You won't find any of that immediacy and relevance on this blog, oh no.
So first, news of a bird that turned up on the last fortnightly cycle of tides at the Mai Po boardwalk, on 12th February to be precise. Very well found by John Allcock, a Golden Plover as big as the Grey Plovers… Common Golden Plover will - if accepted - be a first for HK, and I don't think there are any mainland Chinese records either.
I had only just got on to it - directed by John - when the flock flew, but here are three shots which I hope show the disparity in size between what used to be called "Greater" and "Lesser" Golden Plovers. The suspect "Greater" Golden Plover is to the right and behind the curlew in this shot, with a Pacific Golden Plover at left and several Grey Plovers in shot, too.
(At rear - Common Golden Plover Pluvialis aricaria)
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
"EA" - flagged at Chongming Island, Shanghai
Saunders's Gull Saundersilarus saundersi
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis - Whoops ! should be "Common Greenshank"
Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus
White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus
"Eastern" Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
And as I type I can hear Savanna Nightjars calling….. spring is definitely here !