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Taiwan, 26 October - 5 November 2001,
Collaerts Erwin, Belgium
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During the trip we were accompanied by Scott Lin and his girlfriend Cynthia. Scott is working at the Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute and is studying lowland bird species, especially Fairy Pitta Pitta nympha. His guiding and his knowledge of the Taiwanese birds were very useful. His e-mail address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Because we had still some free days we decided to visit Taiwan during a one week trip. When you are lucky it is possible to see all the endemics in such a short period. Autumn is probably not the best period of the year. A lot of birds are very quiet but you have a bonus like wintering Black-faced Spoonbills and Saunders' Gulls. But no doubt spring is a better period to see all the endemics. Especially Taiwan Bush-warbler will be easier. This bird was the only endemic we missed. They are very quiet in autumn but in spring when they are singing they are easy to see on Hohuanshan. According to Scott, Fairy Pitta is also very easy in April and May. This bird seems to be commoner at lower altitude in Taiwan as they thought before.
In the months before our visit Taiwan was hit by a few typhoons and a lot of people were killed. This made also that Amnashan, a famous birdwatching area, was not accessible due too landslides.
Birdwatching is very popular in Taiwan with birdwatching groups in nearly every city or town. Most of them have also stores were you can buy " A Field Guide to the Birds of Taiwan" and also the tapes with the sounds of the endemic species. I think there is even a Birdline.
All our flights were with KLM. We took a flight from Antwerp to Amsterdam-Schiphol on 26 October at 17.40h. Our flight from Schiphol to Taipei was at 19.45h. We arrived in Taipei on 27 October at 18.00h. There was a short stopover in Bangkok.
Our return flight was on 4 November at 19.35h. There was a short break in Bangkok again and we arrived in Schiphol on 5 November at 5.35h. Our last flight was from Amsterdam to Brussels where we arrived at 7.55h.
We paid 37695 Bfr. (= 934.44 Euro) for our ticket. Probably it is better to make your flight reservations earlier as Taiwanese carriers (EVA) offer 25% cheaper tickets.
1 EURO = 30.67 NT$ (= New Taiwanese Dollar) or 1 BFr = 0.76 NT$
The time difference with Belgium is plus 6 hours in the summer time and 7 hours in winter time. Sunrise around 5.45h and sunset around 17.30h.
Transport and roads
We hired a Ford MAV 1.8 with Vipcar (email@example.com). They have no office at the CKS International airport (45 minutes from Taipei-city) but they will bring the car to the airport. There office is near the local airport in Taipei city. There is a regular bus service between the two airports for 110 NT$. There was a extra cost of 1500 NT$ for bringing the car to the airport. We drove the car back to the office at the end of the trip by ourselves and took the bus to the CKS International airport. The total cost for the car was NT$ 22380 (= 729.60 EURO) for 8 days, all included.
The roads are very good and driving is very easy. The only problem is the language. Most of the road signs are mentioned in Chinese. On the highways there are also English road signs. Maybe when you are on your own you will loose the way more than once. Scott's and Cynthia's guiding was very helpful in road finding.
Used bird trip reports and books
A birder's Guide to Taiwan - Dave Sargeant
A birding trip to Taiwan - Barry Wright. http://worldtwitch.virtualave.net/taiwan_wright.htm
Taiwan - Feb 19 -
Taiwan and Malaysia,
Also very useful is Wayne Hsu's website http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/9003/birding.htm
A Field Guide to the Birds of Taiwan - J. Wan-Fu Chang, Pau-She Lin, Yu-Hsio Huang, Lih-Ching She and Jen-Hueh Lee. This book is completely in Chinese but the drawings are very good. They draw the Taiwanese subspecies. For example the Taiwanese subspecies of White-browed Bush-Robin and White-browed Shortwing look completely different as the birds on the mainland.
A Field Guide to the Birds of China - John Mac Kinnon, Karen Phillipps. The absence of the drawings of the Taiwanese subspecies was a great miss.
We left Antwerp by airplane at 17.40h. In Amsterdam we had our flight to Taipei at 19.45h.
We arrived in Taipei around 18.00h. After passing the control we contacted Scott. We took our hired car and drove to Taichung via freeway 1. At the local McDonalds
( turn right at the second interchange to Taichung) we met Scott and his girlfriend Cynthia. After a hamburger at the Mc we drove to Chichi, Scott's hometown. It took about an hour from Taichung to ChiChi. At 23.30h we arrived in ChiChi and overnighted in the ChiChi-hotel (2100 NT$/3pp/night breakfast included).
We started birdwatching at 6.30h at the Taiwan Endemic Species Research Instituut (TESRI) in the centre of Chichi. This is a good place for low-elevation birds. After breakfast we drove to Sun Moon Lake, 40 minutes from Chichi. We arrived here after . Birdwatching was very disappointing at this place. After lunch we drove to Huisun Forest Recreation Area. We arrived here late afternoon. We explored two trails. A few trails were no longer accessible after the earthquake that hits the area two years ago. We walked around until dark.
We stayed in the hostel in the recreation area. We paid 2560 NT$ for 2 rooms.
We started birdwatching at sunrise in the Huisun Forest Recreation Area. There was a lot of bird activity and it was good birdwatching. Around , bird activity was quite calm and we decided to go to Puli. Here we had our lunch and after that we did some birdwatching around Wushe. Around 14.00h we arrived at the Blue Gate trail in Meifong. We stayed here until dark. We overnighted at the High Elevation Experimental Station of TESRI at Hohuanshan, at the top of the mountain, near Tayuling. The weather was getting worse. Fog was very strong at the top of Hohuanshan.
We drove to the Blue Gate Trail. Very bad weather. It was raining constantly. Birdwatching was very hard and only a few birds were seen. We decided to go back to the High Elevation Experimental Station. We did some birdwatching around the station and along the roads to Kuanyuan and in the direction of Chihyuanchuang We did not go that far. We just walk along the road and trail near the western exit of the Tayuling Tunnel. Overnight at the High Experimental Elevation Station.
In the morning we searched around the station but with little success. The weather was still bad, foggy and raining. After one hour we drove into the Taroko-gorge in the direction of Tapito. We did not drive that far, we stopped at Tian-siang and watched the Styan's Bulbul. The weather was better at this side of the mountains. Sunny and nice temperatures. Back at the top of Hohuanshan the weather was still bad. So around we decided to go to Ichu, near Tainan. On the way we stopped at Chichi to search for some lowland species and we were birding around the village until dark.
At 21.00h we arrived at Weng Long Chin's house. Weng is one of Scott's friends. We overnighted at his house.
After having breakfast at Mr.Weng's we started very early again. First we drove to Chiku. Here 330 Black-faced Spoonbills were the star birds. This area is also very good for waders. We still saw good numbers of a lot of species but the best periode is earlier in the season. In the afternoon we drove to Putai. Here we saw 5 Saunders' Gulls. These were the first birds that arrived at the traditional wintering sites. Around 15.00h we went back to Mr. Wengs house and at 16.30h we drove back to Wushe where we arrived around 22.00h. We stayed in a local hotel.
We started birdwatching at 5.30h at the Pipeline Trail; this is the trail between Tsuifeng and Juiyen. We had very good weather and this was our best birding day in the mountains. We stayed there until in the afternoon. Thereafter we drove to the summit of Hohuanshan and searched again for the Taiwan Bush-Warbler, but again without success. We stayed in the station again.
We started birdwatching at 6.00h around the station. After that we did a lot of roadside birdwatching between the station and Wushe. In Wushe we walked from the centre of the city to the border of the Wanta Reservoir. Late afternoon we drove to Chichi. We went to Scotts house. Then we drove to Linnei. In this area Scott studied the Fairy Pitta. He found a lot of pairs in this area. Here you can also find Taiwan Partridge and Chinese Bamboo Partridge. We searched for both this species. We heard Taiwan Partridge and Erwin had a glimpse of one bird. We drove back to Chichi and slept at Scotts house.
Our last hours birdwatching in Taiwan. We drove back to Linnei and searched again for both species of partridges. We had a flock of Chinese Bamboo Partridge. Around 9.00h we drove back to Chichi to get all of our luggage and to take a shower. Scott accompagnied us to Taichung and there we said goodbye. We drove to Taipei to bring back the car. We arrived there around 15.00h. From the local airport we took a bus to the CKS International airport. We had our flight back at 19.35h.
We arrived in Amsterdam at 5.35h. From there we had our last flight to Brussels. We were back in Belgium at 7.55h.
Visited sites and the birds observed
I made no real route-description but hopefully the maps are good enough for showing you the right direction. But I am sure that Scott can help with the right directions if you want them to know them.
Chichi - Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute (map 2)
Malayan Night-heron (1), Black-browed Barbet, Grey-capped Pygmy-woodpecker, Collared Finchbill, Chinese Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Prinia (H), Daurian Redstart, Japanese White-eye, Brown Shrike,
Chichi - surroundings (map 2)
Chinese Bamboo-partridge (H), Malayan Night-heron, Vinous-throated Parrotbill,
Sun Moon Lake (map 1)
Nearly no birds observed at this place but a lot of cars and people making holidays.
Huisun Forest Recreation Area (map 1)
HFR-area is nearly 1 hour driving from Sun Moon Lake.
Birds : Chinese Bamboo-partridge (H), Taiwan Partridge (H), Collared Scops-owl (H), Collared Owlet (H), Black-browed Barbet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Formosan Whistling-thrushE, Plumbeous Water-redstart, White-tailed Robin (H), Black-throated Tit, Varied Tit, Spot-breasted Scimitar-babbler (H), Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler, White-eared SibiaE, Taiwan Blue MagpieE
Wushe - Wanta Reservoir (map 1)
Taiwan Partridge (H), Chinese Bamboo-partridge (H), Black-browed Barbet, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Grey-chinned Minivet, White-tailed Robin, Rusty Laughing-thrush, Steere's LiocichlaE, Spot-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Taiwan YuhinaE
Taroko-gorge - Tian-siang - direction of Tapito
Formosan Whistling-thrushE , Asian House Martin, Styan's BulbulE, Little Forktail
Hohuanshan - top (Tayuling - Kuanyuan - Chiyuanchuang)
Mt Hohuan is 3422 meters. The paved road is steep and narrow at places. Access via Wushe via HW8. Fog, wind and rain can make driving hazardous. Good birding along the roads and around the High Experimental Elevation Station. Also good birding around Tayuling.
Birds : FlamecrestE, Eye-browed Thrush, Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler, Yellowish-bellied Bush-warbler, Little Forktail, Collared Bush-robinE, White-whiskered LaughingthrushE, Streak-throated Fulvetta, Yellow TitE, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Grey-headed Bullfinch
Meifong - Blue Gate Trail (map 1)
Meifong is along HW14 between Wushe and Tayuling. Just before the sign for Tsuifeng there is a track at your left that goes inside the forest, adjacent to a convenient parking place. Mention that the blue gate is not visible from the road. It is nearly 50 meter along the track.
Birds : Taiwan PartridgeE (H), Swinhoe's PheasantE, Ashy Wood-Pigeon, Black-browed Barbet, Grey-chinned Minivet, White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Wren-babbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Steere's LiocichlaE, Rufous-capped Babbler, White-eared SibiaE, Taiwan YuhinaE, Black-throated Tit, Yellow TitE
Tsuifeng - Pipeline Trail (map 1)
In Tsuifeng there is a steep descending road to Juiyen at your left just before a police checkpost. Normally you need a permit to take this road and for entering this area. It is an area were just the original Taiwanese people may go. We were there before sunrise and the checkpoint was still closed. This trail is in the prolongation of the blue gate trail and it is called the pipeline trail by the Taiwanese birdwatchers. We found this the best birding-place during our trip.
Birds : Mikado PheasantE, Ashy Wood-Pigeon, White-bellied Green Pigeon, Black-browed Barbet, White-backed Woodpecker, Grey-chinned Minivet, FlamecrestE, Formosan Whistling-thrushE, Island Thrush, White-browed Shortwing, Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler, Yellowish-bellied Bush-warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Vivid Niltava, Collared Bush-robinE, White-tailed Robin (H), Little Forktail, Steere's LiocichlaE, Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler (H), Pygmy Wren-babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler, Taiwan BarwingE, White-eared SibiaE, Taiwan YuhinaE, Black-throated Tit, Yellow TitE, Brown Bullfinch
Delta north of Tainan - Tsengwen estuary (map 3)
Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Eurasian Spoonbill, Black-faced Spoonbill, Osprey, Eastern Marsh-harrier, White-breasted Waterhen, Pacific Golden Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Grey-tailed Tattler, Long-toed Stint, Saunders' Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Oriental Turtle-dove, Red-collared Dove, Long-tailed Shrike
Linnei (map 1)
Taiwan PartridgeE, Chinese Bamboo-partridge, White-bellied Green Pigeon, Black-browed Barbet, Black Bulbul
Nomenclature and classification followed by "A Field
Guide to the Birds of China " by J. Mc Kinnon & K. Phillipps
E = endemic species
ES = endemic subspecies on Taiwan
1. Taiwan Partridge Arborophila crudigularis E
Commonly heard at Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail and Huisun Forest Recreation Area. Just one bird seen by one of us in Linnei on 3/11.
2. Chinese Bamboo-Partridge Bambusicola thoracica sonorivox ES
Commonly heard at Chichi and Linnei. In Linnei also 6 birds flushed off but just seen by two of us on 4/11.
3. Swinhoe's Pheasant Lophura swinhoii E
Two males were seen on the Blue Gate Trail on 30/10.
4. Mikado Pheasant Syrmaticus mikadoE
One male at the Pipeline Trail on 2/11.
5. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
6. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
7. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
8. Garganey Anas querquedula
9. Common Teal Anas crecca
10. Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus kaleensis ES
Four birds around Taiwan Endemic Species Research Instituut on 28/10 and also along the Blue Gate Trail.
11. White-backed Woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos insularis ES
A male and female were seen at the beginning of the Pipeline Trial on 2/11.
12. Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus tancolo ES
One bird was near Wushe - Wanta Reservoir on 3/11.
13. Black-browed Barbet Megalaima oorti nuchalis ES
Seen and mostly heard at Chichi, Huisun Forest Recreation Area, Wushe, Blue Gate Trail and Pipeline Trail.
14. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
15. House Swift Apus nipalensis kuntzi ES
16. Collared Scops-Owl Otus lempiji glabripes ES
Just heard at Huisun Forest Recreation Area on 28/10.
17. Collared Owlet Glaucidium brodiei paradalotum ES
Just heard at Huisun Forest Recreation Area on 28/10.
18. Ashy Wood Pigeon Columba pulchricollis
A flock of more than 100 birds along the Blue Gate Trail on 30/10 and also regulary seen along the Pipeline Trail on 2/11.
19. Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis orii ES
Nearly 10 birds in the fields near Putai on 1/11.
20. Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis formosana ES
21. Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
22. Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
One bird flushed at Huisun Forest Recreation Area on 29/10 and also at Linnei.
23. White-bellied Green Pigeon Treron sieboldii sororius
We saw 2 birds along the Pipeline Trail on 2/11 and 12 birds in Linnei on 4/11.
24. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
25. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
26. Eursian Curlew Numenius arquata
27. Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica baueri
A few birds observed at the Black-faced Spoonbill-site in Chiku on 1/11.
28. Common Redshank Tringa totanus
29. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
30. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
31. Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
32. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
33. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
34. Grey-tailed Tattler Heterosceles brevipes
Two birds at the BFS-site in Chiku on 1/11.
35. Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
Common around Chiku on 1/11.
36. Long-toed Stint Calidris subminuta
+/- 25 around Chiku on 1/11.
37. Dunlin Calidris alpina
38. Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva
39. Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
40. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
41. Kentisch Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
42. Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
43. Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
44. Saunders'Gull Larus saundersi
Four adults and a first winter bird near Putai on 1/11.
45. Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica
46. Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
47. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
48. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
49. Eastern Marsh-Harrier Circus spilonotus
One male and female near Putai on 1/11
50. Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
51. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
52. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
53. Little Egret Egretta garzetta
54. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
55. Great Egret Casmerodius albus
56. Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia
57. Striated Heron Butorides striatus
58. Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
59. Malayan Night Heron Gorsachius melanolophus
One bird gave very good vieuws at Taiwan Endemic Species Research Instituut on 28/10. Maybe the best place to see this bird. Two were seen in the plantages near the river in Chichi on 31/10.
60. Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
One bird was in the BFS-group.
61. Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor
Nearly 330 birds at the famous place in Tsengwen estuary on 1/11.
62. Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus
63. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach formosae ES
A few birds observed at the delta north of Tainan on 1/11.
64. Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius taivanus ES
Regulary heard and also a flock of nearly 15 birds seen on Mount Hohuan.
65. Taiwan Blue Magpie Urocissa caerulea E
Three birds were seen at Huisun Forest Recreation Area closeby the hostel on 29/10.
66. Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae
67. Black-billed Magpie Pica pica
68. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
69. Grey-chinned Minivet Pericrocotus solaris
Regulary seen and heard at higher elevations.
70. Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus harterti ES
71. Bronzed Drongo Dicrurus aeneus braunianus ES
72. Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
73. Taiwan Whistling Thrush Myophonus insularis E
A few birds heard and seen. Good roadside views at the Huisun Forest Recreation Area. Also along the Pipeline Trail and at Tian-siang- Taroko-gorge.
74. Island Thrush Turdus poliocephalus niveiceps ES
Nearly 15 birds seen in a fruiting tree along the Pipeline Trail on 2/11.
75. Eye-browed Thrush Turdus obscurus
Just 2 birds seen near the High Elevation Experimental Station of TESRI at Hohuanshan, at the top of the mountain on 31/10.
76. White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana goodfellowi ES
Common bird along the Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail but hard to see. A lot of them were singing but just one gave vieuws.
77. Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
78. Snowy-browed Flycatcher Ficedula hyperythra innexa ES
One male along the Blue Gate Trail on 30/10 and 2 females along the Pipeline trail on 2/11.
79. Vivid Niltava Niltava vivida
Two males and one female along the Pipeline trail on 2/11.
80. Collared Bush-robin Tarsiger johnstoniae E
Common at higher elevations. Seen near Wushe and Tayuling and along Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail. Regularly seen just along the road.
81. Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus
One female at the Chichi - TESRI on 28/10.
82. Plumbeous Water Redstart Rhyacornis fuliginosus affinis ES
83. White-tailed Robin Myiomela leucura montium ES
Heard at Huisun Forest Recreation Area, Chichi and both trails near Tsuifeng. Seen at Wushe near the Wanta Reservoir.
84. Little Forktail Enicurus scouleri
Singles seen near Tayuling and along the stream near the Pipeline Trail. Six birds were seen along the road on our trip to Tian-siang on 31/10.
85. Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
86. Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes taivanus ES
87. Coal Tit Parus ater ptilosus ES
88. Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus insperatus ES
89. Yellow Tit Parus holsti E
A few birds in birdwaves along the Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail. Also seen near Tayuling.
90. Varied Tit Parus varius castaneoventris ES
Three birds were seen at Huisun Forest Recreation Area on 28/10 and also seen there on 29/10.
91. Black-throatedTit Aegithalos concinnus
Common bird at higher elevations.
92. Plain Martin Riparia paludicola
93. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
94. Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
95. Striated Swallow Hirundo striolata stanfordi ES
96. Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus nigrimentalis ES
Regulary seen along the road from Tayuling to Tapito.
97. Flamecrest Regulus goodfellowi E
Common bird in pinetrees on the higher elivations. Seen around High Elevation Experimental Station and Tayuling.
98. Collared Finchbill Spizixos semitorques cineireicapillus ES
Two birds were seen at Chichi - Taiwan Endemic Species Research Instituut on 28/10.
99. Chinese Bulbul Pycnonotus sinensis formosae ES
100. Styan's Bulbul Pycnonotus taivanus E
Two birds were seen in a flock of Chinese Bulbul at Tian-siang on 31/10. This is one of the places you can see Styan's Bulbul in central Taiwan. The species is easier to see in the southern part of the island.
101. Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus nigerrimus ES
102. Striated Prinia Prinia criniger striata
103. Yellow-bellied Prinia Prinia flaviventris
104. Plain Prinia Prinia inornata flavirostris ES
105. Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus
106. Brownish-flanked Bush-warbler Cettia fortipes robustipes ES
Seen along the Pipeline Trail and near Wushe.
107. Yellowish-bellied Bush-warbler Cettia acanthizoides
Seen in the gully behind the High Elevation Experimental Station and along the Pipeline Trail.
108. Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
109. Rufous-faced Warbler Abroscopus albogularis
Commonly seen at Huisun Forest Recreation Area and along both trails near Tsuifeng.
110. Rusty Laughingthrush Garrulax poecilorhynchus poecilorhynchus ES
+/- 5 birds were seen in dense bushes near Wanta Reservoir at Wushe.
111. White-whiskered Laughingthrush Garrulax morrisonianus E
Common bird at the higher elevations. Seen around High Elevation Experimental Station and Tayuling.
112. Steere's Liocichla Liocichla steerii E
Common bird at Wushe and along Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail.
113. Spot-breasted Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis erythrocnemis ES
Regulary heard at Chichi, Huisun Forest Recreation Area, Blue Gate Trail and Linnei. Three birds gave great vieuws at Wushe.
114. Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus ruficollis musicus ES
Two birds were seen at Huisun Forest Recreation Area and Blue Gate Trail. Also heard along the Pipeline Trail and Wushe.
115. Pygmy Wren-babbler Pnoepyga pusilla formosana ES
Common bird along Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail. Just one gave good vieuws.
116. Rufous-capped Babbler Stachyris ruficeps praecognita ES
Singles seen at Huisun Forest Recreation Area on 28 and 29/10, along the Blue Gate Trail on 30 and 31/10. Two birds along the Pipeline Trail on 2/11.
117. Taiwan Barwing Actinodura morrisoniana E
More then 20 birds were seen along the Pipeline Trail on 2/11.
118. Streak-throated Fulvetta Alcippe cinereiceps formosana ES
Seen near Tayuling and High Elevation Experimental Station and along Pipeline Trail.
119. Dusky Fulvetta Alcippe brunnea
Seen near Chichi and along Blue Gate Trail.
120. Grey-cheeked Fulvetta Alcippe morrisonia morrisonia ES
One of the commoner birds on this trip.
121. White-eared Sibia Heterophasia auricularis E
One of the commoner endemic birds in the mountain area's. Along Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail large flocks were seen. Also at Huisun Forest Recreation Area.
122. Taiwan Yuhina Yuhina brunneiceps E
As the previous one also a common endemic. Common along Blue Gate and Pipeline Trail and near Wushe.
123. White-bellied Yuhina Yuhina zantholeuca
124. Vinous-throated Parrotbill Paradoxornis verreauxi bulomachus ES
A flock of nearly 30 birds were seen in the plantages near the river in Chichi on 31/10.
125. Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor uchidai ES
126. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus formosum ES
127. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
128. White Wagtail Motacilla alba ocularis
129. Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
130. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
131. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
132. Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
133. Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
134. Vinaceous Rosefinch Carpodacus vinaceus formosana ES
A few birds seen at the higher elivations of Mount Hohuan. Normally a common bird.
135. Brown Bullfinch Pyrrhula nipalensis uchidai ES
+/- 12 birds at the beginning of the Pipeline Trail on 2/11.
136. Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca owstoni ES
Just heard at the top of Mount Hohuan on 29/10.
Map 1 : Central Taiwan - Mont Hohuanshan
Map 2 : Chichi (by Scott Lin)
Map 3 : Delta north of Tainan - Tsengwen estuary (by Scott Lin)