|Chinbi Village, Beigan. Gaodeng on horizon.|
China visible behind setting sun.
Small numbers (usually individuals) of: egrets (Great, Intermediate, Little, Cattle); Grey Heron; Pacific Reef-heron; Black-crowned Night-heron; doves (Spotted-neck, Red Collared); Fork-tailed Swift; Blue Whistling Thrush (the Chinese one, not the Taiwan endemic); Blue Rock-thrush; Japanese White-eye; Oriental Greenfinch, House Swift, Greater Coucal, Long-tailed Shrike; Oriental Magpie Robin. More numerous were Tree Sparrow; Chinese Bulbul; Barn Swallow; Myna species. Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler heard only.
|Boating around Dongyin.|
The critically endangered Chinese Crested Terns were seen by other birders (not by us...) on Xieshien. Their Taiwanese breeding grounds seem to be well studied, and protected from human harassment nowadays. Enforced stiff fines, instead of jail, apparently works better with Chinese fishermen.
On the ferry from Donyin to Nangan: Bulwers Petrel; Streaked Shearwater (another identification dependent on Robin Zhang 張瑞麟 from TWBS - thanks!); Kentish Plover; Little Ringed Plover; Common Sandpiper; Red-necked Phalarope (around 6). Pleased to get the Phalarope so clearly - have been tricky in the past.
|Matsu: not to scale - Dongyin and Juguang further from other|
two main islands.
I’ve started writing up some notes on good birding sites (especially at migration time) on the Matsu Islands. Tired. For now, I suggest birders scoot around a variety of places on the islands. Look out at areas of forest scrub near the small reservoirs, and the vegetable gardens near several of the villages.
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Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus