After 12 Months, And Almost 27,000km, The First Beijing Cuckoo Is Back!

Birding Beijing 北京观鸟 On 20 May 2017 Gao Jingxin was visiting Yeyahu wetland in Beijing when she spotted a Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) sitting atop a bush.  It was the first time she had seen cuckoos this spring and, as an accomplished photographer, she quickly snapped some photos.  After studying the photos carefully, Jingxin realised there was something special about this particular cuckoo; an antenna was … Continue reading After 12 Months, And Almost 27,000km, The First Beijing Cuckoo Is Back!

The Beijing Cuckoo Project: Class of 2017

Birding Beijing 北京观鸟 It’s been an eventful ten days for the Beijing Cuckoo Project Team.  After the elation of Flappy’s and Meng’s return to the breeding grounds, following monumental journeys of 32,000 and 26,000km respectively, there was little time to take a breath before beginning phase two of the Beijing Cuckoo Project.  The plan for this year was based on two aims.  First, to increase … Continue reading The Beijing Cuckoo Project: Class of 2017

The Yellow Sea And Shorebirds: An Evening With Professor Theunis Piersma

Birding Beijing 北京观鸟 On Wednesday evening, birders in Beijing were treated to a brilliant lecture by Dutch Professor Theunis Piersma, the world-leading shorebird expert. China’s east coast hosts one of the world’s most amazing natural spectacles every spring and autumn – the migration of millions of shorebirds from their wintering grounds in Australia and New Zealand to breeding grounds in the Arctic.  It’s a journey that … Continue reading The Yellow Sea And Shorebirds: An Evening With Professor Theunis Piersma