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Early-June Trip to Nanhui

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What's up, Birding People!

One thing that ain't up is the number of breeding birds at Nanhui, Shanghai.

Yesterday, Elaine and I noted 33 species there. Oriental Pratincole and Black Bittern were new to our Shanghai-area springtime list. We noted just 5 Kentish Plover, among them a single breeding pair, and only 5 Little Ringed Plover.

Thereed beds, ponds, and mudflats presented a different face from previousmonths, with zero passage-migrant species noted. The micro-forests onthe sea wall, laboratories for the study of migrating passerines inApril and May, were nearly devoid of birds on Sunday. Completely absent werethe leaf warblers, thrushes, and flycatchers of a few weeks ago. Thebirds we saw Sunday were there to breed. The Oriental Reed Warbler chasing away Common Cuckooprovided a neat example of the new breeding theme. Both were lookingfor the same type of nest, but with different goals in mind.

Onthe reed beds and grassy areas, steadily being sliced and shrunk by thatvoracious predator the backhoe, birds that should be breeding in somenumbers were present in greatly reduced numbers. As I searched forKentish Plover, I had in mind Jonathan Martinez's study of the dwindlingpopulation of Kentish Plover along the Chinese coast. Sadly, Elaine andI found only a single breeding pair, near the blue-roofed building at 30.957666, 121.951278.I stumbled upon the Kentish Plover and watched the lonely parents asthey pathetically called and circled me, warding me off their eggs oryoung. "Where are your cousins?" I wanted to say.

Elsewhere, we saw 2males sparring, possibly competing for females. Where were the females?

OrientalPratincole kept getting scared off by men on motorcycles. Finally,Elaine and I came upon a calmer pair. Through the spotting scope weadmired the well-defined black border around the throat, and we saw themlift their bills high and call to each other. The beauty and grace ofthese plover-like birds impressed Elaine. We discussed the highlyappropriate Chinese word for pratincole, "swallow-plover (燕鸻)."

The Black Bittern was flying N over the sea wall. I'd never seen Dupetor flavicollis in Shanghai. Brazil and MacKinnon place the N limit of its breeding range at the Yangtze River.

Elaine got off some useful shots yesterday:


Habitatbehind sea wall, Nánhuì. In distance, note road on sea wall and"micro-forests," much relied on by passage migrants during spring andfall migrations. On parcel of land in foreground,  we found the singlebreeding pair of Kentish Plover. If vegetation on this now-shelteredpiece of land grows thick, then Kentish Plover will no longer be able tobreed here.


Habitat just insidesea wall, Nánhuì. Oriental Pratincole were using this land. Thepratincoles were being affected visibly by noise from road atop sea wallas well as by farmers passing by on mopeds.


Yours truly, in fine birding fettle.


Vegetationbelt, exposed mudflat, and muddy East China Sea. I'm not sure of thespecies of the predominant plant in the vegetation belt. Oriental ReedWarbler are able to make use of the plant, as evidenced by their loudand constant calls coming from the belt.

Here's yesterday's list:

Around Pudong Nanhui Dongtan Wetland (Pǔdōng Nánhuì Dōngtān Shīdì [浦东南汇东滩湿地]), Shanghai, China (30.920507, 121.973159); list includes birds found at Magic Parking Lot (30.882784, 121.972782) and at points N & S of Magic Parking Lot along Shìjìtáng Lù (世纪塘路). 10:55-17:15.

Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus 4 (3 heard only)
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 5
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 1
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris 2 heard booming
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis 20
Black Bittern Dupetor flavicollis 1
Great Egret Ardea alba 4
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 3
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 30
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus 17
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus 3
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 7
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 8
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 5
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 2
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 5 (incl. probable breeding pair)
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 5 (1 pair with eggs or chicks nearby, 2 males sparring, 1 single)
Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum 6 (2 pairs, 2 singles)
Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove) Columba livia 1
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis 2
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 8 (2 being chased by Oriental Reed Warbler)
Eurasian/Oriental Skylark Alauda arvensis or A. gulgula 22 singing
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 35
Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis 5
Oriental Reed Warbler Acrocephalus orientalis 70 (ca. 55 heard only)
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis 24
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata 12
Reed Parrotbill Paradoxornis heudei 5 singles
Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinosuthora webbiana 40 (3 flocks, 3 singles)
Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus 8
White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus ca. 200
White Wagtail Motacilla alba leucopsis 6 (4 adults, 2 juvs.)

Happy Birding!


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No bird in the photos...
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挖土机贪婪的吞噬着芦苇滩和草地,使这些地方繁殖鸟数量大大减少。我记得乔纳森·马丁内斯研究过中国沿海环颈鸻数量的减少。让我们沮丧的是:伊莲和我这次仅仅在蓝顶屋(北纬30.957666, 东经121.951278)附近发现过一对繁殖期环颈鸻。当我偶然发现这对孤独的父母后,它们哀婉的啼叫、盘旋,阻止我靠近它们的蛋或幼鸟。我真想问它们:“你们的兄弟姐妹去哪了?”




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中国上海浦东南汇东滩湿地,北纬30.920507, 东经121.973159。记录的鸟种,有些是在魔术停车场(北纬30.882784, 东经121.972782)或其南北方向的世纪塘路发现的。10:55-17:15.



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