Society hears of Chinese birdlife

MEMBERS of Scarborough Field Naturalists Society were given a talk about the wildlife found in south west China at a recent meeting.

Group secretary Ian Glaves spoke of a recent birdwatching and photographic trip to the area.

He said: “After arriving in Beijing, I went north to the Great Wall area and saw Pallas’s Sandgrouse and the rare Ibisbill – a wading bird of mountain rivers.

“After some sightseeing in the capital, I moved south west to Yunnan province and visited the Gaoligong Shan mountains and two sites on the Burmese Border where a great variety of montane forest birds were seen and photographed. These included Red-headed Trogon, Black-headed Oriole and Red-billed Scimitar Babbler.”

The society regularly meets at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus where members give reports of any recent sightings.

Local reports included numerous migrant bird sightings brought about by the recent inclement weather.

Two Firecrests were spotted at Hundale, Cloughton, and two more on the Castle headland, along with Spotted Flycatcher, four Blackcaps and a Black Redstart. A Snow Bunting was seen on the harbour’s East Pier, as were 15 Purple Sandpipers. Thrush species such as Blackbirds and Redwing were returning from Scandinavia for the winter. A Short-eared Owls were seen coming in off the sea.