Arrived in Lava just after lunch and settled into the New Yankee Resort – it sounds more elegant than it is, it's basically 3 posh sheds stuck to the hillside. I know that birding on the Lava-Kalimpong road is supposed to be best in the morning, but I thought I would give it a go anyway and got a taxi up to the 4km post. I did a nice slow walk back down the road into Lava, picking up 2 Black Eagles, 40 Chestnut-crowned Warblers, 60 Whiskered Yuhina, 20 Rufous Sibia and 2 Fire-tailed Sunbirds on the way. It looks like there is a road widening scheme going on at the moment and all the spoil has been dumped in the 4km gully – this is the gully that all the trip reports say contains Blue-fronted Robin – it doesn't look like it will now!
|A couple of views from Lava|