Just back from 2 weeks of SE China with Randy Hill and Jim Danzenbaker. It was a memorable trip with a total of about 217 species. Highlights were 5 species of cranes, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Reeves’s Pheasant, Baer’s Pochard, Scaly-sided Merganser and a plethora of buntings.
Good pix Bad pix Other pix
Male Gray-chinned Minivet near Wuhuan
Little Forktail near Wuhuan
Reeves’s Pheasant without the tail at Dongzhai NNR
Black-throated Bushtit at Dongzhai NNR
My friend Casey found a Virginia’s Warbler at his suet feeder! What a bird for the area!
Looks like this is an first year bird. Not really any yellow on the breast other than the vent/rump. All gray back (separating it from Nashville), nice eyering.
After a year of waiting, the Costa’s Hummingbird at Eric Horvath’s house is now back, as a bright adult male!!!
This mega rarity was found a few days ago by Ryan Merrill. Today was finally the day that we gave chase.
I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, as the bird was not seen today.
Birdwise, this puppy was the highlight of a Rainier WOS trip I lead on 7/30. We did have, however, 30+ species of wildflower.
Juvenile Gray-crowned Rosy-finch