‘Jalman Meadows’, the final stop on our fantastic May 2008 trip to Mongolia, is situated in an area where steppe and taiga alternate; more larches on north-facing slopes, more steppe on south-facing slopes. In the bottom of the valley is a fast-flowing and very cold river with some woodland along its banks. Here René and I amused ourselves for hours, not only with Siberia-bound migrants but also with the likes of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers Dryobates minor, Daurian Jackdaws Corvus dauuricus and other species actually breeding.

‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 25 May 2008 (René Pop)

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 25 May 2008 (Magnus Robb). The same male drumming on two different surfaces, with calls from more distant female just before end. Background: Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla and Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi.

‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

Daurian Jackdaw Corvus dauuricus, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 25 May 2008 (René Pop)

Daurian Jackdaw Corvus dauuricus, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 25 May 2008 (Magnus Robb). Calls of several pairs building nests in riparian woodland. Background: Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos, Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor, Eurasian Magpie Pica pica, Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus, Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia althaea blythi, Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi and Blyth’s Pipit A godlewskii.

‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 26 May 2008 (René Pop)

Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus, (with Oriental Cuckoo Cuculus optatus and Common Cuckoo C canorus) ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 26 May 2008 (Magnus Robb). Background: Willow Tit Poecile montanus, Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia althaea blythi, Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope and Common Rosefinch Erythrina erythrina.

‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 24 May 2008 (René Pop)

Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 24 May 2008 (Magnus Robb). Whispering song of a male, possibly still on migration.

‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

Long-tailed Rosefinch Carpodacus sibiricus, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 25 May 2008 (René Pop)

Long-tailed Rosefinch Carpodacus sibiricus, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 25 May 2008 (Magnus Robb). Calls of a male accompanied by a female. Background: Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius, Azure Tit Cyanistes cyanus, Great Tit Parus major, Siberian Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia althaea blythi and Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni.

‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, May 2008 (René Pop)

Siberian Rubythroat Calliope calliope, ‘Jalman Meadows’, Tuv Aimag, Mongolia, 24 May 2008 (Magnus Robb). Simple song at dusk, with imitations including Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos, Eurasian Magpie Pica pica and Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica. Background: herdsmen.