In this mountainous region in Sichuan province, common merganser in a river. Most people in this area are Tibetan Buddhists, as was visible from the many big Buddhist religious inscriptions on mountain slopes. At various places were stupas, structures containing relics of Buddhist monks or nuns.
Jiagenba is at 3400 meter high and has about 2500 human inhabitants. Conspicuous among winged inhabitants were Eurasian tree sparrows. In Europe, these are a countryside species; while house sparrows live in cities and towns. However, in China, tree sparrows are birds of cities and villages. Outside built-up areas in China lives a third sparrow species, which we will meet later on this blog.
A small herd of yaks advanced through the village’s main street.
More prayer flags yet.
We left the village. We went higher, to over 4,000 meter.
We reached the snow line.
Stay tuned for the beautiful birds we saw in that area!