Some of the birds pt 2

Allmänt / 2015-02-23 / 09:24:34
After a few days of grey clouds, strong winds and even some snowfall, the sun has finally returned to Beijing!
I went to the Olympic Park two days ago to see some birds and nearly froze my toes and fingers off. It's a large park and it took me a long time to find the wetland area where I had been advised to go and look for buntings and two Manchurian Bush Warbler (Cettia canturians) that have been seen there throughout the winter. Fortunately I didn't have to search for long to find the birds, a group of Chinese photographers had set up some perches next to the reeds and lured the Bush Warblers out with mealworms.

Edward flew home to England last Friday and I'm now staying by myself until Saturday when a new volunteer arrives. I don't know yet if we will take the train to Xinyang on the same day or not. I spend the days trying to get completely free from my cold before going back to the Chen house. Before Ed left I copied a collection of BBC documentaries from his harddrive, including Planet Earth, Nature's Great Events and Attenborough in Paradise. I saw the first episode of the latter this morning, it was about Birds of Paradise and I couldn't help but to think back to my time in Qatar. I wouldn't mind the warmth of the desert right now, sitting here with a runny nose and sore throat!

Tomorrow I'm planning on going to Beijing Zoo, I've never seen a Giant Panda in real life and look forward to doing so. But I'm a bit hesitant about the rest, I suspect that the husbandry standards might leave a lot to wish for.

Since I don't have any new pictures from the last few days to show, I'll just toss in a few photos of birds we've caught previously in the season.


Collared Finchbill (Spizixos semitorques).


Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis), these two species form large, noisy mixed flocks



Male Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala), one of the most common buntings in the area where we live.



The female looks similar but with less contrasting colors.

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