Monday, 30 June 2014

Nearing the End

We returned to Baxi forest early this morning, but hopes weren’t high as there was a steady drizzle with some mist that kept on rising from the valley below. So upon arrival we had a coffee and the rain eased so we staked out the usual spot for about 20 minutes before Simon spotted a Blue Eared-Pheasant feeding further down the valley and upon further investigation thee was a pair present. They were feeding totally unconcerned in an open area and everyone had great views of this beautiful bird. Can’t tell you what a relief this was!

Blue Eared-Pheasants

So after breakfast we drove lower and walked along the road and into the forest, seeing a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers before a Chinese Nuthatch was found. This little beauty came quite low to check us out and we were able to watch it for a good 20 minutes. 

Chinese Nuthatch

We meandered around the forest for a while, seeing several White-browed Rosefinches, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Yellow-streaked Warbler, Godlewski’s Bunting and other previously seen species. So we drove back up the road and some of us walked around the hillside and scrub covered valleys for any sign of a partridge, but without much luck. But there was a pair of Eurasian Wrynecks, Streaked and Pink-rumped Rosefinches and White-browed Tit present. 

Grey-headed Bullfinches

So leaving here we drove towards our next hotel, stopping for a picnic lunch on the plateau. Here we had a small flock of Twite, Ground-Tit, and White-rumped Snowfinch before heading off. 

Our last stop before reaching Chuanzhusi was to locate Siberian Rubythroat, which we did in spectacular fashion and had much closer views than usual.

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