“The hidden world of birds in the city”: new migration peak

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Editor’s note: “Hidden World of Birds in City” is about exploring a world of birds that usually goes unnoticed in urban spaces. This episode features photographs by Wang Xiaobo, who has been birdwatching near his residential community in Beijing for eight years.

Bird migration hit a new peak on Wednesday as Wang observed a record 625 birds of prey, including 601 eagles, flying over his community from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wang said it was the most stunning scene he had seen since 2018. -The best record was on May 11, 2020, when just 262 birds of prey were seen.

So far, more than 60 species have been sighted in May, which equals the total number of species recorded in March this year. Four new species that have never been seen in the community have been spotted, bringing the total number of species to 197.

Based on Wang’s experience, the number and variety of migrating birds may drop significantly as the woodpeckers usually fall on May 11. He expects the birds’ other big move in September after they have mostly reared their chicks and started returning to warmer places.

A large flock of about 40 crested honey buzzards.

A large flock of about 40 crested honey buzzards.

A purple heron, one of four species first seen in the community.

A purple heron, one of four species first seen in the community.

A Chestnut-eared Sparrow, one of four new species, flew over the community.

A Chestnut-eared Sparrow, one of four new species, flew over the community.

A white-throated needletail.

A white-throated needletail.

A white-throated needletail.

A white-throated needletail.

Female long-tailed minivet.

Female long-tailed minivet.

Female citrine wagtail.

Female citrine wagtail.

A female citrine wagtail and a gray wagtail.

A female citrine wagtail and a gray wagtail.

A white-breasted moorhen.

A white-breasted moorhen.

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