Yellow-breasted Bunting - Emberiza aureola
Nobody plants rice in Hong Kong these days, apart from Green Groups in Long Valley.
Long Valley - site of Hong Kong's only rice fields
So the harvest, which is turned into an event for Green Group members, results in an unusual habitat of cropped rice stumps and rice seeds and husks lying about. In remoter corners of Guangdong Province, there are still plenty of fields like these.
Rice harvest specialty birds include Yellow-breasted Buntings, and Russet Sparrows, the latter species a "tick" for HK's newer birders.
Russet Sparrows - Passer rutilans
Some other Long Valley winter "regulars" have arrived too.
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Plaintive Cuckoo - Cacomantis merulinus
Red-throated Pipit - Anthus cervinus
White-rumped Munia - Lonchura striata
And meanwhile, in a corner patch of damp reeds… Black-browed Reed Warblers, formerly known as "Von Schrenck's" Reed Warblers.
Black-browed Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus bistrigiceps
We got a text message that an Amur Falcon was showing along the Mai Po access road and off we went..
Amur Falcon - Falco amurensis
Others got there sooner !
Mai Po access road
It has been very mild in the last couple of weeks and there is some birding opinion going around that winter birds -as well as autumn migrants- are a bit "late" this year.
A cold front has arrived with rain today, so there could be some good birds around in the next few days......