Sunday, 29 January 2012

Veer Dam, 29.01.2012

And another great birding day with my American Birding Pal!

Place : Veer Reservoir

Access : Via Mumbai - Bangalore highway upto Shirval, left turn towards Pandharpur.

An excellent spot for migratory birds! Not very famous, but a must for all birding fans!

List of birds spotted :

Indian Roller
1. Little Egret - 1
2. Little Cormorant - 2
3. Grey Heron - 1
4. Ruddy Shelduck - 25
5. Lesser Whistling Duck - 5
6. Spot-Billed Duck - 20
7. Common Pochard - 30
8. Tufted Duck - 20
9. Little Grebe - 3
10. River Tern - 7
11. Little Ringed Plover - 5
12. Common Sandpiper - 2
13. Marsh Sandpiper - 2
14. Wood Sandpiper - 10
15. Grey Wagtail - 40
16. Citrine Wagtail - 2
17. White Wagtail - 1
18. Bar-Headed Goose - 25
Common Pochard - female
19. Common Myna - 15
20. Brahminy Myna - 10
21. Jungle Babbler - 2
22. Large Grey Babbler - 5
23. Rose-Ringed Parakeet - 1
24. Blossom-Headed Parakeet - 2
25. Common Tailorbird - 2
26. Black Ibis - 2
27. Red-Wattled Lapwing - 5
28. Yellow-Wattled Lapwing - 4
29. Spotted Munia - 2
30. Paddyfield Pipit - 30
31. Black Drongo - 40
32. House Crow - 5
33. Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker - 2
34. Jungle Crow - 5
35. House Sparrow - 6
36. Rock Dove - 2
Jungle Babbler
37. Laughing Dove - 1
38. Eurasian Collared Dove - 5
39. Purple Sunbird - 2
40. Indian Robin - 1
41. Pied Bushchat - 2
42. White-Breasted Kingfisher - 3
43. Pied Kingfisher - 2
44. Common Hoopoe - 7
45. Indian Roller - 2
46. Ashy Prinia - 4
47. Plains Prinia - 2
48. Red Turtle Dove - 1
49. Barn Swallow - 2
50. Red-Rumped Swallow - 8

An awesome experience indeed, to have spotted such a variety in such a short span of time! A lot of new species coming out with Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker, Tufted Duck and Common Pochard. The Blossom-Headed Parakeet was a good spot too.

Bar-Headed Goose

Black Ibis

Blossom-Headed Parakeet

Eurasian Collared Dove

Asian Open-Billed Stork

Common Hoopoe

Plains Prinia

Common Pochard

Tufted Duck

Yellow-Wattled Lapwing

Little Ringed Plover


Purple Sunbird


Yellow-Crowned Woodpecker


Ashy Prinia

A definite place to spot the Bar-Headed Geese as well (No Demoiselle Cranes).
Yet, a must for all Birdwatchers!