Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Yunnan Day 1 - Zixi Shan

Headed up to Zixi Shan. The weather was a trifle worrying as it was raining and the pattern for the afternoon was one of us repeatedly retreating to the bus to shelter from heavy showers. But in between we saw some really good birds, beginning with a large flock of Olive-backed Pipits feeding beside the road. We began walking from here and around the first corner found a pair of Yunnan Nuthatches calling from the top of a bare tree. Wow! 

We followed this with Grey-capped Pygmy WoodpeckerGrey BushchatChestnut-vented NuthatchBuff-throated Warbler, at least 4 Streak-breasted Scimitar-BabblersAshy Drongo, and 3 Blyth’s Shrike-Babblers. A Giant Nuthatch was heard calling in the distance but we just couldn’t locate it. 

Chinese Song Thrush

With mist and more rain moving in we decided to drive to another spot in the hopes of better weather, but we just couldn’t escape the rubbish weather. But the good birds kept on coming with several Black-headed SibiasYellow-bellied FlowerpeckerMrs Gould’s SunbirdChinese ThrushJapanese and Green-backed TitsGreat Spotted Woodpecker, a flock of Black-throated Bushtits were joined by a few Black-browed Bushtits, and a Japanese White-eye appeared. We walked a little further along the road and came across an Orange-bellied Leafbird, followed by a sizeable group of White-browed Laughingthrushes, and whilst watching them a Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler showed reasonably well. And that was our first day!

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