As Grant was now back at work, I went out on the Monday in the pouring rain and followed a river tributary through a recently developed area and onto farmland towards a forest. I turned out it was hard to get into the forest from this area as all paths seemed to lead to someones garden. However, I came across a pair of Bull-headed Shrikes that obviously had a nest site nearby.
There were also a few Daurian Redstarts around that also obviously had nest sites. I had seen one previously outside Grants flat. The males are really stunning birds indeed.
On Tuesday I decided to walk north along the river as Grant had told me about a small colony of White-cheeked Starlings a few miles up. It was still raining, sometimes quite heavily, but had a warm, humid feel about it so it was actually quite pleasant and the sun did shine from time to time.
I kept walking north along the river, it was clearly much further than I had anticipated. I kept going a while longer and it was just as good I did because I came to a small sandy outlet from a tributary that had a strange looking Wood Sandpiper in it, no that's not a Wood Sand its a Grey-tailed Tattler, then another one flew in and was promptly chased off by the first.
|Dark-spotted Frog (Pelophylax nigromaculatus)|
|Tree Sparrows are abundant, and it seems they are on the increase here|
|Eastern Spot-billed Ducks are common here. The only other duck I saw occasionally were Mandarins|
|Magpies are also common here, they look a lot more robust than our Magpies and they have different calls, some of which resemble Jackdaws|