Monday 29th March 1982: Ghoropani (6 miles)
I didn’t sleep well but woke feeling much better, almost back to normal in fact. I climbed up Poon Hill (10,500 ft) but it was cloudy. I then went down to the river on the other side and into the woods where I saw a fair few birds. I returned at lunch time and spent the afternoon on the clearing ‘trail’ in the afternoon where I saw 6 Juniper Finches. Very spring like today. The fragrance of the Daphnes in the forest is one of the nicest I’ve known and I find myself constantly sniffing them! Dave was ill again today having seemed OK yesterday. James Wolstencroft was in the lodge when I got back. Excellent to chat at length.
Birds seen: Lammergeyer 1, Himalayan Griffon Vulture 4, Hen Harrier 1, Upland Buzzard 1 (same), Black Eagle 1, Collared Pigmy Owl 1, Scaly-bellied Woodpecker 2, Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker 3, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker 1, Olive-backed Pipit 6, Long-tailed Minivet 4, Black Bulbul 8, Rufous-breasted Accentor 1, Red-flanked Bluetail 6, Blue-headed Redstart 1, Blue-fronted Redstart 12, Plumbeous Redstart 2, River Chat 1, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush 6, White-collared Blackbird 10, Red-throated Thrush 2, Mistle Thrush 6, Blyth’s Crowned Leaf Warbler 1, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 20, Orange-barred Leaf Warbler 6, Lemon-rumped Warbler 20, Hume’s Leaf Warbler 6, Goldcrest 1, Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher 6, Yellow-bellied Fantail 12, White-throated Laughingthrush 10, Spotted Laughingthrush 4, Black-faced Laughingthrush 6, Green Shrike Babbler 4, Hoary Barwing 6, Chestnut-tailed Minla 2, Rufous-winged Fulvetta 10, Black-capped Sibia 15, Stripe-throated Yuhina 40, Rufous-vented Yuhina 20, White-browed Fulvetta 20, Yellow-browed Tit 1, Grey-crested Tit 15, Black-crested Tit 15, Coal Tit 1, White-tailed Nuthatch 6, Stoliczka’s Treecreeper 1, Green-tailed Sunbird 10, Fire-tailed Sunbird 15, Nutcracker 1, Large-billed Crow 15, Hodgson’s Mountain Finch 100, Dark-breasted Rosefinch 20, Beautiful Rosefinch 4, Spot-winged Rosefinch 3, Red-browed Finch 5, Juniper Finch 2 males and 4 females.
|Ghoropani looking north-west|
|Ghoropani looking north-east towards Annapurna|
|Ghoropani looking west to Dhulagiri|
|Scaly-bellied Woodpecker at Ghoropani|
|primula-type at Ghoropani|
|Rhodedendrons and Daphne|
|Daphne at Ghoropani|