Sunday, 21 March 1982

30 years ago: 21 March 1982, Jomson Trek day 18, Ghasa

Sunday 21st March 1982:  Ghasa and hill opposite (7 miles), Jomson Trek, Nepal
Ponies on the move woke me before dawn.  I spent whole day high on first hillside opposite Ghasa looking for Impeyan Pheasant, but the only large pheasant seen was a Koklas (flying away calling).  Climbed up solidly for three hours then returned slowly.  Hot and sunny until 16:00 when it started to rain.  Returned to lodge at 17:45 after 10 hours in the field to find Richard Scofield there.  Good to chat to him.  Over ate on Tibetan bread and daal bhat.

Birds recorded:  White-backed Vulture 1, Himalayan Griffon Vulture 10, Hen Harrier 1, Goshawk 1, Golden Eagle 1, Kestrel 1, Koklas Pheasant 1, Kalij Pheasant 4, Rock Dove 1, Ashy Wood Pigeon 2, Collared Pigmy Owl h, *Upland Pipit 3, Grey Wagtail 2, Long-tailed Minivet 5, Black Bulbul 5, Himalayan Accentor 20, Red-flanked Bluetail 1, White-throated Redstart 1, Grey Bushchat 6, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush 2, Blue Whistling Thrush 1, Grey-winged Blackbird 13, Red-throated Thrush 5, Black-throated Thrush 1, Grey-hooded Warbler 4, Blyth’s Crowned Leaf Warbler 1, Orange-barred Leaf Warbler 1, Lemon-rumped Warbler 1, Hume’s Leaf Warbler 1, Grey-headed Flycatcher 2, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler 2, Streaked Laughingthrush 2, Variegated Laughingthrush 15, Black-faced Laughingthrush 2, Red-headed Laughingthrush 2, Black-capped Sibia 3, Whiskered Yuhina 2, Stripe-throated Yuhina 25, Rufous-vented Yuhina 50, White-browed Fulvetta 5, Black-crested Tit 6, Green-backed Tit 8, White-tailed Nuthatch 5, Common Treecreeper 1, Green-tailed Sunbird 2, Fire-tailed Sunbird 1, Oriental White-eye 2, Chough 2, Large-billed Crow 5, Beautiful Rosefinch 6, Spot-winged Rosefinch 1 male, White-winged Grosbeak 2.

looking down on Ghasa from part way up the opposite hillside

view from the slopes above Ghasa

looking a long way down on Ghasa

above Ghasa, still not at the tree-line

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