The Pine Bunting was spotted foraging on the remains of the harvested field as early as Nov.11! But due to its striking resemblance to the female Chestnut-eared bunting, no one took notice of it till someone posted a photo at the HK Birdwatching Society 3 days ago which caused a stir amongst avid birders!
The very next day, I arrived at Long Valley even before daylight! I was soon joined by others and even “retired” avid birders, too woke up early for this HK’s first record! A cold, windy morning at Long Valley produced some quality birds which included the Rustic Bunting, Yellow-breasted Bunting, Yellow-browed bunting, etc! But the star bird only showed up in mid-morning! With so many chestnut-eared buntings hopping about, it was hard to ID without experts! Thankfully, with avid birders next to me, I could easily spot the difference! Here’s the Hong Kong’s first Pine Bunting. 🙂