mandag den 31. januar 2011
fredag den 7. januar 2011
I left Copenhagen together with Eva (Swedish psychologist) on the 12th of December and headed for Bishkek where we were to be picked up by Michael and his partner, Mischa. Arrived in Bishkek early in the morning on the 13th a bit late. From the airport we drove east until first light where we had a small break at a roadside stop. Here I got my first new bird, Pine Bunting. An hour’s drive more and we stopped to eat breakfast. Himalaya Griffons, Golden Eagle and Black-throated Thrush were all seen from the cafeteria. At the cafeteria we had our first tasting of the traditional Kyrgyz Soup but not the last. From the cafeteria we headed further east and soon we could see the amazing Issuk Kyl Lake (2nd largest mountain lake in the world). Driving along the southern shore of the lake we saw more birds; White-tailed Eagles, Red-crested Pochards (1000+), Black-necked Grebes (1000+) amongst others. We arrived at Tamga at 1400. This small village was going to be our home for the next couple of days, this to get fully acclimatized to the height and to get some well earned sleep. After settling in at small guest house we went out for a walk. A lot of good birds were seen e.g. Long-tailed Rosefinch, Red-mantled Rosefinch, Wallcreeper, White-Browed Tit Warbler, White-bellied Dipper, Azure Tits, Fire-fronted Serins and many others. The next day we explored the vicinity of the village once more adding Meadow Bunting and Red Squirrel to the list. The squirrels are easily seen near the Sanatorium, they differ a lot from the normal red ones we see in Europe.13/12 Tamga. 5-10 Tit-warblers were feeding in scrubs near Issuk Kul. They were often really close but almost never visible feeding in the grass or within dense bushes.