Archipelago and Taiwan
with July 21-25 Extension
months are typhoon season; also coastal fog can disrupt air travel.
Weather may necessitate an adjustment of plans. Days 2 and 3 are
Weather Back-up in case we cannot go to sea on Day 1.
Wednesday, July 18, Day 1:
Shungshan Airport (domestic terminal), Taipei at 11:00 for 50-minute
flight to Nangan Island, Matsu Archipelago. Afternoon boat to the
Matsu Tern Reserve (about 3 hours there and back) for
Crested Tern (Matsu Tern), Sterna bernsteini.
for other terns; Great Crested (common), Black-naped (common),
Roseate (common), Bridled (common), Whiskered, Gull-billed, Caspian,
Little, and Black-tailed Gull. Night at Sheng Nong Resort, Nangan.
Thursday, July 19, Day 2:
Weather back-up for Day 1. Or, birding on
Friday, July 20, Day 3:
Weather back-up for Day 2. Return to
Those opting for
the Extension will fly to Changhua instead of
Hotel, or Atayal Resort in Huisun Forest Station, depending on
Saturday, July 21, Day 1:
Huisun Forest Station, elev. 770 m (2530 ft.). Morning birding in
mid-elevation forest, for Formosan Magpie, Black-browed
Barbet, Gray-capped Woodpecker, Gray-chinned Minivet, Gray Treepie,
Black Bulbul, Rufous-capped Babbler, and if all goes well,
Drive to Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area,
elev. 1200 m (3900 ft.) for afternoon birding, and try for Mountain
Scops-Owl after dark. Night at Aowanda.
Sunday, July 22, Day 2:
Morning birding at Aowanda, for Rufous-faced Warbler,
perhaps Chinese Bamboo Partridge. Look in Naoliao Creek for
Plumbeous Redstart, and with luck, Little Forktail. Watch for
Taiwan Yuhina, Yellow (Taiwan) Tit,
White-eared Sibia, Formosan
Whistling-thrush, (Taiwan) Hwamei, Fire-breasted and Plain
Drive to Chingjing, elev. 1750 m (5740 ft.) In
the Meifeng area, explore a little of the famous Blue Gate Trail
#1. Night at Chingjing Resort.
Monday, July 23, Day 3:
Gate Trail #1, properly called the Rueiyan River Road. Blue Gate #1
is about 3 km, end-to-end. Local people call these the Shueiguan
(Water) Trails, because of the water pipes that lie alongside.
Possibilities include White-tailed Robin, Swinhoe’s Pheasant
and perhaps with much luck, the very elusive
The shy and scarce white-headed (Taiwan) Island Thrush, an endemic
subspecies, will be singing at this time of year, and we may find a
pair or two along the trail. We will also be alert for
White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Yuhina, Collared Bush Robin, Taiwan
Barwing, Steere’s Liocichla, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, White-browed
Shortwing (the wren-babbler and shortwing are both hard-to-see
skulkers), Vineous-throated Parrotbill, Eurasian Nuthatch,
White-throated Laughingthrush, and others. Night at Chingjing
Tuesday, July 24, Day 4:
morning birding on Blue Gate Trail #1. Then, we will drive higher
yet, to the Hehuan Shan Forest Recreation Area, elev. 3275 m (10,750
ft.), the highest elevation of the tour, just inside the western
edge of Taroko National Park. (“Shan” means “mountain “or “hill”
in Mandarin; in this case, “mountain.”) We will look for
White-whiskered Laughingthrush, Flamecrest,
Yellow Tit, Alpine Accentor, Vinaceous Rosefinch and Coal Tit.
We will continue eastward through the upper part of the Taroko
Gorge, in Taroko National Park, to Tienhsiang looking for Styan’s
Bulbul. Night at Tienhsiang, elev. 485 m (1592 ft.)
Wednesday, July 25, Day 5:
through Taroko National park to Taiwan’s east coast, then turn
northward. Continue to Taipei via Yilan. On arrival in Taipei, the
1 to 10 participants
From Taipei, 8 days (Matsu plus Extension): US $2400
(sharing); US $2900 (single occupancy);
(Note: Days 1–3 are FREE for the winners of the
Taipei-Matsu draw which took place on
2006, at the UK Birdwatching Fair.)
Price for Matsu
Archipelago and Tern Reserve only: US $900.
Extension only: US $1500 (sharing); US $2000 (single
BOOKING DISCOUNT: Register for full 8 day tour, at least 60 days before start date; get
5% off trip price.
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