Saturday 20th March 1982: Kalopani to Ghasa (6 miles)
We left Kalopani at 09:00, it having taken a long time to sort out our bill. An excellent clear day and pleasant walking with Fire-capped Tit an unexpected bonus (and my first new bird for a week). We returned to the Mustang Lodge in Ghasa (6600 ft) and after lunch, at 14:00, I climbed a short way up the hill opposite seeing quite a few birds. Returned to the lodge at 17:30 for daal bhat, not spicy but vegetables 90% cabbage, although that didn’t stop me having two plates full. A hot sweaty night despite still being at over 6000 ft.
Birds recorded: Himalayan Griffon Vulture 5, Kalij Pheasant 1 male, Collared Pigmy Owl h, Asiatic House Martin 40, Olive-backed Pipit 1, Grey Wagtail 4, Long-tailed Minivet 8, White-cheeked Bulbul 1, Black Bulbul 2, Red-flanked Bluetail 2, Blue-fronted Redstart 1, Stonechat 5, Grey Bushchat 20, River Chat 1, Blue Whistling Thrush 3, Grey-hooded Warbler 15, Blyth’s Crowned Leaf Warbler 4, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 1, Lemon-rumped Warbler 5, Grey-headed Flycatcher 2, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler 2, Streaked Laughingthrush 6, Red-headed Laughingthrush 4, Chestnut-tailed Minla 6, Black-capped Sibia 4, Whiskered Yuhina 10, Stripe-throated Yuhina 3, White-browed Fulvetta 10, Red-headed Tit 6, Green-backed Tit 5, White-tailed Nuthatch 3, Himalayan Treecreeper 1, *Fire-capped Tit 4, Green-tailed Sunbird 2, Fire-tailed Sunbird 1, Grey-backed Shrike 1, Large-billed Crow 1, Tree Sparrow 10, Russet Sparrow 4, Spot-winged Rosefinch 5.
|Fire-capped Tit on the way to Ghasa|