The main target species for today: Pallas’s Redfinch | Pallas’ Roodmus
As I am currently in Beijing, I organized a quick visit to the chinese Capital’s Botanical Gardens. Having had contact with some locals, there was one species I was after: the Pallas’s Rosefinch (Pallas’ Roodmus) – a species very hard to find world wide. Some had been sighted here over the last few weeks. So this morning I gave it a go and after some 1,5 hours walking and searching I happily enough found them ! On top of that, I also found a species that I had been searching for so much last year but couldn’t fine then: the Chinese Nuthatch (Chinese Boomklever). Besides, I found some ‘old friend’ as the Chinese Grosbeak and the Bluetail.
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. Tomorrow I have a full day of before returning to Holland, so I have more time to try my luck on other birds !
Over the weekend not a lot has been happening. Although still suffering from some suddenly popped-up illness, on saturday I went with Menno to Castricum to see a rare visitor and first-timer for me: the Red-flanked Bluetail (Blauwstaart). Normally somewhere in Siberia, one showed up here somehow. We found it all right, but due to the many birders, hikers, joggers and cyclists it did not show itself very well – so not much more than an evidence shot, alas… Yesterday after I shot a Treecreeper from the upstairs bedroom window, I paid a quick visit to the harbor, where many regulars were around (both birds and birders). I finally saw two Common Murres (Zeekoet), which was nice as well !