Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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43 March 2015 | Birder's Guide to Travel as Saunders's Gull, an odd crab-hunting specialist of the mudfats of the larger estuaries. It is also globally threatened, with signifcant numbers in Taiwan. Even in the middle of busy Taipei, Guandu Nature Park holds thousands of migrant shore- birds each year. Searching the island's wetlands for Eastern Spot-billed and Tufted ducks, Little Ringed Plovers, Red-necked Stints, and hordes of Dunlin, vagrants invariably turn up, occasionally including some of the world's most sought-after waterbirds, such as the declining Baer's Pochard, Scaly-sided Merganser, Asiatic Dowitcher, and Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Other migrants include raptors, such as Chinese Sparrowhawk, Gray-faced Buzzard, and Oriental Honey-buzzard, which can occur in kettles of thou- sands on their southwards migration in October, especially where Taiwan narrows and acts as a fun- General Information • The Taiwanese government has initiated an information campaign about the island's parks and natural resources. A great deal of information in the form of pamphlets is available island-wide. A barrier for English-speaking travelers is that, outside of Taipei, English is not widely spoken. Travel • There are plenty of fights, either via Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), or direct to Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport. Gateway cities in North America are Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. An excellent network of express and local buses and trains has been es- tablished around the island. Rental cars are easily available at Taoyuan International Airport, but an international driver's license is required. Taiwan Partridge. Photo © Keith Barnes Map © Rad Smith

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