2017 Balangshan Birding Tour
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 4000m. We will do birding among the surrounding peaks rising to over 5500m and could even see the magnificent peakofSiguniang. The Wolong Giant Panda reserve is located at the foot of Balangshan in northwest ofSichuan. It is known as the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund, to save the species from extinction, especially pandas.
Destinations: Chengdu, Rilong,Chengdu
Birds Possible: 60-100 species
Schedule of groups:
Group A is from April 25th to 28th, 2017
Group B is from June 10th to 13th, 2017
Both of Group A and Group B are available. Please email to [email protected] for confirming the space.
Day 1__Chengdu to to Ya'an Lunch, Dinner
Early morning drive toChengduPandaBreedingCenter, half day panda visiting and bird watching, and after lunch, drive fromChengduto Ya'an.
1-night in Ibis Hotel Ya'an or similar.
Day 2__Ya'an to Rilong Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, we will climb overJiajinshanMountainto Rilong town. We will stop for birding on the way.
2-night in New Siguniang Hotel or similar
Day 3__ Birding in Balangshan area Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Start at 4 a.m., Drive up to Mt.Balangshan, scan birds along the way, you will have big chance to see many game birds, such as blood pheasant, Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Monal, Koklass, Tragopan.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, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, etc ).
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
Day 4__Rilong back to Chengdu Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Do Early morning birding inHaizi Valley with a fantastic view of endless snow mountains. And it's also a good place to see Rosefinchs. After lunch, we will drive back toChengdu.
1. 3-night accommodation as mentioned in the schedule. Two people share a twin room.
2. English speaking birding guide.
3. 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners including seasonal fruits.
4. Group transfer as described.
5. Tour sites entrance fee.