Chinese sparrowhawk migration numbers hit record high

Taipei-A record number of Chinese sparrowhawks have been observed migrating south over Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County this month, authorities said Thursday.

Kenting National Park Headquarters told CNA that about 230,000 of the predatory bird have been observed flying south over Pingtung since Sept. 1, the largest number since records were started 31 years ago.

The main migratory route of the Chinese sparrowhawk is from the Korean Peninsula south to Japan's Kyushu and Ryukyu Islands then southwest to Kenting in Taiwan and onto the Philippines, said Tsai Yi-jung (???), a bird enthusiast and former employee of the park headquarters.

Records commissioned by Kenting National Park Headquarters and compiled by Chen Chao-chieh (???), a professor at Kaohsiung Medical University's Department of Biomedical Science and Environmental Biology, show that more than 30,000 Chinese sparrowhawks were recorded in the area on both Monday and Tuesday.

As the bird's migratory season ends in late September, next month will be the migratory peak of the Grey-faced buzzard.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel