The Local Patch

In April 2015 I moved from the centre of Beijing to an apartment in Shunyi District, close to Beijing Capital International Airport.  It’s a new housing development and, very close by, is a small area of scrub with a few trees that I have adopted as my local patch.  I suspect that, within a year or two, this patch is likely to be ‘developed’ but in the meantime I am enjoying visiting regularly and recording the bird life that can be found there.

I am writing this introduction on 25 November 2015 and, proving just how good Beijing is for migration I have, up to now, recorded 105 species in this small suburban space.  The full list of species is below with the latest additional records posted here as they occur.

16 January 2016

Disheartening.  On my first visit of 2016 I encountered 8 earth movers on site with around a third of the site already cleared of scrub.  It was, perhaps, inevitable that this area would be turned into some sort of development in due course but I wasn’t expecting it so soon.  It remains to be seen how much of the patch will be affected but I expect at least 80% of it to be destroyed in this development.  A sad day with the impact on biodiversity brought home by the sight of 2 Hen Harriers gradually gaining height and drifting south.  These birds had been wintering here and their apparent move is likely a direct result of this scrub clearance and its impact on their winter food supply.

5 December 2015

Species 107: Five HORNED LARKS overhead.

26 November 2015

Species 106: A single ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD @ 1100 briefly hunting over the scrub before drifting south.

2015-11-26 Rough-legged Buzzard4, Shunyi 2015-11-26 Rough-legged Buzzard2, Shunyi

Full list of 105 species as at 25 November 2015

JAPANESE QUAIL   Coturnix japonica 鵪鶉
COMMON PHEASANT   Phasianus colchicus 雉雞
MALLARD   Anas platyrhynchos 綠頭鴨
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON   Nycticorax nycticorax 夜鹭
CHINESE POND HERON   Ardeola bacchus 池鹭
ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD   Pernis ptilorhynchus 凤头蜂鹰
HEN HARRIER   Circus cyaneus 白尾鹞
PIED HARRIER   Circus melanoleucos 鹊鹞
JAPANESE SPARROWHAWK   Accipiter gularis 日本松雀鹰
EASTERN BUZZARD   Buteo japonicus 普通鵟
COMMON KESTREL   Falco tinnunculus 红隼
AMUR FALCON   Falco amurensis 阿穆尔隼
EURASIAN HOBBY   Falco subbuteo 燕隼
PEREGRINE FALCON   Falco peregrinus 游隼
GREEN SANDPIPER   Tringa ochropus 白腰草鹬
COMMON SANDPIPER   Actitis hypoleucos 矶鹬
BLACK-HEADED GULL Chroicocephalus ridibundus 红嘴鸥
MONGOLIAN GULL   Larus mongolicus 黄脚(银)鸥
ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia orientalis 山斑鸠
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE Streptopelia decaocto 灰斑鸠
SPOTTED DOVE   Spilopelia chinensis 珠颈斑鸠
INDIAN CUCKOO Cuculus micropterus 四声杜鹃
LITTLE OWL   Athene noctua 纵纹腹小鸮
LONG-EARED OWL Asio otus 长耳鸮
GREY NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus jotaka 普通夜鹰
COMMON SWIFT   Apus apus 普通楼燕
EURASIAN HOOPOE Upupa epops 戴胜
EURASIAN WRYNECK   Jynx torquilla 蚁鴷
GREY-CAPPED PYGMY WOODPECKER   Dendrocopos canicapillus 星头啄木鸟
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER  Dendrocopos major 大斑啄木鸟
BROWN SHRIKE Lanius cristatus 红尾伯劳
CHINESE GREY SHRIKE   Lanius s. sphenocercus 楔尾伯劳
BLACK DRONGO Dicrurus macrocercus 黑卷尾
AZURE-WINGED MAGPIE Cyanopica cyanus 灰喜鹊
COMMON MAGPIE   Pica pica 喜鹊
DAURIAN JACKDAW   Coloeus dauuricus 达乌里寒鸦
ROOK   Corvus frugilegus 秃鼻乌鸦
CARRION CROW   Corvus corone 小嘴乌鸦
YELLOW-BELLIED TIT   Periparus venustulus 黄腹山雀
JAPANESE TIT   Parus minor 大山雀
CHINESE PENDULINE TIT   Remiz consobrinus 中华攀雀
GREATER SHORT-TOED LARK   Calandrella brachydactyla (大) 短趾百灵
EURASIAN SKYLARK   Alauda arvensis 云雀
LIGHT-VENTED BULBUL   Pycnonotus sinensis 白头鹎
BARN SWALLOW   Hirundo rustica 家燕
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Cecropis daurica 金腰燕
DUSKY WARBLER Phylloscopus fuscatus 褐柳莺
YELLOW-STREAKED WARBLER  Phylloscopus armandii 棕眉柳莺
RADDE’S WARBLER Phylloscopus schwarzi 巨嘴柳莺
PALLAS’S LEAF WARBLER  Phylloscopus proregulus 黄腰柳莺
CHINESE LEAF WARBLER Phylloscopus yunnanensis 云南柳莺
YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER Phylloscopus inornatus 黄眉柳莺
ARCTIC WARBLER   Phylloscopus borealis 极北柳莺
TWO-BARRED WARBLER   Phylloscopus plumbeitarsus 双斑绿柳莺
BLACK-BROWED REED WARBLER   Acrocephalus bistrigiceps 黑眉苇莺
LANCEOLATED WARBLER   Locustella lanceolata 矛斑蝗莺
PALLAS’S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER Locustella certhiola 小蝗莺
ZITTING CISTICOLA   Cisticola juncidis 棕扇尾莺
VINOUS-THROATED PARROTBILL   Sinosuthora webbianus 棕头鸦雀
CHESTNUT-FLANKED WHITE-EYE   Zosterops erythropleurus 红胁绣眼鸟
CRESTED MYNA   Acridotheres cristatellus 八哥
WHITE-CHEEKED STARLING   Spodiopsar cineraceus 灰椋鸟
WHITE’S THRUSH   Zoothera aurea 虎斑地鸫
COMMON [CHINESE] BLACKBIRD Turdus merula mandarinus 乌鸫
NAUMANN’S THRUSH   Turdus naumanni 红尾鸫
DUSKY THRUSH   Turdus eunomus 斑鸫
BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica 蓝喉歌鸲 (蓝点颏)
SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT  Luscinia calliope 红喉歌鸲 (红点颏)
SIBERIAN BLUE ROBIN   Luscinia cyane 蓝歌鸲
ORANGE-FLANKED BLUETAIL Tarsiger cyanurus 红胁蓝尾鸲
DAURIAN REDSTART Phoenicurus auroreus 北红尾鸲
COMMON STONECHAT Saxicola maurus 黑喉石唧
WHITE-THROATED ROCK THRUSH   Monticola gularis 白喉矶鸫
GREY-STREAKED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa griseisticta 灰纹鹟
TAIGA FLYCATCHER Ficedula albicilla 红喉姬鹟
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW  Passer montanus (树) 麻雀
SIBERIAN ACCENTOR Prunella montanella 棕眉山岩鹨
EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL   Motacilla tschutschensis 黄鹡鸰
GREY WAGTAIL   Motacilla cinerea 灰鹡鸰
WHITE WAGTAIL   Motacilla alba 白鹡鸰
RICHARD’S PIPIT Anthus richardi 理氏鹨
BLYTH’S PIPIT   Anthus godlewskii 布莱氏鹨
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT   Anthus hodgsoni 树鹨
PECHORA PIPIT   Anthus gustavi 北鹨
RED-THROATED PIPIT   Anthus cervinus 红喉鹨
BUFF-BELLIED PIPIT Anthus rubescens japonicus 黄腹鹨
BRAMBLING   Fringilla montifringilla 燕雀
GREY-CAPPED GREENFINCH Carduelis sinica 金翅 (雀)
COMMON REDPOLL   Carduelis flammea 白腰朱顶雀
COMMON ROSEFINCH   Carpodacus erythrinus 普通朱雀
PINE BUNTING   Emberiza leucocephalos 白头鹀
TRISTRAM’S BUNTING Emberiza tristrami 白眉鹀
CHESTNUT-EARED BUNTING Emberiza fucata 栗耳鵐
LITTLE BUNTING Emberiza pusilla 小鹀
YELLOW-THROATED BUNTING   Emberiza elegans 黄喉鹀
BLACK-FACED BUNTING   Emberiza spodocephala 灰头鹀
PALLAS’S BUNTING  Emberiza pallasi 苇鹀
OCHRE-RUMPED BUNTING Emberiza yessoensis   NT 红颈苇鹀
LAPLAND LONGSPUR   Calcarius lapponicus 铁爪鹀