Sichuan bird tour itinerary
middle May to early June 2018, date to be confirmed
Bird guide: Summer Wong
Max group size : 7 ( 4 clients booked this tour, 3 spaces available )
Day 1 Arriving at Chengdu, airport pick up, overnight in Chengdu.
Day 2 Drive from Chengdu to Longcanggou, birding on the way, overnight in Longcangou.
Day 3-4 Two full days in Longcanggou
On the road to Longcanggou will look for Ashy-throated Parrotbill.
Longcanggou is the best place for the parrotbills: Grey-hooded Parrotbill, Three-toed Parrotbill, Great Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill, Golden Parrotbill, Brown Parrotbill and Gold-fronted Fulvetta. Longcanggou is also good place for :Temminck’s Tragopan, Lady Am’s Pheasant and Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Streaked Barwing, Sichuan Treecreeper, Red-winged, Spotted and Elliot’s Laughingthrush, Emei Shan Liocichla, Chinese Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Bunting, Forest Wagtail, Chinese Bamboo Partridge, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Firethroat, Spotted Bush Warbler, White-bellied Redstart. And Red Panda !
Day 5 Longcanggou – Erlangshan, birding in Longcanggou in the morning, then drive to Erlangshan, overnight in Tianquan.
Day 6 Whole day birding in Erlangshan
Erlangshan is the best place for Lady Amherst’s Pheasant, also good place for Chinese Song Thrush, Barred and Black-faced Laughingthrush, Streaked Barwing, Firethroat, Yellow-bellied Tit, Black-browed Tit.
Day 7 Erlangshan – Rilong, drive to Rilong, birding on the way, overnight in Rilong.
Day 8-9 Two full days birding in Balangshan
Balangshan is the best place for many game birds: Chinese Monal, White-eared Pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Golden Pheasant, Chestnut-throated Partridge, Koklass Pheasant, Blood Pheasant.
Good place for rosefinches: Red-fronted, Streaked, Crimson-browed, Spot-winged, Chinese Beautiful, White-browed, Dark-breasted Rosefinch.
Other good birds: Grandala, Wallcreeper, Firethroat, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, White-browed Bush Robin,Giant Laughingthrush, White-tailed Rubythroat, Crested Tit Warbler, Collared and White-winged Grosbeak, Spotted Bush Warbler, Sichuan Tit, Kessler’s Thrush, Chestnut Thrush.
Day 10 Balangshan – Maerkang, birding in Balangshan in the morning, then drive to Maerkang, birding on the way, overnight in Maerkang.
Day 11 Whole day birding in Mengbishan
Mengbishan is the best place for Sichuan Jay, Verreaux’s Monal-partridge ( Chestnut-throated Monal Partridge ), Blood Pheasant, Giant Laughingthrush, good place to take photo of them, other good birds for photographing: Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch, Pink-rumped Rosefinch, White-browed Rosefinch. Three-banded Rosefinch, Black Woodpecker are also possible.
Day 12 Maerkang – Ruoergai, drive to Ruoergai, birding on the way, overnight in Ruoergai.
Day 13 Baxi forest, Flower Lake
On the road from Maerkang to Ruoergai, will look for Tibetan Partridge, Pere David’s Laughingthrush (Plain Laughingthrush), Azure-winged Magpie, Saker Falcon, White-browed Tit Warbler, Sichuan Tit, White-browed Tit, Tibetan Snowfinch, Przevalski’s Rosefinch (Pink-tailed Bunting), Little Owl, Black-necked Crane.
Baxi forest is the best place for Blue-eared Pheasant, Chinese Grouse, Three-banded Rosefinch, White-Cheeked Nuthatch (Przevalski’s Nuthatch), Snowy-cheeked Laughingthrush (Sukatschev’s Laughingthrush), Slaty-backed Flycatche.
Flower Lake: Tibetan Lark, Rufous-necked Snowfinch, White-rumped Snowfinch, Horned Lark are the main target birds there, and many other water birds on the lake.
Day 14 Ruoergai – Chuanzhusi, drive to Chuanzhusi, birding on the way and Gonggangling forest, overnight in Chuanzhusi
Day 15 Chuanzhusi – Jiuzhaigou, birding in Gonggangling forest, then drive to Jiuzhaigou
On the road from Ruoergai to Chuanzhusi, will look for Siberian Rubythroat.
Gongganling is the place for many possible good birds: Chinese Grouse, Blue-eared Pheasant, Crested Tit Warbler, Three-banded Rosefinch, White-cheeked Nuthatch, Maroon-back Accentor, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, White-bellied Redstart, Spotted Bush Warbler, Spectacled Fulvetta, in the very early morning, we can try to look for Sichuan Wood Owl.
Day 16 Whole day birding in Jiuzhaigou National Park
Jiuzhaigou National Park, it is the place for Rufous-headed Robin, Spectacled Parrotbill, Spectacled Fulvetta, Sooty Tit, Fujian Niltava, Sichuan Treecreeper, White-cheeked Laughingthrush, Indian Blue Robin, Rusty-breasted Tit ( Pere David’s Tit ), Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Chinese Nuthatch, Eurasian Nuthatch, Black Woodpecker, White-bellied Redstart, Brown Deeper, White-throated Deeper.
Day 17 Jiuzhaigou – Tangjiahe, drive to Tangjiahe, birding in Tangjiahe in the afternoon, overnight in Tangjiahe.
Day 18-19 Two full days birding in Tangjiahe, overnight in Tangjiahe.
Day 20, After morning birding in Tangjiahe, drive back to Chengdu.
Tangjiahe is the best place for: Temminck’s Tragopan, Golden Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant, Tawny Fish Owl, and also good for: Sooty Tit, Rusty-breasted Tit, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Spotted Laughingthrush, White-throated Laughingthrush, Great Parrotbill, Three-toed Parrotbill, Spectacled Parrotbill, Fulvous Parrotbill.
Tangjiahe is also a very good place for mammals:
Takin, Tufted Deer, Wild Boar, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
Day 21, Early morning birding in Chengdu park, then airport sending off.
Target birds in Chengdu park : Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Black-throated Tit, Yellow-billed Grosbeak ( Chinese Grosbeak ), White-browed Laughing thrush.
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