24 Apr 2017

Late April - grey days mean good birding

Friday, 21st April 2017 

I cycled out for a couple of hours in the boardwalk hides at Mai Po.  The tides were pretty low, but I wanted to see whether there were many birds on the moss in front of the outermost hides.

The answer, obviously, is "Yes" - but the birds were distant.  The first three comprise the pick of the bunch...

Citrine Wagtail - Motacilla citreola

Little Stint - Calidris minuta

Little Stint - Calidris minuta (right) - with Red-necked

Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes
Fifty-or-more Black faced Spoonbills still around...

Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor

Kentish Plover (f) - Charadrius alexandrinus

Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis

Terek Sandpiper - Xenus cinereus

Saturday 22nd April 2017

A nice grey day for a trip to Po Toi Island

Po Toi is a flycatcher magnet....

Blue-and-white Flycatcher - Cyanoptila cyanomelana

Grey-streaked Flycatcher - Muscicapa griseisticta

Comparing pretty well with April 13th on Po Toi, which was also a "two flycatcher" day.....

Ferruginous Flycatcher - Muscicapa ferruginea

Asian Brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa dauurica

Back at Aberdeen Promenade, a migrant Blue Rock Thrush greeted us from one of the parked (Sorry "moored") boats.

Blue Rock Thrush - Monticola solitarius
23rd April 2017

Back in the New Territories, a bash around San Tin Fishponds turned up a very nice male Yellow-breasted Bunting.  They have been upgraded to Endangered and are difficult to find these days...well, I find them difficult, anyway.

Yellow-breasted Bunting - Emberiza aureola

Yellow-breasted Bunting - Emberiza aureola

And, - always a morale raiser on a grey day - a group of exactly TEN Blue-tailed Bee-eaters nearby.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater - Merops philippinus

Blue-tailed Bee-eater - Merops philippinus

April - the month when anything might turn up.


  1. You are right, John. Poor weather for humans often means great weather for birding. Interesting and varied species with great pictures as always.
    Best regards,

    1. Thanks David - happily more lousy weather but good birds this week, too.

  2. We've had great weather recently.............but not so many birds.

    The YN Bunting is very rare in Japan now, I've only ever seen one and it was about 100 meters away!

    1. Thanks, Stu - I'm hoping for more surprises this spring.