Latish start after good oat porridge breakfast. Many fewer thrushes in the wood today but loads of choughs in the fields. After checking the wood I crossed the small river, the Lete Khola, to SW. I tried a short cut down the cliff but crumbling rocks made it a quicker/scarier journey than I had anticipaed. There were few birds on the other side, especially in the clearings which are often productive, until I came across some White-winged Grosbeaks which were really good (a new bird) and some impressive flocks of Grandalas in flight (250, 75, 100-125 and 3). Back into the wood in the afternoon, climbing higher into the pines where Himalyayan Treeecreeper was another new bird. Returned to lodge at 18:00. The doctor from PNG was there, on his way back from Muktinath. We were barely half way there!
Birds seen: Lammergeyer 1, Himalayan Griffon Vulture 4, Hen Harrier 1, Goshawk 1, Common Buzzard 1, Snow Pigeon 20, Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker 2, Rosy Pipit 5, Grey Wagtail 2, Long-tailed Minivet 3, Wren 1, Rufous-breasted Accentor 1, Himalayan Accentor 30, Red-flanked Bluetail 2, Blue-headed Redstart 20, Blue-fronted Redstart 2, White-throated Redstart 10, Grandala c450, Dusky Thrush 1 (same), Red-throated Thrush 100, Black-throated Thrush 1, Mistle Thrush 3, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 2, Streaked Laughingthrush 8, Variegated Laughingthrush 10, Chestnut-tailed Minla 5, Whiskered Yuhina 4, Red-headed Tit 10, Grey-crested Tit 10, Black-crested Tit 10, Spot-winged Black Tit 30, Coal Tit 10, Green-backed Tit 12, White-tailed Nuthatch 3, *Himalayan Treecreeper 1, Common Treecreeper 2, Nutcracker 10, Chough 200, Large-billed Crow 5, Tree Sparrow 10, Russet Sparrow 2, Beautiful Rosefinch 40, Spot-winged Rosefinch 1, Red-headed Bullfinch 1 female, *White-winged Grosbeak 5.
|male Beautiful Rosefinch at Kalopani|
|Nilgiri (summit almost lost) from Kalopani|
|lower slopes of Nilgiri|