Tuesday, 9 March 1982

30 years ago: 9 March 1982, Jomson Trek day 6, Ghasa

Tuesday 9th March 1982:  Ghasa and surrounding area (6 miles), Jomson Trek, Nepal
Up early.  Thankfully the hillside fire was out.  Porridge for breakfast then left lodge at 07:30 to climb the grassy slopes of the hill opposite (on west side of the valley) to look for Cheer Pheasant.  It was quite steep but I went up slowly and didn't find it too hard.  Most birds were around the edge of the forest on the way up and through the middle of it when I came back down but I had to settle for Kalij rather than Cheer Pheasant (and a smart Plain-backed Mountain Thrush and vocal Collared Pigmy Owl).  Light rain from 13:00 and I returned to the lodge for a late lunch at 14:20.  Continued birding at 15:05 trying the rather dead woodland in the valley bottom to the north of Ghasa but returned again at 16:35, having seen little, when the rain got heavier.  Unfortunately daal was more spicy today, made up for by very nice Tibetan bread.

Birds seen:  Himalayan Griffon Vulture 5, Goshawk 1, Golden Eagle 1, Kestrel 2, Kalij Pheasant 2, Rufous Turtle Dove 1, Collared Pigmy Owl 1, Olive-backed Pipit 6, Rosy Pipit 2, Grey Wagtail 2, Long-tailed Minivet 5, White-cheeked Bulbul 2, Black Bulbul 2, Red-flanked Bluetail 1, Blue-headed Redstart 1, White-throated Redstart 4, Stonechat 2, Grey Bushchat 4, Blue Whistling Thrush 2, Plain-backed Mountain Thrush 1, White-collared Blackbird 4, Grey-winged Blackbird 2, Grey-hooded Warbler 8, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 1, Lemon-rumped Warbler 1, Goldcrest 10, Grey-headed Flycatcher 2, Yellow-bellied Fantai1, White-throated Fantail 1, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler 1, Black-chinned Babbler 4, Streaked Laughingthrush 5, Variegated Laughingthrush 25, Red-headed Laughingthrush 3, Chestnut-tailed Minla 2, Black-capped Sibia 4, Whiskered Yuhina 6, Stripe-throated Yuhina 12, Red-headed Tit 2, Coal Tit 4, Green-backed Tit 10, White-tailed Nuthatch 8, Purple Sunbird 1, Grey-backed Shrike 1, Gold-billed Blue Magpie 2, Nutcracker 1, Large-billed Crow 2, Beautiful Rosefinch 6, Spot-winged Rosefinch 8, Rock Bunting 6.

female Grey Bushchat at Ghasa

Green-backed Tit at Ghasa, quite like our Great Tit (which is monochrome in Nepal) until seen head on!

Red-headed Tit at Ghasa

Variegated Laughtingthush 

this impressive laugher was fairly common above Ghasa

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