The following day we took the Mini bus to check the hillside a little further away. Again the initial stages of the walk involved walking up a steep stream bed for nearly an hour before emerging above the treeline in an area with scattered trees grassy slopes with small patches of snow.
Approaching the top
Following the stream bed through the forest
Siberian Rubythroat in full voice
We moved on to search for another rarity of the area, Swinhoe's Snipe. We had a brief glimpse of a Great Snipe but no sign of the Swinhoe's. Other birds in the area included Fieldfare, Black throated Thrush, Yellow browed warbler and the eastern form of Lesser Whitethroat sounding very different from the birds we get in the UK.
Black throated Thrush
On the way down we had a close encounter with a Hazelhen with a brood of chicks, while
on the drive back we had Dipper and Common Sandpiper at one of the many river crossings.