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Southern China - 12th to 28th April 2012
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Nomenclature largely follows An Annotated List of the Birds of the Oriental Region. Inskipp, Lindsey & Duckworth (1996), but incorporates some recent revisions from Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2012. IOC World Bird Names (v 3.1) http://www.worldbirdnames.org.
* = Endemic to China
Snow Partridge Lerwa lerwa Total of 10 Balangshan Pass area on 22nd and 15 there on 24th.
Tibetan Snowcock Tetrogallus tibetanus Single high above Balangshan Pass on 22nd, 2 in flight there on 24th and two crossing the road and running uphill Jiejin Pass also on 24th.
White-necklaced Partridge Arborophila gingica (heard only) At least one calling Wuyishan on 14th.
Chinese Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola thoracica Heard calling daily at Wuyishan on 14th and 15th, one seen briefly by the side of the road on way down from Wuyishan on 15th and at least one heard calling around Wuyuan on 16th.
Blood Pheasant Ithagnis cruentus About 4 (two seen well, others heard calling) above the tunnel area, Balangshan on 23rd.
Temminck’s Tragopan Tragopan temminckii Brief views of one female (flushed from beside the path) and two males along the path from Wu Yi Peng on 23rd; two females seen by the road at Laba He in early morning of 25th and a male seen on forested slope slightly higher up shortly afterwards; a displaying male in a small valley by the start of the upper boardwalk for almost an hour (and at one stage briefly accompanied by two females) at Laba He on the morning of 26th was the undoubted highlight of the trip.
Cabot's Tragopan* Tragopan caboti (Threatened) Two females crossed the track at Wuyishan NP on the first drive up the mountain on the evening of 13th; better views of two males also crossing the track at Wuyishan NP on 14th and two females by the track and a male in forest just above the track on the morning of 15th.
Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha Two males heard calling from mountain scrub above and below the tunnel area, Balangshan, in the early mornings of 22nd and 23rd and two birds including a male briefly in the open there on the morning of 23rd.
Chinese Monal* Lophophorus lhuysii (Threatened) A female high on the hillside above the tunnel at Balangshan on the morning of 23rd.
Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera A displaying male slowly crossed the lower track at Wuyishan on the morning of 15th; up to 9 birds including adult and immature males in fields and forested areas around Wuyuan on the morning of the 17th and 2 males in forest near Zhong Yun township, Wuyuan on the 18th.
White Eared Pheasant* Crossoptilon crossoptilon (Near-threatened) Four males on slopes above the tunnel area, Balangshan, on the morning of 22nd and 7 there on 23rd.
Reeves's Pheasant* Syrmaticus reevesii (Threatened) Only seen at Dongzhai NR, four males flushed from close to the main track on the morning of 19th, a fine fly-by male near the abandoned buildings later that morning and another (or the same) male in the same area in the afternoon, and a single female early morning on the 20th.
Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus suehschanensis About five in riverside fields and scrub near Wuyuan on 16th, three between Wuyuan and Nanchang on 18th and one heard calling on hillside near Wolong on evening of 21st.
Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus Three including two males seen and heard on hillside near the monastery above Wolong on the evening of 21st; also one male heard calling close to track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd.
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae Heard calling frequently every day at Laba He between 25th and 27th and 5 including two adult males seen on the track on 25th and 26th and four males on the morning of 27th.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Single on river between Wuyuan and Nanchang on 18th.
Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha Four on river near Wuyuan on 16th and about ten on the main river at Wuyuan on the following day.
Garganey Anas querquedula Flock of 9 (5 males and 4 females) on the river near Wuyuan on 16th.
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata About 7 at two river locations near Wuyuan on 17th and a pair along the river west of Baoxing en route to Laba He on 24th.
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Fairly common in the Wuyuan area with up to 6 on the 17th.
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Numerous on rivers and large lakes seen from train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th and at least 2 on a lake near Linguan on 24th.
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Three between Wuhan and Dongzhai NR on evening of 18th.
Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus Fairly common below Wuyishan NR and around Wuyuan area with up to 5 on 16th and also a single in flight below Laba He on 26th.
Eastern) Cattle Egret Bubulcus (ibis) coromandus Flock of about 15 in rice fields below Wuyishan NR on 15th, up to 3 around Wuyuan on 16th and 18th and about 10 along the river west of Baoxing on 24th.
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia Three in fields near Fuzhou on 12th, single en route to Wuyishan NR on 13th, fairly numerous in fields around Wuyuan on 15th and single from train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th.
Little Egret Egretta garzetta Fairly common, seen on seven dates including on river in centre of Chengdu.
Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucos A pair in trees near a possible nest site at Xiaoqi, near Wuhan on 17th.
Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus A female near the town of Wuyishan on 13th.
Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus An adult and a sub-adult over Balangshan on the morning of 22nd.
Himalayan Griffon Vulture Gyps himalayensis Up to 5 over Balangshan on the morning of 22nd; single near Jiejin Pass on 24th and one high over Laba He on 26th.
Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela Single low over roadside forest near Xiaoqi on 17th.
Eastern Marsh Harrier Circus spilonotus Single over river near Dongzhai
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus Two including one bird perched in tree close to lunch restaurant near Wuyuan on 16th, about three individuals in the Wuyuan area on 17th and 4 birds including a pair displaying Dongzhai NR on 19th.
Chinese Goshawk Accipiter soloensis A single sitting on a roadside post near Wuyishan on 13th.
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus A single at Balangshan on the morning of 23rd and other singles at Laba He on 26th and 27th.
Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus Singles Balangshan on 22nd and Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos A pair high over the crags and forest above Rilong on 24th.
Mountain Hawk Eagle Nisaetus/Spizaetus nipalensis Single seen briefly high over Wolong on 21st.
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Two in riverside scrub near Wuyuan on 16th and single on 17th.
Woodcock Scolopax rusticola One flushed from close to the track in forest near Wuyuan on 16th.
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus About 8 seen on rice fields from train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th.
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Single on river near Wuhan on 16th.
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus Single on river near Dongzhai
Common Redshank Tringa totanus A few seen on rice fields from train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th.
Grey-headed Lapwing Vanellus cinereus Small numbers in fields around Wuyuan with up to 6 on 16th.
Long-billed Plover Charadrius placidus One on rice fields and another on a river near small village SW of Wuyuan on 16th.
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Single seen over rice fields from train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th.
Rock/Feral Dove Columba livia Fairly common in small numbers in most towns and some villages.
Hill Pigeon Columba rupestris At least 15 on open cliff face above Rilong on 24th.
Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota About 8 at Balangshan on morning of 22nd and 50+ in two flocks on slopes at Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis Only seen around Wuyuan and at Dongzhai NR; up to 5 at Dongzhai NR on 19th.
Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis Fairly common in small numbers at most rural towns and villages, seen on 9 dates.
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Two at Wuyishan on 13th and single Wuyuan on 18th.
Barred Cuckoo-Dove Macropygia unchall Single by the side of the track at Wuyishan NR on 14th.
Large Hawk Cuckoo Cuculus sparveroides Frequent to common (but only heard calling) around Wuyuan and at Dongzhai between 15th and 19th.
Lesser Cuckoo Cuculus poliocephalus Single heard calling near checkpoint on Wuyishan NR on 15th
Lesser Coucal Centropus bengalensis Single heard calling at Dongzhai NR on 19th.
Oriental Scops-Owl Otus sunia At least two individuals heard calling at night at Dongzhai NR on 18th and 19th.
Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei Several heard calling in the day around Wuyuan on 16th and 17th and also at Dongzhai on 18th and 19th.
Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus One heard calling at dawn from track at Dongzhai NR on morning of 20th.
White-throated Needletail Hirundapus caudacutus At least 4 in passing flock over riverside park Wuyuan on 17th.
Pacific Swift Apus pacificus At least 30 around breeding cliffs along entrance road to Laba He on 27th.
House Swift Apus nipalensis Five over small village and riverside area near Wuyuan on 16th and 2 near Wolong on 21st.
Common Hoopoe Upapa epops Single in fields below Wu Yi Peng on 22nd
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Two individuals in Wuyuan area on 15th and a single the following day.
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis Two singles by some fields at a roadside stop near Wuyuan on 15th.
Crested Kingfisher Megaceryle lugubris Two individuals on power lines across the river near Wuyuan on 17th.
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis Single from train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th.
Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis Single heard calling near Wuyuan on 16th.
White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos Single Wuyishan NR on 14th, 5 at Dongzhai on 19th and 20th and a single on lower slopes of Laba He on 27th.
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major Fairly common in small numbers; seen at Wuyuan, Dongzhai, Wolong and Laba He.
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus Single excavating nest hole in the riverside park at Wuyuan on 17th and another heard calling at Dongzhai on 19th.
Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris About 30 in two gorges between Jiejin Pass and Baoxing on 24th.
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Fairly common in small numbers and seen on eight dates.
Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica Locally common, mostly around Wuyishan and Wuyuan in pairs or small groups, seen on six dates.
Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus Large breeding flock of at least 40 birds on cliff face above the track to Wuyishan on 14th and 15th; single at Dongzhai NR on 20th
White Wagtail Motacilla alba alboides Fairly common, small numbers seen on seven dates.
Black-backed Wagtail Motacilla lugens Small numbers present around Wuyuan and seen on three dates 15th – 17th with up to 6 on 16th.
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea Locally common near rivers and seen on five dates, most numerous around Laba He.
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni Fairly common at Wuyishan, Wuyuan and Dongzhai NR and also 1-2 seen on lower slopes of Laba He.
Rosy Pipit Anthus roseatus First seen at Wuyishan then common at high levels of Balangshan and below tree line at Laba He where at least 50 present on 25th.
Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike Coracina melaschistos A pair present in trees at the riverside park, Wuyuan on 17th.
Swinhoe’s/Brown-rumped Minivet Pericrocotus cantonensis Singles around Wuyuan on 16th-18th, 2 at Dongzhai NR on 19th and a flock of at least 40 there on 20th
Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris Up to 6 daily at Wuyishan between 13th and 15th and 6 near Wuyuan on 17th.
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus Fairly common at Laba He 25th – 28th with up to 10 on 25th.
Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach Small numbers seen at Wuyishan and around Wuyuan and 2 between Chengdu and Wolong on 21st.
Grey-backed Shrike Lanius tephronotus Single below Balangshan on mornings of 22nd and 23rd and one singing from top of tree at Laba He on morning of 26th.
Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques Common and numerous between Wuyuan and Dongzhai NR between 15th and 19th.
Chestnut Bulbul Hemixos castanonotus Two on lower part of track at Wuyishan on morning of 15th and at least 2 in forest near Wuyuan on 16th.
Mountain Bulbul Ixos mcclellandii Two along the track at Wuyishan NR on 14th.
Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus leucothorax Fairly common at Wuyishan with several large roaming flocks and two white-headed birds in tree close to the track on 15th; also a single near Wuyuan on 16th.
Brown-breasted Bulbul Pycnonotus xanthorrhous Two in fields near river SW of Wuyuan on 16th.
Chinese (Light-vented) Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis Fairly common and numerous, seen on ten dates and only absent from the Wolong to Balangshan area.
Goldcrest Regulus regulus Single in forest below Balangshan on 22nd and 2 seen or heard along upper boardwalk at Laba He on 25th and 26th.
Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii Two seen on rivers near Wuyishan on 13th and 15th and another on river below Laba He on 26th.
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris First seen at Balangshan on 22nd then up to 30 there and at Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunela strophiata Singles Balangshan on 22nd and 23rd, 2 Jiejin Pass on 24th and another Laba He on 25th.
Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush Monticola rufiventris Common along the track at Wuyishan with up to 10 daily on 14th and 15th; single above the upper boardwalk Laba He on 25th.
Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus Singles Wuyishan 13th to 15th, 2 (a pair) around the HQ area Dongzhai NR on 19th, single near Wolong on 21st and up to 5 along entrance road to Laba He on 24th with singles in same area on 25th and 27th.
Blackbird Turdus (merula) mandarinus Fairly common around Wuyuan (including in city centre) with up to 20 there on 17th and two in Chengdu University campus on morning of 28th.
Chestnut Thrush Turdus rubrocanus gouldi First seen around the monastery above Wolong on 21st, then heard singing at Balangshan on 22nd and 6 between Wolong and Balangshan on 23rd; two at Laba He on 24th and single there on 25th.
Kessler’s Thrush Turdus kessleri Only seen high on slopes above the tunnel at Balangsham with at least 4 on 22nd and 2 on 23rd.
Chinese Thrush* Turdus mupinensis Single at top of track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd.
Plain Prinia Prinia inornata At least 2 in rape seed and grass fields near Wuyuan on 16th.
Brownish–flanked Bush Warbler Cettia fortipes Fairly common but much more often heard giving its distinctive song than seen, recorded on 10 dates from most locations.
Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler Cettia acanthizoides Heard singing at Wuyishan NR 14th and 15th and again at upper levels of Laba He on 25th and 26th (with up to about 5 on last date).
Chinese Bush Warbler Bradypterus taczanowskius Single seen and three heard upper Laba He forest on 25th and single seen and up to five heard there the following day.
Russet Bush Warbler Bradypterus mandelli Single heard and seen briefly in flight Laba He on 25th.
Brown Bush Warbler Bradypterus luteoventris Single heard briefly Laba He on 25th.
Alpine/Tickell's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus occisinensis First seen near Wolong with 3 on 21st, 2 at Balangshan on 23rd and about 5 singing in forest above Rilong on 24th and 1 at Laba He on 25th.
Yellow-streaked Warbler Phylloscopus armandii Single by the river near Wolong on 21st.
Buff-barred Warbler Phylloscopus pulcher At least 1 in open forest and bamboo along the upper boardwalk at Laba He on 25th.
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus Two along the track at Wuyishan on 14th and 2 in scrub at Balangshan on 22nd.
Sichuan Leaf Warbler* Pylloscopus forresti Fairly common and numerous at Laba He between 25th and 27th with up to about 15 there on the last date.
Chinese Leaf Warbler* Phylloscopus yunnanensis First seen at Wu Yi Peng with about 5 there on 23rd, 2 at Balangshan on 24th, at least 10 at Laba He on 25th and 4 there the following day.
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus Up to 5 heard calling in roadside trees and forest near Wuyuan on 16th and at least 1 the following day; at least 10 Dongzhai NR on 19th and 3 in roadside scrub at Balangshan on 22nd.
Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei At least 1 seen and heard singing briefly at Balangshan on the morning of 22nd, several heard singing in forest above Rilong on 24th and at least 3 singing at Laba He on 25th.
Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides Single in trees at Dujiangyan University Forest Park on the morning of 21st, single Balangshan the following day and another Wu Yi Peng on 23rd.
Large-billed Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus magnirostris Single heard singing along the entrance road to Laba He on 26th.
Claudia’s (Blyth’s) Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus claudiae Common and numerous with many in song Wuyishan on 14th and 15th; 2 in trees at Dujiangyan University Forest Park on the morning of 21st, up to 4 along the track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and up to 3 Laba He between 25th and 27th.
Kloss’s (White-tailed) Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus disturbans Only seen at Wuyishan with singles daily between 13th and 15th.
Bianchi’s Warbler Seicercus valentini This and the following two species have been split from ‘Golden-spectacled Warbler’ and were identified mainly on altitude and some differences in calls and song; at least 6 at the upper levels of Wuyishan on 14th, 3 at Balangshan on 22nd and about 5 at the upper boardwalk at Laba He on 27th.
Alstrom’s Warbler Seicercus soror At least 2 at middle levels of Wuyishan on 14th and about 5 at middle to lower levels of Laba He on 27th (see Bianchi's Warbler).
Martens’ Warbler Seicercus omeiensis One Dujiangyan University Forest Park on the morning of 21st and about 10 at the start of the track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd (see Bianchi's warbler).
Chestnut-crowned Warbler Seicercus castaniceps At least 6 Wuyishan on 14th.
Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis Single along the road to Wuyishan on 13th and two in bamboo along the main track there on 15th.
Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata Single along the track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and 2 at Laba He on 25th and 26th.
Slaty-blue Flycatcher Ficedula tricolor Two from the upper boardwalk at Laba He on 26th.
Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris Single seen briefly in lower level forest Laba He on 27th.
Small Niltava Niltava macgrigoriae Two males seen briefly in forest from the track at Wuyishan on 14th.
Fujian Niltava Niltava davidi Singles Wuyishan 14th and above Wolong 22nd and 2 in lower level forest at Laba He on 27th.
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis Single along the track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and 2 in lower level forest Laba He on 27th.
Lesser Shortwing Brachypteryx leucophrys At least 6 individuals heard singing from small areas of dense cover of mainly riverside scrub and bushes around Wuyuan on 16th and 17th.
White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana Two seen briefly in upper level bamboo and others heard singing at Wuyishan on 14th and 15th.
Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus At least 3 along the track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd, up to 6 between Balangshan and forest above Rilong on 24th, and at least one seen and up to 5 heard singing at Laba He on 26th and 27th.
Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis Singles daily around Wuyishan between 13th and 16th and 2 around Wuyuan on 17th.
Black Redstart Phoenicurs ochruros rufiventris Single Balangshan on 22nd and another near Jiejin Pass on 24th.
White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps Total of about 8 near Balangshan and Jiejin Passes on 24th.
Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus A male near Wolong on 21st and 4 (two pairs) between Rilong and Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis Up to 7 Balangshan on 23rd and 8 there and near Jiejin Pass the following day; also a pair in tree top at Laba He on 25th.
White-capped Redstart (River Chat) Chaimarrornis leucocephalus First seen on the river near Wolong on 21st then between Jiejin Pass and Baoxing and up to 4 at Laba He on 26th.
Plumbeous Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus Fairly common and present on most rivers and seen on 11 dates.
White-bellied Redstart Hodgsonius phaenicuroides Single male seen and heard singing from upper boardwalk at Laba He on 26th and up to 4 others heard singing; single heard singing briefly the following day from lower level forest.
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maura All birds presumed to be of the race stejnegeri; 1-2 daily in Wuyishan between 14th and 16th, single near Wuyuan on 18th and a pair by the river at Wolong on 21st.
Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea Single at high level on Wuyishan on 14th.
Grandala Grandala coelicolor About 40 around the pass at Balangshan on 22nd and 2 there on 24th.
Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri Up to 3 including a pair at a nest site at Wuyishan on 13th to 15th.
White-crowned Forktail Enicurus leschenaulti Single at the edge of forest near Wuyuan on the early morning of 17th and up to 3 also around Wuyuan the following day.
Masked Laughingthrush Garrulax perspicillatus First seen in roadside fields and scrub near Wuyuan on 15th, at least 3 in riverside bushes near Wuyuan the following day; single heard at Dongzhai NR on 18th and up to 8 seen there on 19 - 20th.
White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis Up to 10 in lower level forest at Laba He on 26th and 27th.
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax pectoralis First seen in woodland near the river at Wuyuan on 16th then up to 5 daily in Wuyuan area on 17th and 18th.
Hwamei Garrulax canorus Single seen briefly Wuyishan on 13th and up to 3 seen and heard daily in the Wuyuan and Dongzhai NR area between 16th and 19th.
Chinese Babax Babax lanceolatus A single heard calling on way up to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd refused to show itself.
White-browed Laughingthrush Pterorhinus sannio Single near Wuyuan on 17th, 2 on outskirts of Chengdu and 2 at Dujiangyan University Forest Park on the morning of 21st, at least one calling by the river at Ya’an on 27th and 2 Baihuatan Park, Chengdu on the morning of 28th.
Barred Laughingthrush* Ianthocincla lunulatus (Near-threatened) Single seen and another heard calling on the track below Wu Yi Peng on 23rd.
Giant Laughingthrush* Ianthocincla maximus Single heard calling from scrub above the tunnel
area Balangshan on morning of 22nd and up to 8 on the other side of the pass down to above Rilong seen and heard the following day.
Rusty Laughingthrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus Four together along the track at Wuyishan on 14th.
Elliot’s Laughingthrush* Trohalopteron elliotii First seen along the river at Wolong on 21st then fairly common between there and Balangshan and at Laba He between 22nd and 26th.
Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis Up to 4 seen or heard daily at Wuyishan between 14th and 16th, with singles in the Wuyuan area 17th and 18th and a single heard at Laba He on 26th.
Pygmy Wren-babbler Pnoepyga pusilla Single seen and heard calling Wuyishan on 14th, single seen briefly and heard calling by the track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and several heard calling Laba He 25th to 27th.
Spotted Wren-babbler Spelaeornis formosus Single heard calling Wuyishan on 15th.
Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps Fairly common in small numbers Wuyishan, Wuyuan and Laba He.
Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea Very common at Wuyishan on 13th to 15th; several heard calling in roadside scrub along the entrance road to Laba He on 26th.
White-browed Shrike Babbler Pteruthius flaviscapis At least 10 along the track at Wuyishan on 14th and several heard calling there the following day.
Golden-breasted Fulvetta Lioparus chrysotis First seen on the track to Wu Yi Peng, with up to 6 on 23rd, and up to 6 daily at Laba He between 25th and 27th.
Gold-fronted Fulvetta* Alcippe variegaticeps (Threatened) Two in dense bamboo in lower elevation forest at Laba He on 27th.
Grey-hooded Fulvetta Fulvetta cinereiceps Up to 4 Wuyishan on 14th and 15th
Streak-throated Fulvetta Fulvetta manipurensis Ten at Laba He on 25th and 5 there on 27th (split from Grey-hooded Fulvetta).
Dusky Fulvetta Fulvetta brunnea Single Wuyishan on 14th.
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe davidi Up to 10 in the Wuyuan area between 15th and 17th and 2 Laba He on 26th.
Striated Yuhina Yuhina castaniceps Two together along the main track at Wuyishan on 14th.
White-collared Yuhina Yuhina diademata First seen at Wolong on 21st then up to about 5 daily between there and Laba He between 22nd and 27th.
Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta Flock of about 12 in scrub by the main track on Wuyishan on 14th.
Great Parrotbill Conostoma aemodium One heard calling from bamboo on upper slopes of Laba He on the morning of 26th.
Brown Parrotbill Cholornis unicolor Flock of 6 in bamboo by the upper level boardwalk at Laba He on 25th increasing to at least 10 in the same area the following day.
Vinous-throated Parrotbill Sinornis webbianus Five in riverside bamboos near Wuyuan on 17th, about 10 Dongzhai NR on 19th and single Baihuatan Park, Chengdu on the morning of 28th.
Ashy-throated Parrotbill Sinornis alphonsianus At least 10 in riverside bamboo and rape just outside Ya’an on 27th.
Fulvous Parrotbill Paradoxornis fulvifrons At least one heard in bamboo below upper boardwalk at Laba He
Golden Parrotbill Sinornis verreauxi Two in bamboo at the upper level of Wuyishan on 14th and at least one heard there the following day; 2 together in bamboo on lower level of Laba He on 27th.
Black-throated (Red-crowned) Tit Aegithalos concinnus Fairly common in small numbers at Wuyishan, Wuyuan and Dongzhai NR between 15th and 19th.
Black-browed Tit Aegithalos iouschistos Three together in alpine bushes and scrub on Balangshan on 24th and 2 Laba He on 27th.
Sooty Tit* Aegithalos fuliginosus Single on track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and another the following day in forest above Rilong.
Sichuan Tit* Poecile(songarus) weigoldei About 6 in mixed flock in forest above Rilong on 24th, single at upper level of Laba He on 25th.
Coal Tit Periparus ater aemodius Up to 4 in Wuyishan on 13th and 14th, 2 on track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and singles in upper level forest at Laba He on 24th to 26th.
Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris Three in mixed flock above Rilong on 24th and 2 at Laba He on 25th.
Yellow-bellied Tit* Pardaliparus venustulus Fairly commonly seen at Wuyishan, Wuyuan, Wolong and family parties in lower level forest at Laba He on 24th to 27th.
Grey-crested Tit Lophophanes dichrous Single at Wu Yi Peng on 23rd.
Great/Japanese Tit Parus major/minor Fairly common at Wuyishan, Wuyuan, Dongzhai NR and Chengdu, replaced thereafter by Green-backed Tit.
Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus First seen at Wolong on 21st then fairly common or numerous on Balangshan to Laba He between 22nd and 27th.
Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus spilonotus Four Wuyishan daily on 13th and 14th.
Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus Single Wuyishan on 14th, up to 5 along track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and up to 6 in high level forest at Laba He on 25th and 26th.
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch Sitta nagaiensis Single Wuyishan 15th, up to 4 on track to Wu Yi Peng 23rd, 2 Laba He on 25th and single there 27th.
Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea Two Wuyishan on 14th.
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria Single by the tunnel at Balangshan on 22nd and at least 4 below Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris Single in roadside scrub at Balangshan on 23rd.
Bar-tailed or Himalayan Treecreeper Certhia himalayana Two in roadside trees above Rilong on 24th.
Mrs.Gould’s Sunbird Aethopyga gouldiae A male in open forest and another heard calling nearby near Wuyuan on 16th, single Balangshan 22nd, a female on track to Wu Yi Peng 23rd and about 10 in lower level forest Laba He on the morning of 27th.
Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus Small numbers, up to 5, seen at Wuyishan, Wuyuan, Dongzhai NR, Wolong and Laba He
Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus salangensis A pair in riverside park, Wuyuan 17th.
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius Common in small numbers at Wuyishan, around Wuyuan and Dongzhai NR.
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyana kansuensis About 10 seen from the train between Nanchang and Wuhan on 18th, 6 at Dongzhai on 20thand a single over the main road near Chengdu on 27th.
Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae Up to four in forest patches around Wuyuan between 16th and 18th.
Red-billed Blue Magpie Orocissa erythrorhyncha Fairly common in small numbers or family groups and seen on 11 dates in most locations.
Eurasian Magpie Pica pica Single by the roadside in Shanghai on 12th and up to 10 Dongzhai NR on 18th and 19th.
Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes First seen above Wolong on 21st, heard on track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd, and fairly numerous in upper forest level at Laba He on 25th and 26th.
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Two above the tunnel area Balangshan on 22nd and about 50 at the cliff-face above Rilong on 24th.
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus At least 10 on the slopes below the pass at Balangshan on 22nd.
Large-billed Crow Corvus japonensis Fairly common in small numbers at Balangshan and Laba He 22nd to 27th.
Collared Crow Corvus torquatus Single seen and another heard Dongzhai NR on 19th and one seen over nearby cultivated area the following day.
Common Raven Corvus corax Single Laba He on 26th.
Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus Fairly common around Shanghai, Wuyishan, Wuyuan and Chengdu.
Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus Fairly common around Wuyuan with up to 15 on 17th and 2 Dongzhai NR on 19th.
Black-collared Starling Sturnus nigricollis Only seen in fields around Wuyuan, with 6 on 16th and 3 on the 18th.
White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata Only seen in fields near Wuyuan, with 2 on 15th and 6 the following day.
Slaty Bunting Emberiza siemsseni (Near-threatened) Only seen along the lower level track at Laba He, with 2 on 26th and 5 the following day.
Godlewski’s Bunting Emberiza godlewskii Singles above Rilong and at the Jiejin Pass both on 24th.
Meadow Bunting Emberiza cioidesi Single at Dongzhai on 19th and up to 10 in rice paddies below Dongzhai NR on 20th
Chestnut-eared Bunting Emberiza fucata One in riverside fields Wuyuan on 17th
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla Two in riverside fields Wuyuan on 17th.
Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophrys One in riverside park at Wuyuan on 17th
Yellow-throated Bunting Emberiza elegans Single along the lower level track at Laba He on 27th.
Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala Common in small numbers in riverside fields near Wuyuan with up to 6 daily between 15th and 17th.
Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola At least 6 Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Brandt’s Mountain Finch Leucosticte brandti Loose flock of about 150 near the pass at Balangshan on 22nd and 24th and about 25 Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis Single near the tunnel at Balangshan on 23rd.
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus Single heard at Wu Yi Peng on 23rd
Chinese Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus Flock of about 6 including two males below Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Pink-rumped Rosefinch* Carpodacus eos Small groups totalling about 20 Jiejin Pass on 24th.
Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus A male and two females in upper elevation bamboo at Laba He on 26th.
White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura A female seen perched on top of tall pine in forest above Rilong on 24th.
Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus puniceus Two females at Balangshan Pass on 24th.
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla Two in roadside trees below Dongzhai NR on 20th
Oriental/Grey-capped Greenfinch Carduelis sinica At least 2 in flight over rice paddies below Dongzhai NR on 20th
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Single over rice paddies below Dongzhai NR on 20th
Grey-headed or Beavan’s Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca Flock of 5 on track to Wu Yi Peng on 23rd and about 8 along lower level track at Laba He on morning of 27th.
Chinese/Yellow-billed Grosbeak Eophona migratoria Three in small fields near the river at Wuyuan on 17th and a flock of at least 100 over river near Dongzhai on 20th
Collared Grosbeak Mycerobas affinis About 3 together below the tunnel area Balangshan on 22nd.
White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas camipes Single in forest around the tunnel area at Balangshan on 22nd and heard there on 23rd.
Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans At least 12 in cultivated area of hills near Xiaoqi on 17th, single Dongzhai NR on 20th and single female near Wolong 21st.
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Fairly common and widespread in small numbers around villages and towns and in city parks in Chengdu.
Pallas’s Squirrel Callosciurus erythraeus Not positively identified but singles of most probably this species at Wuyishan 14th, near Wuyuan 16th and 2 in trees on lower slopes of Laba He on 26th and 27th.
Red Panda Ailurus fulgens Single on the opposite bank of the river near Wolong on 22nd.
Pere David’s / Tibetan Macaque Macaca thibetana Troop of about 25 on lower slopes of Laba He on 26th.
Macaque sp. Troop of at least 10 in trees on far side of the valley below Laba He on 26th and 27th.
Blue Sheep Pseudois nayaur Single female on the hillside above the tunnel area, Balangshan on 22nd and 23rd.
Wild Boar Sus scrofa Single large male on the hillside above the tunnel area, Balangshan on morning of 22nd.
Sambar Deer Cervus unicolor Three on forested hillside below Laba He on 26th (seen from opposite side of the valley) and at least 8 in lower level forest at Laba He the following morning.