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Owner Craig Brelsford

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Elaine Du and I noted 30 species. For the first time I heard White’s Thrush sing. Many of the wintering birds were still very much present, among them 40 Pale Thrush. Bird Island, the sanctuary within a sanctuary in the middle of the park, once again proved its worth, yielding 1 of our 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker as well as all our 18 Oriental Turtle Dove plus Chinese Pond Heron and Grey Heron. One of our Red-flanked Bluetail was a beautiful blue adult male, and we found migrating Stejneger’s Stonechat. Dusky Thrush, 63 of which we found on our last visit on 15 March, have left the park, and we found no Grey-backed Thrush.

On an overcast, quiet weekday that according to the guards at Gate 7 saw the 140-hectare park attract only 2500 visitors, Elaine and I soaked in the peaceful atmosphere. The recent rains brought forth an earthy odor from the forest floor, some of the wildflowers were fragrant, and in one of the scrubby areas the herbs we trod on gave off spicy scents.

So quiet was the park that we actually were able to listen to birdsong for sustained amounts of time. Chinese Blackbird, Light-vented Bulbul, and Azure-winged Magpie, the Big 3 residents of Century, created a river of sound, supplemented by some Chinese Grosbeak. Amid that flow, and with the low rumble being made by the traffic on Huamu Road, I picked out a sound that was definitely being made by a bird but was unlike any I had heard before. It was a one-note, drawn-out, plaintive whistle, haunting and beautiful, with pauses of several seconds in between. Mesmerized, I walked toward the sound, which was coming from the canopy. The song suddenly stopped, and out flew a White’s Thrush. The whole episode was over in a minute or two, and I had not made a recording. But while the memory of the song was still fresh, I played back recordings of the song of White’s that I have on my iPhone. There was no doubt. The song Elaine and I heard and the song on my phone were the same.

List 1 of 1 for Thurs. 7 April 2016 (30 species). Century Park (Shìjì Gōngyuán [世纪公园]; 31.219361, 121.551900), Pudong New Area (Pǔdōng Xīn Qū [浦东新区]), Shanghai, China. Includes records from Bird Island (31.217405, 121.554936). Partly cloudy; low 12° C, high 19° C. Visibility 9 km. Wind NNW 15 km/h. PM2.5 AQI: 154 (unhealthful). Sunrise 05:34, sunset 18:18. THU 07 APR 2016 14:30-18:05. Craig Brelsford & Elaine Du.


  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 3
  3. Number observed: 18
  4. Number observed: 70
  5. Number observed: 23
  6. Number observed: 1
  7. Number observed: 2
  8. Number observed: 1
  9. Number observed: 13
  10. Number observed: 2
  11. Number observed: 6
  12. Number observed: 50
  13. Number observed: 6
  14. Number observed: 7
  15. Number observed: 55
  16. Number observed: 4
  17. Number observed: 5
  18. Number observed: 1
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  20. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: S Singing Male (Possible)
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Male 1
    Sex Unknown
  21. Number observed: 120

    Comments: Chinese Blackbird is a very numerous resident of Century Park.

  22. Number observed: 40
  23. Number observed: 10
  24. Number observed: 3
  25. Number observed: 4
  26. Number observed: 3
  27. Number observed: 20
  28. Number observed: 6
  29. Number observed: 25