(Project undertaken by : Association for Conservation & Tourism)

Systematic List (247 to 264)

  1. Streaked Spiderhunter Arachnothera magna Singles were seen at Gorumara, Chapramari and Mahakal Trail, pleasingly with very good views each time.
  2. House Sparrow Passer domesticus Recorded in habitation en-route and near Gorumara.
  3. Tree Sparrow Passer montanus Replaced the House Sparrow at higher elevations, but similarly seen around human habitation. Records from Lulagaon, Lava and villages on the Sandakphu trek.
  4. White Wagtail Motacilla alba One bird at Gorumara Jungle Camp and two at Chapramari, with further records from Phulbari Barrage. None of these were racially assigned.
  5. White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis One was seen by the river at Gorumara.
  6. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola Only recorded from Phulbari Barrage.
  7. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea One seen near Lava on 26/11 was the only sighting away from Phulbari Barrage.
  8. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni Recorded on both dates at Lulagaon (up to 25 birds), from Rishyap and at Sandakphu on 27/11. The relatively unstreaked upperparts of those birds seen well at Sandakphu meant that these birds were clearly of the yunnanensis subspecies.
  9. Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata Four were seen on the Sandakphu trek on 27/11 and as many as ten there the following day, mostly relatively close to the summit.
  10. Brown Accentor Prunella fulvescens One bird was seen with Rufousbreasted Accentors on 28/11 near the Sandakphu summit.
  11. Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides A single bird in flight near Lulagaon on 24/11 was the only sighting of the trip.
  12. Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola Two or three large flocks, totalling at least 200 birds altogether, were seen at the Sandakphu summit on 28/11.
  13. Dark-breasted Rosefinch Carpodacus nipalensis Seen at Neora Valley and Sandakphu, usually feeding quite deep into the vegetation.
  14. Beautiful Rosefinch Carpodacus pulcherrimus One male and two females nearby were seen at the Sandakphu summit on 28/11.
  15. Dark-rumped Rosefinch Carpodacus edwardsii Seen on three occasions, at Neora Valley and Sandakphu twice, with at least 12 birds at Sandakphu. Only females or immatures were seen.
  16. White-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus thura About 12 were seen at the Sandakphu summit on 28/11, including singing males.
  17. White-winged Grosbeak Coccothraustes carnipes The only sighting was of three females at Neora Valley.
  18. Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla On both 27/11 and 29/11 small numbers (about eight each time) were seen in the lower reaches of the Sandakphu trek. A total of 259 confirmed species were seen.

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