Sun He

I checked out a ‘new’ site at the Sun River (Sun He) this morning for a couple of hours.  The walk, along the southern bank of the river, was pleasant by Beijing city standards and meandered past a disused golf course, a few paddies, an apparent landfill tip and some recycling plants.  It produced some birds, highlights being 4 Long-billed Plovers, 4 Grey-headed Lapwings, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 Black-winged Stilts, 3 Hoopoes, 8 Buff-bellied Pipits and 18 White Wagtails, mostly of the subspecies leucopsis but including one adult male ocularis.

Grey-headed Lapwing. One of 4 seen today.


White Wagtail ssp leucopsis. One of 18 White Wagtails seen today. Most were leucopsis with only one being of the ssp ocularis.


Common Snipe


Full Species List

Mallard 12

Pintail 2

Eurasian Teal 41

Grey Heron 14

Little Egret 5

Kestrel 1

Common (Eastern) Buzzard 3

Black-winged Stilt 4

Grey-headed Lapwing 4

Long-billed Plover 4

Little Ringed Plover 2

Common Snipe 8

Green Sandpiper 6

Oriental Turtle Dove 2

Hoopoe 3

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker 2

Grey-headed Woodpecker 2

Rook 3

Carrion Crow 10

Great Tit 2

Barn Swallow 22

Skylark 4

Chinese Bulbul 4

Vinous-throated Parrotbill 4

Crested Myna 6

White-cheeked Starling 22

Naumann’s Thrush 5

Daurian Redstart 2

White Wagtail 18 (17 ssp leucopsis, 1 ssp ocularis)

Buff-bellied Pipit 8

Little Bunting 12

Pallas’s Bunting 3