The owner of the B&B we stayed in was a bird watcher and he took us to see one of our target birds on this trip - Pallas's Rosefinch (Oomashikoオオマシコ).
We spotted a flock immediately after we arrived at the place. Yay!
We saw more later alongside the footpath, this time closer.
It was a flock of 7 but the very-red male didn't come out into the open, which was a shame.
But we had enough time to observe him/them through our bins before they disappeared into the thicket.
I will not publish the exact location where we observed them to protect the birds.