1. A total of 40 bird species were seen and heard at the Lufoushan area. No jaw dropping records. Interesting birds are Chinese Barbet, Drongo Cuckoo and Oriental Scops Owl. The Chinese Barbet and Drongo Cuckoo were common in the lower part of forest, i.e. around the entrance gate.
2. The lower part is dominated by Camphor trees, plus other native trees
3. A lot of exotic Eucalyptus trees were seen around the forest track (sealed road) from the entrance gate to around 獅子峰 (Lion peak). Chinese Barbet, Great Barbet and Drongo Cuckoo were active around this area. Interestingly, these two Barbets were often heard together, probably coexist very well.
4. The section after獅子峰 (Lion Peak) is dominated by young to semi-mature secondary forest with some older / large trees. In this part of the forest, Blue-winged Minla, Red-capped babbler and Mountain Tailorbird were heard and seen.
5. The record of Black Bulbuls may suggest that this bird is a resident. In HK, it is a winter visitor. Probably will colonize HK soon.
6. Only one territorial call of Hainan Blue Flycatcher was heard. Its low density is a bit out of expectation.
7. Based on our distant observations, the hilltop area of Lufoushan looks like Tai Mo Shan (montane forest mixed with grasslands).
8. participants: Matthew Kwan, Myself and a non-birding friend Mr Huen. 12-13 June 2015
9. Ref: http://www.southchinabirder.com/Guangdong/Luo%20Fu%20Shan.html
10. admission charge: RMB 60 (ctrip states 10%off when order online). The ropeway is said to be RMB90 return and 50 one way
[ Last edited by wcaptain at 15/06/2015 15:47 ] Author: wcaptain Time: 15/06/2015 15:38
1 Black Kite 1 seen aprox 400m Low
2 Accipitar sp. Likely Besra 1 seen aprox 350m Low
3 Drongo Cuckoo 2 seen and many heard at lower elevation Medium
4 Large Hawk Cuckoo Heard only Low
5 Koel Heard only Low
6 Great Barbet 2 seen at lower elevation and many heard High
7 Chinese Barbet Commonly heard and seen High
8 Oriental Scops Owl 1 heard at night near park entrance on 12th June (night) Low
9 House Swift Common High
10 Spotted Dove near the hotel Low
11 Barn Swallow Common, breeds near the park entrance High
12 Red-rumped Swallow Common High
13 Asian House Martin Common at higher elevation above 400m High
14 White Wagtail 1 seen at the entrance car park Low
15 Scarlet Minivet Common from park entrance up to 500m High
16 Orange-bellied Leafbird 1 male seen at aprox 300m Low
17 Red-whiskered Bulbul Common High
18 Chinese Bulbul Common High
19 Black Bulbul Quite common at 250m up High
20 Mountain Bulbul A few seen from 300m up Medium
21 Chestnut Bulbul Small flocks seen from 250m up Medium
22 Magpie Robin Common High
23 Mountain Tailorbird 1 seen and many heard from 300m up Medium
24 Common Tailobird Common High
25 Hainan Blue Flycatcher 1 heard at 300m Low
26 Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler heard a few times Low
27 Red-billed Leiothrix 1 bird singing most likely this species Low
28 Greater necklaced Laughingthrush one flock of over 10 birds seen at aprox 400m Low
29 Hwamei 1 bird heard near entrance Low
30 Rufous-capped Babbler A few bird heard from 250m upwards Medium
31 Blue-winged Minla Many seen with one flock of 10 plus birds aprox 500m Medium
32 Indochinese Yuhina 1 flock of 10 plus birds seen at aprox 300m Low
33 Cinerous Tit Common High
34 Japanese White-eye Common High
35 Fork-tailed Sunbird A few seen and many heard Medium
36 Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker 1 heard at aprox 300m Low
37 Grey Treepie Up to 3 birds seen in one flock at aprox 250m Low
38 White-rumped Munia Seen near entrance and a few up to 500m Medium
39 Chinese Pond Heron 1 near entrance Low
40 Crested Myna A few near entrance of LFS Medium Author: kmatthew Time: 15/06/2015 15:58
Barn Swallow - nests near shopping complex at entrance gate.
Drongo Cuckoo - 2 seen with others heard.
Scarlet Minivet - Common with a few juveniles seen.
Blue-winged Minla - Small flocks and pairs seen, a pair with nest building behaviors observed.
Chinese Barbet - Commonly heard and seen. This bird was brought in closer with playback, used for under 5 minutes, the bird later flew off with another Chinese Barbet.
Orange-bellied Leafbird - just one single male observed.
Great Barbet - Many heard but just 2 seen.
[ Last edited by kmatthew at 15/06/2015 16:04 ] Author: K_Chan Time: 16/06/2015 09:17 Subject: 境外觀鳥 Offshore birding trip
Thanks for the wonderful posting. In fact, BWS has long been pending birding trips to outside HK, apart from the Taiwan one that was a bit expensive. What about short trips like this one to Guangdong Province? At least we won't be expecting just Purple Swamphen from miles away. Author: wcaptain Time: 16/06/2015 13:27
From another pt of view, we should glad that at least there were some purple swamphen at distant. Also, no guarantee in birding. Author: John Holmes Time: 23/06/2015 08:22 Subject: Lufoushan
Thanks, Matthew and Captain - there are some interesting birds at Lufoushan. I wonder what we'd say about the status of the Chinese Barbet if one was found and photographed in HK like that ! Author: wcaptain Time: 23/06/2015 10:01
Agree. Feather damage in HK for some bird species is always considered as unusual.
Matthew noted this "short-tailed" Chinese Barbet on the camera screen after viewing this bird. It is difficult to note this feature at the field as the bird was a bit away and always either fly or hide. Author: kmatthew Time: 23/06/2015 11:11
I think this does show that wild birds can have heavy feather damage as well and is not a feature unique to cage birds. Author: wcaptain Time: 8/03/2016 12:23
We (a total of 3 birders) visited the site again on 5 and 6 March, from the southern to northern part via the upland (1200m asl). 68 bird spp were recorded. Interesting records are White tailed Robin, White-necklaced Partridge (both heard only), and Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush.
The WN partridge is a rare bird with restricted range in Guangdong. The closest location is NanKunShan.
The trail is well marked and should be ok to birders with good phy fitness Author: kmatthew Time: 8/03/2016 12:49
Thanks Captain for organising the trip, it was most interesting to visit the much under birded northern slopes. Hike was tough going but with this many interesting species will no doubt visit again. Other interesting birds that Captain didn't mention were Collared Owlets (heard), Chinese Bamboo Partridge (heard) and Grey-sided Scimitar-babbler (formerly Spot-breasted Scimitar-babbler).
We asked a local food stall owner who work up the mountain whether she have seen "white wild chickens" before, and her respond was quite interesting too, she states that she sees them once every while when she get off work at around 4pm - 5pm on her way down, the white pheasant have a long tail, usually in a flock of 7-8. No doubt a very accurate account of Silver Pheasants.
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler
Chinese Flying Frog
Himalayan Striped Squirrel Author: John Holmes Time: 9/03/2016 21:02
Thanks, Captain and Matthew - it's great to see our bird "neighbours" !
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