Details of the Tai Mo Shan Outing to be held on 21 May 2017 as below:-
Date: 21/5/2017 Sunday
Activity time: 8:00 - 12:00
Gathering time & place (1):
- Exit B near Hang Seng Bank, Tsuen Wan MTR Station
- Participants will be grouped to share a taxi, at their own cost, to go up to the carpark near the entrance gate to TMS.
Gathering time & place (2):
- Small capark near the entrance gate to TMS wireless station.
- For those who choose to meet up at TMS entrance gate, please phone our leader at 94573196 around 08:00 to confirm status of TMS outing first.
Target Species: Grassland Birds
Members: Free of Charge (by showing your membership card)
Non-members: HK$30 (HK$10 for student under 19yrs)
**No registration is required **
The Activities Enquiry Hotline for contacting outing leaders at the event date only: 9457 3196 (voice call only, no SMS).
Bad Weather Arrangement for this TMS outing(19/5/2017 Updates):
Safety is always our fundamental concern for organizing a bird watching activity. Tai Mo Shan is a birding site with mainly open area without sheltering facilities and therefore there is more changes for accidents when poor weather condition is observed up there. Common accidents observed are slip and fall injury on slippery slope due to outbreak of rain, blown down by squalls and gusts and even direct strokes by lightning (especially when holding an umbrella). In order to ensure personal safety of outing participants, more conservative bad weather arrangement will be carried out for TMS outing.
1. Outing will be cancelled when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.3 or above or Rainstorm Warnings Yellow, Red or Black is hoisted (or is expected to be hoisted) by the Hong Kong Observatory 1 hour before outing.
2. If Thunderstorm Warning is announced during the outing, leader will decide whether the outing should be continued or cancelled based on the weather condition on the birding site.
3. In addition to the above condition, other bad weather like continuous rain and squally thunderstorms that is expected to influence the outing period will also make TMS not suitable for birding. Our leaders will work together with office staff to make a decision on whether the TMS outing should go on based on all available weather information provided by the Hong Kong Observatory (e.g. weather radar image, regional weather & rainfall forecast and lightning alert.
4. If TMS is considered not suitable for birding under the above condition, birding location will be changed to one jointly decided by outing leaders and office staff.
5. Outing fee, if any, will be waived when participant withdraws due to change of birding location.
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society (“the HKBWS”) assumes no responsibility, liability or obligations, whether financial or otherwise, for losses, injuries, death, damages, whether to the person or property, arising or occurring in the course or as a result from the activities, outings or training courses (“the Activities”)organized by the HKBWS. Persons who participate in the Activities must ensure that they are medically fit to do so. If in doubt, they should consult qualified medical practitioners before participating. Participants are recommended to purchase relevant insurance for their own protection. By participating in the Activities, the participants impliedly agree that they will not hold the HKBWS, its Executive Committee members, other committee members, its officers, employees, volunteers, agents or subcontractors responsible or liable for any losses, injuries, death damages arising or occurring in the course or as a result from the Activities.
Details of Wild Card Day outing will be announced on Discussion Forum on May 19. Author: HKBWS Bonnie Time: 19/05/2017 10:29
Has anyone seen Upland Pipit on Tai Mo Shan in recent years? Author: ddavid Time: 24/05/2017 21:13
Records on two days (May 30 & June 2)in 2013, one day (June 29) in 2014, none in 2015 (from HK Bird Reports). I haven't seen it on Tai Mo Shan for several years. Last year, I checked two sites on the mountain that were reliable in the past but had no luck. Matt Kwan in his blog "As the Crow Flies" has also commented on the recent lack of sightings of this species on the mountain.
I think the species - for reasons unknown - is virtually extinct on Tai Mo Shan. Seems to be still present on Ma On Shan and on Lantau.
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