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'EASY' SICHUAN

Thursday 12th May - Monday 30th May 2011

Hannu Jännes

Tibetan Snowcock (Hannu Jännes)

Tibetan Snowcock (Hannu Jännes)

Birdquest’s third ‘Easy’ tour to Sichuan was a great journey through the breathtaking landscapes of this large and varied Chinese province, during which we recorded 279 bird species. We were successful in seeing a remarkable portion of Chinese endemic and Sino-Himalayan specialities with the minimum of physical effort. The bird of the trip was without any doubt the fabulous Lady Amherst’s Pheasant that we saw incredibly well. Other highlights included a male Temminck’s Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Verreaux’s Monal Partridge, Snow Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, Blue and White Eared Pheasants, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Black-necked Crane, Rufous-headed Robin, Fire throat, White-tailed and Siberian Rubythroats, 15 species of leaf warblers including the recently described Emei Leaf Warbler, Sukatschev’s, Giant and Red-winged Laughingthrushes, Sooty, Black-browed, White-browed and Père David’s Tits, stunning Crested and Severtzov’s Tit-Warblers, Chinese and Przevalski’s Nuthatches, Sichuan Jay, Hume’s Groundpecker, eight species of parrotbill and ten species of rosefinch. Mammal highlights included a very cute Red Panda on top of the Wawu Shan, Chinese Ghoral and Tufted Deer.

Fantastic Sichuan scenery (Hannu Jännes)

Fantastic Sichuan scenery (Hannu Jännes)