8 Mar 2019

At Mai Po boardwalk, 7th March 2019

Pacific Golden Plover - Pluvialis fulva

A bit of rain had been forecast, but actually the rain was heavy indeed.

Such wet weather would be more welcome in a month’s time when April rain might ground a few passage migrants.  As it is, after the third warmest February on record, the weather is running about a month ahead of itself. 

The Deep Bay mudflats were still covered with winter birds, and only a very few passage migrants could be seen. I scanned through the gloom in hope of finding something exotic or unusual.

Viewed from the northernmost hide, the green baize-like moss made a nice photographic background.

Black-faced Spoonbills - Platalea minor

Northern Shoveler - Spatula clypeata

"leucopsis" White Wagtail

"macronyx"  Eastern Yellow Wagtail

There was a bit of activity as the tide came and went, but there was so much standing water I couldn’t see the tideline.

Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa

Black-tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa

Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Caspian Gull - Larus cachinnans
Remember that "Caspian" Gull is formerly "Mongolian" Gull and formerly formerly "Yellow-legged" Gull.

Always worth the effort to go, though - there are only a finite number of Mai Po high tides a birder will ever see, and every one is different.

In the great lottery of life, you never know your luck. 


  1. I am quite sure that gull classification is one third science, one third alchemy and one third guesswork!

  2. Hope next month is even better at Mai Po!