After a very chilly night we left after breakfast and had a quick and spectacularly unsuccessful search for Mrs Hume’s Pheasant before driving to one of our favourite spots. We then spent the next couple of hours watching a sunlit hillside below us where numerous birds were coming in to feed and what a great time we had. Highlights here were both Lesser and Greater Yellownapes, Golden-throated Barbet, Striated Bulbul, Long-tailed Minivet, Brown Shrike, Spectacled Barwing, a couple of Grey-headed Parrotbills, a stunning Scarlet-faced Liocichla, Grey Treepie, and a brief Chestnut Bunting. A short walk produced Grey Bushchat, Buff-throated Warbler, and Grey-breasted Prinia before reaching the road again.
|Mrs Gould's Sunbird|
Here a large flowering tree was attracting lots of Mrs Gould’s Sunbirds, Blyth’s Shrike-Babbler, Blue-winged Minla, Buff-barred Warbler, Japanese Tit and a brief Black-throated Sunbird.
Then we drove to the Royal Project and at the feeding station watched several Black-breasted Thrushes, White-tailed Robin, an immature male Siberian Blue Robin and best of all, a Streaked Wren-Babbler feeding just a couple of metres away, whilst nearby we saw Taiga Flycatcher and a Martens’s Warbler. After an enjoyable time here we drove up to the border post with Myanmar and quickly found a Daurian Redstart, White-browed Scimitar-babbler and several Yellow-streaked Warblers.
|Black-breasted Thrush (female)|
|Black-breasted Thrush (male)|
|Rufous-bellied Niltava (male)|
|Siberian Blue Robin (immature male)|
|Siberian Blue Robin|
Back at the lodge we enjoyed numerous bulbuls coming down to feed including some White-headed Bulbuls, along with an Olive-backed Pipit, beside a small stream before heading down to the rice fields near Thaton. Here we walked along the track and had a few Eastern Marsh Harriers, Green Sandpiper, Citrine Wagtail, Eurasian Wryneck, Bluethroat, numerous Dusky Warblers, a couple of male Siberian Rubythroats and Black-collared Starling.