May 25, 2015

Fantastic Yann Muzika pictures from our May 2015 trip

 Displaying Chinese Monal at Balang

 Firethroat Balang

 Temminck's Tragopan Longcanggou

Przewalski's Finch Ruoergai

 Chinese Mountain Cat Ruoergai

Blood Pheasant Balang

Grey-hooded Parrotbill Longcanggou

Pere David's Owl Jiuzhaigou area

 Tawny Fish Owl Tangjiahe

Grandala Balang

Just back from my last trip, which over 14 days brought  284 species. We were lucky to have Yann Muzika as one of our guests and a selection of his amazing trip photos can be see above

This year has seen a late spring and the arrival of Rufous-headed Robin at Jiuzhaigou seemed to be delayed. We first arrived at JZ on May 16, but, because other groups in the park weren't hearing birds promptly moved  on to Tangjiahe and came back for the morning of the 19th. This paid dividend - we heard a singing bird within minutes of getting to one of the Robin sites and promptly got a decent view. Wood Snipe was also difficult at Balang.  A May 12th Search in the pastures above the 'Monal Tunnel' proved fruitless at a site where we've previously found the bird by this date. Our only contact came the day afterwards with a single roding bird heard at a lower elevation. However the Balang Firethroats were home and singing - and we  got gripping views of displaying Monal and roadside Koklass.
Tragopan were only heard at Balang, and we had to wait until Longcanggou before  we got our birds - 3 males, several females and chicks. Despite disturbance and habitat destruction from on-going the road construction and  other development work we still found Longcanggou Lady Amherst's Pheasant, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Sichuan Bush Warbler and Chinese Wren Babbler. Entrance to the park was very straight forward - we were lucky that the gate was open for  us each morning without having to make any special arrangements.

Mammal-wise we had one outstanding observation - Chinese Mountain Cat (Felis beiti) was seen close to the roadside between Hongyuan and first bend of Yellow River. The picture  by Yann Muzika must be one of the all-time best pics of this rarely seen animal.
We also got a couple Red Pandas - at Balang  and Longcanggou

14 Day Sichuan Trip - Dani Velasco, Miguel Fernandez, Guillermo Lázaro, Yann Muzika
10/05/2015 to 23/05/2015

Sites –
Wolong/Balang – WB
Mengbi Shan – MS
Ruoergai Grasslands – RG
Baxi – BX
Jiuzhaigou - JZ
Tangjiahe  -  TJ
Longcanggou - LC

May 10 - arrive - drive to Wolong - evening birding Wolong
May 11– Balang
May 12 – Balang
May 13 - Morning Balang drive to Zhongrang
May 14 – drive to Ruoergai – grassland birding
May 15 - Baxi/Ruoergai
May 16 - Morning Baxi - drive to Jiuzhaigou
May 17 - drive to Tangjiahe - late afternoon evening birding Tangjiahe
May 18 – Tangjiahe - evening drive to Jiuzhaigou
May 19 - Jiuzhaigou
May 20 – morning/afternoon Jiuzhaigou - evening drive towards Longcanggou (hotel Maoxian)
May 21 - drive to Longcanggou – afternoon/evening birding Longcanggou
May 22 - Longcanggou
May 23 - Longcanggou Morning – afternoon Chengdu airport depart

Bird list
1.    Snow Partridge    Lerwa lerwa
2.    Tibetan Partridge    Perdix hodgsoniae
3.    Chinese Bamboo-Partridge    Bambusicola thoracica
4.    Tibetan Snowcock    Tetraogallus tibetanus
5.    Blood Pheasant    Ithaginis cruentus
6.    Temminck's Tragopan    Tragopan temminckii
7.    Koklass Pheasant    Pucrasia macrolopha
8.    Chinese Monal Pheasant    Lophophorus lhuysii
9.    Common Pheasant    Phasianus colchicus
10.    Golden Pheasant    Chrysolophus pictus
11.    Chinese Grouse    Tetrastes sewerzowi
12.    Lady Amherst's Pheasant    Chrysolophus amherstiae
13.    Blue Eared Pheasant    Crossoptilon auritum
14.    White Eared-Pheasant    Crossoptilon crossoptilon

15.    Ruddy Shelduck    Tadorna ferruginea
16.    Mallard    Anas platyrhynchos
17.    Pintail         Anas acuta
18.    Common Teal       Anas crecca
19.    Falcated Duck       Anas falcate
20.    White-eyed Pochard      Aythya nyroca
21.    Common Merganser    Mergus merganser

22.    Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker    Dendrocopos canicapillus
23.    Crimson-breasted Woodpecker    Dendrocopos cathpharius
24.    Rufous-bellied Woodpecker    Dendrocopos hyperythrus
25.    Darjeeling Woodpecker    Dendrocopos darjellensis
26.    Great Spotted Woodpecker    Dendrocopos major
27.    Three-toed Woodpecker    Picoides tridactylus
28.    Grey-headed Woodpecker    Picus canus
29.    Black Woodpecker    Dryocopus martius - heard only

30.    Great Barbet    Megalaima virens - heard only

31.    Eurasian Hoopoe    Upupa epops

32.    Common Kingfisher    Alcedo atthis
33.    Crested Kingfisher    Megaceryle lugubris

34.    Large Hawk-Cuckoo    Hierococcyx sparverioide - heard only
35.    Eurasian Cuckoo    Cuculus canorus
36.    Himalayan Cuckoo    Cuculus saturatus
37.    Lesser Cuckoo     Cuculus poliocephalus
38.    Asian Koel    Eudynamys scolopacea

39.    Himalayan Swiftlet    Collocalia brevirostris
40.    Salim Ali's Swift    Apis salinalii
41.    White-throated Needletail    Hirundapus caudacutus

42.    Tawny Fish Owl    Ketupa flavipes
43.    Pere David's Owl    Strix davidi
44.    Oriental Scops Owl    Otus sunia - heard only
45.    Little Owl    Athene noctua
46.    Collared Owlet    Glaucidium brodiei - heard only

47.    Grey Nightjar    Caprimulgus indicus - heard only

48.    Hill Pigeon    Columba rupestris
49.    Snow Pigeon    Columba leuconota
50.    Speckled Wood Pigeon    Columba hodgsonii
51.    Oriental Turtle Dove    Streptopelia orientalis
52.    Red Collared Dove    Streptopelia tranquebaric

53.    Black-necked Crane    Grus nigricollis

54.    White-breasted Waterhen    Amaurornis phoenicurus
55.    Common Moorhen    Gallinula chloropus

56.    Wood Snipe    Gallinago nemoricola - heard only
57.    Little Ringed Plover    Charadrius dubius
58.    Temminck's Stint    Calidris temminckii
59.    Wood Sandpiper    Tringa glareola
60.    Common Sandpiper    Actitis hypoleucos
61.    Common Redshank    Tringa totanus
62.    Ibisbill          Ibidorhyncha struthersii - heard only

63.    Pallas's Gull    Larus ichthyaetus
64.    Brown-headed Gull    Larus brunnicephalus
65.    Common Tern       Sterna hirundo

66.    Black-eared Kite    Milvus lineatus
67.    Oriental Honey-buzzard    Pernis ptilorhynchus
68.    Himalayan Griffon    Gyps himalayensis
69.    Lammergeier    Gypaetus barbatus
70.    Crested Goshawk    Accipiter trivirgatus
71.    Besra    Accipiter virgatus
72.    Eurasian Sparrowhawk    Accipiter nisus
73.    Northern Goshawk    Accipiter gentilis
74.    Himalayan Buzzard    Buteo burmanicus
75.    Upland Buzzard    Buteo hemilasius
76.    Golden Eagle        Aquila chrysaetos
77.    Mountain Hawk-Eagle    Spizaetus nipalensis
78.    Crested Serpent Eagle            Spilornis cheela
79.    Common Kestrel    Falco tinnunculus
80.    Saker Falcon    Falco cherrug

81.    Eastern Cattle Egret    Bubulcus coromandus
82.    Chinese Pond-Heron    Ardeola bacchus
83.    Striated Heron    Butorides striata

84.    Long-tailed Shrike    Lanius schach
85.    Grey-backed Shrike    Lanius tephronotus
86.    Tibetan Grey Shrike    Lanius giganteus

87.    Sichuan Jay    Perisoreus internigrans
88.    Red-billed Blue Magpie    Urocissa erythrorhyncha
89.    Azure-winged Magpie    Cyanopica cyana
90.    Oriental Magpie    Pica pica sericea
91.    Spotted Nutcracker    Nucifraga caryocatactes
92.    Red-billed Chough    Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
93.    Yellow-billed Chough    Pyrrhocorax graculus
94.    Daurian Jackdaw    Corvus dauurica
95.    Carrion Crow    Corvus corone
96.    Large-billed Crow    Corvus macrorhynchos
97.    Common Raven    Corvus corax

98.    Hume’s Ground Tit    Pseudopodoces humilis

99.    Black-naped Oriole    Oriolus chinensis

100.    Swinhoe's Minivet    Pericrocotus cantonensis
101.    Long-tailed Minivet    Pericrocotus ethologus

102.    Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher    Culicicapa ceylonensis

103.    Black Drongo    Dicrurus macrocercus

104.    Brown Dipper    Cinclus pallasii
105.    White-throated Dipper    Cinclus cinclus

106.    Blue Whistling-Thrush    Myophonus caeruleus
107.    Blue Rock-Thrush    Monticola solitarius
108.    Plain-backed Thrush    Zoothera mollissima
109.    Long-tailed Thrush    Zoothera dixoni
110.    Scaly Thrush    Zoothera dauma
111.    Chinese Blackbird    Turdus merula mandarinus
112.    Kessler's Thrush    Turdus kessler
113.    Chestnut Thrush    Turdus rubrocanus
114.    Chinese Song Thrush    Turdus mupinensis
115.    White-browed Shortwing    Brachypteryx montana - heard only

116.    Brown-breasted Flycatcher    Muscicapa muttui
117.    Yellow-rumped Flycatcher    Ficedula zanthopygia - heard only
118.    Slaty-backed Flycatcher    Ficedula hodgsonii
119.    Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher    Ficedula strophiata
120.    Slaty-blue Flycatcher    Ficedula tricolor
121.    Verditer Flycatcher    Eumyias thalassina
122.    Chinese Blue Flycatcher    Cyornis glaucicomans
123.    Zappey's Flycatcher      Cyanoptila cumatilis
124.    Ultramarine Flycatcher       Ficedula superciliaris
125.    Indian Blue Robin    Luscinia brunnea
126.    Himalayan Bluetail    Tarsiger rufilatus
127.    Golden Bush-Robin    Tarsiger chrysaeus - heard only
128.    White-browed Bush-Robin    Tarsiger indicus - heard only
129.    Rufous-headed Robin    Luscinia ruficeps
130.    Himalayan Rubythroat    Luscinia pectoralis
131.    Firethroat    Luscinia pectardens

132.    White-throated Redstart    Phoenicurus auroreus
133.    Hodgson's Redstart    Phoenicurus hodgsoni
134.    Black Redstart    Phoenicurus ochruros
135.    Daurian Redstart    Phoenicurus auroreus
136.    Blue-fronted Redstart    Phoenicurus frontalis
137.    White-capped Water-Redstart    Chaimarrornis leucocephal
138.    Plumbeous Water-Redstart    Rhyacornis fuliginosus

139.    White-bellied Redstart    Hodgsonius phoenicuroides

140.    White-crowned Forktail    Enicurus leschenaulti

141.    Grandala    Grandala coelicolor

142.    Siberian Stonechat    Saxicola  maurus
143.    Grey Bushchat    Saxicola ferrea

144.    White-cheeked Starling    Sturnus cineraceus
145.    Crested Myna    Acridotheres cristatellus

146.    Eurasian Nuthatch    Sitta europaea
147.    Chestnut-vented Nuthatch    Sitta nagaensis
148.    Przewalski's Nuthatch    Sitta przewalskii
149.    Chinese Nuthatch    Sitta villosa

150.    Hodgson's Treecreeper    Certhia hodgsoni
151.    Bar-tailed Treecreeper    Certhia himalayana

152.    Fire-capped Tit    Cephalopyrus flammiceps
153.    Sichuan Tit    Poecile weigoldicus
154.    Per David's Tit    Poecile davidi
155.    White-browed Tit    Poecile superciliosus
156.    Rufous-vented Tit    Periparus rubidiventris
157.    Coal Tit    Periparus ater
158.    Yellow-bellied Tit    Slyviparus venustulus
159.    Grey-crested Tit    Parus dichrous
160.    Eastern Great Tit    Lophophanes minor
161.    Green-backed Tit    Parus monticolus
162.    Yellow-browed Tit    Sylviparus modestus
163.    Black-throated Tit    Aegithalos concinnus
164.    Black-browed Tit    Aegithalos bonvalotis
165.    Sooty Tit    Aegithalos fuliginosus

166.    Pale Martin    Riparia diluta
167.    Eurasian Crag-Martin    Hirundo rupestris
168.    Barn Swallow    Hirundo rustica
169.    Red-rumped Swallow    Hirundo daurica
170.    Asian House-Martin    Delichon dasypus

171.    Collared Finchbill    Spizixos semitorques
172.    Brown-breasted Bulbul    Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
173.    Light-vented Bulbul    Pycnonotus sinensis
174.    Himalayan Black Bulbul    Hypsipetes leucocephalus

175.    Chestnut-flanked White-eye    Zosterops erythropleurus
176.    Japanese White-eye    Zosterops japonicus

177.    Brownish-flanked Bush-Warbler    Cettia fortipes
178.    Aberrant Bush-Warbler    Cettia flavolivaceus
179.    Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler    Cettia acanthizoides
180.    Spotted Bush-Warbler    Locustella thoracicus
181.    Brown Bush-Warbler    Locustella luteoventris
182.    Russet Bush-Warbler    Locustella seebohmi - heard only
183.    Sichuan Bush Warbler Locustella chengi
184.    David's Bush-warbler    Locustella davidi

185.    Chestnut-headed Tesia    Tesia castaneocoronata

186.    Dusky Warbler    Phylloscopus fuscatus
187.    Alpine Leaf Warbler    Phylloscopus occisinensis
188.    Buff-throated Warbler    Phylloscopus subaffinis
189.    Yellow-streaked Warbler    Phylloscopus armandii
190.    Buff-barred Warbler    Phylloscopus pulcher
191.    Ashy-throated Warbler    Phylloscopus maculipennis
192.    Sichuan Leaf Warbler    Phylloscopus forresti
193.    Chinese  Leaf-Warbler    Phylloscopus yunnanensis
194.    Hume's Warbler    Phylloscopus humei
195.    Claudia's  Leaf-Warbler    Phylloscopus claudia
196.    Greenish Warbler    Phylloscopus trochiloides
197.    Large-billed Warbler    Phylloscopus magnirostris
198.    Emei Leaf Warbler    Phylloscopus emeiensis
199.    Kloss's  Leaf-Warbler    Phylloscopus ogilivie-grantii

200.    Bianchi’s Warbler    Seicercus valentine
201.    Plain-tailed Warbler    Seicercus soror
202.    Marten’s warbler    Seicercus omeiensis
203.    Rufous-faced Warbler    Abroscopus albogularis
204.    Goldcrest    Regulus regulus

205.    Crested Tit Warbler    Leptopoecile elegans
206.    White-browed Tit-Warbler    Leptopoecile sophiae

207.    Sukatchev's Laughingthrush    Garrulax sukatschewi
208.    Barred Laughingthrush    Garrulax lunulatus
209.    Giant Laughingthrush    Garrulax maximus
210.    Plain Laughingthrush    Garrulax davidi
211.    White-browed Laughingthrush    Garrulax sannio
212.    Elliot's Laughingthrush    Garrulax elliotii
213.    Black-faced Laughingthrush    Garrulax affinis
214.    Red-winged Laughingthrush    Garrulax formosus
215.    Emei Shan Liocichla    Liocichla omeiensis

216.    Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler    Pomatorhinus gravivox
217.    Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler    Pomatorhinus ruficollis - heard only
218.    Eurasian Wren    Troglodytes troglodytes
219.    Chinese Wren-Babbler    Pnoepyga mutica
220.    Pygmy Wren-Babbler    Pnoepyga pusilla - heard only
221.    Red-billed Leiothrix    Leiothrix lutea

222.    Green Shrike-Babbler    Pteruthius xanthochlorus

223.    Blue-winged Minla    Minla cyanouroptera
224.    Red-tailed Minla    Minla ignotincta

225.    Golden-breasted Fulvetta    Alcippe chrysotis
226.    Spectacled Fulvetta    Alcippe ruficapilla
227.    Chinese Fulvetta    Alcippe striaticollis
228.    White-browed Fulvetta    Alcippe vinipectus
229.    Grey-hooded Fulvetta    Alcippe cinereiceps

230.    Black-capped Sibia    Heterophasia melanoleuca

231.    Stripe-throated Yuhina    Yuhina gularis
232.    White-collared Yuhina    Yuhina diademata
233.    Black-chinned Yuhina    Yuhina nigrimenta

234.    Great Parrotbill    Conostoma aemodium
235.    Spectacled Parrotbill    Sinosuthora conspicillat
236.    Vinous-throated Parrotbill    Sinosuthora webbianus
237.    Ashy-throated Parrotbill    Sinosuthora alphonsianus
238.    Grey-hooded Parrotbill    Sinosuthora zappeyi
239.    Golden Parrotbill    Suthora verreauxi

240.    Tibetan Lark    Melanocorypha maxima
241.    Oriental Skylark    Alauda gulgula
242.    Elwes horned lark    Eremophila elwesi
243.    Mrs Gould's Sunbird    Aethopyga gouldiae

244.    House Sparrow    Passer montanus
245.    Eurasian Tree Sparrow    Passer montanus
246.    Russet Sparrow    Passer rutilans
247.    Rock Sparrow    Petronia petronia

248.    White-rumped Snowfinch    Pyrgilauda taczanowskii
249.    Rufous-necked Snowfinch    Pyrgilauda ruficollis

250.    White Wagtail    Motacilla alba
251.    Citrine Wagtail    Motacilla citreola
252.    Grey Wagtail    Motacilla cinerea

253.    Olive-backed Pipit    Anthus hodgsoni
254.    Water Pipit    Anthus spinoletta
255.    Rosy Pipit    Anthus roseatus
256.    Richard’s Pipit    Anthus richardi
257.    Blyth’s Pipit    Anthus godlewskii

258.    Alpine Accentor    Prunella collaris
259.    Rufous-breasted Accentor    Prunella strophiata
260.    Maroon-backed Accentor    Prunella immaculata
261.    Robin Accentor    Prunella rubeculoides

262.    Grey-capped Greenfinch    Carduelis sinica
263.    Tibetan Siskin    Carduelis thibetana
264.    Twite    Carduelis flavirost
265.    Plain Mountain-Finch    Leucosticte nemoricola
266.    Brandt's Mountain Finch    Leucosticte brandti
267.    Red Crossbill    Loxia curvirostra

268.    Przevalski's Finch    Urocynchramus pylzowi

269.    Dark-breasted Rosefinch    Carpodacus nipalensis
270.    Common Rosefinch    Carpodacus erythrinus
271.    Pink-rumped Rosefinch    Carpodacus eos
272.    Sharpe's Rosefinch    Carpodacus verreauxii
273.    Three-banded Rosefinch    Carpodacus trifasciatus
274.    Vinaceous Rosefinch    Carpodacus vinaceus
275.    Chinese White-browed Rosefinch    Carpodacus dubius
276.    Streaked Rosefinch    Carpodacus rubicilloides
277.    Red-faced Rosefinch    Carpodacus puniceus

278.    Crimson-browed Finch    Propyrrhula subhimachala
279.    Grey-headed Bullfinch    Pyrrhula erythaca

280.    Collared Grosbeak    Mycerobas affinis
281.    White-winged Grosbeak    Mycerobas carnipes

282.    Slaty Bunting    Latoucheornis siemsseni
283.    Godlewski's Bunting    Emberiza godlewskii
284.    Elegant bunting    Emberiza elegans

May 9, 2015

14 day Sichuan Bird Photography Trip April 21st to May 4th 2015

Unlike our usual mad twitches this trip, focused on photography, was far more sedate, and128 out of a recorded species total of 236 were photographed. Of special interest to the client were gamebirds, and in this regard we photographed 10 species - Blue and White Eared Pheasant, Golden Pheasant, Common Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Chinese Monal, Temminck's Tragopan, Chinese Grouse, Snow Partridge and Tibetan Snowcock. At Balang we were lucky enough to see 4 male and 1 female Chinese Monal. A male was watched for nearly an hour climbing and feeding on a screeslope (scratching/digging into the scree and feeding off something under the stones). This bird gave good photo opportunities as did a female that was sat on rock ledge. The next day we got a male - in a thick mist - crossing the road on the Rilong side of the km 90 tunnel. Lower down on the Wolong side of the pass we also got some stunning views of a male Temminck's Tragopan, which, being very territorial, was extending its throat lappets. Higher up on the pass Snow Partridge were also performing well. We got two birds sitting on the road side crash-wall, which made for an easy picture. Two pairs of Blue-eared Pheasant were seen in the Baxi area, while at Mengbi we were totally surrounded by a large, very vocal, 50+ flock of Blood Pheasant.

Other outstanding birds for the trip included a pair of Przewalski's Finch on the Ruoergai Grasslands. However major road building - they're widening the section of road between Waqie and Zoige - will impact this year's birding in the area, both in terms of scarring roadside birds further into the grassland and with our ability to make road-side stops. Other grassland birds included passage migrants -a flock of Asian Short-toed Lark could be expected but a lone, sorry looking, Chinese Thrush perched up on a wire was a little bit more unusual. Pine Bunting were showing well close to Hongyuan, while our haul of Falcons also included Amur and Merlin together with the usual Sakers.
At Baxi a flock of 4 Sichuan Jay gave some great views in the forest to the west of Baxi Village and Crested Tit Warbler were found in twice.

Because of general uncertainty over Longcanggou access - birders are getting in but it was a little bit touch and go during late April - we decided on swapping the site out with Emei. We hit Emei during the May holiday and were very lucky to get special permission to drive our vehicle onto the mountain. Otherwise during the holiday period access is strictly restricted to park busses. Having our own transport meant we could drive to the tracks that avoid the crowds - we didn't see a single tourist during our Emei birding - even though the mountain was literally crawling with them.
Outstanding birds included the two new splits - Chinese Wren Babbler and Sichuan Bush Warbler - both of which gave great views.
At the top of the mountain they've cut a new road, which gives more birding chances in the type of conifer habitat that has previously been difficult to access on Emei. Although we didn't get Sichuan Treecreeper, a bird which will be surely be found on this stretch of road, we got both Crimson-breasted and Darjeeling Woodpeckers.  


Sites –
Qingcheng Mountain, Dujiangyan – QM
Wolong/Balang – WB
Emei Shan - ES
Mengbi Shan – MS
Ruoergai Grasslands – RG
Baxi – BX

April 21 - arrive - stay first night Dujiangyan - birding base of Qingcheng Mountain
April 22 – drive to Ruoergai – afternoon/evening birding on plateau
April 23 – Ruoergai and Baxi
April 24 - Ruoergai and Baxi
April 25 – drive to Hongyuan – grassland birding
April 26 - drive to Markang – Ibisbill site
April 27 - Drive to Wolong via Mengbi Shan
April 28 - Wolong/Balang
April 29 – Wolong/Balang
April 30 - Wolong/Balang
May 1 – morning birding Wolong drive to Dujiangyan - birding Qingcheng Mountain
May 2 - drive to Emei – afternoon birding Emei Back Mountain
May 3 - Emei
May 4 - Emei – drive back to Chengdu

Bird List - those in bold script being photographed species
1. Snow Partridge Lerwa lerwa - WB
2. Chinese Bamboo-Partridge Bambusicola thoracica – heard only – QM, ES
3. Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae - RG
4. Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus - WB
5. Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus – BX, MS, WB
6. Koklass pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha – heard only - WB
7. Chestnut-throated Partridge Tetraophasis obscures - MS
8. Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii - WB
9. Chinese Monal Pheasant Lophophorus lhuysii – WB, heard Alpine forest between Hogyuan/Maerkang
10. White Eared-Pheasant Crossoptilon crossoptilon – MS, WB
11. Blue Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon auritum - BX
12. Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus – BX, RG, WB
13. Lady Amherst's Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae –heard only - ES
14. Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus - WB
15. Chinese Grouse Tetrastes sewerzowi - BX

16. Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus - RG
17. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea - RG
18. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos - RG
19. Common Teal Anas crecca - RG
20. Garganey Anas querquedula - RG
21. Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca - RG
22. Common Merganser Mergus merganser - RG

23. Crimson-breasted Woodpecker Dendrocopos cathpharius - ES
24. Darjeeling Woodpecker Dendrocopos darjellensis - ES
25. Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus – QM, road past Sonpang
26. Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis - ES
27. Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius - BX

28. Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops – RG, MS

29. Large Hawk-Cuckoo Hierococcyx sparverioide - heard only – QM, ES, WB
30. Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus saturatus – heard only – WB, ES
31. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea – heard only - ES

32. Himalayan Swiflet
Collocalia brevirostris - ES

33. Little Owl Athene noctua - RG

34. Hill Pigeon Columba rupestris - MS
35. Speckled Wood Pigeon Columba hodgsonii - ES
36. Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota - WB
37. Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis - WB
38. Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis – from the car, driving days in the basin

39. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus - WB
40. Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis - RG

41. Solitary Snipe Gallinago solitaria - RG
42. Wood Sandpiper Tringa ochropus - RG
43. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos - RG
44. Common Redshank
Tringa tetanus - RG

45. Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii – road between Hongyuan and Maerkang

46. Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus - RG

47. Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus – RG, WB
48. Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis – RG, MS, WB
49. Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus – RG, WB
50. Black-eared Kite. Milvus linaetus - RG
51. Eastern Buzzard Buteo japonicus – ES
52. Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis - RG
53. Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus - RG
54. Himalayan Buzzard Buteo burmanicus – BX, WB
55. Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius – RG
56. Mountain Hawk Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis - ES
57. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Accipiter nisus - QM WB
58. Chinese Sparrowhawk Accipiter soloensis - ES
59. Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus - ES
60. Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis - BX
61. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus - RG
62. Amur Falcon Falco amurebsis - RG
63. Merlin Falco columbarius - RG
64. Saker Falcon Falco cherrug - RG

65. Little Egret Egretta garzetta – driving days from car
66. Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus – RG

67. Black Stork Ciconia nigra - RG

68. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach – QM, ES
69. Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus – RG, WB
70. Tibetan Grey Shrike Lanius giganteus - RG

71. Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius - QM
72. Sichuan Jay Perisoreus internigrans - BX
73. Black-billed Magpie Pica pica - RG
74. Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyana – RG
75. Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha – QM, WB, ES
76. Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax – WB, RG
77. Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus - WB
78. Daurian Jackdaw Corvus dauurica - RG
79. Carrion Crow Corvus corone – RG WB
80. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos – WB ES
81. Common Raven Corvus corax - RG
82. Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes - WB

83. Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus – WB, ES
84. Swinhoe’s Minivet
Pericrocotus cantonensis - QM

85. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis – QM WB ES

86. Brown Dipper
Cinclus pallasii - ES
87. White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus - road between Hongyuan and Maerkang

88. Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitaries – QM, ES
89. Blue Whistling-Thrush Myophonus caeruleus – WB, ES
90. Long-tailed Thrush Zoothera dixoni - BX
91. Chinese Blackbird Turdus mandarinus – QM, ES
92. Grey-winged Blackbird Turdus boulboul - ES
93. ChestnutThrush Turdus rubrocanus – BX, WB
94. Kessler's Thrush Turdus kessleri – BX, RG
95. Chinese Thrush Turdus mupinensis – RG – lone passage bird on telephone wire

96. White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx Montana – heard only - ES

97. Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata – WB ES
98. Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina - ES
99. Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla - ES
100. Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra - ES
101 Indian Blue Robin Luscinia brunnea - WB
102. Golden Bush Robin Tarsiger chrysaeus - WB
103. Himalayan Bluetail Tarsiger rufilatus – BX, MS, WB
104. Himalayan Rubythroat Luscinia pectoralis - WB

105. Oriental Magpie-Robin Copsychus saularis – QM, ES

106. White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus – BX, WB
107. Hodgson's Redstart Phoenicurus hodgsoni – RG, BX, MS
108. Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus - ES
109. Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis - WB
110. Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros - RG
111. White-capped Water-Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus – WB, MS
112. Plumbeous Water-Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus – MS, ES

113. White-tailed Robin Myiomela leucurum – heard only - ES

114. Grandala Grandala coelicolor - WB

115. Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus - RG
116. Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea – QM, ES

117. White-cheeked Starling Sturnus cineraceus - RG
118. Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus - RG
119. Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus – see on driving days in basin

120. Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria - WB

121. Hodgson’s Treecreeper Certhia hodgsoni - MS

122. Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes - WB

123. Sichuan Tit
Poecile weigoldicus – BX, WB
124. Rufous-vented Tit
Periparus rubidiventris – BX, WB, ES
125. Coal Tit Periparus ater – WB, ES
126. Pere David’s Tit Poecile davidi - ES
127. White-browed Tit Poecile superciliosus - RG
128. Yellow-bellied Tit
Slyviparus venustulus – QM, ES
129. Grey-crested Tit Parus dichrous – BX, WB
130. Eastern Great Tit Parus major – BX, WB
131. Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus – WB, ES, QM
132. Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus - ES
133. Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus – QM, ES

134. Eurasian Crag-Martin Hirundo rupestris - MS
135. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica – RG
136. Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica - ES
137. Asian House-Martin Delichon dasypus – MS, WB

138. Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques – QM, ES, WB
139. Light-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis – QM, ES
140. Himalayan Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus - ES
141. Mountain Bulbul
Hypsipetes mcclellandii - QM

142. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus – QM, WB, ES
143. Chestnut-flanked White-eye Zosterops erythropleurus - ES

144. White-browed Tit-warbler Leptopoecile sophiae – RG BX WB
145. Crested Tit Warbler Leptopoecile elegans - BX

146. Brownish-flanked Bush-War Cettia fortipes – QM, WB, ES
147. Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler Cettia acanthizoides - ES
148. Aberrant Bush-Warbler Cettia flavolivaceus - ES
149. Sichuan Bush-Warbler Locustella chengi - ES

150. Chestnut-headed Tesia Tesia castaneocoronata - ES

151. Dusky Warbler
Phylloscopus fuscatus - RG
152. Alpine Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus occisinensis - WB
153. Buff-throated Warbler Phylloscopus subaffinis – WB
154. Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis - ES
155. Yellow-streaked Warbler Phylloscopus armandii – BX, WB
156. Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher – BX, WB, ES
157. Sichuan Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus forresti – BX, MS, WB, ES, QM
158. Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humei - BX
159. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides - ES
160. Large-billed Warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris - ES
161. Emei Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus emeiensis - ES
162. Claudia's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus Claudia – WB, QM, ES
163. Kloss's Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus ogilivie-grantii - ES
164. Sulpher-breasted Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus ricketti - QM

165. Bianchi’s Warbler Seicercus valentine - ES
166. Marten’s warbler Seicercus omeiensis – WB ES
167. Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps - ES

168. Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis - QM

169. Goldcrest Regulus regulus - BX

170. Sukatschev's Laughing thrush Garrulax sukatschewi - BX
171. Barred Laughingthrush Garrulax lunulatus - WB
172. Giant Laughingthrush Garrulax maximus – BX, MS, WB
173. Plain Laughingthrush Garrulax davidi – RG, BX
174. White-browed Laughingthrush Garrulax sannio - QM
175. Elliot's Laughingthrush Garrulax elliotii – BX, WB, ES
176. Red-winged Laughingthrush Garrulax formosus – heard only - ES
177. Omei Shan Liocichla Liocichla omeiensis - ES

178. Black-streaked Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus gravivox – heard only – WB, QM, ES
179. Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis – QM, WB, ES
180. Pygmy Wren Babbler Pnoepyga pusilla – heard only - ES
181. Chinese Wren Babbler Pnoepyga mutica - ES
182. Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps – QM, WB, ES
183. Chinese Babax Babax lanceolatus - WB
184. Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea – WB, QM, ES
185. Blue-winged Minla Minla cyanouroptera - ES
186. Red-tailed Minla Minla ignotincta - ES

187. Golden-breasted Fulvetta Alcippe chrysotis - ES
188. Chinese Fulvetta Alcippe striaticollis – BX, WB
189. Grey-hooded Fulvetta Alcippe cinereiceps – WB, ES
190. Dusky Fulvetta Alcippe brunnea – QM, ES
191. David's Fulvetta Alcippe davidi – QM, ES

192. White-collared Yuhina Yuhina diademata – WB, ES
193. Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta – QM, ES

194. Great Parrotbill Conostoma aemodium – heard only - ES
195. Spot-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis guttaticollis - QM
196. Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinothura webbianus - QM
197. Golden Parrotbill Sinothura verreauxi - ES

198. Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula - RG
199. Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis - RG
200. Elwe’s Horned Lark Eremophila elwesi - RG
201. Tibetan Lark Melanocorypha maxima - RG

202. Isaballine Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina - RG

203. Mrs Gould's Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae – WB, ES

204. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus – RG, QM, WB, ES
205. Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia - RG

206, White-rumped Snowfinch Pyrgilauda taczanowskii - RG
207. Rufous-necked Snowfinch Pyrgilauda ruficollis - RG

208. White Wagtail Motacilla alba – RG QM ES WB
209. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea – WB ES
210. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola - RG

211. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni – BX WB
212. Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus – BX WB
213. Blyth’s Pipit Anthus godlewskii - RG

214. Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris - WB
215. Robin Accentor Prunella rubeculoides – BX, RG
216. Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata – BX, RG, WB

217. Grey-capped Greenfinch Carduelis sinica – QM ES
218. Twite Carduelis flavirost - RG
219. Plain Mountain-Finch Leucosticte nemoricola - WB
220. Brandt’s Mountain Finch Leucosticte brandti – RG WB

221. Przewalski’s Finch
Urocynchramus pylzowi - RG

222. Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis - WB
223. Pink-rumped Rosefinch Carpodacus eos – RG BX MS, WB
224. Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus – QM WB ES
225. Chinese White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus dubius - BX WB
226. Streaked Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis – BX WB
227. Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus – WB

228. Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca – WB ES
229. Crimson-browed Finch Propyrrhula subhimachala - WB

230. White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes – heard only – WB BX
231. Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis – heard only - WB

232. Slaty Bunting Latoucheornis siemsseni - WB

233. Godlewski's Bunting Emberiza godlewskii - BX
234. Elegant Bunting Emberiza elegans – WB ES
235. Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla – ES
236. Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos - RG