Thursday, 9 April 2015

Last Day at Sat Tal

We visited a wonderful valley this morning with plenty of birds to keep us occupied, including flocks of Pink-browed Rosefinches. Around the small houses dotted across the hillside were Eurasian Hoopoes, Red-rumped Swallows, Grey Treepie, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Slaty-blue Flycatcher, Upland Pipit, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler, Streaked Laughingthrushes, and both Rock and White-capped Buntings.

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler

 At a narrow gulley we saw another Tytler’s Leaf-Warbler and had really good views of a Maroon Oriole, whilst higher up a Rufous-breasted Accentor fed by the roadside.

Nice views of this Mountain Hawk-Eagle today

Rufous-breasted Accentor

Another record shot of Tytler's Leaf Warbler

In the afternoon we only had a little time but managed to fit in a walk along a forested road and saw a Thick-billed Flowerpecker briefly, along with close Black-chinned Babblers, Blue-winged Minla and Red-billed Leiothrix before returning to the hotel for an early dinner and then going to Kathgodam train station for the overnight sleeper train to Delhi. Oh joy!

Blue-winged Minla

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