Sunday 28 April 2024

A Week of Birding in Hong Kong - Local Birding Trip With Overseas Friend

While I do quite a bit of bird guiding nowadays, it is usually for just a day or two, that is because most people only stop by Hong Kong briefly, or passing through Hong Kong for another birding destination elsewhere. It is also easy to do all the main birding spots in one or two days, decreasing the needs for a birding trip for more than two days. My good friend John Hansford who was kind enough to show me lots of good local birds around Somerset planned a week to Hong Kong in April, hoping to catchup on some spring migrants, as all his previous visits had been in late autumn and winter. I thought it would be a good time for me to catchup on some birds and visit a few areas that I don't normally go, or simply don't have time to visit. On John's previous visits in 2014, 2016 and 2019, he's always had quite a bit of luck with good birds, so I was very keen to see what we may turn up this time round!

19th - Day 1

I picked John up at the airport at around 4pm, after a quick run around the airport to finish off my survey, we drove straight home. Straight away after we got out of our car, I heard the Barred Cuckoo-Dove thats been calling recently near home, it soon stopped calling but was replaced by a Common Emerald Dove calling nearby. A Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker came in to give us a good look.

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - male

That evening, we went out briefly to look for herps and possibly Collared Scops Owl. I didn't really bother taking photos of any of the frogs we saw, but we did saw quite a few of our common frog species out and about. A Slaty-legged Crake was calling nearby but of course never came into view. I heard some weird noises from up the tree, and with the aid of my infrared sensor, I picked up two birds up there, and sure enough we saw a Collared Scops Owl perched high up in the tree! I got the spotlight on the bird, but didn't have enough arms to take any photos, luckily John managed a record shot with his camera before it flew off. With that success, we went home for an early start tomorrow.

Record shot of Collared Scops Owl by John Hansford

20th - Day 2

Weather forecast for the upcoming week was absolutely horrible, with heavy rain and thunder storms predicted all throughout the week! 20th was about the only day where forecast predicted a clear morning with no rain, so I though we should get the most difficult stuff out of the way first, and head up to Tai Mo Shan and try to get the Chinese Grassbird, a species I really wanted to show John. We started early and left home around 5:45am, and got to the car park around 6:15am. Conditions were less than favourable, as the summit was covered by a thick fog, and it was very windy! Making hearing any bird calls a challenge. We made our way to the first Grassbird area, there we had our first Russet Bush Warbler, calling away in a small bush just a few feet away from us, but the fog was so thick that even being that close you could not get a good photo.

Russet Bush Warbler

We tried several spots for the Grassbird, but we didn't even hear a single call. Chinese Francolins were calling but again we could not see them through the thick mist. We got up to the summit afterwards and was awarded with good views of a Brown-flanked Bush Warbler.

Brown-flanked Bush Warbler

Already quite tired, I asked John whether he was alright to carry on through towards Sze Fong Shan, and he agreed that we might as well try since we are up here already! We braved on and headed down towards the short bamboo thickets, here the mist lifted and the winds were not as strong. As soon as we got to the bottom of the big slope, I heard the distinctive and raspy call of the Chinese Grassbird! We immediately scanned the area and was rewarded with amazing views of this interesting looking babbler, calling away while sitting out in the open! After a minute or so, it jumped down and continued down the slope and out of view.

Chinese Grassbird!

Having had amazing views of our top target of the day, the walk back up the hill just seems that much easier. Along the way we had good views of a Mountain Bulbul, which showed beautifully. Most of the way was pretty uneventful, I listened out for Vinous-throated Parrotbills but heard none! Back down by the building next to the car park, there were quite a few moths on the wall, which we stopped briefly to take a few photos.

Mountain Bulbul

Eterusia aedea

Cleora alienaria

Pingasa ruginaria

Neodrymonia filix

Ambadra modesta

Plutodes exquisita

After Tai Mo Shan we headed downhill to Shek Kong Catchwater, where I just hope to find a few forest species. By that time it was near midday, so we did not really have much hopes in finding anything too interesting. At a flowering bush we had quite a few good butterflies, including a White Dragontail and a Five-bar Swordtail, both showed really well and allowed us to get a few photos. A Chestnut Bob was seen feeding on the Shepard's Needle. A distant Crested Serpent Eagle flew past for a brief view, I also saw a Crested Goshawk which John just missed.

White Dragontail

Five-bar Swordtail

Chestnut Bob

Crested Serpent Eagle

Near the toilet block, I heard the call of a Speckled Piculet, with a burst of playback the bird came in and gave phenomenal views for a few minutes! While this was not a lifer for John, our last sighting of this species together was nowhere as good as this!

Speckled Piculet - simply amazing views!

Soon after, I had a pair of Blue-winged Minlas at close range, although John was photographing something else at the time, by the time he got there the birds were gone. After a nice curry lunch, we headed to Shek Kong Airfield where I hope to find the Asian Barred Owlet for John, we were in luck as we found one perched up in the tree, despite being obscurred by a few twigs we still got a decent look at the bird before it flew back into the dense bushes nearby, just in time as well before rain came in.

Blue-winged Minla

Asian Barred Owlet

We paid a visit to Ho Man Tin next, where I hope to see a few possible migrants. To my disappointment, the hills were quiet in general, this is not surprising given the continued southerly winds which probably don't help much in grounding the birds. The only migrant we added was a single Asian Brown Flycatcher which showed terribly. Here, we got good views of a Red-billed Blue Magpie, the most interesting find though was probably a Common Tailorbird nest, which you don't see everyday!

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Common Tailorbird at nest

Since we were already in Kowloon and John never seen an Alexandrine Parakeet, I thought we could stop briefly at Kowloon Park to look for those, as well as do a quick scan around for possible migrants. John was immediately captivated by the large amount of Black-crowned Night Herons nesting at the flamingo pond, a species that is often secretive in Europe but very well adapted to an urban lifestyle here in Hong Kong. We found a few Red-billed Starlings, which seems to be breeding in the park for a number of years now. Finally, we found a few Alexandrine Parakeets, which showed nicely. This larger parakeet seems to have completely taken over and pushed out the Rose-ringed Parakeets, I presume the Rose-ringed to now be extinct locally.

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron - juvenile

Red-billed Starling

Alexandrine Parakeet

21st - Day 3

Po Toi Island is probably one of the best site in Hong Kong for migrants, although it is also a site that is rather hit or miss, as bird movements there mainly base on wind directions and weather. It just so happens that its been quite a poor spring in general, as continued southerly winds probably aided the migration of many birds away from us. We met with Kenneth and Benjamin at the Aberdeen pier in the morning, both of them knew John through the internet, and Kenneth have met John once on his previous visit in 2019. The White-bellied Sea Eagle was a target species for John, and we saw a pair sitting on the tree on the way to the island.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

As soon as we landed, a Blue Rock Thrush was found not far from the pier. We walked all around the island but there were very few birds around. The only interesting bird we found was a Pale-legged Leaf Warbler in song, which gave fleeting views but not enough for a photo, I've never heard the song of this species, so it was quite an interesting experience. Heavy rain soon came in and all we could do was take shelter at the cafe! A Black Drongo kept coming back and forth hawking for the emerging termites.

Blue Rock Thrush - male

Black Drongo

We really were stuck on the island in the horrible weather, we tried scanning for seabirds near the pier but saw nothing out there. After hours of waiting, the only two remotely interesting birds that came in were a pair of Pacific Swifts.

Pacific Swift

By 3pm, we decided this was enough for us and we headed back to the mainland. The weather was so bad that the ferry could not land at Stanley where it was suppose to, and dropped us all back at Aberdeen, which was probably the first bit of good news that day! There were just no birds on the island to make braving the rain worth while.

Having thought the day was lost, we got home and had a nice dinner. After dinner, we thought we could drive around to try for owls. We headed out towards Nam Chung, and scanned around the area. We didn't see anything at first, but just as we were about to head back to the car, I saw a large silhouette sitting on a dead tree, and what could it be other than a Brown Fish Owl! Although it wasn't great for photos, we got good views of the owl, before it took off. What an amazing bird to save our rather disappointing day!

Brown Fish Owl - a bird that saved an otherwise lost day!

22nd - Day 4

The weather forecast wasn't great the next day, but as with all forecasts, they are not always right! Luckily, it went our way and we had brilliant weather in the morning. Hoiling joined in for our morning birding, we tried the fish ponds areas near Mai Po, mainly San Tin and Tai Sang Wai in the morning, hoping to find any migrants that may have dropped in with the rain yesterday. We first visited San Tin, Eastern Yellow Wagtails were never in short supply, while a big flock of Whiskered Terns have turned up, allowing some close views. As we watched the terns, a small raptor came through and flushed them, turns out it was a Besra, a new bird for John.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail - race taivana

Whiskered Tern


A drained pond was rather disappointing, we only had a few Common Greenshanks there plus a few Long-toed Stints, although the Long-toed Stints were in lovely breeding plumage. Among the large flock of egrets we had a few Medium Egrets.

Common Greenshank

Long-toed Stint

Medium Egret

A few confiding White-rumped Munia provided excellent photo opportunity, while a few Richard's Pipits were around and also gave good views.

White-rumped Munia

Richard's Pipit

The best sighting though was probably not a bird, but a Javan Mongoose that was seen just in front of our car, it was not particularly close but gave good views before it disappeared into the tall grass by the road.

Javan Mongoose

Over at Tai Sang Wai, a drained pond attracted a few waders, mostly Marsh Sandpipers and Common Redshanks, a few Spotted Redshanks in breeding plumage were also there, a species that has seen such a huge drop in local numbers.

Marsh Sandpiper and Common Redshank

Spotted Redshank

At the same pond, two Black-faced Spoonbills were present, feeding in close range. Along the grassy bank, numerous Plain and Yellow-bellied Prinias can be seen, this one here obviously carrying food back to its nest.

Black-faced Spoonbill

Plain Prinia

Between the fish ponds of San Tin and here, we saw no less than 7 Yellow Bitterns! Most of them flying through. One finally perched up in the open for everyone to get a good look at Tai Sang Wai. The area was buzzing with Oriental Flower Chafers, many of these colourful beetles were flying around.

Yellow Bittern

Oriental Flower Chafer

I noticed a medium sized bunting flew past, too quick for me to identify, I thought it was most likely a Chestnut-eared Bunting or a Yellow-breasted Bunting. I started looking around in the area, and all of the sudden, a male Yellow-breasted Bunting dropped onto the road right in front of me! I immediately called John over and all three of us got good views of this beautiful bird before it took off!

Yellow-breasted Bunting - male

Further on towards Lut Chau, another drained pond attracted more egrets and yet another Black-faced Spoonbill. Nearby, a flock of marsh terns were present, with a quick scan we spotted two White-winged Black Terns in amongst the many Whiskered Terns. Another drained pond had a few waders in it, mainly Wood Sandpipers, but I managed to find a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper hidden among them, another lifer for John!

Black-faced Spoonbill

Whiskered and White-winged Black Tern

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

As we drove along the track and saw a few Eurasian Tree Sparrows feeding on the ground, I noticed a slightly larger bird perched up on the wire fairly close to us. And what a bird it was! As I scrambled for my camera to try and get a photo of a male Yellow-breasted Bunting in focus! Everyone got onto the bird quickly and for the next 10 minutes or so we enjoyed amazing views of this immaculate bird up close. I have always wanted to take photos of a male in breeding plumage up close, and how glad I got this chance to share with my friend, an encounter we will both remember for a lifetime! Yellow-breasted Bunting despite being a critically endangered species, are still regularly sighted in Hong Kong, although we do get more of them in autumn, they are fairly regular in spring as well, the only problem being they often don't stay long enough for me to see them!

Yellow-breasted Bunting - male

After that bit of excitement, we headed to lunch, along the way we got a very confiding Azure-winged Magpie next to our car.

Azure-winged Magpie

The rain soon came in during lunchtime, but we thought we shouldn't waste time just sitting there, and drove to Lok Ma Chau and Ma Tso Lung area to have a look. We didn't see too much there, but I was glad we did, as we saw a Large Hawk Cuckoo flew in and perched right up in a Bombax Tree for us to get a good look. We saw very little around Ma Tso Lung, but a confiding White-throated Kingfisher was a welcoming sight in the wet.

Large Hawk Cuckoo

White-throated Kingfisher

Weather improved slightly, and I decided to head to Ha Pak Nai to have a look around. This is an area I don't visit too often, as it is slightly out of the way. We had plenty of Pacific Swifts up above us, as we got out of our car. Chinese Francolin was heard but stayed out of view. There were not as many waders on the mudflat as I've hoped for, the only species of interest were three Grey-tailed Tattlers, another new bird for John. The most surprising find though was probably a Great Bittern that got flushed by us, a bird I never expected to see here!

Pacific Swift

Grey-tailed Tattler

Great Bittern - a real surprising find!

23rd - Day 5

Forecast for the day was again not great, it was fairly dry still when we woke up, so we thought we should make the most of it while it lasted and headed up to Tai Po Kau. It was very dark and misty as we walked up the hill, where we were greeted by the resident Crested Serpent Eagle. We didn't mange to get much birding in before it absolutely poured down with rain, and amber rain warning was issued as we took shelter at the picnic area. We did see a few Scarlet Minivets and bulbuls flew out to hawk for emerging termites, other than that we didn't really get to see much in this weather. We decided it was best to get back to the car when we got a break in weather, as radar showed more rain will follow after that! As we got back to the car, I noticed a dot in a distant tree, turns out it was a Chinese Sparrowhawk! It must have gotten grounded by the heavy rain, so the morning was not entirely wasted!

Crested Serpent Eagle

Chinese Sparrowhawk

The weather improved later in the afternoon, so we headed out once more hoping to salvage the day. We started off well with a Plain Flowerpecker that showed very well near Wu Kau Tang, however the area was generally very quiet as it has been all winter, the only bird of interest was a Pale-legged Leaf Warbler. A Fork-tailed Sunbird came in for us to get a good look.

Plain Flowerpecker

Fork-tailed Sunbird - male

We headed towards Luk Keng area, I was hoping for a Lesser Coucal to perch out after the rain, but no luck. John spotted a bird perched up on the bamboo, which turned out to be our only Dollarbird of the trip! This usually common migrant have been anything but common this spring, with very few records!

Dollarbird - pitifully few this spring

With no Chestnut-winged Cuckoos in sight, I decided to head back towards Tai Mei Tuk Catchwater for a brief stroll before dusk. A distant Great Barbet briefly made an appearance, another lifer for John. A very confiding Black Kite perched above a house.

Great Barbet

Black Kite

I was relieved when we finally heard a call of the Chestnut-winged Cuckoos, and two birds came out for us to get a good look in the end. They showed exceptionally well, even perched up in the tree briefly for us to take some photos! It was certainly a good note to end the day with.

Chestnut-winged Cuckoo - stunning as always

24th - Day 6

John booked a permit to Mai Po for the day, and weather forecast was not too bad for a change! So, we thought we should give Tai Po Kau a second try before we head over to Mai Po. We woke up early and got to Tai Po Kau around 6:30am. On the way up we added two confiding Black-throated Laughingthrushes and a few common species. The Crested Serpent Eagle was present once again, but without the mist it took off almost immediately after it spotted us.

Black-throated Laughingthrush

Crested Serpent Eagle

As we arrived at the first picnic area, I heard a Two-barred Warbler singing, with a bit of effort we located the bird and it showed fairly well, this was also a lifer for John, and one I was glad we connected with. Further along the track, I heard the song of Hainan Blue Flycatcher, and it didn't take too long before we were looking at a nice male in song, the female also came out to greet us briefly.

Two-barred Warbler

Hainan Blue Flycatcher - male

We arrived at picnic area two and immediately heard the Chinese Barbet calling away, but it was just out of view. Other small birds came through for us to get a good view, including Blue-winged Minla, Siliver-eared Mesia, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Huet's Fulvetta and Grey-chinned Minivets. It took a while but a Chinese Barbet finally perched up on the tree top and gave fairly good views, despite being a bit far, nailing us the final target of the morning!

Blue-winged Minla

Chinese Barbet

On the way out, we stumbled across a Hong Kong Stream Crab crossing the footpath, and a few Rhesus Macaque at the dam. By 8:05am we were back down at the car park, making it a very productive morning!

Hong Kong Stream Crab

Rhesus Macaque

We got some sandwiches and headed to Mai Po to get the permit for John, we were on our way into the reserve before 9am. The first new bird we saw along the footpath was a juvenile Purple Heron. As John was photographing some other birds, I went ahead and saw a bird sitting on a low branch under a tree, I looked through my binoculars and saw two yellow eyes staring straight back at me! I immediately called John over to tell him that I found another Asian Barred Owlet! We had excellent views of the bird until it got flushed by a Red-billed Blue Magpie.

Near the Education Centre we had a very confiding female Common Kingfisher, even though they are very common in Hong Kong, it is not always easy to get close views. At the reedbed we heard an unusual song that we knew was from a Reed Warbler, but it didn't sound right for Black-browed Reed Warbler. We soon figured out that it was from a Manchurian Reed Warbler! We had brief views of it hopping up onto the top for half a second, it stayed inside the reed the entire time. A Black-browed Reed Warbler did call not too far away, allowing us to compare the different song.

Common Kingfisher - female

Black-browed Reed Warbler

We continued on towards the scrape, along the way we had a few more Black-faced Spoonbills. On the scrape, most of the birds were already roosting there from the early high tide. I scanned the waders, the most obvious being Black-tailed Godwits feeding in front of the bird hide. With a bit of effort I located three Asian Dowitchers, another target for John.

Black-faced Spoonbill

Black-tailed Godwit

Asian Dowitcher with Black-tailed Godwit

I continued to scan through all the waders, but I failed to locate a Nordmann's Greenshank anywhere. We did however get a good range of species, including Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover, Siberian Sand Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Whimbrels and Great Knot. A pair of Ospreys also came through close to the bird hide, allowing great flight views!

Assorted Waders...


Outside the bird hide, I spotted an Oriental Cuckoo, it flew into the tree and stayed out of view, I told John we would probably flush it when we go ahead, and surely it did flew off to the left side! I told John to follow me and this time I flushed it and got great views as it flew past me, I thought John would have seen it next to me, only to look over to find him not there! Turns out he was trying to look through the trees and missed the bird coming out! We could not relocate it afterwards, but we did get an Indian Cuckoo that flew past for a good view. A Long-tailed Skink also showed itself by the footpath. Along the fence we even heard a Thick-billed Warbler in song! But it never showed itself.

Indian Cuckoo

Long-tailed Skink

We got out to the mudflat hide for the out going tide, there we were greeted by a Vega Gull mongolicus with very worned out plumage, it was later joined by another that I also believe to be the same species, but very bleached. Gull-billed Terns were the first birds to return back out to the mudflat.

Vega Gull - 1st individual

Vega Gull - 2nd individual

An assortment of waders followed, mainly Red-necked Stints and Curlew Sandpipers, but most of those were too far away for photos. A Terek Sandpiper came in pleasantly close to the bird hide, as did a few Greater Sand Plovers and a single Grey-tailed Tattler. There were also quite a few Gull-billed Terns around.

Terek Sandpiper

Greater Sand Plover

Grey-tailed Tattler

Gull-Billed Tern

A distant Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was spotted as we lost hope for the Chinese Egret, but just before we were about to give up, I spotted one way out along the tide line! Despite how far it was, we could make out all the diagnostic feature of this lifer for John.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Chinese Egret

The returning journey back was not particularly productive, we only added an Asian Brown Flycatcher and numerous Asian Koels calling nearby, of which we finally got a good one for a photo.

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Asian Koel - male

Back at the car park, I noticed the bulbuls were having a go at something, I looked up and was surprise to find yet another Asian Barred Owlet sitting near the top of the tree! How amazing to have two in one day! It stayed so long that we even managed to tell the WWF staffs about it and they had a good look as well. No wonder people call John the 'Owl whisperer' back at home!

Asian Barred Owlet

We went back to the fish ponds around San Tin and Tai Sang Wai after Mai Po, but produced very little birds of interest, we did have a very nice looking macronyx Eastern Yellow Wagtail that came very close though.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail - macronyx

25th - Day 7

For our last day, we didn't think we could get too much birding looking at the forecast. I saw that we have a slight window with no rain early in the morning, so John and I gave Sha Lo Tung a try, as it was close to home, and its an area that I so seldomly go despite how close I live. The first animal of interest we found there as we arrived was not a bird, but a Chinese Waterside Skink that I found under a leaf! While not a rare species, it is not a species you see everyday!

Chinese Waterside Skink

Not long into our walk, I heard the call of a Bay Woodpecker! One of John's major target! Having missed them at Tai Po Kau, I wasn't sure we were gonna see it. We were rewarded with good flyby views, and on a few occasions it perched very close to us! Although always with a few branches in the way, but I managed a decent record shot of the male! We also added a Hodgson's Hawk Cuckoo that gave us a flyby view, this elusive species is always hard to see well. John also added the Grey Treepie to his life list when we finally caught sight of one flying past us in the rain, but all the diagnostic features seen perfectly. The only other addition to our trip list were a few Sooty-headed Bulbuls.

Bay Woodpecker - male

Sooty-headed Bulbul

Heavy rain soon came in and we were glad to be home. I thought that was the last of our birding given the weather, but fortunately for us, weather cleared up after lunch! Having gotten news that someone got Oriental Pratincoles, a species that I was hoping to find John, we headed back out to the fish ponds areas to try our luck. To our pleasant surprise, the first bird we saw was actually a male Citrine Wagtail! A species that John has always wanted to see, but never seemed to be lucky in connecting! And what better way to end that streak with his bogey bird than a fine looking male! We only had brief views before the bird took off and never returned.

Citrine Wagtail - male

At San Tin, we saw a White-breasted Waterhen tending to her fledged youngs, although I wasn't quick enough to get a photo of those cute black fuzzy balls of fur. A Black Drongo perched closely for a nice photo, and we had a few more confiding macronyx Eastern Yellow Wagtail. I found John his first ever Brown Shrike, but it was so skittish that it flew off without a trace soon after we relocated it, leaving us without a photo. A nice find was a lovely big Common Rat Snake that was slithering across the road, I manage to get a hold of it before it slithered off so John can get a good look at this awesome snake, it was around 1.5m long, definitely a beauty!

White-breasted Waterhen

Black Drongo

Eastern Yellow Wagtail - macronyx

Common Rat Snake

Over at Tai Sang Wai, what I believe to be the same flock of terns were still present, including the two White-winged Black Terns. The drained pond was slightly disappointing, with very few migrant species. A few Pied Avocets gave close views, while a single Terek was spotted among the Wood Sandpipers. At one point I found an Oriental Pratincole on a drained pond, I thought I could take my time in getting the scope out for John, but when I was ready the bird mysteriously disappeared! We did not see it fly off, so I was completely baffled in where it went...That will be a bird John will have to get on his next visit.

Whiskered and White-winged Black Tern

Pied Avocet

Wood Sandpipers and one Terek Sandpiper

One of our final bird was a Black-faced Spoonbill flying past, which gave us amazing views! And John finally got a few good photos of a Long-tailed Shrike that he was happy with. And with that, it was the end of our 7 days of birding around Hong Kong! We had a lovely dinner and dropped John off at the airport for his late night flight home.

Black-faced Spoonbill

Given how challenging the weather was half of the time, and the lack of proper migrants anywhere in those 7 days, I would say we did quite well. As with any migratory season, there are going to be some unpredictability, adding to the continued southerly winds that might have been aiding the birds to move north much quicker, there were quite a few usually common migrants I hoped to connect to but didn't, simply because they were not really around. That being said, despite the challenges we still ended up with 170 species, over 30 of those were lifers for John, and a lot of laughs and good meals together, so all in all it was a nice time with some great birds thrown in!

With a bit more rain and some easterly winds finally, it seems to have brought in a few more birds...hopefully that trend can continue for a few more weeks into May.

1Northern Shoveler
2Eurasian Wigeon
3Eurasian/Green-winged Teal
4Chinese FrancolinHeard on Tai Mo Shan and Ha Pak Nai
5Little Grebe
6Rock Dove
7Rufous Turtle Dove
8Eurasian Collared Dove
9Red Collared Dove
10Spotted Dove
11Barred Cuckoo-DoveHeard at Ting Kok
12Asian Emerald Dove
13Greater Coucal
14Chestnut-winged Cuckoo2 at Tai Mei Tuk Catchwater
15Asian Koel
16Plaintive Cuckoo
17Large Hawk-Cuckoo
18Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo1 seen at Sha Lo Tung
19Indian Cuckoo
20Oriental Cuckoo1 seen at Mai Po
21Pacific Swift2 seen on Po Toi, numerous at Ha Pak Nai
22House Swift
23Common Moorhen
24White-breasted Waterhen
25Slaty-legged Crake1 heard at Tai Mei Tuk Catchwater
26Black-winged Stilt
27Pied Avocet
28Grey Plover
29Little Ringed Plover
30Siberian Sand Plover
31Greater Sand Plover
33Eurasian Curlew
34Bar-tailed Godwit
35Black-tailed Godwit
36Asian Dowitcher3 seen at Mai Po
37Common Snipe
38Pintailed / Swinhoe's Snipe1 seen at Mai Po
39Terek Sandpiper
40Common Sandpiper
41Green Sandpiper
42Grey-tailed Tattler3 seen at Ha Pak Nai, 1 at Mai Po
43Marsh Sandpiper
44Wood Sandpiper
45Common Redshank
46Spotted Redshank
47Common Greenshank
48Great Knot
49Broad-billed Sandpiper
50Sharp-tailed Sandpiper1 at Tai Sang Wai, 1 at Mai Po
51Curlew Sandpiper
52Long-toed Stint
53Red-necked Stint
54Oriental Pratincole
55Black-headed Gull
56Vega Gull
57Gull-billed Tern
58Whiskered Tern
59White-winged Black Tern
60Great Bittern1 at Ha Pak Nai
61Yellow Bittern
62Black-crowned Night Heron
63Pacific Reef-Heron
64Chinese Egret1 at Mai Po
65Little Egret
66Striated Heron
67Chinese Pond Heron
68Eastern Cattle Egret
69Great White Egret
70Medium Egret
71Grey Heron
72Purple Heron
73Black-faced Spoonbill
75Crested Serpent-Eagle
76Crested Goshawk
77Chinese Sparrowhawk1 at Tai Po Kau
79Black Kite
80White-bellied Sea-Eagle
81Collared Scops Owl1 at Tai Mei Tuk Catchwater
82Brown Fish-Owl1 at Nam Chung
83Asian Barred Owlet1 at Shek Kong Airfield, 2 at Mai Po
84Common Kingfisher
85White-throated Kingfisher
86Pied Kingfisher
87Dollarbird1 at Nam Chung
88Great Barbet
89Chinese Barbet1 seen at Tai Po Kau
90Speckled Piculet
91Bay Woodpecker2 seen at Sha Lo Tung
92Peregrine Falcon
93Yellow-crested Cockatoo
94Alexandrine Parakeet
95Grey-chinned Minivet
96Scarlet Minivet
97White-bellied Erpornis
98Black Drongo
99Hair-crested Drongo
100Brown Shrike1 at San Tin
101Long-tailed Shrike
102Azure-winged Magpie
103Indochinese Green-MagpieHeard at Sha Lo Tung
104Red-billed Blue-Magpie
105Grey Treepie2 at Sha Lo Tung
106Oriental Magpie
107Large-billed Crow
108Collared Crow
109Japanese Tit
110Yellow-cheeked Tit
111Chinese Penduline Tit1 flew over at Mai Po
112Common Tailorbird
113Yellow-bellied Prinia
114Plain Prinia
115Thick-billed Warbler1 heard along fence at Mai Po
116Black-browed Reed Warbler
117Manchurian Reed Warbler1 heard and seen briefly at Mai Po
118Oriental Reed Warbler
119Russet Bush WarblerNumerous on Tai Mo Shan
120Barn Swallow
121Chestnut Bulbul
122Mountain Bulbul
123Black Bulbul1 at Shek Kong Catchwater
124Light-vented Bulbul
125Red-whiskered Bulbul
126Sooty-headed Bulbul
127Dusky Warbler
128Two-barred Warbler1 at Tai Po Kau
129Pale-legged Leaf Warbler1 on Po Toi, another at Wu Kau Tang
130Mountain Tailorbird
131Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler
132Swinhoe's White-eye
133Rufous-capped Babbler
134Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler
135Chinese Grassbird1 on Tai Mo Shan
136Huet's Fulvetta
137Blue-winged Minla
138Red-billed Leiothrix
139Silver-eared Mesia
140Chinese Hwamei
141Black-throated Laughingthrush
142Masked Laughingthrush
143Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
144Black-collared Starling
145White-shouldered Starling
146Red-billed StarlingSeveral seen at Kowloon Park
147Common Myna
148Crested Myna
149Great Myna
150Eyebrowed Thrush1 flew over at Tai Mo Shan
151Asian Brown Flycatcher
152Oriental Magpie-Robin
153Hainan Blue FlycatcherA pair seen at Tai Po Kau
154Lesser Shortwing
155Blue Whistling-Thrush
156Amur Stonechat
157Plain Flowerpecker1 seen well at Wu Kau Tang
158Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
159Fork-tailed Sunbird
160Scaly-breasted Munia
161White-rumped Munia
162Eurasian Tree Sparrow
163Grey Wagtail
164Eastern Yellow Wagtail
165Citrine Wagtail1 at Mai Po fish ponds
166White Wagtail
167Richard's Pipit
168Olive-backed Pipit
169Yellow-breasted BuntingPerhaps 2 at Tai Sang Wai
170Black-faced Bunting

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