Cheting Marshes and Yuanfugang Wetlands Park, April 13th

Cheting Marshes wader lagoon, with Great Egrets visible on the left.
Cheting Marshes wader lagoon, with Great Egrets visible on the left.

Highlights (Cheting):

  • Greater Sandplover 1
  • Red-necked Stint 4
  • Avocet 15
  • Pacific Golden Plover 21
  • Richard’s Pipit 1

Highlights (Yuanfugang):

  • Sacred Ibis 3
  • Pheasant-tailed Jacana 6
  • Garganey 3
  • Eurasian Coot 1
  • Yellow Bittern 1
  • Wood Sandpiper 1

A brief Sunday morning visit to these wetland sites, which are both easily accessible from Highway 17, north of Kaohsiung.

It was a hot, clear day. The main lagoon at Cheting was fairly quiet, with just 15 Avocets, a lingering Greater Sandplover (probably one of the two birds that have been present for several weeks), and a nice flock of 21 Pacific Golden Plovers that dropped in shortly after I arrived. Some of them were already in full summer plumage. The “photographers lagoon” had 4 Red-necked Stints, which flew off high to the south, and plenty of common waders (Black-winged Stilt, Common Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper) distantly visible through the heat haze.

Next, I explored some minor roads at the back (north) of the Cheting site. The dried-out marshland produced a single Richard’s Pipit, and plenty of common birds in the grassland and around the scruffy fishponds.

Pacific Golden Plovers at Cheting Marshes, April 13th.
Pacific Golden Plovers, Cheting Marshes, April 13th.

Finally, I squeezed in a 20-minute trip to Yuanfugang Wetlands Park on my way back to Kaohsiung. A quick glance at the main ponds produced some of the specialities of the area: 3 Sacred Ibis, 6 Pheasant-tailed Jacana (mostly in their splendid summer plumage), 3 Garganey, a Eurasian Coot (uncommon in Taiwan), plus single Yellow Bittern and Wood Sandpiper.

Pacific Swallows, Cheting Marshes, April 13th.
Pacific Swallows, Cheting Marshes, April 13th.
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