At dusk yesterday, saw around flock of around 70 Barn Swallows swirling around over waterfront buildings, before going to roost. Seems typical that after breeding, swallows here gather in groups like this: may perch together on tv aerials, or on wires over buildings.
Pretty soon, though, they'll "disappear" - going south for the winter.
I saw a party of five Chinese Starlings above Pak Tei temple yesterday - maybe a family party (adults and young), tho didn't see them very well.
Three or four days ago, saw a male Chinese Starling at the top of Peak Road (top of main slope up from the village - where I've seen them in previous years, and suspected breeding). Around three days before that, saw three above Human Head Rock.
So, would indeed seem that some of these starlings have stayed on to breed.
Late yesterday afternoon, I went to Sai Wan (southwest Cheung Chau) area to take photos. Heard a Black-naped Oriole calling and singing - albeit song half-hearted, in the wooded compound just south of the village.
Po Toi produced excellent day's birding yesterday (sadly, not for me!) - and planned to head there today. But, with lots of rain, traffic too bad and taxis too few to make the ferry there in time.
I was out early this morning, with a trough over the coast, lots of rain, moderate easterlies - seemed possible terns and other seabirds might be moving close inshore.
Hot, fine morning - and in southeast Cheung Chau, only passage migrant I found was an Arctic Warbler.
Maybe the rain due over the weekend will make things a little more interesting for birding here...
Walked southeast Cheung Chau this aft. With fine, hot weather, I didn't expect to find migrants - but saw two Brown Shrikes and heard an Arctic Warbler singing. Also Plaintive Cuckoo singing: seems one is hanging around this spring. At lower Fa Peng Valley, saw a Chinese Starling - another summer visitor that seems to be staying on to breed.
There are several Arctic Warblers around at the moment - these are late spring migrants that are headed for forests in Siberia or even in Alaska, after spending winter in tropical forests south of Hong Kong. It seems they like acacia trees here; can be heard calling - a short, loud tzick, also singing: not a warbling song, but like quickly running together several calls, to become zick-zick-zick-zick-zick, sounding rather insect like.