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The hidden world of birds in the city: unforgettable moments

The hidden world of birds in the city: unforgettable moments

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.

The busiest period for migrating birds, from late March to late May, is over. 104 bird species have been registered this year, and seven new species have been added to the list, bringing the total number of spotted bird varieties to 199. Of these registered species, six are under the protection of the State of first class and 29 are under second class protection, most of them observed in flight or landed for a brief stay in the community. Here is part of the collection of some of the best moments of this year.

A perched Plains Laughing Thrush. This is the third time the species has been sighted in the Wang district in the past eight years.

A perched Plains Laughing Thrush. This is the third time the species has been sighted in the Wang district in the past eight years.

Even better news about the Plains Black-headed Thrush is that a few of these birds have decided to stay and nest in the community this year, which is rare because the Black-headed Thrush normally only stays for a short break here. in the community.

Even better news about the Plains Black-headed Thrush is that a few of these birds have decided to stay and nest in the community this year, which is rare because the Black-headed Thrush normally only stays for a short break here. in the community.

Wang said it was the first time he had seen such large numbers of Mongolian gulls in the area, even though the species is not a rare guest.

Wang said it was the first time he had seen such large numbers of Mongolian gulls in the area, even though the species is not a rare guest.

A black-winged stilt made a rare appearance in early April, which is also the second time Wang has seen in this community.

A black-winged stilt made a rare appearance in early April, which is also the second time Wang has seen in this community.

A black-winged stilt made a rare appearance in early April, which is also the second time Wang has seen in this community.

A black-winged stilt made a rare appearance in early April, which is also the second time Wang has seen in this community.

Barn and red-rumped swallows are busy collecting mud and grass from the edge of the pond to build their nests.

Barn and red-rumped swallows are busy collecting mud and grass from the edge of the pond to build their nests.

A small grebe was trying to hunt a teal as the teal invaded the grebe’s territory.

A small grebe was trying to hunt a teal as the teal invaded the grebe’s territory.

A Vine-throated Parrot standing on a sprouting branch.

A Vine-throated Parrot standing on a sprouting branch.

Bird migration hit a new peak on May 11 when 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 magnificent scene he had seen since 2018.

Bird migration hit a new peak on May 11 when 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 magnificent scene he had seen since 2018.

One of the flocks of crested honey buzzards that flew overhead on May 11.

One of the flocks of crested honey buzzards that flew overhead on May 11.