Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Third Sunday Outing - Bird List- March 2010

Never expected  52 birders from all over Bangalore to attend the Third Sunday Outing inspite of the scorching summer heat.It was also great pleasure to see Dr.Subbu join us for this trail.One gets to learn so much from his knowledge and which he loves to share with.The initial plan was to start the trail from the National Park Gate on the Bannerghatta - Kaggalipura Road and continue till the forest check  gate.After parking the cars near the village temple, we walked along the village road, and surprisingly were able to see many birds on this stretch. Though couple of participants felt that the place was dirty and was stinking, personally I felt that its also an eye opener that one need not go to the forest alone to enjoy fauna. There is a need to popularize the concept of urban wildlife.As per the suggestion of Jayaram Jahagirdar ,who knows the terrain pretty well, and Dr.Subbu's enthusiasm to go "off road", we decided to explore the Suvarnamukhi Pond area. The pond water is believed to have curative powers.Nearly two kms stretch from the road to the pond area was uphill . We opened our snack sacks mid way and continued our trail towards the pond. Notable sighting on this patch was spotting a pair of Rufous-tailed larks, giving a good photo opportunity for many of us, by posing nicely on the rocks.After a session of 'Garam garam bhajjis" we returned to the base via the Champakadhama Temple Hill.

Thanks to all the enthusiastic participants, it was again a good birding trail.Hope to see everyone's photo links soon.

Here are the list of birds spotted.
  • Blyth's Reed Warbler
  • Hoopoe
  • Asian Koel
  • Red Vented Bulbul
  • Red Whiskered Bulbul
  • Purple Sunbird
  • Tickell's Flower Pecker
  • Eurasian Golden Oriole
  • White Cheeked Barbet
  • Small Green Bee-eater
  • White Browed Wagtail
  • Ashy Prinia
  • Plain Prinia
  • House Sparrow
  • Black Kite
  • Red Wattled Lapwing
  • Red Rumped Swallow
  • Large-Billed Crow
  • Oriental Honey Buzzard
  • Common Kestrel
  • Pond Heron
  • Indian Robin
  • Pied Bushchat
  • Jungle Myna
  • Common Myna
  • White Throated Kingfisher
  • White Headed Babbler
  • Greater Coucal
  • Common Tailorbird
  • Jerdon's Bushlark
  • Long Tailed Shrike
  • Rose Ringed Parakeet
  • Yellow Eyed Babbler
  • Cattle Egret
  • Laughing Dove
  • Ashy Wood Swallow
  • Lesser Whitethroat
  • Great Tit
  • Rufous Tailed Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Black Drongo
  • Ashy Drongo
  • Purple Rumped Sunbird
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Spotted Dove
  • Common Swallow
  • Common Iora
  • Brown Shrike
  • Rosy Starlings
  • House Crow
  • White Browed Bulbul
  • Little Cormorant
  • Pond Heron


  1. Hi Geetanjai- Thanks for organizing a nice outing. A couple of us also spotted a Gray Wagtail and a Spotted Dove.


  2. Other birds sighted included: Common Swallow, Common Iora, Brown Shrike, Rosy Starlings, House Crow, White-browed Bulbul, Ashy Drongo, Black Drongo, Little Cormorant, Pond Heron, Purple-rumped Sunbird

  3. Dear Krupakar and Subbu,

    Thanks ..will add these also to the list.