Tuesday, 3 December 2013

17th November, 2013 TAIWAN Day 3

After another bad night due to jet-lag and traffic noise, we drove up to KM14 and turned left at the police station to the Blue Gate trial which is at a higher altitude than yesterday's trail, probably around 7,000 ft.
We spent all morning walking this trail in fine sunny and warm weather, before driving back down to Wushe where we had some lunch and bird-watch from our balcony at the home-stead. Because of  our bad night, we decided to change our accommodation and we booked into a  large yellow lodge which was situated back from the road. Highlights were a male Swinhoe's Pheasant along the Blue Gate trail.

View taken from our balcony at Wushe.

During the afternoon, we drove right up to the Hehuanshan Pass at 10,000 ft. and birded various areas around several car-parks, with the highlights being 2 Flamecrests and 3 Vinaceous Rosefinches. Unfortunately no sign of any Alpine Accentors or Golden Parrotbills which due to the fine weather, both species may still be at a higher altitude and not yet forced down due to cold weather.



Views taken around the Hehuanshan Pass.

Swinhoe's Pheasant 1 male near the entrance of the Blue Gate Trail.
Peregrine 1
Oriental Turtle Dove 2
Taiwan Barbet 1
Grey Treepie 2
Large-billed Crow 2
Pacific Swallow 40
Asian House Martin 3
Black-throated Tit 2
Chinese Bulbul 1
Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler 3
Yellow-browed Warbler 1
White-whiskered Laughingthrush 15 at Hehuanshan Pass.
Steere's Liocichla 9
Taiwan Fulvetta 3
Taiwan Sibia 1
Taiwan Yuhina 8
Flamecrest 2 in pines at Hehuanshan Pass.
Daurian Redstart 1 male
Olive-backed Pipit 1
Vinaceous Rosefinch 2 males and 1 female at Hehuanshan Pass.

Taiwan Yuhina - 8 were seen along the Blue Gates trail.


Steere's Liocichla taken from our balcony in Wushe.
Although it could be found in most habitats, it proved
to be very skulking.



Yellow-browed Warbler taken from our balcony at Wushe.



Female Vinaceous Rosefinch on Hehuanshan Pass.

White-whiskered Laughingthrush at Hehuanshan Pass. Very much 
a bird of the high altitudes and usually very tame.