2017 Sichuan,Edge of Tibet Birding Tour (16Days)

 

Sichuan to Edge of Tibetan Plateau Birding Tour (16 Days)

April 13 --- April 28 2017

  

Sichuan lies at the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and this superb province has the richest concentration of Chinese specialties, holding around two-thirds of the country's endemic birds! Not only does Sichuan offer the best opportunities for seeing China's prime specialties, but due to the great diversity of its habitats, ranging from the subtropical lowlands of the Red Basin and rich evergreen foothill forests to cool temperate zone forests, alpine meadows and dramatic snow-capped mountain peaks, the province has a remarkable wealth of birds in general. Even then there is more to Sichuan, for beyond these rocky ramparts lie the vast grasslands of the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Without a doubt Sichuan is the very best of China

 

Birds Possible: 200-250 species

Highlights: Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Lady Amherst's, Golden, Blood, Koklass & White Eared-Pheasant, Temminck's Tragopan Chinese Grouse, Chinese Monal; Emei Shan Liocichla, Rusty, Elliott's, Black-faced, White-browed, Giant, Spotted, Moustached, Red-winged & White-throated Laughingthrush, Chinese Babax and Hwamei; 8 species of parrotbills, Firethroat, 14 species of warblers, Crested Tit-warbler, 8 species of rosefinches (include stunners like Vinaceous and Three-banded) and Crimson-browed Finch.

 

 

              

 

Schedule:

 

Day 1  Arrive in Chengdu                        

Today you will arrive in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.  You can do some easy birding for the common city birds around your hotel.

The possible birds for today is: White-browed laughingthrush, Oriental Magpie Robin, Chinese Bulbul(or Light-vented Bulbul), Oriental turtle dove, spotted dove, Black-throated Tit, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Collard Finchbill,

1-night in 4* Wangjiang Hotel or similar.

 

Day 2  Chengdu to Longcanggou Reserve in Mt. Wawushan     

We'll drive to Longcanggou Reserve in Mt. Wawushan

3-night in Wood Inn or similar.

Mt. WawuShan, is an over 3000m peak, which situated about 70 km to the west of the more famous Mt.EmeiShan. Mt.Wawushan is the largest National Primeval Forest Park in China. The elevation goes from 2830m. According to the investigations, there are more than 3500 species of plants and about 300 species of birds in M.t Wawushan areas. At lower levels, areas of evergreen broadleaf woodland are interspersed with cultivation, but higher up this gives way to deciduous woodland and ultimately large open, grassy or bamboo-covered areas and stands of mixed coniferous-rhododendron forest. As we walk here amongst the gnarled, moss-encrusted trees we may enjoy some superb vistas across a seemingly endless series of mountain ridges to the great snow-capped peaks of western Sichuan beyond.

 

The prime endemic birds you may see here are:

Lady Amherst's Pheasant, Temminck's Tragopan, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Emei Shan Liocichla,Sichuan Treecreeper, Spotted-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Grey-hooded Fulvetta, Brown-capped (or Dusky) Fulvetta and White-collared Yuhina, Elliott's Laughingthrush, Red-winged Laughingthrush.

And some widespread birds:

Asian Koel, Oriental Scops Owl, Himalayan Swiftlet, Fork-tailed (or Pacific) Swift, Darjeeling and Bay Woodpeckers, Grey Wagtail, Himalayan Black Bulbul (of the striking white-headed form), Long-tailed Minivet, Brown Dipper, Rufous-breasted Accentor, the superb Golden Bush Robin, White-bellied Redstart, Oriental and Lesser Cuckoos, Crested (or Oriental) Honey Buzzard, Large Hawk-Cuckoo, Whistling Hawk-Cuckoo, Grey Bushchat, Blue Whistling Thrush, Slaty-backed Forktail, Verditer, Ferruginous, Slaty-blue, Rufous-gorgeted and Grey-headed Flycatchers,Red-billed Blue Magpie, Large-billed Crow, Russet Sparrow, Dark-breasted and Dark-rumped Rosefinches, and the near-endemic Grey-headed Bullfinch, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Red-billed Leiothrix, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Stripe-throated and Black-chinned Yuhinas,

 

 

Day 3  Longcanggou Reserve

Full day birdwatching in Longcanggou Reserve.

 


 

Day 4  Longcanggou Reserve to Luding  

After morning birding in Longcanggou Reserve, we will then drive to Luding Town for Overnight.

 

Day 5  Erlangshan Pass

Today we will head to the old national way to Tibet over the Erlangshan pass, this road has been abandoned for a long time, where there's no traffic but a lot of birds. The possible birds here are: Lady Armherst's Pheasant, Firethroat, Grey-headed Bullfinch, Blue Rock Thrush, Golden Bush Robin, Great and Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Rufous-tailed Babbler, Yellow-throated Bunting, Godlewski's Bunting, Dark-breast, Pink-rumped, Vinaceous, White-browed, Chinese Beautiful and Streaked Rosefinches, Russset Sparrow, Mrs Goud's Sunbird, White-collared Yuhinas, Chinese Babax, Red-billed Leiothrix, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Black-faced, Elliot's, Barred Laughingthush, Collard finchbill, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrush, Chinese Thrush, Crimson-breasted, White-backed woodpecker,

 

   

 

Day 6  Luding to Wolong Reserve in Mt. Balangshan

3 nights in Wolong Reserve

 

Day 7-8  Birding in Wolong Reserve in Mt. Balangshan

Start at 4 a.m., Drive up to Mt.Balangshan, scan birds along the way, you will have big chance to see many pheasant here, such as Blood Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Monal, Koklass Pheasant, Teminck's  Tragopan, White-eared pheasant, Snow Partridge,  etc. We will walk down and watch birds along the main road. (You may see a big number of Grandala, Yellow Billed and Red Billed Chough, Golden Eagle, Lammergier,  Firethroat, Red Collared Dove, etc ).

Balangshan has an impressive avifauna. It's in the region of alpine meadows and jagged, snow-covered peaks.  We will be able to explore areas from the valley at about 2700m right up to the pass of snow mountain at about 4500m. We will do birding among the surrounding peaks rising to over 5500m and could even see the magnificent peak of Mt.Siguniang. The Wolong Giant Panda reserve is located at the foot of Balangshan in northwest of Sichuan. It is known as the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund, to save the species from extinction, especially pandas.

  

The prime endemic birds you may see here are:

Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Chinese Monal. Grandalas,  Wood Snipe, White Eared Pheasant, Firethroat, Chestnut-headed Tesias, Koklass Pheasants, Temminck's Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrushes, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Spectacled Parrotbill, Barred Laughingthrush, White-browed and Crested Tit Wabler, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed and White-browedTit,.

Other birds such as: Alpine Accentors, Lammergeier, Red-breasted Rosefinches, Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Plain and Brandt's Mountain Finches, Plumbeous Redstarts, River Chat (or White-capped Redstart), Spotted Bush Warbler, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Rufous-bellied Niltava, the splendidly, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked White-eye, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed and Alpine Choughs, Dark-breast, Pink-rumped, Vinaceous, White-browed, Chinese Beautiful, Spot-winged, Red fronted and Streaked Rosefinches,  Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Golden Eagle, Common Kestrel, White-browed Fulvetta, the Yellow-browed and Fire-capped Tits, Grey-crested Tit, Common (or Ring-necked) Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, White-throated Needle-tail, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Asian House Martin, Olive-backed and Rosy Pipits, White-throated Dipper, White-tailed Rubythroat, Indian Blue Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Blue-fronted, Daurian Redstart, little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler.

 

           

 

 

 

 

Day 9  Wolong to Maerkang via Mengbi Forest

After morning birding in Mt. Balangshan, we will then drive to Maerkang via Mengbi Forest. Maerkang is the capital of Kham district. Birding along the way. We shall make several stops to look for such birds as Chinese White-browed Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Collared Grosbeak, Hill Pigeon, Eurasian Crag Martin, Hodgson's Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush and Wallcreeper, Crested Tit-Warbler, Sichuan Jay, Winter Wren, Maroon-backed Accentor, Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail,  White-throated Redstart, Verreaux's Monal Partridge, Severtzov's Grouse, Blood Pheasant, White-eared pheasant, Black Woodpecker, Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker,  Greenish, Hume's Leaf and Yellow-streaked Warblers, Goldcrest,  Chinese Babax, Giant Laughingthrush, Chinese Fulvetta, Eurasian Treecreeper, Oriental Crow, Pink-rumped (or Stresemann's) Rosefinch.

1 night in Maerkang JiaRong Hotel or similar.

 

       

 

Day 10  Maerkang to Hongyuan

Morning birdwatching in Mengbi Forest, and then drive to Hongyuan town for overnight,

  

 

Day 11 Hongyuan to Ruo'ergai  

Today we will drive from Hongyuan to Ruo'ergai. This area is on the edge of Tibetan plateau, including grass land swamp and hills, so there are a lot of big birds, such as Black-necked Crane, Gray-faced, Common & Upland Buzzards, Griffon, Falcon and Red stars. And there are many mammals such as Himalayan Marmot, Pica, Tibetan Fox, Wolf, etc.

1-night in Ruo'ergai Sunshine Hotel or similar.

Ruo'ergai wetland, it distribute in Ruo'ergai county, Hongyuan county in Sichuan and Luchu county, Machu county in Gansu, is the breeding and habitat area for Black-necked Crane, listed as the important wetland in the world.

 

 

 

Day 12  Ruoergai to Chuanzhusi,     

Today we will starts birding from the Baxi Forest near Ruo'ergai, try to looking for the Blue-eared Pheasant, Common Pheasant, Plain Laughingthrush, Chinese Grouse, Three-banded Rosefinch, Kessler's and Chestnut Thrush. Etc.

After that we'll then head to the Chuanzhusi Town for overnight.

 

     

Day 13  Gonggangling Forest near Jiuzhaigou National Park   to Tangjiahe Reserve  

Early in the morning we'll visit Gonggangling Forest for the Sichuan Wood Owl and other birds. Then take a long drive to Tangjiahe Reserve.

The prime endemic birds you may see here are:   Tibetan Siskin, Three-banded Rosefinch, Rufous-headed Robin, Blue-eared Pheasants, Chinese Grouse, Sibrian Rubythroat, Sooty Tit, Chinese Thrush, Chinese Leaf Warbler, Crested and White-browed Tit Wabler, Chinese Nuthatch, White-cheecked Nuthatch, Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush, and Three-toed Parrotbill.

 

 

Day 14 Tangjiah Reserve  

In the morning you will do birding on the way to Tangjiahe Reserve. Endemics include Golden Pheasant, Temmick's Tragopan and Slaty Bunting, Yellow-bellied Tit, Rusty-throated Parrotbill was rediscovered at Tangjiahe after an absence of twenty years in June 2007.

Besides that, we may also see: White-throated Laughingthrush, Blue Whistling Thrush,Golden-Breasted Fulvetta, Koklass Pheasant, Tawny Fish Owl, Grey-headed, Darjeeling, Crimson-breast and Great-spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut-vented Nuthatch, Golden-spectacled Wabler, Sooty Tit, White-crowned Forktail, Brown Dipper and Collared Crow.

Mammals we may see here are: Takin, Tibetan Macaque, Long-tailed Goral, Chinese Serrow, Reeve's Muntjac, Tufted Dear, Wild Boar, Asian Black Bear, Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel.

2 nights in Tangjiahe Hotel

 

 

        

 

Day 15 Tangjiahe to Chengdu  

Morning birding in Tangjiahe, and then we will drive back to Chengdu.

 

Day 16 Departure from Chengdu, Tour End

 

 

Included service:

1.    15 nights' accommodation as mentioned in the schedule. Two people share a twin room. If you don't want to share a room with another participant, but have a private room, you need pay single supplement which is USD600 per person.

2.    English speaking birding guide.

3.    15 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners including seasonal fruits.

4.    Group transfer as described.

5.    All the entrance fee and permissions for the Natural Reserves

The group size is 4 to 10 people. We promise the group won't be more than 10 people. For more information, please contact us through info@chinabirdingtour.com