Friday, May 4, 2012

Taipei Botanical Garden

Taipei Botanical Garden

Malayan Night-Heron (really this easy!)
If you only have an hour or two in Taipei for birding, I recommend visitors check out this small downtown park. Open from 4 am, the main entrance is on Nanhai Road. The nearest MRT (metro) station is Xiaonanmen, name of the park in Chinese is 台北植物園, Google Maps Link.

Other convenient locations to bird in downtown Taipei are the nearby Huajiang Wild Duck Nature Park, Guandu, Daan Park and the North/East/South edges of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial.

Near Taipei, I like Wulai.

On Wednesday I saw these birds:

Taiwan Barbet
White-breasted Waterhen
Oriental Turtle-dove
Barn Swallow
Malayan Night-heron
Grey Treepie
Black Drongo
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Tree Sparrow
Japanese White-eye
Common Moorhen
Common Kingfisher

Also usually present are:
Taiwan Scimitar-babbler, Black-naped Monarch...and if lucky other shrikes, pipits, thrushes and raptors.