Society 2005 Post-Conference Field Trips
days, 28 November – 2 December, 2005
5-day birding trip is planned after the close of the conference. The
trip will begin at the conference hotel in Tainan and will end in
Taipei where you will have the option of going to the airport or
staying on in Taipei.
Although a small island, Taiwan has a complex topography. It has
high mountains over 3000 meters in elevation, huge forests, varied
plains and many streams and rivers. The climate ranges from
tropical, subtropical, temperate to frigid. Oceanic influences
produce high humidity and plenty of rain, resulting in diverse
vegetation, and contributes to the island’s varied biological
species. Currently, Taiwan has 15 endemic species of birds and 69
Dress for warm to hot and humid conditions in the lowlands. Daytime
temperatures at high elevation will be pleasantly warm with intense
sunlight (sunscreen advised), but nights will be chilly to cold. An
all-weather jacket over a wool sweater or synthetic pile/fleece
would be appropriate, and gloves may be appreciated. Rain is
possible (though unlikely in November), so rain pants and an
umbrella might be useful. Sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots are
recommended. The Shuiyen (water) Trail is aptly named for the
plastic water pipes (some leaking) that lie alongside the trail;
expect walking through occasional water/mud.
Bring a day pack for snacks and bottled water.
trip will showcase wetland and mountain birds with an emphasis on
endemics and sub-endemics. Thirteen of Taiwan’s 15 endemic species
might be seen. They are: Taiwan Partridge, Swinhoe’s Pheasant,
Mikado Pheasant, Flamecrest, Formosan Whistling-Thrush, Collared
Bush-Robin, White-Whiskered Laughingthrush, Steere’s Liocichla,
Taiwan Barwing, White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Yuhina, Yellow Tit, and
Formosan Magpie. A 14th endemic, Taiwan Bush-Warbler is a shy,
skulking species, virtually impossible to find when silent, outside
of the breeding season. The 15th is found only in the
extreme south and east, where the trip will not go.
1 will be devoted to prime wetland habitats on or near the west
coast, including Aougo, Hambao, and Kwangtien. On Day 2, we head
for the mountains of Taiwan’s interior where we have a good chance
of seeing most of the endemics and many sub-endemics. There will be
beautiful mountain scenery and possibly Taiwan’s native monkey, the
Taiwan Macaque [Formosan Rock Monkey]. The highest elevation will
be 3275 m (10,759 ft.) by road; no steep mountain hiking is
necessary. We will remain at higher elevation in the early morning
of Day 5, arriving in Taipei in the afternoon.
N.B. “Shan”, pronounced “sahn” = mountain
$1,000 (sharing); US $1200 (single). If registering before October
15: US $900 (sharing); US $1100 (single). Price includes all meals,
travel, and accommodation.
conference and field trips are open to anyone with an interest in
Monday, 28 Nov.
7 – 8 a.m:
Drive to Kwantien Wetland; Pheasant-tailed Jacana habitat. This is
the site of the first successful re-introduction program in Asia.
Birding in Kwantien area; Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Greater
Painted-Snipe, Common Moorhen, Oriental Skylark.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m:
Drive to Aougo (Aouwu) Wetland, the largest and most important
wetland in Taiwan.
10:30 – noon:
Birding at Aougo; look for Little Grebe, Saunders’ Gull,
Black-headed Gull, Whiskered Tern, White-winged Tern, Caspian Tern,
Common Redshank, Greenshank; Marsh, Green, Terek and Common
Sandpipers; Red-necked Stint.
Noon – 1:20 p.m:
Lunch at “It’s Delicious;” considered the best seafood restaurant in
1:20 – 2:30 p.m:
Birding at Tungshih Bridge; gulls, terns, herons, egrets.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m:
Drive to Hambao.
3:30 – 5 p.m:
Birding; Hambao wetland for shorebirds; look for Northern Lapwing,
Pacific Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Little Ringed Plover,
Lesser Sandplover, Common Snipe, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper,
Common Sandpiper, Gray-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone.
5:00 – 5:30 p.m:
Drive to historic city of Lukang.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m:
Welcome Party and supper, hosted by Changhua County with welcoming
remarks by Mayor Ong.
Visit Matsu Temple, dedicated to Matsu, Goddess of the Sea, and
Lugang heritage area. The temple contains an original image of
Meijhou Matsu, thought to possess strong spiritual powers.
Overnight at Leader Hotel, Lukang.
Tuesday, 29 Nov.
Huisun Forest Station
Drive to Huisun Forest Station.
a.m. – 5 p.m:
Birding in Huisun Forest Station, elevation 770 m (2530 feet) is
where we hope to see Formosan Magpie, Grey Treepie, Malayan
Night-Heron and Daurian Redstart. The forested slopes are a good
place for Ashy Wood-Pigeon, Black-browed Barbet and Gray-capped
Woodpecker. Other birds such as Gray-chinned Minivet, Grey Treepie,
Black Bulbul, Rufous-capped Babbler, White-bellied Pigeon, and
White-bellied Yuhina are expected in the area. Chinese Bamboo
Partridge may be present in the undergrowth and Swinhoe’s Pheasant
might be spotted on the forest road if we are lucky.
Overnight at Huisun Forest Station.
Wednesday, 30 Nov.
Huisun Forest Station, cont’d.
In the early morning, we might hear an owl and see
Swinhoe’s Pheasant. Gray-cheeked Fulvetta, Black Bulbul,
Green-backed Tit, Varied Tit, Japanese White-eye, and House Swift
Drive to Auwanda Forest Recreation Area.
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m:
Streams in the Auwanda National Forest Recreation Area, elevation
1200 m (3900 feet) are home to Plumbeous Redstart. Also possible
here are Emerald Dove, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Crested Serpent-Eagle,
Taiwan Yuhina, Yellow Tit, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Black-browed
Barbet, Gray-chinned Minivet, Winter Wren, and Large-billed Crow.
Drive to Chingjing, elev. 1750 m (5740 feet).
Overnight at Chingjing Resort.
Thursday, 1 Dec.
Birding along Shuiyen (water) Trail, also called “Blue Gate Trail.”
Blue Gate Trail is where we hope to find the Mikado Pheasant, Taiwan
Partridge, White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Yuhina, Collared Bush Robin,
Taiwan Barwing, Steere’s Liocichla, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, White-browed
Shortwing, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Plain and Fire-breasted
Flowerpecker, Ashy Wood-Pigeon, Brown Bullfinch, Rufous-faced
Warbler, Grey-faced Woodpecker, Gray-chinned Minivet, Eurasian
Nuthatch, Asian Stubtail, Yellowish-Bellied Bush-Warbler, Vivid
Niltava, Rufous-capped Babbler, Eurasian Jay.
a.m. – noon:
Drive to Hehuan Shan (Mt. Snow) Forest Recreation Area, elev. 3275 m
Noon – 12:30 p.m:
12:30 – 4 p.m:
Just inside the western edge of Taroko National Park we will be near
the 3461 m (11,360 ft.) summit of Hehuan Shan. During some
winters, there is enough snow to ski. We will look for Vinaceous
Rosefinch, White-whiskered Laughingthrush, Flamecrest, Coal Tit,
Green-backed Tit, and Yellow Tit.
Return to Chingjing.
Supper and overnight at Chingjing Resort.
Friday, 2 Dec.
Birding in Chingjing area, near the hotel might turn up Siberian
Rubythroat, Striated Prinia, Vinaceous Parrotbill and Steere’s
a.m. – 1 p.m:
Drive to Taipei. Lunch on the way.
of field trip. Travel to Airport or stay on in Taipei (on own). If
you wish to stay on, accommodation can be arranged at YMCA Royal