Yeyahu Birdwatching Overnight

Visit Yeyahu Lake for two birding sessions, an overnight stay, and a relaxing time looking about the expanse of this national wetlands reserve.

Level 2
3–4 hours of walking and birdwatching each day (Can I do it?)

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Yeyahu Lake
Hills reflected in Yeyahu Lake.

We’ll need ten people signed up to be able to run this trip

Visit Yeyahu Lake for two birding sessions, an overnight stay, and a relaxing time looking about the expanse of this national wetlands reserve.

We’ve seen over 50 different species of birds at Yeyahu, including the Great Crested Grebe, Grey and Purple Herons, the Common Coot, Common Moorhen, and Dusky Thrush.

As well as spotting as many birds as possible, we’ll be able to wander about the reserve – trails are clearly marked, and the park is really nice.

We’ll head out on Saturday afternoon, arriving in time for the birds’ active time during the early evening. The next morning, we’ll be up early – just like the professionals – for a morning session, the best time for bird watching.

Accommodation is very close to the reserve, and is basic but comfortable. Betsy and Jun report that the food served is delicious!

Itinerary
Day 1

12:00: Bus leaves from Liangmaqiao pic kup
12:30: Departure from Lido
14:30: Check in to guesthouse, organise the rooms, and get ready to go birding
14:45: Birding and walking about until sundown
18:45: Back to guesthouse
19:00: Dinner time
20:00: Free time after dinner

Day 2
05:00: Up early for sunrise and early session (optional)
05:30: Drive to park
05:40: Birdwatching session.
09:00: Short break, option to go back to guesthouse.
09:15: Birdwatching session part two, or free time
12:00: Check out of the guesthouse and have lunch
13:00: Ready for departure
15:30: Back to city

What to bring
Comfortable, warm clothes.
Hat, and gloves, just in case it’s chilly in the morning
Waterproof clothing, just in case
Sunglasses
Suncream
Wash bag, toothbrush
Binoculars, if you have them
Camera
Torch or headlamp

What to not bring
Bright coloured clothing, and avoid ‘noisy’ clothing, too. Nylon and some of the synthetic jackets can make a loud swishing sound that can startle birds close by

Other notes
Birdwatching requires patience and silence, which might mean that this trip is not so suitable for young children.

We’ll need ten people signed up to be able to run this trip

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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