Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Birding in Sompura near Sarjapur

I had never been to Sarjapur area till now. One of my colleague Ajit stays in the area. During one of our weekly nature walks within the campus we decided to visit this area over a weekend for birding. And thanks to Ajit we visited this area along with the bngbirds group this weekend.

Couple of my colleagues Srinivas and Raghavendra decided to tag along for this. On sunday we started very early in the morning and met near Wipro corporate office at around 6:15. We parked our bikes near wipro office and started from there in Ajit's car. In 15min we were at Prarthana's home. Prarthana arranges 4'th sunday trail for bngbirds group, a very nice lady. Couple of others joined us there.

There is a nice stretch of open land near Prarthana's home where there are some open lands(Shrubs/Grasslands) and some cultivated lands.

Initially we found the common suspects like Baybacked shrike, Drongos, Egrets, Koels, Bulbuls, Prinias, Rose-ringed parakeets and Larks.

There were lot of Grey Francolin calls and somehow I managed to spot one and Ajit was lucky to spot 3 of them and Raghavendra was lucky to see couple of them at a close distance. And then on our search for raptors we came across Yellow Wattled Lapwings. We considered ourselves very lucky to see these birds which are not as common as their siblings Red Wattled Lapwings. And there were dozen of them. I was very happy with the sighting but could not get any good photographs. After lapwing sighting everyone got busy in photographing a Lark which looked like Jerdons Bushlark.

It was getting a little hot so we thought of returning. On our way back we saw a Brown Shrike and Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike. Got some nice photographs too.

And then we were very lucky to see 2 raptors which I had never seen before, Eurasian Marsh Harrier and Oriental Honey Buzzard. For most of us the Harrier sighting was a first. Thoroughly enjoyed the walk.

Below is the list of birds seen(Thanks to Ajit).

1. Common Crow
2. Rock Pigeon
3. Jungle Myna
4. Common Myna
5. Black Kite
6. Purple-rumped sunbird
7. Pale-billed flowerpecker
8. Rose-ringed parakeets
9. Pied bushchat
10. Zitting cisticola
11. White breasted Kingfisher
12. Jerdons bushlark (most probably)
13. Paddyfield pipit
14. Black Drongo
15. Red vented Bulbul
16. Spotted Owlet
17. Asian Koel
18. Red whiskered Bulbul
19. White cheeked Barbet
20. Grey Francolins
21. Rufous Treepie
22. Indian robin (male and female)
23. Pond Heron
24. Little Egrets
25. Red Wattled Lapwings
26. Bay-backed Shrike
27. Plain Prinia
28. Ashy Prinia
29. Tailorbird
30. Warbler (Blyth reed most probably)
31. White browed bulbul
32. Spotted Dove
33. Yellow Wattled lapwing(around 6 to 8)
34. Small Green bee eater
35. Brown Shrike
36. Black headed cuckoo-shrike
37. Scaly breasted munia(Juvenile)
38. Eurasian Marsh Harrier
39. Purple sunbird
40. Common Kestrel
41. Brahminy Kite
42. Oriental Honey buzzard
43. Baya Weaver(Female)

                                                               Baya Weaver(Female)

Plain Prinia 
                                                                    Yellow Pansy

                                                                    Spotted Dove

                                                                    Blue Pansy

                                                                  Jerdon's Bushlark?

                                                                Eurasian Marsh Harrier

                                                                      Brown Shrike

                                                                    Common Kestrel

                                                             Black Headed Cuckoo Shrike


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