Kathmandu, Chitwan & Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Nepal, April 2003

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Observers - Ramesh Karki, Dave Allan and John B O'Connell-Davidson

Highlights

The many different species of woodpeckers seen during our time in Nepal. A Black Eagle gliding less than 10 metres above our heads near Pothana. 3 Collared Falconet at Chitwan. 2 Long-billed Thrush with one of the birds had a dull yellow ring around the base of the upper and lower mandible. A male White-browed Shortwing displaying. Whose white supercilium was flared leaving only a thin black line in the centre of the head. Large numbers of different Rosefinches at Poon Hill. 8 Rhinoceros, a Leopard and 2 Sloth Bears all at Chitwan

A total of 349 species of birds were observed during our time in Nepal with a further 9 species were heard calling but were not seen.

Itinerary

10th April - London - Kathmandu

Dave and I arrived in Kathmandu in late evening where we were meet by Ramesh Karki our guide from Explore Nepal for our time in Nepal. We were transferred to the Hotel Kantipur Temple Hose in Thamel area of Kathmandu.

11th April - Kathmandu

A day excursion to Phulchowki, the highest peak of the Kathmandu Valley at just over 9,000 feet, here we covered the upper slopes in the morning and visited the Botanical gardens, in the afternoon, A thunderstorm in the late afternoon curtailed the birding for the day but we had seen or heard over 80 species of birds during approximately 7 hrs.

12th April - Kathmandu

Another day excursion to Phulchowki, but this time we covered the lower slopes in the morning and afternoon. A thunderstorm in the late afternoon once again curtailed the birding for the day. A wonderful Nepalese meal at the Bhojan Griha restaurant provided by Explore was a fine way to end our visit to Kathmandu.

13th April - Kathmandu to Guida Wildlife Camp

We travelled by car from Kathmandu to the Guida Wildlife Camp at the edge of Chitwan National Park. On the way to Chitwan we stopped many times and visited a wet land park just before Chitwan during the journey. Birded around the camp in the afternoon.

14th April - Guida Wildlife Camp

An early morning and late afternoon elephant rides intersperse by birding in the area.

15th April - Guida Wildlife Camp to Guida Tented Camp

A trip down the river in a dugout canoe and then open jeep to the Guida Tented camp.

16th April - Guida Tented Camp

Birding in the area.

17th April - Guida Tented Camp to Pokhara

Car from Guida Tented Camp to the Kantipur Hotel in Pokhara with the afternoon birding on the hill opposite the town.

18th April - Pokhara to Pothana 1900m - Camping

A taxi from Pokhara to Phedi (1130m) where we started the trek with a steep climb through wooded hillside and then along the level path through steep terraced fields.

19th April - Pothana to Landruk 1565m - Camping

A day of birding in forests and terraced fields. During the night a spectacular thunder storm with a flash of lightening at least every second for over an hour.

20th April - Landruk to Chomrong 2170m - Camping

A steep walk down to the river valley and along the river towards New Bridge. A long climb of steps in the afternoon to Chomrong; with birding in the late afternoon above the village.

21st April - Chomrong to Dobang 2505m - Camping

A slow day walking / birding, with rain for most of the afternoon, through the oak and rhododendron forest to Doban.

22nd April - Dobang to Deurali 3700m - Camping

A slow day walking / birding again with the forest giving way to bamboo and eventually rocky hillsides. An afternoon walk north of Deurali produced few birds.

23rd April - Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 4130m - Camping

Up through the steep sided valley above Deurali where the track has been moved to the east side of the river to avoid the avalanche area around Bagar. The valley then opens out at Machhapuchhre Base Camp with a slow long walk towards Annapurna Base Camp.

24th April - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2425m - Camping

A fantastic views at sunrise being surrounded by the mountains in the Base Camp. After breakfast a long and very hot walk down to Bamboo.

25th April - Bamboo to Chomrong 2175 - Camping

An hour birding before breakfast in the forest near the camp site produced some excellent birds. Then a slow days birding through the forest to Chomrong.

26th April - Chomrong to Tadapani 2590m - Camping

Good birding in the oak and rhododendron forest along the trail before heavy rain mid afternoon.

27th April - Tadapani to Ghorepani 2750m - Camping

A day of good birding in the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest which may have produced more birds if we had more time.

28th April - Ghorepani to Hille 1475m - Teahouse

A 0430 start to be up Poon Hill for the sunrise, with some excellent birding on the way down from the top for a late breakfast. Continued through the forest towards Ulleri where the trail opens out into terraced fields before a steep down stone staircase with over 2500 steps to the river. A violent thunderstorm and heavy hail in the afternoon forced us to stay in a teahouse instead of camping.

29th April - Hille to Chandrakot 1580m - Teahouse

Due to a transport strike we were unable to return to Pokhara instead we trekked to Chandrakot and birded in the vicinity of the village. Due to the unsuitability of the campsite we were once again in a teahouse for the night.

30th April - Chandrakot to Road and on to Kathmandu

Just over an hours walk before we reached the road at Lumle where a taxi our car was waiting for us to take us back to Kantipur Temple Hose in Kathmandu.

Notes.

1. Ornithological nomenclature follows 'Birds of Nepal' by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim Inskipp. (Helm Field Guides) 2000

2. The Spelling of place names will differ from map to map, the ones I have used are from the 'Around Annapurna' by Nepa Maps.

Systematic Bird List

Himalayan Snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis) a number heard calling high above the valley at Annapurna Base on the early morning on 24/4

Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) A male just outside the tented camp at Chitwan on the 16/4 and another male with 2 more heard on 30/4

Hill Partridge (Arborophila torqueola) Heard calling in the forest between Ghorepani to Hille 28/4.

Rufous-throated Partridge (Arborophila rufogularis) Heard calling in the forest at Phulchowki 11 & 12/4.

Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) Heard calling in the area of Deurali and 1 male on the hill side between Deurali and Base Camp on the 23/4.

Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) Heard and seen in good numbers in the Chitwan 13-17/4.

Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) 2 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 11/4 & 12/4.

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) Heard and seen in good numbers at Chitwan 13-17/4.

Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea) 3 in the river Rapti near Sauraha 17/4 at Chitwan.

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 5 on the 15/4 & 6 on the 17/4 in the river Rapti near Sauraha.

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas Penelope) 1 on the 15/4 in the river Rapti and 3 on the 17/4.

Garganey (Anas querquedula) 5 on the 15/4 & 6 on the 17/4 in the river Rapti near Sauraha.

Northern Pintail (Anus acuta) 1 on the 17/4 in the river Rapti near Sauraha.

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) 2 in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4

Rufous Woodpecker (Celeus brachyurus) 1 in the forest at Chitwan 15/4

Bay Woodpecker (Blythipicus pyrrhotis) 1 heard in the forest between Tadapani to Ghorepani on the 27/4

Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker (Dendrocopos canicapillus) 1 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 12/4 and 2 on the 13/4 & 14/4 at Chitwan.

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos macei) 1 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 12/4 and 4 on the 13/4, more than 10 14/4 and 2 15/4 at Chitwan.

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos hyperythrus) 2 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 11/4 and 2 between Chomrong to Tadapani 26/4

Crimson-breasted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos cathpharius) 1 on the 19/4 between Pothana to Landruk.

Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker (Dendrocopos darjellensis) 1 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 11/4, 1 on the 19/4, 25/4, 26/4 and 3 on the 27/4 between Tadapani to Ghorepani.

Lesser Yellownape (Picus chlorolophus) 5 on the 15/4 and more than 10 on the 16/4 at Chitwan and 1 down by the river on the 29/4 between Hille to Chandrakot.

Streak-throated Woodpecker (Picus xanthopygaeus) 1 heard on the 15/4 and 1 on the 16/4 in Chitwan.

Scaly-bellied Woodpecker (Picus squamatus)1 male in the forest between Landruk to Chomrong 20/4.

Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus)1 in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4, good numbers in the area of the Tented Camp Chitwan and seen & heard on the 18,19,20, 21, 22, 28 & 29/4.

Himalayan Flameback (Dinopium shorii) 1 on the 15/4 at the Wildlife camp and good numbers on the 16/4 in the vicinity of the Tented Camp in Chitwan, 1 by the river on the 29/4 between Hille to Chandrakot.

Black-rumped Flameback (Dinopium benghalense) 1 on the 15/4 and 2 on the 16/4 in Chitwan

Great Barbet (Megalaima virens) 1 in the botanical gardens 11/4, males seen 13/4, 18/4, 20/4, 26/4 with males heard calling in all the lower level forests during the trek.

Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata) Heard in the forest at Phulchowki and seen in good numbers in Chitwan on 15/4 to 17/4

Golden-throated Barbet (Megalaima franklinii) Heard in the lower level forest from Pokhara on, with 3 19/4 & 4 20/4 in the area around Chandrakot.

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) 1 heard calling Pokhara on 17/4 & 1 seen there next day.

Coppersmith Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala) 1 heard calling Pokhara on 17/4 & 1 seen during the journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu on the 30/4.

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostis) 1 flying past the Wildlife camp on the 13/4, 3 on the 15/4 and 7 on the 16/4 in the early morning all in the vicinity of the Tented Camp in Chitwan.

Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis) 2 on the 13/4, good numbers on the 15/4 and 2 17/4 all in the Chitwan area.

Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) 3 on the 13/4, 2 14/4 and more than 10 each day on the 15 - 17/4 all in the Chitwan area.

(Little) Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) 2 on the 14/4 on the way to the tented camp in Chitwan.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus) 6 on the 13/4 more than 10 on the 14 & 15/4 in the Chitwan area.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti) 2 on the 13/4 & 16/4 and common on the 15/4 & 17/4 all seen in the Chitwan area.

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) 1 on the 13/4 & 14/4 opposite the wildlife camp and 2 during the canoe trip down river on the 15/4.

Blue-eared Kingfisher (Alcedo meminting) 1 seen fishing and heard calling by a small stream behind the tents at the tented camp on the 16/4.

Stork-billed Kingfisher (Halcyon capensis) 1 each day on the 15, 16 & 17/4 by the river at Chitwan.

White-throated Kingfisher (Halycon smyrnensis) Widespread and frequently at Chitwan and during the road journeys.

Crested Kingfisher (Megaceryle lugubris)1 seen by the river on the 19/4 between Hille to Chandrakot.

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) Recorded on the 13, 14 15 & 17/4 at Chitwan.

Large Hawk Cuckoo (Hierococcyx sparverioides) Widespread and frequently heard with 2 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 12/4.

Common Hawk Cuckoo (Hierococcyx varius) 1 heard 15/4 and 1 observed next day at Chitwan

Indian Cuckoo (Cuculus micropterus) Widespread and frequently heard at Chitwan seen on the 14, 15, & 16/4.

Eurasian Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) Common and frequently heard.

Oriental Cuckoo (Cuculus saturatus) Widespread and frequently heard. Observed on the 26 & 28/4.

Grey-bellied Cuckoo (Cacomantis passerinus) Recorded on 5 days during the period.

Drongo Cuckoo (Surniculus lugubris) 2 at Chitwan 16/4 and heard on the 29/4 in the vicinity of Chandrakot

Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis) Widespread and frequently heard at Chitwan, observed on the 13, 14, 15, & 17/4.

Lesser Coucal (Centropus bengalenis) Frequently seen at Chitwan seen on the 14, 15, 16, & 17/4.

Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) Heard and frequently seen at Chitwan seen on the 14, 15, 16, & 17/4.

Rose-ringed (Ring-necked) Parakeet Psittacula krameri 5 in the forest at Phulchowki on the 11/4 and seen frequently at Chitwan seen on the 14/4 to 17/4..

Plum-headed Paraket (Psittacula cyanocephala) 2 on the 14/4 and seen frequently on the 15/4 & 17/4 in the Chitwan area.

Red-brested Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) Common in Chitwan.

Himalayan Swiftlet (Collocalia brevirostis) Ubiquitous and very common at lower levels. Frequently seen in feeding flocks of over 100 birds.

House (Little) Swift (Apus affinis) Very common at lower levels. Frequently seen in feeding flocks of over 50 birds.

Fork-tailed (Pacific) Swift (Apus pacificus) 2 above the river gorge between Hille to Chandrakot.

Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) A small flock (10+) seen near Pokhara 17/4

Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata) A small flock of 10 - 15 birds near the tented camp in Chitwan 15/4

Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata) 3 on the 15/4, 4 on the 16/4 and 1 17/4 all in the Chitwan area.

Mountain Scops Owl (Otus spilocephalus) Heard calling on the 20/4 at Chomrong and 2 heard calling at Ghorepani

Oriental Scops Owl (Otus sunia) 3 heard calling on 15/4 and 2 observed 16/4 at the tented camp Chitwan.

Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei) 1 close to the path between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4

Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) 1 seen in the area of wildlife camp at Chitwan 14/4.

Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides) 1 heard in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4 & 1 seen there 12/4. 2 on the 29/4 & 2 30/4 in the vicinity of Chandrakot

Jungle Owlet (Glaucidium radiatum) Heard and seen in small numbers at Chitwan.

Spotted (Little) Owlet (Athene brama) 3 (1 adult and 2 Juv) in a dead tree close to a main road in Kathmandu.

Grey (Jungle) Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus) Heard calling form the campsite on the 19/4 & and again during the walk up Poon Hill on the early morning of the 28/4.

Rock (Dove) Pigeon (Columba livia) Seen in good numbers during the journey to Chitwan on the 13/4 and 2 on the 17/4 on the road to Pokhara.

Snow Pigeon (Columba leuconota) A flock of 60+ birds seen in the mountains on each day 22 to 24/4

Oriental Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) Widespread and common (both sub-spices)

Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis) Widespread and common except at higher altitudes.

Red Collared Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) 2 on the 15/4 & 1 16/4 near tented camp Chitwan.

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Heard and seen in small numbers at Chitwan.

Orange-brested Green Pigeon (Treron bicinca) 4 while walking in the forest at Chitwan 16/4.

Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora) 1 at Chitwan 15/4 in the forest.

Yellow-footed Green Pigeon (Treron phoenicoptera) A small flock at Chitwan 15/4 in the forest.

Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon (Treron sphenura) Except at Chitwan, heard and seen in small numbers on 7 days during the time in Nepal.

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) 2 on 14/4 at a wet land area near Chitwan.

Brown Crake (Amaurornis akool) 1 feeding on the bank of the river opposite the wildlife camp Chitwan 14/4.

Pintail Snipe (Gallinago stenura) 1 during the excursion from the tented camp 15/4.

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) Common by the river in Chitwan.

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) Seen in small numbers by the river in Chitwan 13- 16/4.

Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoteucos) In small numbers by the river during the canoe trip in Chitwan 14/4.

Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus) 4 on 13/4 at a wetland area before Chitwan.

Small Pratincole (Glareola lacteal) Common by the river in Chitwan 15/4 & 17/4.

River Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus) 1 13/4 & 2 15/4 by the river in Chitwan

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus) 4 by the river during the canoe trip in Chitwan

Brown-headed Gull (Larus brunnicephalus) 1 by the river during the canoe trip in Chitwan 15/4

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus careuleus) 1 14/4 & 15/4 at Chitwan.

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) Abundant in Kathmandu & Pokhara and during road journeys.

Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga icthyaetus) 1 on 13/4 at a wetland area just before Chitwan.

Lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus) Seen in small numbers between Landruk - Annapurna Base Camp - Tadapani 20/4 to 26/4.

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) Seen in small numbers at Pokhara and 10 - 15 feeding on rubbish by the road 30/4 on the return to Kathmandu.

White-rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) 1 on 13/4, 1 19/4 and a large flock near Pokhara 17/4.

Himalayan Griffon (Gyps himalayensis) Widespread and common

Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) 1 on the 30/4 above the road on the return to Kathmandu.

Red-headed Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus) Fairly common throughout the time in Nepal except in the mountains.

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela) Seen in small numbers throughout the time in Nepal except in the mountains.

Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malayensis) 1 high above Phulchowki 12/4, 1 in the forest which fly within 10 metres near Pothana 18/4 and 3 next day in the same vicinity. 2 between Chomrong to Tadapani 26/4 and 1 between Ghorepani to Hille 28/4.

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) 2 between Phedi to Pothana 18/4.

Crested Goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus) 2 on the 30/4 above the road on the return to Kathmandu.

Shikra (Accipiter badius) 1 on the 13/4 & 2 15/4 in Chitwan area.

Besra (Accipiter virgatus) 1 near Phedi 18/4.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) singles at Phulchowki12/4, Pothana 18/4, just before Base camp 23/4 and 1 above the road on the return to Kathmandu.

Oriental Honey-Buzzard (Pernis ptiorhyncus) 3 on the 14/4 & 4 16/4 at Chitwan.

White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur tessa) 1 flying high in the area of the wildlife camp 14/4.

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 1 on the way down from Base Camp 24/4 and above the road on the return to Kathmandu 30/4.

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 1 on the 22/4 near Deurali.

Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) 10+ viewable from the road near Pokhara 17/4, 2 next day and 1 near Chomrong 15/4.

Bonelli's Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus) 2 down by the river on the 29/4 between Hille to Chandrakot.

Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Microhierax caerulescens) 1 in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4.

Collared Falconet (Spizaetus nipalensis) 3 near the tented camp at Chitwan 16/4.

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) 2 near Pokhara 17/4 and 1 next day & 1 above the road on the return to Kathmandu.

Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo) 1 on the way from Phulchowki to Kathmandu 11/4.

Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) 1 near Annapurna Base Camp 23/4

Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) Single on the 15/4 at Chitwan.

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) Singles on the 13, 15 & 2 on the 17/4 at Chitwan.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Common by the river at Chitwan.

Great Egret (Casmerodius albus) 1 on the 13/4, 3 15/4 & 1 17/4 at Chitwan.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) Common in Kathmandu valley, Chitwan and at Pokhara.

Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) 2 13/4, 1 16/4 at Chitwan and common in the Pokhara valley.

Little Heron (Butorides striatus) 2 at Chitwan 15/4.

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 10+ roosting at Chitwan 15/4 and 1 in Kathmandu 30/4.

Black Ibis (Psudibis papillosa) 2 at Chitwan 15/4

Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) 10+ on the 14/4 with singles on the 15 & 16/4 at Chitwan and a single flying overhead between Phedi to Pothana 18/4.

Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) Single in a field near Chitwan.

Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) Singles seen feeding in jungle clearings at Chitwan 14 & 15/4.

Lesser Adjutant Stork (Leptoptilos javanicus) 4 on the 13/4 & 1 15/4 at Chitwan.

Orange-bellied Leafbird (Choropsis hardwickii) 2 at Pokhara 17/4, 3 between Phedi to Pothana 18/4 and 3 near Chandrakot 29/4. Heard in the forest 19 & 20/4 during the trek.

Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) Seen in small numbers on 7 days.

Grey-backed Shrike (Lanius tephronotus) Singles at Phulchowki 12/4 and again 15/4 & 17/4.

Black-headed Jay (Garrulus lanceolatus) A single between Phedi to Pothana 18/4.

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa flavirostris) Fairly common throughout the trek.

Red-billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) Recorded by the road at Phulchowki 12/4, common in Chitwan and 4 observed during the return to Kathmandu 30/4.

Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) Common in Chitwan.

Grey Treepie (Dendrocitta formosae) Common in Phulchowki 12/4 and during the beging and end of the trek.

Spotted (Eurasian) Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) 3 during the descent of Poon Hill 18/4.

Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) Recorded in small numbers in the Base Camp areas.

Yellow-billed (Alpine) Chough (Pyrrhocorax graculus) Recorded in good numbers in the Base Camp areas.

House Crow (Corvus splendens) Abundant in Kathmandu valley and Chitwan.

Large-billed (Jungle) Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) Ubiquitous and common the only bird seen every day during the trek.

Ashy Woodswallow (Artamus fuscus) 5 during the journey to Chitwan 13/4.

Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) 2 in Chitwan 14/4.

Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus) Common in Chitwan.

Maroon Oriole (Oriolus trailli) Heard in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4, 3 near Pothana 19/4, singles 20 & 21/4, heard near Chomrong 25 & 26/4 and 5 near Chandrakot 29/4.

Large Cuckooshrike (Coracina macei) Observed on a number of occasions between 13/4 -18/4 with 7 16/4 in Chitwan.

Black-winged Cuckooshrike (Coracina melaschistos) Single in Chitwan 15/4 and 1 near Pothana 19/4.

Rosy Minivet (Pericrocotus roseus) 2 in Chitwan 15/4.

Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) 2 in Chitwan 16/4.

Long-tailed Minivet (Pericrocotus ethologus) 6 in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4 and 1 there next day, observed on 5 other days with good numbers around Landruk 20/4 & Chomrong 26/4.

Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris) Fairly common during the early part of the trek 18-21/4.

Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus) Common in Chitwan 15 & 16/4 and seen on 3 other days.

Yellow-bellied Fantail (Rhipidura hypoxantha) 4 in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4 and observed on 5 other days during the visit with good numbers near Chomrong 26/4.

White-throated Fantail (Rhipidura albicollis) 1 in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4 and observed on 6 other days during the visit.

Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) Common from 11/4 until 18/4 and again on the journey back to Kathmandu.

Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus lecucophaeus) Recorded in good numbers on 13 day during the trip except in mountains.

White-bellied Drongo (Dicrurus caerulescens) 2 in Chitwan 16/4.

Bronzed Drongo (Dicrurus aeneus) 2 in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4, 5 near Chomrong 20/4 and 1 again near there 26/4.

Lesser Racket Tailed Drongo (Dicrurus remifer) 2 on the 19 & 20/4 between Pothana and Chomrong.

Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus) Common in Chitwan 15/4 -17/4, 2 13/4 and 6 29/4.

Black-naped Monarch (Hypothymis azurea) 1 on the 16/4 at Chitwan

Asian Paradise-flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) 2 13/4 & 1 14/4 in the vicinity of Guida Wildlife Camp and 2 16/4 near the tented camp at Chitwan.

Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) Common at Chitwan.

Common Woodshrike (Tephrodornis gularis) 2 at Chitwan 15/4.

Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii) Record in small numbers always near rivers 10/4, 14/4, 16/4, 17/4 and common 19/4 on the Bhurungdi Khola,

Blue-capped Rock Thrush (Monticola cinclorhynchus) Recorded on 7 days during the trip but not at the lower or higher altitudes.

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Monticola rufiventris) A male & female 27/4 near Ghorepani and 1 next day.

Blue Whistling Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus) Very common except at the lower altitudes

Pied Thrush (Zoothera wardii) 3 20/4 in thick undergrowth by the river between Landruk to Chomrong and 1 26/4 between Chomrong to Tadapani.

Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina) 1 at the Guida Wildlife Camp 14/4 and 2 feeding on the ground in the tented camp 16/4.

Plain-backed (Mountain) Thrush (Zoothera mollissima) 3 between Dobang to Deurali 22/4 and 2 the following day.

Long-billed Thrush (Zoothera monticola) 2 in the early morning in a stream near the camp site at Bamboo 25/4. One of the birds had a dull yellow ring around the base of the upper and lower mandible.

Tickell's Thrush (Turdus unicolor) 1 in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4 & 6 26/4 near Tadapani.

White-collared Blackbird (Turdus albocinctus) 1 female near Ghorepani 27/4 and M & F next day leaving the village.

Grey-winged Blackbird (Turdus boulboul) Singles recorded 25/4 & 26/4 near Chomrong.

Dark-throated Thrush (Turdus ruficollis) 7 recorded between Pothana to Landruk 19/4, 3 between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4, 1 27/4 & 2 28/4 near Ghorepani

Dark-sided (Asian Sooty) Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica) 6 in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4 good numbers in Chitwan 14/4 and 1 near Chomrong 26/4

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) 1 in Chitwan 15/4.

Rufous (Orange)-gorgeted Flycatcher (Ficedula strophiata) 3 in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4 and common 21/4 to 26/4.

Snowy-browed Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra) 1 recorded between Pothana to Landruk 19/4 & 2 males 25/4 near Bamboo.

Little Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula westermanni) 2 between Pothana to Landruk 19/4

Ultramarine Flycatcher (Ficedula superciliaris) Recorded in good numbers at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and in the forest 18/4 - 21/4, 25/4 - 26/4 at an altitude of between 1800m to 2400m.

Slaty-blue Flycatcher (Ficedula tricolor) 2 recorded in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4, 3 between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4, 2 Dobang to Deurali 22/4, 1 23/4 near Deurali and 1 male 26/4 near Chomrong.

Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina) Recorded in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and again in good numbers between at altitudes between 1900m to 2200m.

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) 2 recorded in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4, and seen and heard in small numbers from the 17/4 until 29/4 except at altitudes above 2700m.

Small Niltava (Niltava macgrigoriae) Singles 18/4, 19/4 & 3 20/4 between Landruk to Chomrong and 2 near Chandrakot 29/4.

Rufous-bellied Niltava (Niltava sundara) 3 recorded in the forest at Phulchowki 11/4. Recorded in small numbers throughout the trek.

Pygmy Blue Flycatcher (Muscicapella hodgsoni) 1 female 19/4 between Pothana to Landruk and 1 male 26/4 between Chomrong to Tadapani

White-browed Shortwing (Brachypteryx Montana) 1 male 22/4 between Dobang to Deurali at 2700m. Its white supercilium was flared leaving only a thin black line down the centre of its head which looked like a black crown stripe.

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) 4 in Chitwan 17/4 and 1 at Annapurna Base Camp 23/4

Indian Blue Robin (Luscinia brunnea) 2 males 21/4 between Chomrong to Dobang and seen and heard in good numbers 25 & 26/4 between Bamboo to Tadapani.

Golden Bush-robin (Tarsiger chrysaeus) 1 at Phulchowki 11/4, 2 between Dobang to Deurali 22/4 and heard in the forest 29/4 near Chandrakot.

White-browed Bush Robin (Tarsiger indicus) Numerous heard 27 & 28/4 between Tadapani to Hille but was very elusive in the undergrowth.

Oriental (Asian) Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) Common at Phulchowki, Chitwan and at Pokhara.

Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) 2 14/4 & 1 16/4 at Chitwan.

Blue-fronted Redstart (Phoenicurus frontalis) 1 at Phulchowki 12/4 and common during the trek between Dobang to Annapurna Base Camp and back to Bamboo 22/4 - 24/4 at the higher attitudes.

White-capped Water Redstart (Chaimarrornis leucocephalus) Widespread and common during the trek, especially in the near water.

Plumbeous Water Redstart (Rhyacornis fuliginosus) 2 at Phulchowki 11/4 and very common near rivers during the trek.

White-bellied Redstart (Hidgsonius phenicuroides) 1 at Phulchowki 12/4

White-tailed Robin (Myiomela leucura) 3 heard between Phedi to Pothana 18/4

Little Forktail (Enicurus scouleri) 1 between Landruk to Chomrong 20/4, 1 26/4 between Chomrong to Tadapani and 4 27/4 between Tadapani to Ghorepani and always near rivers or streams.

Black-backed Forktail (Enicurus immaculatus) 1 very briefly in a forest stream at Chitwan 15/4.

Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus) 1 adult feeding 3 juv by the lake at Pokhara 17/4, 2 between Landruk to Chomrong 20/4 and 4 between Hille to Chandrakot 29/4.

Spotted Forktail (Enicurus maculatus) 4 at Phulchowki 12/4

Grandala (Grandala coelicolor) 8 23/4 & 4 23/4 in the vicinity of Annapurna Base Camp .

Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata) 1 at Phulchowki 11/4, and small numbers in Chitwan and Pokhara area.

Siberian Stonechat (Saxicola torquata maura) 1 on the wires 19/4 above the village Landruk, 2 the following day in the same area and 2 26/4 between Chomrong to Tadapani.

White-tailed Stonechat (Saxicola leucura) Good number seen in the tall grasses at Chitwan 17/4.

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata) Recorded at Chitwan 13/4, 14/4 good numbers near Pokhara 17/4 and 2 between Pothana to Landruk 29/4.

Grey Bushchat (Saxicola ferrea) Widespread and common except at Chitwan.

Spot-winged Starling (Saroglossa spiloptera) 2 near the road at Chitwan.

Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnus malabaricus) Widespread and common in Chitwan 13/4 to 17/4 and during the journey back to Kathmandu 30/4

Asian pied starling (Sturnus conta) 1 13/4 and 4 16/4 at Chitwan.

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) Abundant in the Kathmandu Valley, at Chitwan and up to altitudes of 2000m.

Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus) Common in the Kathmandu Valley and at Chitwan.

Chestnut Belied Nuthatch (Sitta castanea) Common in the lower slopes at Phulchowki and at Chitwan.

White-tailed Nuthatch (Sitta himalayensis) Recorded at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and common at the mid altitudes during the trek.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Sitta frontalis) Seen in small numbers on 4 days at Chitwan

Rusty-flanked Treecreeper (Certhia nipalensis) 2 22/4 between Dobang to Deurali and 3 27/4 between Tadapani to Ghorepani.

Brown-throated Treecreeper (Certhia discolour) 1 at Phulchowki 11/4

Rufous-vented Tit (Parus rubidiventris) Recorded in good numbers 21/4, 22/4, 26/4 & 27/4 during the trek.

Coal Tit (Parus ater) 1 recorded just above Deurali 23/4 and in good numbers between Tadapani to Ghorepani on the 27/4.

Grey-crested Tit (Parus dichrous) Recorded in good numbers between Tadapani to Ghorepani on the 27/4.

Great Tit (Parus major) Common in the Chitwan area and near Deurali 22/4.

Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and throughout the trek except at higher altitudes.

Black-lored Tit (Parus xanthogenys) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and also common between Phedi to Deurali 18/4 to 22/4 and again 29/4 & 30/4.

Yellow-browed Tit (Sylviparus modestus) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 and seen in small numbers on 6 days during the trek.

Black-throated Tit (Aegithalos concinnus) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and common throughout the trek except at higher altitudes.

(Winter) Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) 1 recorded between Dobang to Deurali 22/4 and common at the higher altitudes and again between Tadapani to Ghorepani 27/4.

Plain Martin (Riparia paludicola) Common at Chitwan

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Abundant in the Kathmandu valley and at Chitwan.

Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica) Recorded in good numbers on 5 days during the trip.

Asian House Martin (Delichon dasypus) 160+ recorded between Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 and again good numbers next day on the way down.

Nepal House-martin (Delichon nipalensis) 150+ between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4 and in good numbers on the 26/4 29/4 & 30/4.

Striated Bulbul (Pycnonotus striatus) Recorded in the small numbers on 5 days during the trek.

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) Common in Chitwan13/4 to 15/4.

Himalayan (White-checked) Bulbul (Pycnonotus leucogenys) Common throughout the trek at lower altitudes.

Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) Very common throughout the trek at lower altitudes.

Mountain Bulbul (Hypsipetes mcclellandii) Heard at Phulchowki 11/4 and 2 seen 12/4 and 2 between Hille to Chandrakot 29/4.

Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus) At Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and very common throughout the trek at lower altitudes.

Striated Prinia (Prinia criniger) 1 at Phulchowki 12/4, common between Landruk to Chomrong 20/4 and recorded on 3 other days during the trek.

Grey-breasted Prinia (Prinia hodgsonii) Common in Chitwan on 14/4 & 16/4.

Yellow-bellied Prinia (Prinia flaviventris) 1 on 15/4, 2 16/4 & 17/4 all at Chitwan.

Plain Prinia (Prinia inonata) 2 15/4 & 16/4 at Chitwan.

Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis) 2 recorded at Chitwan 16/4.

Zitting (Fan-tailed) Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) Recorded in small numbers on the 14/4, 15/4 and 17/4 all at Chitwan.

Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) 2 at Phulchowki 12/4, 1 at Chitwan 14/4, common on the hill at Pokhara 17/4 and in the vicinity of Chandrakot 20/4 and 2 recorded 20/4.

Chestnut-headed Tesia (Tesia castaneocoronata) Recorded at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and recorded on 7 days during the trek..

Grey-bellied Tesia (Tesia cyaniventer) 2 at Phulchowki 11/4. Common between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4 and heard and saw on 3 other days during the trek.

Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) Common at Chitwan 13/4 - 15/4 and 2 near Chandrakot 29/4.

Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler (Cettia fortipes) Singles recorded in the forest 20/4, 21/4 and 2 25/4 between Bamboo to Chomrong.

Aberrant Bush Warbler (Cettia flavolivacea) 4 at Phulchowki 12/4 and 1 near Chandrakot 29/4.

Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler (Cettia acanthizoides) Fairly common between Dobang to Deurali 22/4 with single on the 21/4, 27/4 and 2 28/4.

Grey-sided Bush Warbler (Cettia brunnifrons) 1 at Phulchowki 12/4 widespread and fairly common between Chomrong to Hille 21/4 to 28/4 and the area above Deurali nearly every other bush had a calling bird in it.

Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum) 1 at Chitwan 14/4.

Rufous-rumped Grassbird (Graminicola bengalensis) Recorded in good numbers 16/4 in the grasses at Chitwan.

Tickell's Warbler (Phylloscopus affinis) 1 at Phulchowki 11/4 and recorded in small number on 6 days during the trek.

Western Crowned Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus occipitalis) Widespread and fairly common at Phulchowki and throughout the trek.

Buff (Orange)-barred Warbler (Phylloscopus pulcher) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 and also fairly common between Dobang to Hille 22/4 - 28/4.

Ashy-throated (Grey-faced) Warbler (Phylloscopus maculipennis) 3 at Phulchowki 11/4 and also fairly common between Pothana to Hille 19/4 - 28/4.

Lemon-rumped Warbler (Phylloscopus chloronotus) Widespread and common during the trek.

Hume's Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) Common at Phulchowki and during the trek except at the higher altitudes.

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) Recorded in good numbers at Phulchowki 11/4 and between Phedi to Pothana 18/4.

Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides) Fairly common at Chitwan 13/4 - 15/4 and 1 between Phedi to Pothana 18/4.

Large-billed Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus magnirostris) Heard on numerous occasions between Tadapani to Hille 27/4 & 28/4 with singles seen on both days.

Golden-spectacled Warbler (Seicercus burkii) 3 at Phulchowki 11/4 and widespread and fairly common throughout the trek.

Whistler's Warbler (Seicercus whistleri) 5 at Phulchowki 11/4 and widespread and fairly common throughout the trek.

Grey-hooded Warbler (Seicercus xanthoschistos) Common at Phulchowki and fairly common in the early and latter parts of the trek.

Chestnut-crowned Warbler (Seicercus castaniceps) Good numbers at Phulchowki 11/4 and also between, Pothana to Chomrong 19/4 & 20/4 and recorded on 3 other occasions during the trek.

Black-faced Warbler (Abroscopus schisticeps) Good numbers at Phulchowki, and between Landruk to Dobang 20/4 -21/4 and Chomrong to Ghorepani 25/4 - 26/4.

White-throated Laughingthrush (Garrulax albogularis) Common at Phulchowki and fairly common throughout the trek.

White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus) A bird often heard from considerable distances. Heard in the forest 12/4, 29/4 30/4 and a small flock at Pokhara 17/4 and 4 on the 18/4 & 19/4.

Striated Laughingthrush (Garrulax striarus) 2 at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 & common throughout the trek.

Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush (Garrulax rufogularis) A small flock recorded at Phulchowki 12/4.

Spotted Laughingthrush (Garrulax ocellatus) 2 briefly on the walk down from Poon Hill 28/4.

Grey-sided Laughing Thrush (Garrulax caerulatus) 5 at Phulchowki 11/4.

Streaked Laughingthrush (Garrulax lineatus) Recorded in small numbers on 7 days during the trek except at higher altitudes.

Black-faced Laughing Thrush (Garrulax affinis) Common at the higher altitudes 22/4 - 24/4.

Chestnut-crowned Laughing Thrush (Garrulax erythrocephalus) 3 at Phulchowki 11/4 and recorded in good numbers on 5 days during the trek except at the higher altitudes.

Puff-throated Babbler (Pellorneum ruficeps) 1 heard 13/4 and more than 10 recorded 15/4 at Chitwan.

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus erythrogenys) Heard at Phulchowki 12/4 & Hille to Chandrakot 29/4.

White-browed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus schistceps) 1 at Pokhara 17/4.

Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus ruficollis) Heard in the forest at Phulchowki 12/4, and recorded on 6 days during the trek at the lower altitudes.

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler (Xiphirhynchus superciliaris) Heard on a number of occasions during the days trek between Ghorepani to Hille 28/4.

Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga albiventer) 2 in the forest between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4, 2 also near Bamboo 24/4 & 1 between Chomrong to Tadapani 26/4.

Nepal Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga immaculata) 1 heard calling and seen briefly in a stream just before Chomrong 25/4.

Pygmy Wren-babbler (Pnoepyga pusilla) 1 heard at Phulchowki 11/4.

Black-chinned Babbler (Stachyris pyrrhops) Heard at Phulchowki 11/4 and saw in good numbers next day there. 2 recorded between Chomrong to Tadapani 26/4 and 1 29/4 near Hille.

Golden Babbler (Stachyris chrysaea) 2 between Pothana to Landruk 19/4 and 9 in the forest between Bamboo to Chomrong 25/4.

Striped Tit Babbler (Marronous gularis) 6 14/4 and more than 10 16/4 at Chitwan

Chestnut-Capped Babbler (Stachyris nigriceps) 2 on the 14/4, 15/4, 17/4 and good numbers on the 16/4 all at Chitwan.

Yellow-eyed Babbler (Chrysomma sinense) 2 recorded on the 15 & 16/4 at Chitwan

Spiny Babbler (Turdoides nipalensis) 1 heard at Phulchowki 12/4.

Striated Babbler (Turdoides earlei) Seen in good numbers at Chitwan on 14/4 & 17/4.

Slender-billed Babbler (Turdoides longirostris) 2 recorded on the 15 & 16/4 at Chitwan

Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striatus) Common at Chitwan 14/4 to 17/4

Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) 3 at Phulchowki 12/4 and fairly common during the trek at lower altitudes.

Cutia (Cutia nipalensis) 5 at Phulchowki 11/4 a family group / small flock.

White-browed Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius flaviscapis) 2 between Dobang to Deurali 22/4.

Green Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius xanthochlorus) 1 at Phulchowki 11/4 and 2 between Dobang to Deurali 22/4.

Black-eared Shrike-babbler (Pteruthius melanotis) A female 25 /4 in the forest between Bamboo to Chomrong.

Hoary-throated Barwing (Actinodura nipalensis) 2 22/4 between Dobang to Deurali and 4 27/4 between Tadapani to Ghorepani.

Blue-winged Minla (Minla cyanouroptera) 2 20/4 between Landruk to Chomrong and 5 26/4 between Chomrong to Tadapani.

Chestnut-tailed Minla (Minla strigula) 4 at Phulchowki 11/4 and recorded in small numbers throughout the trek at lower altitudes.

Rufous-winged Fulvetta (Alcippe castaneceps) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 and throughout the trek.

White-browed Fulvetta (Alcippe vinipectus) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 and throughout the trek from Chomrong to Hille 21/4 - 28/4.

Nepal Fulvetta (Alcippe nipalensis) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 a small flock between Landruk to Chomrong 20/4.

Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis) Widespread and fairly common except at Chitwan.

Stripe-throated Yuhina (Yuhina gularis) 4 at Phulchowki 11/4 and common throughout the trek from Chomrong to Hille 21/4 - 28/4.

Rufous-vented Yuhina (Yuhina occipitalis) Common in the forest between Chomrong - Ghorepani 26 & 27/4.

Rufous (Black-capped) Sibia (Heterophasia capistrata) Widespread and common except at Chitwan.

Great Parrotbill (Conostoma oemodium) 2 seen briefly on 27/4 in the bamboo forest between Tadapani to Ghorepani.

Rufous-winged Bushlark (Mirafra assamica) 2 feeding by dirt road in Chitwan 17/4.

Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula) 1 in a field near Chitwan 13/4.

Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum melanoxanthum) 1 in the forest between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4.

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 & 12/4 and seen in small numbers throughout the trek except above the tree line.

Mrs Gould's Sunbird (Aethopyga gouldiae) Common at Phulchowki 11/4 and 6 males in the forest between Chomrong to Tadapani 26/4.

Green-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga nipalensis) Widespread and common during the trek.

Black-throated Sunbird (Aethopyga saturata) 3 at Phulchowki 11/4 & more than 10 next day and seen in small numbers on 4 days during the trek.

Fire-tailed Sunbird (Aethopyga ignicauda) Common above Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp and back 23/4 & 24/4.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) Abundant in the Kathmandu valley and at Chitwan.

Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans) Recorded in small numbers on 8 days during the trek at the lower altitudes.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) Widespread and common except at the higher altitudes.

Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Petronia xanthocollis) 3 at Chitwan 14/4.

White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) 2 at Phulchowki 12/4, 1 male next day at Chitwan and more than 10 on the 14/4 also at Chitwan.

Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) 1 seen feeding in the river 15/4 while in the canoe going to the tented camp at Chitwan.

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) 2 at Phulchowki 12/4 and common throughout the trek.

Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) 1 on the 13/4,14/4 & 2 15/4 at Chitwan and 2 in the fields between Phedi to Pothana 18/4.

Upland Pipit (Anthus sylvanus) Heard in the fields between Pothana to Landruk 19/4 & also Ghorepani to Hille 28/4 and 2 feeding just after the village of Chandrakot 30/4.

Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) Common at Phulchowki 11/4-12/4, also seen on two days in Chitwan and three days during the trek.

Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus) Very common on the walk towards Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 with in the region of 1000 birds feeding in the short grass. Seen in good numbers next day also on the way down.

Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) 1 around Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 and 2 24/4 in the same area.

Altai Accentor (Prunella himalayana) 9 around Annapurna Base Camp 24/4

Rufous-breasted Accentor (Prunella strophiata) Common at higher altitudes around Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 & 24/4.

Plain Mountain-finch (Leucosticte nemoricola) Common at higher altitudes around Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 & 24/4.

Brants Mountain Finch (Leucosticte brandti) 3 near Annapurna Base Camp 23/4.

Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) 3 on the journey back to Kathmandu 30/4.

White-rumped Minia (Lonchura striata) 5 feeding in the bushes at the Tented Camp Chitwan.

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) Common at the Guida Wildlife Camp 13/4 & 14/4.

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch (Carduelis spinoides) 75+ recorded at Phulchowki 12/4 and a small flock between Landruk to Chomrong 20/4.

Dark-breasted Rosefinch (Carpodacus nipalensis) 1 male in the forest area near Bamboo.

Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) 3 near Ghorepani 27/4 and 50+ next day when walking down Poon Hill.

Beautiful Rosefinch (Carpodacus pulcherrimus) 6 between Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 and 1 female 27/4 between with Tadapani to Ghorepani.

Pink-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus rhodochrous) Common between Chomrong up and back Ghorepani 20/4 - 27/4.

Spot-winged Rosefinch (Carpodacus rodopeplus) 3 between Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 and 7 next day on the walk back to Bamboo.

White-browed Rosefinch (Carpodacus thura) 1 between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4 & 2 between Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 23/4.

Streaked Rosefinch (Carpodacus rubicilloides) 2 between Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp 23/4 and 1 next day on the walk back to Bamboo.

Red-frounted Rosefinch (Carpodacus puniceus) 8 feeding near the edge of lake above Annapurna Base Camp 23/4.

Scarlet Finch (Haematospiza sipahi) 1 male & 2 females at the camp site at Bamboo 26/4.

Brown Bullfinch (Pyrrhula nipalensis) 1 recorded between Pothana to Landruk 19/4 and 3 on 26/4 between Chomrong to Tadapani.

Red-headed Bullfinch (Pyrrhula erythrocephala) More than 10 between Chomrong to Dobang 22/4 in the forest.

Gold-naped Finch (Pyrrhoplectes epaulette) 1 female on the 21/4 between Chomrong to Dobang & another female 26/4 in the forest between Chomrong to Tadapani.

Crested Bunting (Melophus lathami) 4 by the road to Chitwan 13/4, 2 18/4 Phedi to Pothana and 2 between Chomrong to Dobang 21/4.

Complied by John O'Connell-Davidson john.ocd@blueyonder.co.uk