Tempted back to the ‘starling spot’ by Hor Kee’s flight shot of a White-shouldered Starling, I arrived at first light just in time to see flocks streaming out of what had evidently been an overnight roosting site!
What followed reminded me very much of searching for Waxwing flocks in wintertime in the UK (except of course, for the weather!). Hor Kee and I drove slowly around the area looking for flocks in trees or in flight, and eventually we did connect with a small flock of 60 or so birds.
Careful scrutiny failed to reveal anything unusual among the Purple-backed (Daurian) Starlings, though they were very photogenic models!
Eventually they landed.
I think this is a juvenile.
Several Pallas’s Grasshopper Warblers crept about furtively, but few gave good views. This is a very common species at this time of year in the right habitat. It is the only migrant warbler here which sings while on the wintering grounds, and it also has a number of very distinctive calls.