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ing species. Moving into Tibetan country where wonderfully adorned houses lined the roads, and bold colors domi- nated the décor, we visited Meng- bishan, where Blood Pheasants were seen aplenty with choice views of a number of individuals feeding below the pink-owered rhododen- drons that dotted the slopes. Moving up on to the Tibetan Plateau (and taking in 27 dierent Black- necked Cranes during one amazing day), we checked out a spruce- cloaked valley just below the plateau edge, where many Ring- necked Pheasants were outshone by a pair of fancy Blue Eared- Pheasants feeding on an open slope one chilly morning.
Not surprisingly pheasants were picked for all ve spots on the birds of the trip list, although this did an injustice to the many other amazing avian highlights that Sichuan brought us and included cute Crested and Svertsov’s Tit-Warblers; Oriental Scops-Owl in the hotel grounds one night; an array of endemic tit species including the beautiful White-browed Tit in a deserted valley on the Tibetan plateau; 8 species of parrotbills from
Chengdu and dinky Golden in Wawu Shan; to the hulking Three- toed and Giant Parrotbills on Wawu also; 8 species of colorful redstarts; and 11 species of pink-ushed rosenches. This tour clearly oered up more than “just” pheasants. On top of all of that the scenery on this tour is awe-inspiring, Balang Shan standing out, as did the food on the tour, being the very best food I had experienced of any TB tour.
Our next Sichuan tour is scheduled for 17 May – 7 June 2011.