Qinghai in October

by Jesper Hornskov
for shanghaibirding.com

P Benstead (Greentours), P Annesley, L Fitch, B and M Griffin, N Haggart, H Kloser, K Little, P Pilbeam, D Spencer and I visited NE Tibet, China’s Qinghai province, 7-23 Oct 2019.

It was the 6th Greentours mammal-watching trip in this area; the first was in October 2012. Our trip aimed to see as many of the unique mammals of the Tibetan highlands as we could, but in the field searching for mammals typically allows one plenty of time to record birds as well, and it is hopefully of interest what we saw at a time of the year when few dedicated birdwatchers visit this unique land. Predictably, the relatively late dates meant that some breeders had already departed for their winter quarters, and the bulk of the Siberian passage migrants, notably waders, had gone through. No matter: pretty much all the key birds are residents, and the lateness of the season has its potential advantages—we saw some of the specialities better and/or in far greater numbers than we would have in summer, and as a bonus turned up a few surprises. We recorded 178 spp of bird and no fewer than 27 species of mammal, incl Tsingling Pika Ochotona huangensis, Pallas’s Cat Felis manul, Lynx Lynx lynx, Snow Leopard Uncia uncial, Wolf Canis lupus (21 individuals!), Tibetan Fox Vulpes ferrilata, Mountain Weasel Mustela altaica, Kiang (= Tibetan Wild Ass) Equus kiang, Wild Boar Sus scrofa (a range extension!), Alpine Musk Deer Moschus chrysogaster, White-lipped Deer Przewalskium albirostris in full rut, the ultra-rare Przevalski’s Gazelle Procapra przewalskii, Wild Yak Bos grunniens, Argali Ovis ammon, Tibetan Antelope Panthalops hodgsonii, and Blue Sheep Pseudois nayaur.

Among the highlights/my personal favourites/most interesting records were:

Szechenyi’s Monal-Partridge Tetraophasis szechenyi

18+ bird-days. Noted on three dates near Nangqian—undeterred by a thin layer of new snow on the ground, five gave the full territorial call as they left roost and started feeding under a juniper as we kept our scopes on them …

Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus

19 bird-days. Noted on two dates near Nangqian—three swooped down landing next to a large herd of Blue Sheep, slightly startling some of them: eventually there were five, but soon they became very hard to keep track of as the snow melted fast.

Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae

c100 bird-days. Noted on at least three dates—photographed at absurdly close range as some subtle driving turned our trusty 4WDs into mobile hides …

Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus

A covey of no fewer than 24 scoped out on a bare slope near Nangqian on 16th.

White Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon crossoptilon

470 bird-days. Noted near Nangqian on three dates, incl a shocking 355 in a day!

Blue Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon auritum

A languidly feeding covey of 16 did their best to distract us from the sight of a full stag Siberian Roe Deer Capreolus pygargus near Xining on 8th.

Saker Falco cherrug

63 bird-days. Noted on eight dates. For most of us a welcome opportunity to familiarize ourselves with a species which is declining globally: not many two-week trips allow you to take such giant strides towards full Saker Expert status!

Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus

35 bird-days. We recorded this “flying dragon” on 11 dates—eh, hang on, “recorded”? We were just BLOWN AWAY by some the views we got: TINGALING!!

Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Seven bird-days. Noted on four dates—not a local speciality, granted, but typically a species hard to get prolonged looks at …

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Just three bird-days! At what was in the very recent past a perfect time of the year for it, only single individuals of this suddenly “Endangered”-listed species were noted on no more than three dates.

Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis

46 bird-days. Noted on six dates. Widespread overgrazing—of hills and wetlands alike—is bound to be spelling trouble for this emblematic species, and as in 2018 we were dismayed to find only around 10 present at a large wetland near Yushu on 17th: we’d counted 40 there on 11 Oct 2014, and 26 on 11 Oct 2015. Nonetheless our repeated sightings—incl two adults giving their single juvenile a dance lesson on 9th, pretty much as soon as we set foot on the Plateau—was a cheering sight … and of course delighted our photographers!

Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii

24 bird-days. Noted on three dates—although our trip prioritized mammals, all present enjoyed taking time to watch a gathering of no fewer than nine of this enigmatic, monotypic family creature en route on 12th.

Solitary Snipe Gallinago solitaria

A single individual was seen up close at Nine Ibisbills Spot on 12th!

Pallas’s Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxus

A single distant flock of 38 was all we managed …

Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo ssp

One scoped in desert poplars on 22nd—its presence outraged the resident pair of Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus.

Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus jokata

One along the Mekong on 16th.

Tibetan Grey Shrike Lanius giganteus

Singles were noted on two dates. IOC (2019) is finally poised to join the rest of us in accepting giganteus as a full species: “Tibetan Grey (or Giant) Shrike” L. giganteus may be split from Chinese Grey Shrike (Svensson et al. 2009, Olsson et al. 2010, Panov et al. 2011); await improved resolution of this complex. Zheng et al. (2011) list this taxon only for “E Qinghai, NE Xizang, N and W Sichuan.”

White-browed Tit Poecile superciliosus

14 bird-days. Noted on six dates—superb views of this highly specialized and very pretty species. Zheng et al. (2011) listed the species for only “S Gansu, S Xizang, E Qinghai, and N and W Sichuan.”

Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus

69+ bird-days. A monotypic family species, these supremely attractive birds were very much in evidence at Koko Nor and in the Qaidam, with groups taking off suggesting an irruption in progress—42 in a morning near Golmud!

Mongolian Lark Melanocorypha mongolica

11 were noted on 22nd. Listed as “Least Concern” (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22717295/94526964), but a popular cage bird in China, and juveniles are collected from nests, very likely at least locally in unsustainable numbers.

Tarim Babbler Rhopophilus albosuperciliaris

Eight near Golmud on 20th—a sunny, calm morning (one of many we enjoyed) encouraged pairs of these often skulky birds to sit right out atop desert thornbushes, allowing scope viewing.

Kozlov’s Babax Babax koslowi

26+ bird-days. Recorded only near Nangqian—best of all was a presumed family of six … “[The species] is known by just a few scattered records in this inaccessible and poorly known area, but it appears to be genuinely rather scarce and localised” (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22716515/94497919#geographic-range).

Chinese Fulvetta Alcippe striaticollis

No fewer than 18—many of them seen extremely well—in forest S of Nangqian on 14th. Now listed as a sylviid babbler by IOC (https://www.worldbirdnames.org/bow/sylvias/), away from the Alcippe fulvettas (https://www.worldbirdnames.org/bow/babblers/). Zheng et al. (2011) listed its range as “S Gansu, SE and E Xizang, SE Qinghai, NW Yunnan and W Sichuan,” and the commonly accepted English name is thus somewhat misleading.

Przevalski’s Redstart Phoenicurus alashanicus

Five bird-days. Noted on two dates—three fairly obliging males w/ a female in a plantation on the S edge of the Qiadam on 20th did not quite do the photo op posing that we’d hoped for but did allow long scope views as they fed out in the afternoon sun.

Henri’s Snowfinch Montifringilla henrici

A feeding flock of 550 strung out across the slope at Er La: a very fine sight, and possibly the largest gathering ever recorded …

Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris

Seven bird-days. Noted on two dates near Nangqian—unexpected due to the lateness of the season: the extended scope views we had were enjoyed all the more.

Przevalski’s Finch Urocynchramus pylzowi

A flighty gathering of 15-20 found on 11th (once we’d finished watching and photographing a lone wolf!) incl several males sitting up for photos. Przevalski’s Finch is a not-to-be-taken-for-granted bird which has something to offer no matter what subspecies of birder you are: beauty, interesting behavior (notably its parachute type song-flight), odd song, as well as taxonomic interest (it has for some years now been known to represent a monotypic family). We have noted this species at no fewer than 12 sites!

Red-fronted Rosefinch Carpodacus punicea

Four bird-days. Unexpectedly—due to the lateness of the season—noted near Nangqian on three dates.

Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos

26+ leaving roost, squabbling and flighty, taking turns to sit up nicely (but rarely for long!), near Dulan on 21st—at this season you’d normally be delighted to see one or two!

The supporting cast included Severtov’s Grouse Tetrastes severtzovi, Przevalski’s Alectoris magna and Daurian Partridge Perdix dauurica, Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus, Chinese Spotbill Anas zonorhyncha, Black Stork Ciconia nigra, Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus, Merlin Falco columbarius, Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus, Black Vulture Aegypius monachus, Western Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus, Himalayan and Upland Buzzard Buteo burmanicus and B. hemilasius, Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca, Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo, Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola, Great Black-headed (= Pallas’s) and Brown-headed Gull Larus ichtyaetus and L. brunnicephalus, Snow Pigeon Columba leuconota, Chinese Pied Woodpecker Dendrocopus cabanisi, Chinese Grey Shrike Lanius sphenocercus, Henderson’s Ground Jay Podoces hendersoni, Hume’s Groundpecker Pseudopodoces humilis, Sichuan Tit Poecile weigoldicus, Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus, Stoliczka’s Tit-warbler Leptopoecile sophiae, Elwe’s Horned Lark Eremophila elwesi, Gansu Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus kansuensis, Giant Laughingthrush Garrulax maximus, Chinese Nuthatch Sitta villosa, Hodgson’s Treecreeper Certhia hodgsoni, Kessler’s Thrush Turdus kessleri, Northern Red-Flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus, White-throated Redstart Phoenicurus schisticeps, Tibetan Montifringilla adamsi, White-rumped Onychostruthus taczanowskii, and Rufous-necked and Blanford’s Snowfinch Pyrgilauda ruficollis and P. blanfordi, Robin, Rufous-browed, and Brown Accentor Prunella rubeculoides, P. strophiata and P. fulvescens, Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola, Brandt’s Mountain Finch Leucosticte brandti, Pink-rumped, Chinese White-browed, Eastern Great and Caucasian Great Rosefinch Carpodacus waltoni, C. dubius, C. rubicilloides and C. rubicilla, White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carniceps, and Godlewski’s and Little Bunting Emberiza godlewskii and E. pusilla.

Want more information on mammal- and bird-watching in Qinghai? Reach me at enquiries@greentours.co.uk. Good birding!

PHOTOS

qinghai birds
Jesper Hornskov’s mammal-watching tour ticked some of the most coveted birds of the Tibetan Plateau. Among them are (top row) Kozlov’s or Tibetan Babax Pterorhinus koslowi; second row, L-R: Henri’s or Tibetan Snowfinch Montifringilla henrici and Przevalski’s Finch Urocynchramus pylzowi; third row: Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii and Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae; and (bottom row) Henderson’s Ground Jay Podoces hendersoni. These species have been shaped by the harsh climate and isolation of the Rooftop of the World. Ibisbill, the sole species in the family Ibidorhynchidae, is a highly specialized shorebird adapted to life along shingle-bed rivers at high elevations. Henderson’s Ground Jay thrives in the high altitude semi-deserts of the Tibetan Plateau. Przevalski’s Finch is the sole member of the family Urocynchramidae and is endemic to the Tibetan Plateau, as are Tibetan Babax, Tibetan Snowfinch, and Tibetan Partridge. (Craig Brelsford)
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Hornskov’s team saw some of the iconic mammals of the Tibetan Plateau, among them (top row) Tibetan Fox Vulpes ferrilata; second row, L-R: Tibetan Lynx Lynx lynx isabellinus and Mountain Weasel Mustela altaica; third row: Blue Sheep Pseudois nayaur and Tibetan Antelope Panthalops hodgsonii; and (bottom row) Kiang or Tibetan Wild Ass Equus kiang. (Craig Brelsford)
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Qinghai lies almost entirely on the Tibetan Plateau. The average elevation is more than 3000 m (9,800 ft.). The high elevation and arid climate make for a thin human population; though Qinghai is slightly larger than the U.S. state of Texas, it has only a fifth as many people. (Jesper Hornskov)
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Expeditionists return to base camp after scanning the slopes for mammals. The team was in the Kanda Mountains in southern Qinghai. (Jesper Hornskov)
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Happy team members warm up after yet another exciting tick. Hornskov writes that his group experienced Qinghai ‘at a time of the year when few dedicated birdwatchers visit this unique land.’ (Jesper Hornskov)

EDITOR’S NOTE

This post is the latest addition to shanghaibirding.com’s extensive coverage of Qinghai. For the complete index to our posts, please see our page Birding in Qinghai. A list of our most prominent posts on Qinghai is below.

Summer-long Birding Expedition to Qinghai: Richly illustrated, 6-post series on a 57-day birdwatching expedition to Qinghai.

Mammals and Birds of the Tibetan Plateau: Exploring mountains as high as 5100 m (16,730 ft.), our team found 98 species of bird and many key mammals, among them Tibetan Wolf.

Tibetan Bunting Leads Parade of Tibetan Plateau Endemics in Qinghai: shanghaibirding.com founder Craig Brelsford led a three-person team on a 23-day trip to Qinghai.

In addition to coverage of Qinghai and our core area of Shanghai, shanghaibirding.com has extensive coverage of other areas of China, among them

Yunnan
Xinjiang
Sichuan
Northeast China

Featured image: Wildlife watchers scan the snowy landscape during a tour in October of Qinghai. (Jesper Hornskov)
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Qinghai, June-August 2016: Introduction

by Craig Brelsford
Founder, shanghaibirding.com

A SUMMER BIRDING IN QINGHAI

Map of Qinghai.
A province in northwestern China, Qinghai is three times larger than the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Texas. The Yellow, Yangtze, and Mekong rivers rise in the sparsely populated province, which lies almost entirely on the Tibetan Plateau. From 26 June to 21 Aug. 2016, Elaine Du and Craig Brelsford explored this vast domain, birding in seven of the eight prefectures and finding 195 species of bird. (Wikipedia/Craig Brelsford)

Elaine Du and I birded Qinghai from 26 June to 21 Aug. 2016. We noted 195 species of bird, but the highlight was a mammal: Tibetan Lynx in Yushu Prefecture on 14 July. We spent the first month with Michael Grunwell and Jan-Erik Nilsén, covering the eastern and southern parts of the vast province. We noted Tibetan Plateau birds such as White Eared Pheasant, Ibisbill, Black-necked Crane, White-browed Tit, Grandala, Przevalski’s Redstart, and Red-fronted Rosefinch. In the second month Elaine and I explored northern Qinghai, discovering at previously unknown locations Tibetan Snowcock, Przevalski’s Partridge, Tibetan Sandgrouse, and Gansu Leaf Warbler. I became one of the few foreign birders to visit remote Hala Lake (38.267875, 97.575430), where we recorded Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, and Lake Xiligou (36.838594, 98.462896), where we found Mongolian Goitered Gazelle. At a site in the Dulan Mountains, Elaine and I spied a trio of Tibetan Wolf. The 57-day expedition saw us drive 8054 km (5,005 miles) and visit seven of the eight prefectures of Qinghai.

BIRDS NOTED IN QINGHAI, 26 JUNE-21 AUGUST 2016 (195 SPECIES)

Tibetan Partridge
Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae inhabit the grounds of Kanda Nunnery (32.291641, 96.512173) in Nangqian County. We found Tibetan Partridge at Baizha Nature Reserve (31.882305, 96.556738), also in Nangqian County, as well as along the X308 on both sides of Dagela Pass (32.514573, 97.209993). I took this photo 5 July at the nunnery. (Craig Brelsford)

Greylag Goose Anser anser
Bar-headed Goose A. indicus
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
Ruddy Shelduck T. ferruginea
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata
Garganey S. querquedula
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina
Common Pochard Aythya ferina
Ferruginous Duck A. nyroca
Tufted Duck A. fuligula
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Przevalski’s Partridge Alectoris magna
Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus
Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
White Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon crossoptilon
Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Black-necked Grebe P. nigricollis
Black Stork Ciconia nigra
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Great Egret A. alba
Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus
Bearded Vulture Gypaetus barbatus
Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis
Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
Golden Eagle A. chrysaetos
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Northern Goshawk A. gentilis
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius
Himalayan Buzzard B. burmanicus
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Ibisbill Ibidorhyncha struthersii
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Kentish Plover C. alexandrinus
Little Ringed Plover C. dubius
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Temminck’s Stint C. temminckii
Little Stint C. minuta
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Wood Sandpiper T. glareola
Common Redshank T. totanus
Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus
Pallas’s Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Tibetan Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes tibetanus
Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove) Columba livia
Hill Pigeon C. rupestris
Snow Pigeon C. leuconota
Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
Eurasian Collared Dove S. decaocto
Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis
Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo
Little Owl Athene noctua
Common Swift Apus apus
Salim Ali’s Swift A. salimalii
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla
Crimson-breasted Woodpecker Dryobates cathpharius
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius
Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Eurasian Hobby F. subbuteo
Saker Falcon F. cherrug
Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
Tiger Shrike Lanius tigrinus
Isabelline Shrike L. isabellinus
Grey-backed Shrike L. tephronotus
Chinese Grey Shrike L. sphenocercus giganteus
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus
Black-rumped Magpie Pica bottanensis
Henderson’s Ground Jay Podoces hendersoni
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Alpine Chough P. graculus
Daurian Jackdaw Coloeus dauuricus
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Large-billed Crow C. macrorhynchos
Northern Raven C. corax
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Hume’s Short-toed Lark C. acutirostris
Tibetan Lark Melanocorypha maxima
Mongolian Lark M. mongolica
Asian Short-toed Lark Alaudala cheleensis
Oriental Skylark A. gulgula
Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Pale Martin Riparia diluta
Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica
Asian House Martin Delichon dasypus
Rufous-vented Tit Periparus rubidiventris
Grey Crested Tit Lophophanes dichrous
White-browed Tit Poecile superciliosus
Willow Tit P. montanus affinis
Sichuan Tit P. weigoldicus
Ground Tit Pseudopodoces humilis
Japanese Tit Parus minor
White-browed Tit-Warbler Leptopoecile sophiae
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
Alpine Leaf Warbler P. occisinensis
Yellow-streaked Warbler P. armandii
Buff-barred Warbler P. pulcher
Gansu Leaf Warbler P. kansuensis
Lemon-rumped Warbler P. chloronotus
Sichuan Leaf Warbler P. forresti
Greenish Warbler P. trochiloides
Large-billed Leaf Warbler P. magnirostris
Desert Whitethroat Curruca minula
Tarim Babbler Rhopophilus albosuperciliaris
Giant Laughingthrush Ianthocincla maxima
Plain Laughingthrush Pterorhinus davidi
Tibetan Babax P. koslowi
Elliot’s Laughingthrush Trochalopteron elliotii
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Chinese Nuthatch Sitta villosa
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria
Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
Grandala Grandala coelicolor
Chestnut Thrush Turdus rubrocanus
Kessler’s Thrush T. kessleri
Chinese Thrush T. mupinensis
Dark-sided Flycatcher Muscicapa sibirica
Chinese Rubythroat Calliope tschebaiewi
Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope
Slaty-backed Flycatcher Ficedula hodgsonii
Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis
Plumbeous Water Redstart P. fuliginosus
White-capped Redstart P. leucocephalus
Przevalski’s Redstart P. alaschanicus
Hodgson’s Redstart P. hodgsoni
White-throated Redstart P. schisticeps
Güldenstädt’s Redstart P. erythrogastrus
Black Redstart P. ochruros
Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti
Isabelline Wheatear O. isabellina
White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus
Brown Dipper C. pallasii
Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Tibetan Snowfinch Montifringilla henrici
Black-winged Snowfinch M. adamsi
White-rumped Snowfinch Onychostruthus taczanowskii
Pere David’s Snowfinch Pyrgilauda davidiana
Rufous-necked Snowfinch P. ruficollis
Blanford’s Snowfinch P. blanfordi
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
Robin Accentor P. rubeculoides
Rufous-breasted Accentor P. strophiata
Brown Accentor P. fulvescens
Maroon-backed Accentor P. immaculata
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Grey Wagtail M. cinerea
White Wagtail M. alba
Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi
Rosy Pipit A. roseatus
Olive-backed Pipit A. hodgsoni
Water Pipit A. spinoletta
Przevalski’s Finch Urocynchramus pylzowi
Plain Mountain Finch Leucosticte nemoricola
Brandt’s Mountain Finch L. brandti
Grey-headed Bullfinch Pyrrhula erythaca
Blanford’s Rosefinch Agraphospiza rubescens
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch C. pulcherrimus
Pink-rumped Rosefinch C. waltoni
Chinese White-browed Rosefinch C. dubius
Tibetan Rosefinch C. roborowskii
Streaked Rosefinch C. rubicilloides
Great Rosefinch C. rubicilla
Red-fronted Rosefinch C. puniceus
Grey-capped Greenfinch Chloris sinica
Twite Linaria flavirostris
White-winged Grosbeak Mycerobas carnipes
Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos fronto
Tibetan Bunting E. koslowi
Godlewski’s Bunting E. godlewskii

MAMMALS

Glover's Pika
We noted Glover’s Pika Ochotona gloveri in Nangqian County and Yushu County in southern Qinghai. I photographed this individual 4 July near Yushu-Jiegu at an elevation of 3700 m (12,140 ft.). Glover’s Pika is endemic to the eastern Tibetan Plateau. (Craig Brelsford)

Tibetan Macaque Macaca thibetana
Plateau Pika Ochotona curzoniae
Glover’s Pika O. gloveri
Woolly Hare Lepus oiostolus
Himalayan Marmot Marmota himalayana
Mongolian Five-toed Jerboa Allactaga sibirica
Chinese Zokor Eospalax fontanierii
Bactrian Camel Camelus bactrianus
Siberian Roe Deer Capreolus pygargus
Sichuan Deer Cervus canadensis macneilli
White-lipped Deer C. albirostris
Blue Sheep Pseudois nayaur
Tibetan Gazelle Procapra picticaudata
Mongolian Goitered Gazelle Gazella subgutturosa hilleriana
Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) Equus kiang
Pallas’s Cat Otocolobus manul
Tibetan Lynx Lynx lynx isabellinus
Tibetan Wolf Canis lupus filchneri
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
Tibetan Fox V. ferrilata
Mountain Weasel Mustela altaica

INDEX

“Qinghai, June-August 2016” contains an introduction and six parts. This is the Introduction.

Introduction: A Summer in Qinghai
NEXT: Part 1: Weeks 1 & 2
Part 2: Weeks 3 & 4
Part 3: Weeks 5 & 6
Part 4: Week 7
Part 5: Week 8
Part 6: Facts & Figures

This report is part of shanghaibirding.com’s extensive coverage of Qinghai. For the complete index to our posts on Qinghai, please see our page Birding in Qinghai. A list of our most prominent reports on Qinghai is below.

Mammals and Birds of the Tibetan Plateau: Exploring mountains as high as 5100 m (16,730 ft.), our team found 98 species of bird and many key mammals, among them Tibetan Wolf.

Tibetan Bunting Leads Parade of Tibetan Plateau Endemics in Qinghai: shanghaibirding.com founder Craig Brelsford led a three-person team on a 23-day trip to Qinghai.

Qinghai in October: Jesper Hornskov and his team noted 178 species of bird in October, a time of year, Hornskov writes, “when few dedicated birdwatchers visit this unique land.”

In addition to coverage of Qinghai and our core area of Shanghai, shanghaibirding.com has extensive coverage of other areas of China, among them

Yunnan
Xinjiang
Sichuan
Northeast China

Featured image: Highlights from a summer in Qinghai. Clockwise from top L: Tibetan Lynx, Henderson’s Ground Jay, dunes in Wulan County, and Tibetan Partridge. (Craig Brelsford)
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