Elaine Du is the co-founder of shanghaibirding.com. When Elaine departed Shanghai in February 2018, she was the highest-ranked woman eBirder in China, with 735 species on her list. Elaine was born in Heilongjiang, China and has a master’s degree in food science and engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology. She lives in Florida with her husband, Craig Brelsford; son, “Tiny” Craig; and daughter, Phoebe.
Scroll below to read posts detailing Elaine’s many contributions to birding in Shanghai and in China.
Our daughter, Phoebe Lynn Brelsford, was born 1 June 2020 in Orlando, Florida. Phoebe’s first life bird was Wood Stork, flying past our window after delivering our daughter to us. An immaculate white Rock Dove alighted on the windowsill, blessed the child, and flew off. Phoebe’s beautiful mother, Elaine, and I witnessed the miracle.
Phoebe weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. (3.7 kg) and had a length of 20 inches (51 cm). She bears an unusually close resemblance to her brother, “Tiny” Craig. Even Elaine, shown photos of the children at the same age, mistakes the one for the other. “It’s like Himalayan and Oriental Cuckoo!” we exclaimed.
Phoebe’s Chinese name is Dù Yíníng (杜怡宁). Her English name honors the phoebes (genus Sayornis). Each winter, Eastern Phoebe visits our back yard here in central Florida.
Elaine, Tiny, and I thank God for Phoebe, our inexpressible gift. Wish our daughter well by leaving a comment below.
Featured image: Phoebe Lynn Brelsford, age 6 days, photographed at her home in Debary, Florida, USA. (Craig Brelsford)
This post is the second in a series celebrating the Brelsfords’ children. See also