Raptor watching swoops over Northern Taiwan
Bird lovers wishing to bid farewell to raptors that are about to migrate north from Taiwan are invited to Guanyinshan in New Taipei, where guided tours will be held, event organizers said Saturday.
The peak migration period for birds of prey is about to conclude as spring ends, the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area said, encouraging the public to grab the last chance to check out birds of prey such as grey-faced buzzards, Chinese sparrow hawks and crested serpent eagles.
The area has recorded a hundred-odd bird sightings since March, when the migration season began, officials said.
On April 25, the scenic area will host ecotourism events to celebrate the raptors’ northern migration, featuring guided birdwatching tours.
Less intensive events will include lectures, a farmers’ market and a display of raptor sketches, officials said.
Peak migration season for raptors begins around the Spring Equinox in late March, when frequent rainfall forces them to land or fly low, making it a good opportunity for birders, the administration said.
Taipei- based Chinese Wild Bird Federation said that besides Guanyinshan, Baguashan in the central county of Changhua, and Kenting at the southernmost tip of Taiwan are among the best places to catch a glimpse of the aerial predators.