Bird Watching

Hidden World of Birds in City: aiming to create a new record

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.

As of May 15, Wang Xiaobo had counted 92 bird species in Beijing, and their numbers continue to increase slowly but steadily. In 2020, the best year in Wang’s experience, he counted 147 avian species, of which 109 were recorded in May 2020. While it’s hard to say whether this year will surpass last year’s extraordinary score, the current dynamics seem promising since a flock comprising more than 200 birds of prey was observed on Sunday just after its peak hour. Another group of 600 people was seen flying five days ago.

Black-crowned night heron.

Black-crowned night heron.

Black-crowned night heron.

Black-crowned night heron.

Black-crowned night heron.

Black-crowned night heron.

Common sandpiper, a new record in Wang community birding.

Common sandpiper, a new record in Wang community birding.

Flock of Crested Honey Hawk.

Flock of Crested Honey Hawk.

Flock of Crested Honey Hawk.

Flock of Crested Honey Hawk.