Tuesday, 10 December 2013

25th November, 2013 TAIWAN 11th Day

We birded in the Firefly Lodge grounds for a couple of hours and then departed stopping at a couple of sites which Mr.Liu had given us, and although we saw a number of species nothing out of the ordinary. We decided to visit Yushan National Park, another mountainous site, and on arrival we immediately connected with a nice flock of birds including Coat Tits and more importantly some excellent views of several Flamecrests. Unable to book accommodation in the Park, we had to return to Alishan, and booked into a tourist hotel which proved quite noisy and over-priced.

David and Brenda with Mr.Liu and his mother at the Firefly Lodge.

View looking from the Firefly Lodge with low cloud coming up the valley.

View taken near Firefly Lodge with thick cloud forming.

Tea picking near the Firefly Lodge.


Yushan National Park again with cloud in the valley

Taiwan Hill Partridge 2
Chinese Bamboo Partridge heard only
Swinhoe's Pheasant 1 male
Crested Serpent Eagle 2
Crested Goshawk 2
Oriental Turtle Dove 2
Spotted Dove 2
House Swift 6
Grey-chinned Minivet 2
Jay 1
Nutcracker 4
Large-billed Crow 2
Red-rumped Swallow 1
Pacific Swallow 20
Asian House Martin 10
Black-throated Tit 6
Collared Finchbill 6
Chinese Bulbul 4
Himalayan Black Bulbul 2
Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler 1
Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler heard only
Rufous-capped Babbler 2
White-whiskered Laughingthrush 6
Steere's Liocichla 2
Dusky Fulvetta 1
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta 3
Taiwan Sibia 10
Taiwan Yuhina 5
Coal Tit 20+
Japanese White-eye 10
Flamecrest 10 ex.
Wren 1
Nuthatch 1
White's Thrush 3
Eye-browed Thrush 8
Collared Bush Robin 1 male
Daurian Redstart 1 male
Grey Wagtail 1
White Wagtail 2
Beavan's Bullfinch 3


Chinese Bulbul at Firefly Lodge.

 Adult male Daurian Redstart at Firefly Lodge.

Amur Wagtail at Firefly Lodge.

Oriental Turtle Dove near the Firefly Lodge

Pair of Crested Goshawks seen soaring near Firefly Lodge.

Party of Coal Tits passed through the pines at the summit of 
the Yushan National Park, belonging to the Taiwan race
ptilosus with the distinctive crest.




  Flamecrests at the summit of the Yushan National Park.
Size of a Firecrest but usually stays near the top of pine trees.


Spotted Nutcracker at the summit of the Yushan National Park

Several Monkeys seen on the drive up to Yushan National Park.