Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Long Walk....

We drove up to the highest point possible on the mountain (in our coach anyway), seeing a female Lady Amherst’s Pheasant along the way. We had breakfast ‘al fresco’ during which we saw Ashy-throated Warbler, Aberrant Bush-warbler, Buff-barred, Ashy-throated and Sichuan Leaf-warblers, another Golden Parrotbill, and Golden-breasted Fulvetta amongst others.

Spotted Laughingthrush

Then we walked up to the marsh at the top, seeing this cracking Spotted Laughingthrush, numerous Sichuan Leaf-warblers, Grey-hooded Fulvetta, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Elliot’s Laughingthrush, 20+ migrating Oriental Honey Buzzards, Crested Goshawk, a Black Baza was new for this tour, White-throated Needletail, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Olive-backed Pipits, Short-billed Minivet, Brown Bush-warbler, Russet Bush-warbler, several Bianchi’s Warblers, and many Large-billed Leaf-warblers.

Claudia's Leaf-warbler is a very common bird on this tour
Darjeeling Woodpecker
At the marsh there was a Spotted Bush-warbler, White-bellied Redstart, and Yellowish-bellied Bush-warbler – but no Parrotbills..!

White-collared Yuhina is another common bird.

Got back to the coach for a late lunch and then drove a little lower. The owlet tape did its magic once again with Eurasian Nuthatch, a pair of Red-tailed Minlas, and both Fire-capped and Yellow-browed Tits coming in for a look. We ended the day with yet more Golden Parrotbills and a much closer Golden-breasted Fulvetta.

Ended the day with a flyby Asian Koel in the hotel garden.

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