November 24, 2007

Khovd, 24 NOV 2007 - A. Braunlich, A. Laurie

Yesterday we had all day strong southerly winds, pushing the temperatures to an unusual high of +2 deg C. Today everything is back to “normal” with -11 in the morning, and about -6 during the day.

Spotted Great Rosefinch. Photo © A. Braunlich

Andrew and I visited in the afternoon the plantation Otzon Chuluu which always has some good birds. We saw about 15 Meadow Buntings, 6 Godlewski’s Buntings, 1 late Common Reed Bunting, c.25 Spotted Great Rosefinches, 13 Long-tailed Rosefinches, and one male Red-mantled Rosefinch. The latter was rather difficult to photograph, so I can present two poor shots only.

Red-mantled Rosefinch. Photo © A. Braunlich

Red-mantled Rosefinch. Photo © A. Braunlich

This is only the third Red-mantled Rosefinch I have seen in Khovd, after one male on 17 November 2006 and one male on 13 October 2007.

Red-mantled Rosefinch. November 2006.
Photo © A. Braunlich

In the overgrazed Buyant river valley few birds were seen only, notably a flock of c.120 Hill Pigeons, flocks of 26 and 12 Red-billed Choughs, a few Horned Larks, and a single Lesser Short-toed Lark.

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