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Wolong and Balangshan Birding Tour in Sichuan

Wolong and Balangshan Birding Tour in Sichuan

Duration:4 days
Destination:Chengdu-Wolong-Balangshan-Chengdu
Birds possibleabout 100
Best season:from April to August
Day 1
Drive to Wolong Natural Reserve, it will take us about 4hrs to get there, it's long but not boring, we'll drive in the valley, and the view is quite nice. Check in the hotel, relax and do some easy-birding around the hotel (if you are luck, you can see Golden Pheasant in the morning just through the window of your hotel room ).  
 
Day 2
Birding tour in Balangshan higher level
Get up at about 3o'clock, drive to the Balangshan pass before dawn, birding at about 4200m among the endless snow mountain. You'll have a good opportunity to see a rainbow colored Chinese Monal fly in front of you, and a flock of Wood snipe fly by, and many other kinds of exiting endemic birds. We'll walk down and watch birds along the main road. After a fast simple lunch, we will get back to hotel about 2-3o'clock, take a break, do some doorstep birding. And then, big supper!
 
Day 3
Birding tour in Balangshan lower area
Get up very early in the morning, drive to Beimuping area (about 3300m), full day birding from high to lower elevation. (including Dengshenggou, Shawan area )
 
Day 4
Visit cute Giant Panda for several hours, and you could even have a photo holding a baby panda by some donation! (NOT included). Drive the way back to Chengdu. And departure.
 
 
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, Slaty Bunting, Black-browed Tit
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, Chinese Beautiful (split from Himalayan Beautiful) 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 and  bold little Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler,