Taiwan, Taichung- Anmashan (great snow mountain) 台湾大雪山赏鸟

Dear friends, Anmashan is also known as dasyueshan (大雪山 great snow mountain)! When I planned for the trip a few years, ago, I was so confused by the names, but they are no doubt the same place! I took a bird guide, recommended by a friend..and we headed off to Taichung from Taipei! But this was a long 5 hour drive, Zzzz! Anyway, the adventure began when there was some mis-communication with the guide, so in the end he dropped me off at my accomodation on the mountain and then I was on my own (gasp)!!

Now, without a car, it would be very difficult to bird at Anmashan, because the bird locations were widespread along the steep mountain! I was lucky to bump into a western couple at the place I was staying, who was very kind to let me join them.

Anyway, birding on the mountain started as early as 6am! So even though the hotel provided breakfast, you would probably have to skip it! Since birding was just up and down the mountain, you would find quite a number of birders along the the way and side treks were easy to walk, so birding was relatively easy!

Here are some of the birds taken on my 3 day bird trip at Anmashan! 😛

Mikado and swinhoe pheasant

Mikado and swinhoe pheasant

Eurasian Jay and Eurasian nutcracker

Eurasian Jay and Eurasian nutcracker

collared bush robin male and female

collared bush robin male and female

rosefinch male and female

rosefinch male and female

white whiskered laughing thrush

white whiskered laughing thrush

white browed bush robin

white browed bush robin

white tailed robin

white tailed robin

In my humble opinion, the best way to get to Taichung is to take a train from Taipei and then for arrange your rented car to be picked at the train station!

The only available accomodation on the mountain is An Man Hotel (鞍馬山莊). http://tsfs.forest.gov.tw/cht/index.php?code=list&ids=27   😛

Phone reception is poor up there, definitely no internet access, and there are only 4 TV channels (all in hokkien). The room itself is pretty basic and because its real cold up there, heated blankets are provided! 😛  This place is only good for hikers and birders, so if your spouse doesn’t do any of those, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT bring him/her to Anma Shan!

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