Archivos de diario de abril 2021

06 de abril de 2021

New residents at Tai Po Kau

As Hong Kong's replanted forest has matured, a series of species have colonised (or re-colonised) the central New Territories. The latest bird to take up residence is the Chinese Barbet, a resident of southern China which has apparently spread eastward from its strongholds in Guangxi and Guangdong. The Chinese Barbet is closely related to the Taiwan Barbet, which however has quite different vocalizations and behaviour, having adapted to urban parks.
According to local expert Richard Lewthwaite, the presence of Chinese Barbets is an indicator of forest quality and the species needs mature forest with dead trees for nesting holes. It has been seen (or heard) in and around Tai Po Kau since 2014. Today its machine-gun-like call resounded around the valley. One perched prominently at the top of a bare branch while calling, presumably establishing its territory.
Other recent immigrant species seen and heard today included Huet's Fulvetta, Mountain and Chestnut Bulbuls, and Hainan Blue Flycatchers which were singing along the stream. The Yellow-cheeked Tit is one of several species thought to have been introduced, but which might also have spread naturally.

Publicado el 06 de abril de 2021 por stephenmatthews stephenmatthews | 3 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

19 de abril de 2021

A duet of coucals

The Greater Coucal is resident in Hong Kong all year round, but like other members of the cuckoo tribe, becomes more prominent in spring when its hooting song resounds. In the valley of Chung Chi stream at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, coucals have been calling this month. On April 11th, a typical song was answered by a second bird at a lower pitch. Like many birds, pairs of coucals sing duets, either together or in sequence, as on this occasion. The female coucal, being larger than the male, has the lower-pitched song.

Publicado el 19 de abril de 2021 por stephenmatthews stephenmatthews | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

20 de abril de 2021

Grey-faced buzzards at Lung Fu Shan

Grey-faced buzzards migrate through Hong Kong in late March and early April, as described in my entry for April 1, 2019. Around 10 a.m. this morning, at least two buzzards passed over Lung Fu Shan behind the University of Hong Kong, harrassed by the local kites. Meanwhile, individual grey-faced buzzards have been sighted over Po Toi and a group of 40 or so was recorded by Kelvin Ng circling over nearby Mount Davis on the morning of April 11. These buzzards are capable of substantial sea crossings, probably using sea thermals, as noted by Keith Bildstein in his book 'Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and Conservation' (2006). It would appear that the buzzards make landfall around Mount Davis before continuing across Hong Kong island using the thermals that develop during the morning.

Publicado el 20 de abril de 2021 por stephenmatthews stephenmatthews | 1 observación | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

24 de abril de 2021

Marsh terns at Mai Po

The marsh terns are a number of species whose preferred habitat is inland marshes or brackish waters. Two species in particular stop over in Hong Kong on spring passage and can often be seen at the fishponds along the 'approach road' to Mai Po Nature Reserve, Tam Kon Chau Road, in April and May. Whiskered Terns occur in large flocks, often together with White-winged Terns, as was the case today when a lone White-winged Tern deposed a Whiskered Tern from its top perch. Although both species are dark, the all-black head and mantle distinguish the White-winged Terns (also known as White-winged Black Terns).

Publicado el 24 de abril de 2021 por stephenmatthews stephenmatthews | 2 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario