A spot of pre-breakfast birding above Rilong began at 6.30am but it was quite strange how quiet the hillsides and small forest patches were. With our first Grey-crested Tit and Grey-faced Woodpecker being seen we returned to the hotel for breakfast (luxury!) before setting out on the 5 hour drive to Mengbi Shan, passing through scenically spectacular river valleys and quaint Tibetan-style villages along the way and at one of which we enjoyed a delicious lunch.
|The view from Mengbishan Pass|
|Tibetan Prayer Flags|
It was mid afternoon by the time we made it to the mountain and in bright sunshine there wasn’t much singing at all, but around the pass we had Beautiful and Pink-rumped Rosefinches, Kessler’s Thrush, and Peter B spotted a Hog Badger feeding on the hillside above us. Down in the forest we walked along the road, seeing Northern Goshawk, male Himalayan Bluetail, Chinese White-browed Rosefinch, Goldcrest, Grey-crested and Rufous-vented Tits, and a White-winged Grosbeak. Rather worryingly, there were no jays….