Archipelago and Taiwan
with July 21-26 Extension
The summer months are typhoon season; also coastal fog can disrupt
air travel. Weather may necessitate an adjustment of plans.
19 (Saturday), Day 1:
Meet Simon Liao at Shungshan Airport (domestic terminal, elev. 6
m; 20 ft., Taipei City), by 9 a.m. The flight will depart at 11:00
a.m. for 50-minute trip to Nangan
Island, Matsu Archipelago. Afternoon boat to the Matsu Tern Reserve
(about 3 hours there and back) for the very rare and globally
Chinese Crested Tern (Matsu Tern), Thelasseus bernsteini.
Watch 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.
July 20 (Sunday), Day 2:
Weather back-up for Day 1. Return to Taipei.
Matsu tour ends.
Those continuing on the Extension will drive south to Wulai, elev.
220 m (725 ft).
July 21 (Monday), Day 1:
Wulai, in southern Taipei County. Look for Brown Dipper in Tonghou
River; watch for endemics Formosan Magpie and Formosan
Whistling-Thrush. Wulai is also an excellent area for
butterflies. Drive farther south and ascend to Dasyueshan National
Forest Recreation Area in the Anmashan Mountain Range. Night at
July 22 (Tuesday), Day 2:
Trail 210, elev. 2000 m. (6600 feet) looking for the stunning
Swinhoe’s and elegant Mikado Pheasants, Collared
Bush-Robin, Green-backed Tit, Brown Bullfinch, Fire-breasted
Flowerpecker, Varied and Black-throated Tits.
to Hsiaolaishan (Shiaosyueshan), 2600 m (8,530 ft.), looking for
White-whiskered Laughingthrush, Vinaceous Rosefinch, Gray-headed
Bullfinch and other species of high elevation. In the afternoon,
another walk on Trail 210 or similar. Night at Dasyueshan NFRA.
July 23 (Wednesday), Day 3:
Drive south to Huisun Forest Station, mid-elevation forest, for
Formosan Magpie, Black-browed Barbet, Gray-capped Woodpecker,
Gray-chinned Minivet, Gray Treepie, Black Bulbul, Rufous-capped
Babbler, and Malayan Night-Heron which sometimes can be seen
foraging on the lawn. Another chance for Swinhoe’s Pheasant.
Night at Huisun Forest Station, elev. 770 m (2530 ft).
July 24 (Thursday), Day 4:
Drive to Aowanda National Forest Recreation Area, elev. 1200 m
(3900 ft.) for afternoon birding. Look in Naoliao Creek for
Plumbeous Redstart, and with luck, the rare Little Forktail. Watch
Taiwan Yuhina, Yellow (Taiwan) Tit, White-eared Sibia,
Whistling-thrush, (Taiwan) Hwamei, Fire-breasted and Plain
Flowerpeckers. Try for Mountain Scops-Owl and Northern Boobook
(Brown Hawk Owl) after dark. Night at Aowanda NFRA.
July 25 (Friday), Day 5:
Morning birding at Aowanda, for Rufous-faced Warbler, perhaps
Chinese Bamboo Partridge. Drive north through and east through
Hehuanshan 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” in Mandarin.) We will look for
high-elevation species; 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
July 26 (Saturday), Day 6:
Continue through Taroko National park to Taiwan’s east coast, then
turn northward. Continue to Taipei via Yilan. On arrival in
Taipei, the tour ends.
Please arrange your incoming flight so that you arrive in Taipei on Friday, July 18 at the latest. We can book
accommodation for you at either the YMCA International House or the
Grand Hotel. On the morning of Saturday, July 19, be at
Airport to meet the leader by
Please arrange your departing flight for the night
(late) of July 26, or better, the following day, July 27.
Taiwan Taoyuan (formerly Chiang Kai-shek)
Airport is situated about 40 km west of
driving time is about 1 hour, sometimes more because of traffic. If
you expect to transfer directly from
Airport to the international airport, allow 2 hours. If you
wish to stay on in
for a day or more for sightseeing or visiting the excellent
Museum, we can book accommodation for you.
1 to 10 participants
8 days (Matsu plus Extension): $2100 (sharing); $2600 (single
Price for Matsu Archipelago and Tern Reserve only: $600.
Extension only: $1500 (sharing); $2000 (single
BOOKING DISCOUNT: Register for full 8 day tour, at least 60 days before
start date; get 5% off trip price.
For more information, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org, in Taiwan
Jo Ann MacKenzie
email@example.com, in Canada
Taiwan International Birding Association