|No Yuhinas for a couple weeks...|
Last week, before meeting clients for some very wet endemic hunting, I had a chance to further explore a couple coastal areas in central-west Taiwan. These were Hambao and Wangong Harbor in Changhua County, and the Keya river mouth/Jincheng Pond area in Hsinchu City. Both of these places are at their best in winter (and fall/spring).
|Changhua coastal birding. SW of Lugang and Taichung.|
A damp, freshly plowed field near Jincheng Pond, Hsinchu, was very good, it held: Spot-billed Duck, Black-winged Stilt, Eurasian Magpie, Greater Painted-snipe, Whimbrel, Kentish (Snowy) Plover, Oriental Skylark, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Long-tailed Shrike. A Pin-tailed Snipe loitered at very close range, undisturbed by my efforts at falling into ditches. Also on the pond (or small ‘Lake’?) and in the nearby mangroves I spotted: Common Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night-heron, Black-winged Stilt, Common Moorhen, various egrets (Little, Cattle, Intermediate, no Chinese sadly).
|Hsinchu - east of city proper.|
The Keya river mouth/Jincheng Pond area is a convenient and very pleasant escape from Hsinchu City (a couple hours south of Taipei and famous for its high tech industry). The area is well signposted - Jincheng Lake Birdwatching Zone (金城湖賞鳥區), west of the southern end of Hsinchu Airport. If possible visit the area by bicycle, the 17 km coastal bicycle trail is excellent and passes great birding areas otherwise inaccessible to cars or motorcycles.
If in Hsinchu, and wanting forest or mountain birds, and not wanting to explore Dasyueshan, then travel southeast from Hsinchu City to Guanwu or Smangus.
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Pechora Pipit Anthus gustavi (In Anping on June 4th)
Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura