, 4 GREY-HEADED LAPWING and an ORIENTAL STORK, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

1 BLACK-SHOULDERED KITE, c8km SE of Beijing Capital International Airport at the Xiaozhong River (Steve Bale)

22 March 2020

8 WHITE-NAPED CRANE, 30 BLACK-WINGED STILT, 8 PIED AVOCET, 20 GREY-HEADED LAPWING, 4 ORIENTAL PLOVER, 9 EURASIAN CURLEW, 1 WOOD SANDPIPER, 1 ORIENTAL STORK, 1000 GREAT CORMORANT, 4 EURASIAN SPOONBILL, 1 BLACK KITE, 3 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE and 4 JAPANESE WAXWING, Bulaotun, Miyun Reservoir (健 宋, Jian Song et al.)

21 March 2020

3 ORIENTAL STORK, Miyun Reservoir (Zhao Xiaojian)

20 March 2020

1 LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Taishtun (DaHao).  Plus 1 MERLIN, 11 WHITE-NAPED CRANE, 3 ORIENTAL STORK and 11 BLACK STORK.

19 March 2020

2 EURASIAN CURLEW, Shahe Reservoir (Jun Yang and XiaoPT)

1 BLACK KITE, Huo Ying, Changping District (Wang Xiaobo)

16 March 2020

1 LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Shahe Reservoir (Colm Moore).  Plus 11 WHOOPER SWAN, 44 BEWICK’S SWAN, 29 SWAN GOOSE, 11 TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE, 4 GARGANEY, 3 BAIKAL TEAL, 18 FALCATED DUCK, 2 SIBERIAN GULL (adults), 1 COMMON GULL (adult), 19 ROOK, 600+ DAURIAN JACKDAW, 2 CHINESE GREY SHRIKE, 5 COMMON STARLING, 20+ CHINESE PENDULINE TIT, 2000+ EURASIAN SKYLARK and 15+ LAPLAND BUNTING migrating east, 20+ WHITE WAGTAIL (leucopsis), 3 WATER PIPIT, 40+ PALLAS’S BUNTING. 

5 GARGANEY, Summer Palace (Lena Wu)

39 BEWICK’S SWAN, Summer Palace (Jian Song)

1 GREYLAG GOOSE, Shahe Reservoir (Jian Song)

15 March 2020

A RED-NECKED GREBE at the Summer Palace, apparently present since 13th (via Zhang Xiaoling)

2 BAER’S POCHARDS still at DaShiHe (Guo Geng)

14 March 2020

1 PALLAS’S GULL (immature), Shahe Reservoir (Zhen Niu)

13 March 2020

2 BAER’S POCHARDS still at DaShiHe (Zhen Niu)

20 RUSSET SPARROW, Huairou Reservoir (Liu Aitao)

12 March 2020

5 MUTE SWAN (2 ad, 3 2cy), 5 WHITE-NAPED CRANE, 1 BLACK STORK, 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Guanting Reservoir (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend)

White-naped Cranes arriving at Guanting Reservoir, 12 March 2020.
A family party of Mute Swans at Guanting Reservoir, 12 March 2020.
A single Greater White-fronted Goose with Tundra Bean Geese at Guanting Reservoir, 12 March 2020

1 BARN SWALLOW, Huo Ying, Changping District (Wang Xiaobo)

11 March 2020

3 MUTE SWAN (2 ad, 1 2cy), Yeyahu (Dahe@Beijing)

3 BAER’S POCHARD, DaShiHe (amal amer)

9 March 2020

1 ad SIBERIAN GULL taimyyrensis, Shahe Reservoir (Liu Aitao)

8 March 2020

20 JAPANESE WAXWING, Summer Palace (Peng Zuo)

3 WHOOPER SWAN, 6 FALCATED DUCK, 3 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 150 MONGOLIAN GULL, 300 GREAT CORMORANT, 200 DAURIAN JACKDAW, 1 CRESTED LARK and one WHITE WAGTAIL (ocularis), Shahe Reservoir (Catherine Dong)

7 March 2020

2 (male) BAER’S POCHARD, DaShiHe (Steve Bale et al.). Plus 1 NORTHERN LAPWING, 3 HEN HARRIER, 4 REED PARROTBILL, 6 BEARDED TIT, 3 CRESTED LARK and 2 JAPANESE REED BUNTING.

6 March 2020

2 BAER’S POCHARDS, DaShiHe (Liu Aitao et al.)

1 GREYLAG GOOSE and 19 SWAN GOOSE, Huo Ying, Changping (Wang Xiaobo)

11 BEWICK’S SWAN and 10 NORTHERN LAPWING, Shahe Reservoir (Dahe@Beijing eBird name)

5 March 2020

1 male AMERICAN WIGEON, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Wang Xue).  The first record for Beijing and a China rarity.  Also 1 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, 1 adult PALLAS’S GULL, 1 adult SIBERIAN GULL taimyrensis and a BAIKAL TEAL.

2 BAER’S POCHARDS, DaShiHe (Xi’ao’pai Yuren – eBird name)

4 March 2020

1 BAR-HEADED GOOSE, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xue).  Also 5 SWAN GOOSE at the same site (amal amer).

One PEREGRINE, Wenyu River (Terry Townshend)

1 March 2020

1 ad PALLAS’S GULL, 1 ad SIBERIAN GULL taimyrensis , 5 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, at least 600 COMMON MERGANSER, at least 300 MONGOLIAN GULL, 20 JAPANESE WAXWING and 11 SIBERIAN ACCENTOR, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Steve Bale, Zhou Xi, Marie Louise Ng and Terry Townshend)

1 3cy SIBERIAN GULL, Shahe Reservoir (Steve Bale, Zhou Xi, Marie Louise Ng and Terry Townshend)

2 NORTHERN PINTAIL and 6 EURASIAN COOT, Shahe Reservoir (Liu Aitao)

2 SWAN GOOSE and 1 TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE, Wenyu River (Steve Bale, Zhou Xi, Marie Louise Ng and Terry Townshend)

29 February 2020

1 SIBERIAN GULL (taimyrensis), Ming Tombs Reservoir (Zhen Niu)

28 February 2020

1 GREY-HEADED LAPWING, Shahe Reservoir (Dahe@Beijing eBird name)

26 February 2020

13 MUTE SWAN (eight adults and five immatures), Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xue).  Also an adult SIBERIAN GULL taimyrensis (Steve Bale) and a PALLAS’S GULL (amal amer)

The group of 13 Mute Swans at Shahe Reservoir on 26 February 2020 (Wang Xue).

Five GREYLAG GOOSE ssp rubrirostris, Shahe Reservoir (Chen Yanxin et al.)

A SHORT-EARED OWL at the Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

2 SIBERIAN GULL (taimyrensis) and 1 2cy COMMON GULL, Ming Tombs Reservoir (XiaoPT, Jun Yang)

25 February 2020

4 GREYLAG GOOSE, Huo Ying (Wang Xiaobo).  A rare winter record.

24 February 2020

One near-adult SIBERIAN GULL (taimyrensis), Ming Tombs Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

23 February 2020

1 ad summer PALLAS’S GULL, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend).  Plus 535 MONGOLIAN GULL, 3 SIBERIAN (taimyrensis) GULL (1 near-ad and 2 2cy), 7 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE (one adult and 6 immatures), 980 COMMON MERGANSER, 52 SMEW, 4 BEWICK’S SWAN, 260 JAPANESE WAXWNG and 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWING.

1 ad SIBERIAN GULL (taimyrensis), Ming Tombs Reservoir (XiaoPT).  Also 4 BEWICK’S SWAN.

1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Miyun Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo).  Plus 300 TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE, 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWING)

27 EURASIAN SISKIN, Botanical Gardens (Liu Aitao)

22 February 2020

1 PALLAS’S GULL, Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

48 TUFTED DUCK, Huairou Reservoir (Steve Bale)

1 EURASIAN EAGLE OWL, Shahe Reservoir (Amal Amer et al)

21 February 2020

800 COMMON CRANE, Ma Chang (Zhao Xiaojian)

17 February 2020

2 JAPANESE GROSBEAK, Yuanmingyuan (Lou Fangzhou).  At least one is an escape (wearing a necklace used to tie birds to perches).

11 February 2020

At least one BROWN-EARED BULBUL still at Nanhaizi (Guo Geng)

10 February 2020

An immature PALLAS’S GULL at Shahe Reservoir (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend).

An unseasonal COMMON SANDPIPER on the Wenyu River (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend)

9 February 2020

A male YELLOWHAMMER with the Pine Bunting flock at Shisanling (Zhen Niu and DaHao).  Found by a photographer (unknown) on 8th.  The 14th record for bei

A male SCALY-SIDED MERGANSER on the Wenyu River (Zhen Niu).  Zhen Niu was alerted to the presence of this species by the publication on 9 February of a series of photos on Birdnet.cn of two birds (a pair), photographed on 25 January 2020 by 航空母舰舰载机 (Birdnet username).  After searching all afternoon of 9 February in the hope that one or more of the birds may still be present, he encountered and photographed a male just before dusk.  The January birds represent the 8th record for Beijing of this species and, given the rarity of Scaly-sided Merganser, today’s male is most likely the same as that originally photographed on 25 January.  

8 February 2020

The EURASIAN TREECREEPER still in the Temple of Heaven Park (XiaoPT).  

7 February 2020

2 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, International Exhibition Center (Terry Townshend)

6 February 2020

A BARN SWALLOW again along the Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

5 February 2020

The WESTERN WATER RAIL still at Shahe Reservoir (Zhang Shen)

1 February 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF and WESTERN WATER RAIL still present at the eastern end of Shahe Reservoir (Wang Xiaobo)

1 CRESTED KINGFISHER, 1 LONG-BILLED PLOVER and 2 RUSTIC BUNTING, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

31 January 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF and WESTERN WATER RAIL still present at the eastern end of Shahe Reservoir (Zhen Niu et al) and an unseasonal CHINESE THRUSH reported from “East Ring Road” by “大牙齿 458” on eBird.

1 JAPANESE WAXWING, Botanical Gardens (Wang Xiaobo)

1 GREAT BITTERN, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

30 January 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF and WESTERN WATER RAIL still present at the eastern end of Shahe Reservoir (Mint Ren et al). Plus two unseasonal COMMON REDSHANK at the same site (Wu Jinsong)

28 January 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF still at the east end of Shahe Reservoir (Catherine Dong et al).

200 CHINESE PENDULINE TIT, Yeyahu (Zhao Xiaojian)

27 January 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF and WESTERN WATER RAIL still at Shahe Reservoir (Steve Bale et al)

26 January 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF still at the east end of Shahe Reservoir plus a WESTERN WATER RAIL (张旻昊, Zhang Minho). 

3 BLACK STORK, 1 BROWN DIPPER, 1 WALLCREEPER, 6 PLUMBEOUS REDSTART and 1 CRESTED KINGFISHER, Shidu (Terry Townshend)

25 January 2020

The COMMON CHIFFCHAFF still at Shahe Reservoir (Amal Amer and Jun Yang).

24 January 2020

1 COMMON CHIFFCHAFF at Shahe Reservoir (Dahe).  Only the 4th or 5th record for Beijing.

22 January 2020

A BLACK-WINGED KITE at Huairou Reservoir (Amal Amer)

21 January 2020

1 WHITE-BACKED WOODPECKER at Lingshan (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend).  A single female was watched for several minutes from the road, 10m beyond the 2.8km stone of the X013. The bird was on the blackish trunk of an old tree, some 80m away, in the grounds of the ‘ecological centre’. Plus 20 CHUKAR, at least 22 WHITE-WINGED REDSTART, 74 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, 1 JAPANESE WAXWING, 10 ALPINE ACCENTOR, 5 LONG-TAILED ROSEFINCH, 8 PALLAS’S ROSEFINCH and 20 COMMON REDPOLL.

An (AMUR) LEOPARD CAT caught on a camera trap at Lingshan on 27 December 2019 (Terry Townshend)

20 January 2020

The SOLITARY SNIPE still on the Qingshui River, c120m downstream of the Zhuda Lu (朱大路) bridge, near Beizhuang (Steve Bale and Terry Townshend).

2 WHITE WAGTAIL ssp lugens, Baliqiao, Tongzhou (Paul Holt)

19 January 2020

The SOLITARY SNIPE still on the Qingshui River near Beizhuang (Xing Chao).  Plus 5 JAPANESE WAXWING.

18 January 2020

The EURASIAN TREECREEPER again in Chaoyang Park (Paul Holt).  Plus news of a second EURASIAN TREECREEPER photographed in the Temple of Heaven Park, present from 15 January 2020 at least (WeChat name: Vianvivian). See here.

1 BULL-HEADED SHRIKE, Xibangezhuang (XiaoPT).  A rare winter record of this scarce shrike.

550+ COMMON MERGANSER, 35+ SMEW, 20+ COMMON GOLDENEYE, 1 FALCATED DUCK, 2 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, 16+ MONGOLIAN GULL, 2 PALLAS’S GULL, 11+HORNED LARK, 1 MONGOLIAN LARK, 2 BLACK-THROATED THRUSH, 26+ RED-THROATED THRUSH, 15+ LAPLAND BUNTING, 150+ PINE BUNTING, 2+ CHINESE NUTHATCH, Shisanling (Colm Moore)

17 January 2020

A SIBERIAN ROE DEER at Ququjian (XiaoPT)

14 January 2020

The REDWING (heard only) was still at Huairou, in the pre-roost gathering of up to 250 thrushes to the west of the reservoir. Also 29 JAPANESE WAXWING, 2 BROWN-CHEEKED RAIL, CRESTED KINGFISHER and 8 MANDARIN (Terry Townshend)

13 January 2020

The SOLITARY SNIPE still along the Qingshui River near Taishitun (Su Liang, “te te” et al)

12 January 2020

The EURASIAN TREECREEPER again in Chaoyang Park (Stefan Andrew)

1 SOLITARY SNIPE, Qingshui River near Taishitun (大牙齿 458)

1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, Tongzhou – Dayunhe Forest Park (Paul Holt)

6 HORNED LARK, Ma Chang (XiaoPT and DaHe)

11 January 2020

4 BARN SWALLOW, Wenyu He (Steve Bale)

12 LONG-BILLED PLOVER, Tonghui river between Baliqiao & Shuangqiao (Paul Holt)

10 BOHEMIAN WAXWING and 10 JAPANESE WAXWING, Agricultural Exhibition Center Park (Lin Geng)

6 CINEREOUS VULTURE and one GOLDEN EAGLE, Yanhecheng (Liu Chunhong)

10 January 2020

2 BROWN-EARED BULBUL still at Nanhaizi (Xu Liang)

2 BARN SWALLOW, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

7 JAPANESE WAXWING, Yuyuantan Park (Lin Geng)

8 January 2020

3 BARN SWALLOW, 凉水何, Liangshuihe (Steve Bale)

7 January 2020

1 REDWING (Beijing’s third record) at Huairou (Terry Townshend and Steve Bale).  Twice seen well through telescope for around 10 seconds each time and later heard twice.  Associating with more than 250 thrushes the vast majority of which are NAUMANN’S THRUSH.  Also 3 BAER’S POCHARD plus one probable hybrid Baer’s Pochard x Ferruginous Duck, 2 FERRUGINOUS DUCK, 2 FALCATED DUCK, 1 RED-CRESTED POCHARD, 2 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE and 14 BEARDED TIT.

5 January 2020

500 COMMON CRANE and 1 HOODED CRANE, Ma Chang (Chen Wenjia et al)

7 HORNED LARK (including at least 1 possible ‘flava’ ssp) and 1 RUSSET SPARROW, Ming Tombs Reservoir (Dahe)

20 JAPANESE WAXWING, Yuyuantan Park (Stephen Matthews)

100 JAPANESE WAXWING and 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Tsinghua University (Fishing Cat)

4 January 2020

4 PALLAS’S SANDGROUSE and 540 DAURIAN JACKDAW, Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

20 JAPANESE WAXWING, Olympic Forest Park (Stephen Matthews). Plus a GREAT BITTERN (Chen Wenjia)

4 LONG-BILLED PLOVER, 16 BLACK STORK, 4 CRESTED KINGFISHER, 4 EURASIAN CRAG MARTIN, 1 WALLCREEPER, 6 PLUMBEOUS WATER REDSTART and 2 WHITE-CAPPED WATER REDSTART, Shidu (Li Tian)

3 January 2020

7+ CHAFFINCH, 2 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE and 9 JAPANESE WAXWING, Shisanling (Colm Moore)

1 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Summer Palace (Guan Xueyan)

4 ALPINE ACCENTOR, 20 SIBERIAN ACCENTOR, 1 CHINESE BEAUTIFUL ROSEFINCH, 2 PALLAS’S ROSEFINCH, Luòtuó shān Parking Area (XiaoPT, Tao Liu)

2 WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, Huairou Reservoir (XiaoPT, Tao Liu)

10 BOHEMIAN WAXWING, 10 JAPANESE WAXWING, Peking University (Chen Wenjia et al)

1 January 2020

BARN SWALLOW remaining at the Wenyu River (Steve Bale)

BROWN-EARED BULBUL, Nanhaizi (Chen Wenjia and Zong Zhuang)

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