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North India Birding Tour Trip Report (Feb 20th to Feb 25th)

By Sanjeev Acharaya

Naturalist and Guide Asian Adventures

The North India Birding Tour with Dr. Shree Nivas Murti around Pangot and Sattal area was very successfully completed on February 25, 2017. These areas are very good habitat for Himalayan birds. Here is the short report of day by day birding around those Pangot, Sattal Chafi and Nukichiyataal area.

Day 1: Around Pangot region

 

Day 2: Pangot-Ghughukhan-Kunjakharak

 

Day 3: Pangot-Cheerpoint-Baggar

 

Day 4: Pangot- Shikri- Vimtaal- Chafi

 

Day 5: Around Sattal

 

Day 6: Sattal-Naukuchiyaa Taal- Chafii

 

1. Day 1 (Feb 20) First day of this trip started from Pangot after late lunch. A short hiking up to woodpecker point and little more further; we got three different species of woodpeckers: Rufous-bellied, Brown-fronted and Himalayan, variety of Tits, warblers and thrushes.

 

2. Day 2 (Feb 21) Second day of birding had started earlier; unfortunately, the weather condition was very bad. It was rainy and foggy day. Despite of bad weather condition we got some important and interesting birds like Koklass Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Hill partridge, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Upland Pipit, Common Wood Pigeon and many more varieties of other birds.

 

3. Day 3 (Feb 22) Third day of birding went up to Kunjakharak. They day was sunny and little windy but pretty much perfect for birding for the cheer pheasant. The habitat is totally affected by the forest fire and only a few grass patches still remain so we scanned the area but couldn’t get any signs or call of the pheasant to mark its presence. After lunch, we went further down to Baggar are, excellent birding in the afternoon. We got three varieties of Accentors; Black-throated, Altai and Rufous-breasted, some raptors and other Himalayan birds.

 

4. Day 4 (Feb 23) Day four we began, following the same routine to search for more birds and the priority was the gorgeous Cheer Pheasant but luck did not strike. During our break for breakfast we sighted a beautiful Adult Bearded Vulture, it soared around us for a while and moved further and vanished but made us pretty excited. After finishing breakfast, we headed back to the lodge, stopping at Shikri and spent some time birding around there and returned to the hotel. Post lunch, we went Chamfi for birding. Birds of the day was the Bearded Vulture, Plain Mountain Finch, Brown Dipper, Asian Barred Owlet, Rock Bunting and White-tailed Rubythroat.

 

5. Day 5 (Feb 24) Fifth day of birding trip started early morning, carrying packed breakfast from the resort. We spent the entire day around Sattal area and got so many beautiful and colourful birds of the region such as - Common Green Magpie, Red-billed Leiothrix, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Blue-winged Siva, White-bellied Erpornis and different varieties of Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Warblers etc.

 

6. Day 6 (Feb 25) Last day of the birding trip started earlier with some targeted species around Sattal area. Morning birding was very successful. From Sattal we drove to Naukuchiyataal. Great habitat in this region. When we were walking through the trail suddenly my eyes stopped on some brown object on the edge of the lake but inside the foliage and quickly my hands moved up my bin to set on my eyes. It was a adult Eurasian Woodcock, we were thrilled to sight it. Finally, we proceeded to Champi. Our last day was very fruitful; we got very special birds like Woodcock, Brown Fish Owl, Asian Barred Owlet, Mountain Bulbul, Maroon Oriole and many more.

 

  • Goral
  • Barking Deer
  • Yellow-throated Marten
  • Rhesus Macaque
  • Himalayan Langur

 

The trip had been very successful, now as the weather changes, there are many birds calling such as the Collared Owlets and Mountain Scops Owls. The Forest is filling up with a variety of birds. A few species arrived from the wintering grounds as they move further north such as the Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher, Common Stonechat, Hume's Leaf Warbler are arrived and Golden Bush Robin, Aberrant Bush Warbler, Dark-breasted Rosefinch

List of Birds Spotted at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge Pangot between

 

Season Winters -December 20th 2016 to February 28th 2017

  1. Hill Partridge (H)
  2. Kalij Pheasant
  3. Black-eared Kite
  4. Himalayan Vulture
  5. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  6. Black Eagle
  7. Steppe Eagle
  8. Mountain Hawk Eagle
  9. Common Kestrel
  10. Common Pigeon
  11. Oriental Turtle Dove
  12. Slaty-headed Parakeet
  13. Red-breasted Parakeet
  14. Mountain Scops Owl (H)
  15. Collared Owlet (H)
  16. Himalayan Swiftlet
  17. Alpine Swift
  18. Little Swift
  19. Great Barbet
  20. Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  21. Himalayan Woodpecker
  22. Long-tailed Minivet
  23. Grey-backed Shrike
  24. Bronzed Drongo
  25. White-throated Fantail
  26. Eurasian Jay
  27. Black-headed Jay
  28. Red-billed Blue Magpie
  29. Large-billed Crow
  30. Coal Tit
  31. Green-backed Tit
  32. Black-throated Tit
  33. Black-lored Tit
  34. Yellow-browed Tit
  35. Himalayan Bulbul
  36. Black Bulbul
  37. Barn Swallow
  38. Red-rumped Swallow
  39. Aberrant Bush Warbler
  40. Spotted Bush Warbler
  41. Black-faced Warbler
  42. Buff-barred Warbler
  43. Ashy-throated Warbler
  44. Lemon-rumped Warbler
  45. Grey-hooded Warbler
  46. Whistler's Warbler
  47. Striated Prinia
  48. Grey-breasted Prinia
  49. Rusty-cheecked Scimitar Babbler
  50. Black-chinned Babbler
  51. White-throated Laughingthrush
  52. Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush
  53. Streaked Laughingthrush
  54. Striated Laughingthrush
  55. Rufous Sibia
  56. Whiskered Yuhina
  57. Oriental White-eye
  58. White-tailed Nuthatch
  59. Bar-tailed Treecreeper
  60. Blue Whistling Thrush
  61. Chestnut Thrush
  62. Grey-winged Blackbird
  63. Black-throated Thrush
  64. Himalayan Bluetail
  65. Golden Bush Robin
  66. Blue-capped Redstart
  67. Blue-fronted Redstart
  68. Grey Bushchat
  69. Slaty Blue Flycatcher
  70. Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher
  71. Green-tailed Sunbird
  72. House Sparrow
  73. Russet Sparrow
  74. Olive-backed Pipit
  75. Yellow-breasted Greenfinch
  76. Common Rosefinch
  77. Spot-winged Grosbeak







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