After the school run this morning I was able to escape to Anping, a coastal suburb of Tainan City. In a two hour window I saw some of yesterday’s species as well as a few new good birds.
boardwalk/cycle-path on the south bank embankment of the Yenshui River
is a good birdwatching destination for visitors to Tainan without access
to their own transport. Species likely to be seen include: Whimbrel,
Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Redshank, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper,
Grey-tailed Tattler, Kentish Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Grey Plover,
Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Heron, Egrets (Great, Intermediate, Little,
Cattle), Black-crowned Night Heron, Bitterns (Cinnamon, Yellow),
Black-winged Stilt, Sacred Ibis, Moorhen, White-breasted Water Hen,
White-vented Bulbul, Tree Sparrows, Japanese White-eye, Black Drongo,
Shrike (Brown, Long-tailed), Doves (Red Turtle, Spotted Turtle), and
Mynas (Common, White-vented).
easiest way to find this area is to walk north a couple minutes from
the Anping Fort or Treehouse area. Following the embankment westward
will bring you to the coast past several mudflats. A group of
established Azure-winged Magpies are often to be seen in the park area
on the south side. Expect the occasional semi-feral (but not aggressive
to humans) dog.
Bird of the day the curlew - great views.
New birds seen in the Anping Area:
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Striated Swallow Cecropis striolata
Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus
Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius