Thursday, 17 May 2012

Wuyishan to Wuyuan

After a night of heavy rain it didn’t look too promising for our chances of reaching Huangang Shan this morning, however the weather cleared up and we began our drive back up the mountain.  Our only stop on the way up produced Yellow-bellied and Yellow-cheeked Tits, as well as a flock of Black-chinned Yuhinas and Red-billed Leiothrix. On arrival at the summit we were greeted by clearing skies and a rolling mist that would occasionally obscure the wonderful view but compared to yesterday it was so much better. 

Buff-throated Warbler

Brown Bush-warbler

Brown-chested Jungle-Flycatcher

Blunt-winged Warbler

As soon as we arrived a couple of Buff-throated Warblers were found and this proved to be a common species up here, along with Brown Bush-warbler and Rosy Pipit. Several Siberian Stonechats were also seen, along with a colony of Asian House-martins, a brief Siberian Rubythroat, and several Yellow-bellied Bush-warblers. We searched the whole summit for Upland Pipit without any success, but did find Common Rosefinch, Daurian Redstart, Verditer Flycatcher and a rather unexpected Blunt-winged Warbler which seemed to be on territory and reacted very well to a little tape luring. Sadly by late morning we had to leave and return to the hotel in readiness for our departure, but along the way down we picked up Bianchi’s Warbler and our sighting of Brown-chested Jungle-flycatcher was very unexpected, although not by our local guide! The rest of the afternoon was spent driving across the rainy lowlands to Wuyuan.

Huangang Shan

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