Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Anping morning.

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.

The 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).

The 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