Saturday 27th March 1982: Ghoropani (2 miles)
My stomach felt better and I didn’t have an adverse reaction to porridge and pancakes at breakfast but I was still feeling weak. I went into the field, but was very lethargic and didn't venture far although I did manage to find 4 Juniper Finches not far from the edge of the main clearing and take a few photos. Dave was bad today and didn’t go out.
Birds recorded: Lammergeyer 1, Mountain Hawk Eagle 2, Jungle Nightjar h, Scaly-bellied Woodpecker 2, Olive-backed Pipit 1, Red-flanked Bluetail 2, Grey Bushchat 1, White-collared Blackbird 40, Black-throated Thrush 2, Mistle Thrush 1, Golden Spectacled Warbler 1, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 1, Orange-barred Leaf Warbler 1, Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher 2, White-throated Laughingthrush 4, Spotted Laughingthrush 1, Black-faced Laughingthrush 3, Hoary Barwing 2, Rufous-winged Fulvetta 6, Black-capped Sibia 2, Stripe-throated Yuhina 4, Rufous-vented Yuhina 5, White-browed Fulvetta 8, Yellow-browed Tit 2, Grey-crested Tit 5, Black-crested Tit 4, Stoliczka’s Treecreeper 2, Green-tailed Sunbird 6, Fire-tailed Sunbird 5, Large-billed Crow 5, Hodgson’s Mountain Finch 60, Dark-breasted Rosefinch 1, Beautiful Rosefinch 1 female, Red-browed Finch 6, *Juniper Finch 1 immature male and 3 females.
|the clearing at Ghoropani, twice the size it was in 1979. The downside of tourism and a good reason not to use hot water for washing while trekking, actually given the temperature a good reason to reduce washing to an absolute minimum!|
|female Beautiful Rosefinch at Ghoropani, nice but not even the male really lives up to its name|
|Red-browed Finch at Ghoropani|
|Spotted Laughingthrush at Ghoropani, one of the more impressive members of a highly regarded family|