Friday, 21 May 1982

30 years ago: 21 May 1982, Langtang Trek day 5, Lama Lodge

Friday 21st May 1982:  Lama Lodge and surrounding area (6 miles)
A nice day spent birding in the forest around Lama Lodge.  I walked up to River Lodge and back but saw relatively few birds, not helped by noise of the Langtang Khola drowning out much song and bringing home how dependant I am on my hearing to locate birds in the forest – even if I don’t know what the songs are I know to look for something!  Plenty of time to think today and in a rare decisive moment I’ve decided to stay in Asia until 25 July or thereabouts, dependant on getting trainers that fit in Delhi, being able to leave luggage there, my health holding up, no untoward news from home and not having run out of films.  Note to myself - this decision must be regarded as final!!  Nick, having come out later than Dave and I is keen to stay in Asia for another couple of months and is our main driving force now.  My stomach seems better.  James Wolstencroft had arrived at Lama Lodge when I got back, he was his usual amusing self.

Birds recorded:  Golden Eagle 1, Kalij Pheasant 2, Speckled Wood Dove 2, Large Hawk Cuckoo h, Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker 1, Nepal House Martin 20, Scarlet Minivet 1, Brown Dipper 5, Indian Blue Robin 4, Blue-fronted Redstart 1, Plumbeous Redstart 4, River Chat 3, Little Forktail 1, Blue Whistling Thrush 6, Golden-spectacled Warbler 10, Blyth’s Crowned Leaf Warbler 10, Large-billed Leaf Warbler 3, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 6, Beautiful Niltava 2, Ferruginous Flycatcher 1, Siberian Flycatcher 2, Snowy-browed Flycatcher 2, Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher 15, Grey-headed Flycatcher 2, Yellow-bellied Fantail 2, Streaked Laughingthrush 2, Red-headed Laughingthrush 3, Black-capped Sibia 15, Whiskered Yuhina 3, Stripe-throated Yuhina 4, Rufous-fronted Tit 5, Yellow-browed Tit 1, Grey-crested Tit 1, Green-backed Tit 3, Gould’s Sunbird 1, Green-tailed Sunbird 5, Gold-billed Blue Magpie 2 (1 eating a lizard), Nutcracker 2, Large-billed Crow 4.

Nick at Lama Lodge. Perhaps a grander sounding establishment than it was, it was certainly more than adequate  for our needs

forest trail near Lama Lodge

looking north from forest near Lama Lodge

the trail to River Lodge was very noisy at this point

approaching River Lodge

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