Thursday, October 13, 2005

URAN As Usual. . .

October starts birding season in Uran, as the visiting birds start to pour down. But since Uran is quite a distance away from Mumbai & due to present road conditions it becomes very hectic for the mumbaities to go there frequently. So we* tried a different option on Sunday 09th October 2005. We went to Ferry-Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka) on bike & carried the bike in boat till Mora Bunder. So we were quite fresh when we reached Uran. (Otherwise reaching Uran itself is quite hectic.) Uran is 8kms from Mora.

Birding in Uran was as usual excellent, saw 92 species. We started the birding from Phunde village & ended at JNPT tower.

The sighting of the day was Sanderling. We saw them at pond near Phunde village.

Other interesting sightings were Pied Bushchat - 2 males[] &

Greater Sand Plover []

* Adesh Shivkar & Mandar Khadilkar

Birds Seen & Heard:

Lesser Whistling Teal, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Spot Billed Duck, Common Teal, Gargeney.
Small Blue Kingfisher – heard, White Breasted Kingfisher.
Small Green Bee-eater, Blue Tailed Bee-eater.
Alexandrine Parakeet – heard.
House Swift, Palm Swift.
Spotted Dove, Laughing Dove.
Purple Moorhen, Common Teal.
Black Tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Green Shank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Sanderling, Little Stint, Temnick’s Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Black Winged Stilt, Pied Avocet.
Bronze Winged Jacana, Pheasant Tailed Jacana.
Kentish Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Red Wattled Lapwing.
Yellow Legged Gulls, Heuglin’s Gulls, Black Headed Gulls.
Gull Billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Little Tern.
Black Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminey Kite, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Shikra, Peregrine Falcon.
Little Cormorant, Little Egret, Large Egret, Intermediate Egret, Cattle Egret, Western Reef Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Gray Heron.
Glossy Ibis, Oriental White Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbills, Painted Stork, Asian Openbill Stork. Brown Shrike, Long Tailed Shrike.
House Crow, Large Billed Crow.
Black Drongo, Common Iora – heard, Indian Robin – heard, Oriental Magpie Robin – heard. Pied Bushchat, Common Stonechat.
Asian Pied Starling, Common Myna.
Wire Tailed Swallow, Barn Swallow.
Red Vented Bulbul, Red Whiskered Bulbul.
Ashy Prinia, Plain Prinia.
Zitting Ciscticola, Booted Leaf Warbler.
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark, Rufous Tailed Lark, Malabar Crested Lark, Oriental Sky Lark. Purple Rumped Sunbird.
House Sparrow.
Citrine Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail.
Paddy Field Pipit.
Baya Weaver.
Red Avadvat, Indian Silverbill, Scaly Breasted Munia


At 10:17 PM, Blogger Aashish said...

Dear Mandar,
I enjoyed reading your blogs about birding trips. I was in bhavans college, andheri and compleeted BSc in Chem But my group was CBZ so You see excursions were must. We had professor called Pervez who was a active bird watcher I remembered all those days when I was reading your blogs. Do inform me if you plan to go on bird watching trip at national park, borivli or any other nearby location. I will be happy to accompany you. My ID is


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