Sunday, 28 March 1982

30 years ago: 28 March 1982, Jomson Trek day 25, Ghoropani

Sunday 28th March 1982:  Ghoropani (3 miles)
I awoke with a rumbling stomach after a bad night’s sleep.  I ate a little for breakfast and had no bad reaction to it.  I wandered around the clearing still feeling weak.  It was good for raptors including an Upland Buzzard - my second new bird in 2 days.  I returned to the lodge at 14:00 and spent the rest of the day slowly eating to build up my strength.  I had to get up to visit the toilet at midnight for third night running.  I wish now that I'd brought a torch as trying to navigate one's way to the lodge door and then unlock it by candle light is not easy.

Birds seen:  Lammergeyer 1, Himalayan Griffon Vulture 10, Red-headed Vulture 1, Black Vulture 1, Hen Harrier 1, *Upland Buzzard 1, Mountain Hawk Eagle 1, Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker 1, Olive-backed Pipit 1, Black Bulbul 4, Red-flanked Bluetail 2, Blue-fronted Redstart 2, Grey Bushchat 1, White’s Thrush 1, White-collared Blackbird 1, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 3, Orange-barred Leaf Warbler 2, Hume’s Leaf Warbler 1, Verditer Flycatcher 2, Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher 2, Yellow-bellied Fantail 2, White-throated Laughingthrush 4, Spotted Laughingthrush 3, Chestnut-tailed Minla 2, Rufous-winged Fulvetta 10, Black-capped Sibia 6, Stripe-throated Yuhina 4, Rufous-vented Yuhina 3, White-browed Fulvetta 3, Yellow-browed Tit 4, Grey-crested Tit 4, Black-crested Tit 5, White-tailed Nuthatch 1, Fire-tailed Sunbird 5, Black Drongo 1, Large-billed Crow 15, Hodgson’s Mountain Finch 60, Dark-breasted Rosefinch 4, Scarlet Rosefinch 4, Beautiful Rosefinch 2, Spot-winged Rosefinch 1, Red-browed Finch 5.

Rhododendrons starting to come out at Ghoropani

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