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Moganshan, China (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Moganshan, China

Map of Moganshan, China

Praying Mantis Tea Plantantion Amid Bamboo Unidentified Frog (Rana ssp.) Unidentified Butterfly
Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) - Juvenile Swinehoes White-eye (Zosterops simplex) Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)

Moganshan is a colonial retreat in the hills west of Shanghai. The area is mostly covered by bamboo plantations.


China Solar Eclipse

7/21/2009: We tried to get the train to arrive in the Shanghai area, but there were no seats available. So we did a flight/bus/taxi combo to arrive in Moganshan for the eclipse.

We had some trouble with aggressive taxi drivers in Wukang, but we finally ended up with one guy with a van. Instead of dropping us at our hotel, however, he left us at a path from which we had to climb several hundred steps to get to our destination.

We met our friends at the Moganshan Lodge which had tasty and expensive food. We spent quite a bit of time at the restaurant and on our hotel room balcony (which had awesome views).

"Dr. Eclipse," from Berkeley, made a short lecture on the night before the solar eclipse in which he bragged that he was 10 for 10 in seeing total eclipses. He had never been clouded out! He also suggested that it was better not to move to a more promising location in the event of clouds. After his speech, I was pretty much convinced that he had jinxed us all, and I thought back to last year where we saw the eclipse only because we made a last minute dash to a more sunny location.

Previous Visit (Southern Great Wall: 7/19/2009)
Next Visit (Wukang Sinopec Station: 7/22/2009)

Species Recorded (8)

Birds ( 8 )

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Black Bulbul - Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Light-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus sinensis

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Swinehoe's White-eye - Zosterops simplex

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Red-billed Blue-Magpie - Urocissa erythroryncha

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Japanese Tit - Parus minor

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Indochinese Yuhina - Staphida torqueola




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