Friday, 29 February 2008

February 29th 2008. India.

All day around Kumaria - Grey Treepie, Tawny Fish Owl (same place as yesterday), Rufous Woodpecker, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Aberrant Bush Warbler, Crimson Sunbird, White-crowned Laughing Thrush, Crow-billed Drongo, Pied Kingfisher, Hobby and Wallreeper (2).

Thursday, 28 February 2008

February 28th 2008. India.

Full day at Kumaria, mainly around the Kosi River to the north of the hotel.

Highlights - White-crowned Laughingthrush, Spangled Drongo, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Orange-bellied Leafbird (2 feeding on Bottlebrush tree at hotel), White-naped Tit, Common Merganser (32), Brown Dipper, Crested Kingfisher, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Tawny Fish Owl and Wallcreeper.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

February 27th 2008. India - Tigers.

Spent the morning in Corbett around Dhikala, then a slow drive out of the park in the afternoon, arriving at Kumeria at 7pm.

Black-throated Thrush, Brown Crake, Crested Bunting, Black Francolin, Lineated Barbet, Bright-headed Cisticola (10+ in grasslands near resr), Collared Falconet (2), White-tailed Eagle, Red-breasted Parakeet, Black Stork, Small Pratincole (30+), Cinerious Vulture (6), White-rumped Vulture (2), Red-headed Vulture (4), European Griffon (2), Black-necked Stork (2), Pallas' Fish Eagle, Greater Flameback, Dusky Warbler and Smoky Warbler.

Also managed to get distant views of 2 Tigers.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

February 26th 2008. India.

Moved from Nainital to Corbett NP -birded the forest on the way down.
Long-tailed Minivet, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Taiga Flycatcher, Oriental Turtle Dove and Oriental White-eye - pretty quiet really.

After spending 2 hours in Ramnagar getting park tickets, transport etc, spent the rest of the day in Corbett with a slow drive from Dhangarhi to Dhikala.
Dusky Crag Martin, Crested Kingfisher (3), Lesser Fish Eagle (2), River Lapwing, Kalij Pheasant, Black-shouldered Kite, Pallas' Fish Eagle, Black Stork (12), River Tern, Hen Harrier (1 fem), male Collared Falconet, Brown Fish Owl and Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker.

Stopped off for a few non-bird sightings - Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Elephant, Gharial, Otters and Mahseer Fish.

Monday, 25 February 2008

February 25th 2008. India.

Another full day in the Mongoli Valley, this visit a bit easier now that i know where all the various tracks lead !
Asian Barred Owlet, Black-headed Jay (only 2 this time), Brown-fronted Woodpecker, Kalij Pheasant, Little Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Yellownape, Beautiful Rosefinch, Rufous-throated Scimiter Babbler, Grey-headed Woodpecker (3), Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Brown Bullfinch (9), Red-billed Blue Magpie, Rufous Sibia, Scarlet Finch (2), Himalayan Woodpecker and Spot-winged Tit.
Also checked some fields just outside Mongoli - Rufous-breasted Accentor, Pink-browed Rosefinch (4), Rock Bunting and Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (2).

Sunday, 24 February 2008

February 24th 2008. India.

Another full day at Sattal - still full of birds !
Kalij Pheasant, Slaty-backed Forktail (on a stream just outside Sattal), Black-throated Accentor, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Siberian Rubythroat (2 Males - inc 1 singing in the garden where a wedding was taking place !), Grey-winged Blackbird, Asian Barred Owlet, Dark-sided Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Sreak-throated Woodpecker, Blue-winged Minla, Red-flanked Bluetail, Spotted Forktail, Himalayan Flameback, Greater Flameback, Olive-backed Pipit and the best Baji-puri in the area.

A few hours at Nainital late afternoon - Himalayan Swiftlet (30+), Egyptian Vulture, Steppe Eagle (50+ on rubish dump).

Saturday, 23 February 2008

February 23rd 2008. India.

All day around Nainital - White-tailed Nuthatch, Grey Treepie, White-throated Laughingthrush (22), Striated Laughingthrush, Great Barbet, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Black-throated Tit, Plain Mountain Finch, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Red-flanked Bluetail, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Rock Bunting, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Collared Grosbeak, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Spotted Forktail, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Himalayan Woodpecker and Asian Barred Owlet.

Friday, 22 February 2008

February 22nd 2008. India.

Visited Mongoli Valley - Spent the whole day there - loads of birds !
Rufous Sibia, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Striated Laughingthrush, Black-headed Jay (over 60), Spotted Forktail, Bar-headed Goose (80+ flying north), Golden Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Rufous-backed Redstart, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Chestnut Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Slaty-headed Parakeet (100+), Lammergeier, Lagger Falcon, Mountain Bulbul and lots of Warblers.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

February 21st 2008. India.

All day spent around Sattal - a fantastic place - birds everywhere !

Highlights - 6 Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, 8 Black-throated Accentor, 1 Rock Bunting, 2 Russet Sparrow, 4 Smoky Warbler, 1 Oriental Turtle Dove, 1 Golden Eagle, 2 Olive-backed Pipit, 1 Blue-throated Flycatcher, 1 Black-faced Warbler, 5 Red-flanked Bluetail, 1 Taiga Flycatcher, 1 Indian Blue Robin, 1 Black Eagle, 1 Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, 2 Plumbeous Water Redstart, 1 Rufous-throated Partridge, 1 Himalayan Flameback, 13 Red-billed Leiothrix, 1 Stipe-throated Yuhina, 3 Golden-spectacled Warbler, 1 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, 2 Whistler's Warbler, 2 Black-chinned Babbler, 6 Great Barbet, 3 Blue-throated Barbet and 4 Red-billed Blue Magpie.