Another business trip with the brick company took me to Shanghai recently. Luckily, I managed to get away for a few hours on my first and last day, and I decided to concentrate on Century Park. Craig from Shanghai Birding very kindly recommended the spot for visits on limited timescales as you can typically see between 20-30 species in a couple hours. Challenge accepted.
Walking into the park from the Science and Technology Museum end, things got off to a pretty cool start. I dropped into a dark, forested area, not unlike forests in Spain and soon after saw the first hoopoe of the trip, bouncing between the trees and stopping on the ground long enough for me to get a few record snaps. Spotted doves, Japanese tit, Chinese blackbird and light vented bulbuls made up the rest of the list in that spot. A good start!
I soon got…
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