17 Days China Birding Tour (Winter)
Cranes and Pheasants Tour (Nov-Feb. next year)
Day1 Arrive in Shanghai, drive to Yancheng.
Early morning flight arrives inShanghai，meet with driver and guide, then go straight to Yancheng, drive for 4 hours fromShanghai, birding there for the rest of the time.
Day2-3 Birding in Yancheng
All day long birding there : Red-crowned Crane, possible SandHillCranes there too,Common Crane, Oriental Stork,Bean Goose(Tundra and Taiga), Baer'sPorchard, Baikal Teal, Falcated,Mandarin Duck, Reed Parrotbill ,Pallas’s ReedBunting, Chinese Penduline Tit, Japanese Waxwing,Chinese Grosbeak, Chinese GreyShrike.
Day4 Yanchengto Fuzhou via Shanghai
Last morning short time birding there, then drive back toShanghai and fly to Fuzhou, night at Minjiang Esturary.
Day5 Birding in Minjiang Esturary and Fuzhou National Forest Park.
Early morning birding at Minjiang Esturary, the verynorthern wintering habitat for Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Possible Black-facedSpoonbill, White-shouldered Starling, then drive 1 hour to Fuzhou NationalForest Park, Look for Fork-tailed Sunbird, White-necklanced Partridge ,Pale-headedWoodpecker, Spotted Elachura, Bay woodpecker, Great Barbet, Slaty-backedForktail.
Day6 Fuzhou to Taining
Early moring birding at forest park, then drive toTaining City nearby Emeifeng( 5 hours), Night in Taining.
Day7-8 Birding at Emeifeng Nature Reserve
Birding at Emeifeng Nature Reserve, look for some reallyquality birds, Cabot's Tragopan, Elliot's Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, Silver Pheasant,White-necklanced Partridge, Chinese-bamboo Partridge. Grey-sided ScimitarBabbler, Moustached Laughingthrush, Buffy Laughingthrush,SpottedElachura(New family now), 4 species of Forktails: White-crowned, Little,Spotted, Slaty-backed. Indo-Chinese Yuhina,Huet’s Fulvetta, Yellw-Cheeked,SultanTit.
Day9 Emeifeng to Wuyuan
Early morning birding atEmeifeng, then drive to Wuyuan ( 6 hours),night in Wuyuan.
Day10-11 Birding in Wuyuan
During the 2 days stay here, wewill go to look for Chinese Scaly-sided Mergansers, Short-tailed Parrotbill, Grey-headedParrotbill,Long-billed Plover, Greater and Lesser Necklaced Laughingthrushes, ChineseHwamei Mandarin Duck, Pied Falconet, Crested Kingfisher, Yellow-browed Bunting,Tristram’s Bunting, Little Bunting, along with many other common species:Red-billed,Black-collared, White-cheeked Starlings, Rufous-capped Babbler, Streak-breastedScimitar Babbler, Grey-chinned Minivet, Daurian Redstart, Brownish-flanked, DuskyBush Warblers. Rufous-faced Warbler,etc.
Day12 Wuyuan to Poyang Lake
A few hours early in themorning, looking for species we might have missed from the previous days, thendrive to Poyang Lake(3 hours) and birding in the eastern area of Poyang lakenature reserve. Night in Nanchang.
Day13-14 Birding at Poyang Lake
Drive to search around the southand the west areas of Poyang Lake, Look for 4 species of Cranes: Siberian, Hooded, White-napedand Common; Oriental white Stork, Tundra and Whopper Swans, Eurasian Spoonbills, 5 speciesof Geese, Swan, Tundra &Taiga Bean, Greater and Lesser White-fronted ,Snow,Graylag. In search of the rare Baer’s Pochard, Baikal Teal, PossibleSwinhoe’s Rail,Japanese Quail, Check the reed area for Japanese SwampWarbler(Marsh Grassbird),Chinese Penduline Tit, we might also see Eastern MarshHarrier and Hen Harrier, Brown Crake and Brown-cheeked Crake. We will alsodrive to check a place where we call ‘the Bunting Site’, 6 species of buntingscan be found there: Yellow-browed, Elegant(Yellow-throated), Rustic, Little,Chestnut-eared, Black-faced Buntings.
Day15 Poyang Lake to Dongzhai Nature Reserve
After the morning birding around the lake ,we will drive toDongzhai Nature reserve( 6 hours, Night a the Guesthouse in Dongzhai.
Day 16 Birding in Dongzhai
All day long birding inDongzhai, look for Reeve’s Pheasant, Crested Ibiss, Collared Crow, MaskedLaughingthrush, Black-throated Bushtit, Yellow-bellied Tit,Long-tailed(Silver-throated) Tit,etc.
Day17 Departure from Wuhan City
After a final morning birding,we will drive to the nearby Wuhan airport( 2.5 hours) to depart for eitherShanghai/Beijing/Hongkong, then fly back to home country.