Tai Sang Wai

22.47097 , 114.04271

Hong Kong

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Coordinates were set by Twq Ywq : 22.4710/114.0427 (2022-01-01 10:34:00 )

Site name was set by Twq Ywq as "Tai Sang Wai" (2022-01-01 10:34:00 )

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List up to ca. 25 species that:
• have a limited distribution range and/or are rare on a global level
• are most sought-after by birdwatchers at this site
• and are relatively easy to see at this site (year-round or seasonally)

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida)
Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
Collared Crow (Corvus pectoralis)
Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis)
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)

Red-billed Starling (Spodiopsar sericeus) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:42:45)

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:41:29)

Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:40:20)

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:35:34)

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:33:10)

Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:30:24)

Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:30:06)

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:29:53)

Collared Crow (Corvus pectoralis) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 12:29:30)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 10:34:50)

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 10:34:24)

If you're going out to the northwest New Territories for some birding, Tai Sang Wai is not a bad option. It is an area of fishponds with paths around them.

Along some of the ponds are reedbeds and grassy edges, which can hold reed warblers, cisticolas, prinias, buntings and the like. Ponds filled with water are a good habitat for ducks, grebes, egrets and spoonbills. Drained ponds attract smaller waders as well as wagtails. Flocks of crows and starlings are often around. You might also want to look out for Oriental and Red Turtle Doves, as well as Brown and Long-tailed Shrikes, not to mention huge flocks of cormorants.

Early autumn and late spring are best for flocks of terns that are attracted to fishponds for food. The other birds I mention above can turn up at any time in autumn, winter or spring.

If you have enough time, it might be worth heading as far as Lut Chau. The habitat is the same as in Tai Sang Wai - it's just that since Lut Chau is on the edge of Mai Po Nature Reserve, rare birds that get found in that reserve sometimes find their way into Lut Chau. 

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Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 11:17
If you're going out to the northwest New Territories for some birding, Tai Sang Wai is not a bad option. It is an area of fishponds with paths around them. Along some of the ponds are reedbeds and grassy edges, which can hold reed warblers, cisticolas, prinias, buntings and the like. Ponds filled with water are a good habitat for ducks, grebes, egrets and spoonbills. Drained ponds attract smaller waders as well as wagtails. Flocks of crows and starlings are often around. You might also want to look out for Oriental and Red Turtle Doves, as well as Brown and Long-tailed Shrikes, not to mention huge flocks of cormorants. Early autumn and late spring are best for flocks of terns that are attracted to fishponds for food. The other birds I mention above can turn up at any time in autumn, winter or spring. If you have enough time, it might be worth heading as far as Lut Chau. The habitat is the same as in Tai Sang Wai - it's just that since Lut Chau is on the edge of Mai Po Nature Reserve, rare birds that get found in that reserve often find sometimes find their way into Lut Chau. 
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 10:53
If you're going out to the northwest New Territories for some birding, Tai Sang Wai is not a bad option. It is an area of fishponds with paths around them. Along some of the ponds are reedbeds and grassy edges, which can hold reed warblers, cisticolas, prinias, buntings and the like. Ponds filled with water are a good habitat for ducks, grebes, egrets and spoonbills. Drained ponds attract smaller waders as well as wagtails. Flocks of crows and starlings are often around. You might also want to look out for Oriental and Red Turtle Doves, as well as Brown and Long-tailed Shrikes, not to mention huge flocks of cormorants. Early autumn and late spring are best for flocks of terns that are attracted to fishponds for food. The other birds I mention above can turn up at any time in autumn, winter or spring. If you have enough time, it might be worth heading as far as Lut Chau. The habitat is the same as in Tai Sang Wai - it's just that since Lut Chau is on the edge of Mai Po Nature Reserve, rare birds that get found in that reserve often find their way into Lut Chau. 

The two ends of the green minibus route 36 are Fook Hong Street Minibus Terminus at Yuen Long and Tai Sang Wai Village Office. The village office is very close to the start of the fishponds.

The route has stops in between. But don't count on being able to get on the minibus at these intermediate stops, especially during rush hour - i.e. there's no telling whether the seats will have all been taken when the minibus leaves the terminus. 

Alternatively, the bus route 76K and a few other minibuses ply Castle Peak Road (Tam Mi) and San Tam Road, i.e. the roads that run parallel to San Tin Highway. These roads are a bit far from the village office, however. 

If you have a car, you can drive all the way to Lut Chau. The road through Tai Sang Wai to Lut Chau is not smooth, and you will have to drive slowly. But plenty of birders do drive into there. 

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Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 11:07
The two ends of the green minibus route 36 are Fook Hong Street Minibus Terminus at Yuen Long and Tai Sang Wai Village Office. The village office is very close to the start of the fishponds. The route has stops in between. But don't count on being able to get on the minibus at these intermediate stops, especially during rush hour - i.e. there's no telling whether the seats will have all been taken when the minibus leaves the terminus.  Alternatively, the bus route 76K and a few other minibuses ply Castle Peak Road (Tam Mi) and San Tam Road, i.e. the roads that run parallel to San Tin Highway. These roads are a bit far from the village office, however.  If you have a car, you can drive all the way to Lut Chau. The road through Tai Sang Wai to Lut Chau is not smooth, and you will have to drive slowly. But plenty of birders do drive into there. 

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There are toilets at the village office next to the minibus stop.

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Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 11:15
There is a toilet are toilets at the village office next to the minibus stop.
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 11:15
There is a toilet at the village office next to the minibus stop.

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