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2017-10-24 | Lee Tao

BIRDING INXINJIANG,CHINA12-18 October 2017Paul Holt & Jan-Erik INTRODUCTIONIn October 2017 I made my eighth birding trip to Xinjiang, western China. It was an excellent trip - all the logistics worked well and everything ran smoothly. As on all of my previous trips Qingyu WANG & Urumqi based GOU Jun organised the logistics.During this trip we covered about 3000 kilometres and recorded a very modest 108 species. Highlights included three globally threatened species, as defined by BirdLife International was noted with Saker Falcons being noted on four dates, a single White-headed Duck on two dates at Moguhu, Shihezi and two migrating Greater Spotted Eagle in Aertai.Noteworthy other sightings included – one Brown-headed Gull at Moguhu, Shihezi on the 12 October; both Great Grey & Steppe Grey Shrikes; a Hooded Crow at Yawugou reservoir, Manasi on the 16 October; a White-crowned Penduline Tit at Dahaizi reservoir, Manasi on the 13 October; a late Rosy Starling at Yawugou [...... read more ]



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rare birds records

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

© Allan Linn
Kuntibes, Muji, Akto

27 May 2018, photo by Allan from Kuntibes,Akto has been confirmed a new record in Xinjiang.

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)

© Important Bird records
Kuohongqi, Qapqal County

On Sept. 26, 2017, RENGONG photographed a sandpiper in the Kuohongqi, Qapqal, Xinjiang. After checking with several experts and relevant references, the bird was identified as a Calidris melanotos. According to Zheng (2011)and Ma (2011), this was a new bird record in Xinjiang.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

© Important Bird records

8 May 2011, photo by Kashi bird watching society from Shufu County, has been confirmed a new record in Xinjiang.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

© Important Bird records

1 September 2012, photo by Tao Li from Qinggeda Lake, has been confirmed a new record in Xinjiang.

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