Birding Shanghai in November 2023 (contractual obligation put up)


This November, I went birding in Shanghai precisely as soon as – the results of each some disagreeable adjustments within the accessibility of some good birding websites and a few touring that took me away from Shanghai for half of the month.

Nonetheless, I noticed a couple of thrushes – amongst them certainly one of my favorites, the Japanese Thrush.

The reason for the scientific title of cardis supplied within the HBW sounds a bit spurious to me however is presumably right: “maybe from the resemblance of the black markings on the underparts to the spades in a set of enjoying playing cards (French carde card)”.

Some Japanese researchers apparently barely obsessive about intercourse analyzed the mating success of male Japanese Thrushes relying on their track repertoire. Their discovering: “The whistle repertoire measurement was not associated to the mating standing, whereas the trill repertoire measurement in polygynous males was bigger than that in monogamous males.” If you wish to contact these researchers, please go to the karaoke bar the place they’ve been working towards trills ever since. 

Because the Chinese language are usually not notably keen on the Japanese, they name this species the Gray Thrush (wuhui dong).

I additionally noticed another thrushes that had been much less obliging with regard to having their images taken – Gray-backed Thrush

… and Dusky Thrush.

The Yellow-throated Bunting was referred to as Elegant Bunting till it was found that the namesake of the species, Sir Edward Elegant (1783-1844) was not solely an eminent naturalist but additionally a slaveholder and a vocal supporter of different opinions that will these days clearly be thought of racist and sexist.

Three different birds: Eurasian Hoopoe

Manchurian Bush Warbler

… and Purple-flanked Bluetail.

Not very spectacular, I hear you say, and I absolutely agree. Within the music business, typically bands lie dormant for an prolonged interval, however nonetheless, the grasping document firm requires them to launch a brand new album, if solely to meet their contract. In business phrases, that is typically referred to as the Contractual Obligation Album. In that case, what’s launched is commonly a form of filler album – although the technical time period for filler varies relying on circumstances: it could possibly be a “Better of”, a “Dwell at …”, a “B-sides compilation”, an acoustic album, or an album recorded with a classical orchestra.

Since 10,000 Birds has been taken over by a grasping and unrelenting German, the enforcement of my contractual obligations in writing a weekly put up have additionally been enforced way more tightly. To fulfill that man, right here is my model of a contractual obligation put up – a set of images taken in Shanghai in any of the previous November months. However I cannot give him the satisfaction so as to add any textual content to those older images.

November 2016: Scaly-sided Merganser

… and Mandarin Duck.

November 2017: Black-naped Monarch

… and Bohemian Waxwing.

November 2018: For some purpose, I don’t appear to have any images from Shanghai for November 2018.

November 2019: Chinese language Thrush

… and White-bellied Inexperienced Pigeon.

November 2020: Chinese language Gray Shrike

… and Ryukyu Minivet.

November 2021: Eurasian Sparrowhawk

… and Eurasian Kestrel.

November 2022: Japanese Robin

… and Chestnut-crowned Warbler.

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