BEIDAIHE / NE CHINA MIGRATION SPECTACLE
Beidaihe is one of the world's great sites for migration spectacle. Situated on China's northeastern coast due east of Beijing and just south of Qinhuangdao, it offers a superb opportunity to get great views of many of northeastern Asia's breeding birds, some of which are far more difficult to see on both their breeding and wintering grounds. Adverse weather conditions often ground many migrants in areas where there is little cover, giving us opportunities for up-close observations. Even slow days (good migration weather) can be excellent birding. Possible species are: Schrenck's Bittern, Chinese Goshawk, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Grey-faced Buzzard, Amur Falcon, Japanese Quail, Yellow-legged Buttonquail, White-winged, Baillon's and Ruddy breasted Crakes, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Grey-headed Lapwing, Little and Far Eastern Curlews, Nordmann's Greenshank, Siberian Tattler, Asian Dowitcher, Pintail and Swinhoe's Snipe, Eurasian Woodcock, Great Knot, Rufous-necked and Temminck's Stints, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Black-tailed, Russian, Siberian, Relict and Saunders's Gulls, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Oriental Scops-Owl, Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), Grey Nightjar, White-throated Needletail, Eurasian Wryneck, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Fairy Pitta, Forest Wagtail, Blyth's, Pechora, Red-throated and Buff-bellied Pipits, Ashy Minivet, Japanese Waxwing, Bull-headed and Tiger Shrikes, Rufous-tailed Robin, Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian Blue Robin, White-throated Rockthrush, Siberian, Scaly, Grey-backed, Brown-headed, Grey-sided, Pale, Dusky and Chinese Thrushes, Chinese Babbler, Plain Laughingthrush, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Asian Stubtail, Spotted and Chinese Bush-Warblers, Lanceolated and Rusty-rumped Warblers, Manchurian Reed-Warbler, Thick billed Warbler, Pallas's and Chinese Leaf-Warbler, Yellow-browed, Hume's, and Two-barred Warblers, Pale-legged Leaf-Warbler, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Grey-streaked, Dark-sided, Yellow-rumped, Olive backed (F. elisae, split from Narcissus), Mugimaki, and Blue-and-white Flycatchers, Manchurian Penduline-Tit, Yellow-bellied Tit, Japanese White-eye, Chestnut-lined, Meadow, Ochre-rumped, Tristram's, Chestnut-eared, Yellow-browed, Yellow-throated, Pallas's and Reed Buntings, Brambling, Eurasian Siskin, Grey-capped Greenfinch, Hawfinch, Brown and Grey Grosbeaks, Purple-backed and White-cheeked Starlings, Eurasian Jay, Azure-winged Magpie and Red-billed Chough, etc. Leader: Ben King.