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Wednesday 2nd May - Wednesday 23rd May 2012
The Birdquest tour to Sichuan province in Central China, once again proved to be a great success. A total of 295 species were recorded, including a large number of Sino-Himalayan specialties and 132 of Birdquest’s special diamond birds. Families especially well represented included no fewer than 15 species of pheasants and partridges, 34 species of warbler (including 17 Phylloscopus), and 34 species of babblers (including seven species of parrotbill). The winner of the bird-of-the-trip vote was, by a large margin, the incredible Temminck’s Tragopan, which we saw well several times during the tour, followed by the cracking Firethroat, seen extremely well on couple of occasions, and the amazing Père David’s Owl, a lifer for all of us. Other highlights included such stunning and difficult to get species as Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Golden, White Eared and Blue Eared Pheasants, Chinese Monal, Severtzov's (or Chinese) Grouse, Black-necked Crane, Wood Snipe, Grandala, Rufous-headed Robin, Severtzov’s and Crested Tit-Warblers, Great, Grey-hooded, Brown and Golden Parrotbills, Sukatschev’s, Barred, Spotted and Giant Laughingthrushes, Emei Shan Liocichla, Sooty, White-browed and Père David’s Tits, Przevalski’s Nuthatch, Sichuan Jay, Hume’s Groundpecker, Slaty Bunting, and Three-banded and Red-breasted Rosefinches. Mammal highlights included many Chinese Ghorals, Tufted Deer and Hog Badger. Add to this the incredibly beautiful mountain scenery and the tasty food on offer, and it is easy to see why this tour is such an enjoyable experience.