Tuesday 25th May 1982: Kyangjin and hill opposite (7 miles)
After a long wait for breakfast I headed down to Nick’s female White-bellied Redstart site and soon saw it. Buoyed by this success I decided to try for Dave’s Snow Partridges too and headed into the forest opposite Kyangjin where I saw 4 Blood Pheasants before climbing high onto the hills above. Here I searched in vain for Snow Partridges for several hours without success. Either Dave had sdone a very successful job of scaring them all off, or he’d given me duff directions (or I’d misinterpreted them) or I was too late in the day. By the end I’d’ve been quite happy to have seen just one or two but it was not to be. On the way back I saw a superb Long-tailed Mountain Thrush singing a very quiet mournful song which was some consolation. I got back to the lodge at 15:30 feeling really tired and hungry and didn’t go out again. James Wolstencroft had caught up with us again which was good value. He had a short-wave radio - not much happening in South Atlantic much to Nick’s relief (as his brother was there).
Birds seen: Lammergeyer 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Blood Pheasant 4, Ibisbill 2, Snow Pigeon 1, Cuckoo 1, Olive-backed Pipit 10, Rosy Pipit 15, Wren 2, Rufous-breasted Accentor 15, Red-flanked Bluetail 1, Golden Bush Robin 2, Blue-fronted Redstart 8, *White-bellied Redstart 1 female, River Chat 4, Blue Whistling Thrush 2, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush 1 singing, Greenish Warbler 2, Orange-barred Leaf Warbler 2, Tickell’s Warbler 4, Variegated Laughingthrush 1, Coal Tit 1, Alpine Chough 6, Chough 4, Large-billed Crow 2.
|view west from Kyangjin|
|flowers opposite Kyangjin|
|Blood Pheasant opposite Kyangjin|
|climbing above Kyangjin|
|looking down on Kyangjin village and across to Kyangjin glacier|
|Langtang Lirjung from opposite Kyangjin|
|looking north to the head of the Langtang Valley|