23 June 2013

Back to Chengdu...CHINA (31st May)

A final morning was spent on the mountain, mixing it up between the upper and lower slopes of Longcanggou. We began lower down in an area where a new road penetrates through pines and mixed broadleaf trees. We hit another flock there which, like a few days earlier, held Red-tailed Minla and male Ultramarine Flycatcher. Likewise we also saw another Slaty Bunting, although this time a female. A new addition to the mobbing flock of passerines attracted to my Collared Owlet tape was a Chestnut-crowned Warbler, one of the few from this group (seicercus warblers) that are easily identified on sight, rather than the need for sound.

Higher up the road, we, again, bumped into a small group of Temminck's Tragopan chicks scuttling off the side of the road, but, best of all, found a Little Forktail foraging alongside a small waterfall. Over a field lunch prepared meticulously by Frank, our man in Sichuan, which comprised of Chinese noodles, seasoned with chili oil, sesame oil and Chinese vinegar, we were visited by a pair of Great Parrotbills, and a confiding Brown Bush-Warbler sang alongside.

Next stop Chengdu, then on to Gong Gang Ling and Jiuzhaigou...

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