North East India - Arunachal and Assam, plus Bharatpur, Chambal and Ranthambhore - March - April 2011

Published by Kathie Claydon (kandm.claydon AT virgin.net)

Participants: Mick Claydon, Chris Skinner, Jim Glover

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The trip was tailor-made for us by Jo Thomas of Wild About Travel (see below). As K&MC had a very successful trip to the Northeast in 2008 we knew we would be in good hands. We spent 23 days in the North East and added a week in Rajasthan/Madhya Pradesh. The trip was a great success, with Peter Lobo's competent team of drivers, cooks, camp-managers and all-round hard-working, good natured guys were without fault. They fed and watered us, organised camp, gave us hot water bottles on some very chilly nights, provided delicious meals both in camp and out in the forest, waited patiently as we tried to identify yet another skulking bird, always laughing and smiling.

We had a total of 445 bird species in the North East (more were seen or heard only by our guide Abid but have not been included) and 21 mammals and plenty of plants, insects and a few reptiles. Then a (separate) total of 151 bird and 15 mammal species in Bharatpur/Chambal/Ranthambhore. The whole trip produced 511 bird and 31 mammals species.

In February 2008 temperatures were very low with much snow, curtailing birding somewhat and we failed to reach Sela Pass on that trip (success this time). On this trip we had a lot of cloudy, dull weather with some rain on many days but never for long and it didn't stop us from birding. We had the whole range of temperatures with Lama Camp to Sunderview at Eaglenest being cold and damp, heavy mist a nuisance in the higher reaches of Mishmi (we didn't get to see Mayodia Pass) and it was cold up there, but at Nameri, Sessni (Eaglenest), Kaziranga and Sally Lake (lower Mishmi) it was warm and humid.

It was well worth including 4½ days around Kaziranga allowing time to visit each range more than once. Panbari Forest is still out-of-bounds because of wild elephants but walking along the edge by the tea plantations gave a taster of the bird life there. Mishmi Hills was new for all of us; it was unfortunate that the weather was poor in the higher reaches but we still managed to see some of the specialties of those thickly forested slopes. Maguri Beel was an interesting add-on for some grassland birds.

Tented accommodation at Nameri and Eaglenest was very good, as was the food. The lodge at Kaziranga (Jupuri Ghar) was also good, clean and comfortable with excellent food, and well away from the hustle and bustle of Kohora town. The hotel in Tinsukia was OK, with a good restaurant (heavy on the chilli, though). At Mishmi, the government-owned Tourist Lodge at Sally Lake was not so good! Unfortunately, Peter Lobo cannot take charge of the rooms and the standard is poor - but fortunately his team can take over the kitchen and we ate well. Plans are afoot for improvement as well as a camping option nearby. At Mayodia, "The Coffee House" is better than Sally Lodge because Peter has more control in the running of the place. The North East may not suit everyone but the experience is fantastic with a wealth of birds, mammals, insects and plants among stunning scenery and fabulous habitats.

Our final week was spent at Bharatpur - see separate section below. Lists below have been split into "North East" and "Bharatpur/Chambal/Ranthambhore".

It was another excellent trip, very well-organised by Jo Thomas, Peter Lobo and Ranno Sikarwar. We would like to thank Abid Rahman, our guide, for his patience and his knowledge of the birds, insects and plants of North East India. We would also like to thank Pudum, not only for his driving skills but for his keen eyes - we could so easily have missed the Ward's Trogons and Blyth's Tragopan without him!

Contacts:

Jo Thomas Wild About Travel www.wildabouttravel.co.uk Hotel Sunbird www.hotelsunbird.com
Tel: 01480 370593 Mob: 07817 574235
Email: jo@wildabouttravel.co.uk
Our 2008 trip report is available on Surfbirds

ITINERARY for NORTH EAST

(see separate section for Bharatpur, Chambal and Ranthambhore)

19 March Arrived Delhi airport 13.15hrs and transferred to Sunstar Hotel. Afternoon/evening at hotel. DELHI
20 March Morning: 05.35 flight Delhi arriving Guwahati 08.00.
Drove to Nameri via Guwahati rubbish tip.
Afternoon: Eco Camp, Potasili and surrounding tracks. NAMERI
21 March Morning: Crossed river (Jia Bhareli) and walked forest edge. NAMERI
Afternoon: Raft trip along Jia Bhareli.
22 March Day: Drove to Hotel Pemaling, Dirang via Bhalukpong, Bomdila, Tenga. Birding on route. DIRANG
23 March Day: Day walking/driving Mandala Road. MANDALA ROAD
24 March Day: Drove to Sela Pass with birding stops outward and return SELA PASS
25 March Early morning: Sangti Valley. SANGTI VALLEY
Day: Drove to Lama Camp, Eaglenest via Bomdilla and Tenga.
Late afternoon: Walked below Lama Camp EAGLENEST
26 March Day: Early walk below Lama Camp. Remainder of day drove across EAGLENEST
Eaglenest Pass then walked back to Lama Camp
27 March Morning: Drove over Eaglenest Pass and walked in "mossy forest". EAGLENEST
Afternoon: Walked/drove Sunderview - Bompu - returned to Sunderview Camp.
28 March Day: Walked/drove Sunderview - Bompu - Sessni - Bompu - Sunderview EAGLENEST
29 March Day: Walked/drove Sunderview - Eaglenest Pass/mossy forest - Sunderview - EAGLENEST
Bompu - Sunderview
30 March Day: Walked/drove Sunderview - Eaglenest Pass/mossy forest - Lama Camp. EAGLENEST
31 March Morning: Drove from Lama Camp via alternative "countryside" route to Tippi and EAGLENEST
Bhalukpong, crossed Brahmaputra at Tezpur and on to Kaziranga.
Afternoon: Walked in Lodge area (Jupuri Ghar, Kohora) then drove to edge of Kaziranga KAZIRANGA
Central Range to 'scope grassland.
1 April Morning: Early walk near Jupuri Ghar then jeep to Central Range KAZIRANGA
Afternoon: Jeep into Eastern Range
2 April Morning: Two tea plantations plus edge of Panbari Forest KAZIRANGA
Afternoon: Jeep into Western Range
3 April Morning: Early elephant ride over grassland, then jeep into Central Range KAZIRANGA
Afternoon: Jeep into Eastern Range
4 April Morning: Early walk near Jupuri Ghar then jeep to Western Range KAZIRANGA
Afternoon: Jeep Central Range
5 April Day: Drove from Jupuri Ghar to Maguri Beel via Tinsukia. Morning and afternoon MAGURI BEEL
boat trips and walking in grassland. Lunch in village. Overnight Tinsukia.
6 April Morning: Tinsukia to Saikhowa Ghat for ferry across Lohit (Brahmaputra) river. RIVER CROSSING
Short walk in scrub and grassland on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat). to MISHMI
Drove to Mishmi Hills/Sally Lake via Roing.
Afternoon: Walked at Sally Lake and then walked/drove to Tiwari Gaon and back to Sally Lake
7 April Day: Walked/drove from Sally Lake up to The Coffee House, Mayodia MISMI
8 April Day: Walked/drove Mayodia to Sally Lake MISMI
9 April Morning: Drove to Tiwari Gaon and walked back to Sally Lake. MISMI
Afternoon: Around Sally Lake
10 April Day: Drove from Sally Lake to Sadiya Ghat; short walk in scrub and grassland MISHMI to
before crossing the Lohit/Brahmaputra river. Drove to Tinsukia for overnight stay. TINSUKIA
11 April Early morning: Tinsukia to Digboi Oil fields then to Dibrugarh airport for flight to Delhi DIGBOI

SITE NAMES USED IN THIS REPORT with approximate altitude of key locations

AP Arunachal Pradesh
Bhalukpong Town on the border of Assam/Arunachal Pradesh. 213m
Bomdila Main town of West Kameng District, between Bhalukpong and Tawang and north of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. 2,530m. AP
Bompu area Refers to the former camp site at 1,950m plus track above and below (Eaglenest WLS) AP
Digboi Oil Fields Scrub, trees, ponds, ditches in disused parts of the Oilfield, about 1 hour from Tinsukia. Assam
Dirang Town 45k northwest from Bomdila. 1,500m AP
Eaglenest Pass Between Lama and Sunderview Camps (Eaglenest WLS). 2,900m. AP
Eaglenest In this report refers to the area Lama Camp-Sunderview-Bompu-Sessni Camp. AP
Guwahati rubbish tip Site for Greater Adjutants. AP
Kohora The town around Central Range of Kaziranga NP. We stayed at Jupuri Ghar. Assam
Lama Camp The camp 15km from Tenga, incl. areas above/below camp. 2,350m. Eaglenest WLS. AP
Mandala Road The road from Dirang towards Mandala ridge. AP
Maguri-Beel (Maguri-Motapung) Channel off the Brahmaputra outside Dirbu Saikhowa NP. Part forms a large "lake". An unprotected are surrounded by grassland now rather degraded but still holding many interesting species. Assam
Mishmi Here refers only to the road and forests from just below Sally Lake up to The Coffee House near Mayodia Pass at 2,650m. AP
Mossy Forest The damp, moss-festooned forest at the top of Eaglenest Pass. 2,900m. AP
Nameri Eco Camp A privately-run camp at Potasili, just outside the Nameri National Park. Assam
Nameri National Park 200km2 park in Assam, adjoining Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal. The Bhareli river runs along the western and southern boundaries. 80-225m AP
Panbari Forest Reserved forest close to Kaziranga National Park but access no longer permitted other than along the edge by the tea plantation. Assam
Sangti Valley A large, picturesque valley 12 kms north of Dirang. 1,600m. AP
Sela Pass Sela Pass is at about 4,200m (2½ hour drive from Dirang without stops). AP
Sessni area The track above the former Camp (1,250m). AP
Sunderview We camped at Peter Lobo's site below the original Sunderview Camp. c. 2,400m. AP
Tea plantations One site was near Kohora (Kaziranga), one on edge of Panbari forest. Assam
Tenga South of Bomdila, 15kms from Lama Camp.

DIARY NOTES for NORTH EAST

SATURDAY 19 MARCH Delhi


Arrived Sunstar Hotel in Delhi early afternoon on the eve of Holi celebrations. People were already in high spirits, hurling polythene bags full of water at each other. This is the spring "festival of colours" so these bags would soon contain brilliant dyes; we decided this was not the best of times to stroll round to our favourite Indian restaurant two blocks away so spent a couple of hours on the hotel's rooftop re-acquainting ourselves with the common city birds before having dinner there - reasonably priced and perfectly adequate.

Species in Delhi included: Coppersmith Barbet; White-throated Kingfisher; Koel; Rose-ringed Parakeet; Little Swift; Feral Pigeon; Spotted and Laughing Doves; Red-wattled Lapwing; Black Kite; Shikra; Asian Openbill; House Crow; Jungle Crow; Asian Pied Starling; Common Myna; Bank Myna; Barn Swallow; Red-vented Bulbul; White Wagtail

SUNDAY 20 MARCH Delhi - Guwahati - Nameri

Bed-tea at 02.30hrs as we have a 06.00 flight to Guwahati! Abid, our guide for the whole of the north-east trip, met us on arrival and Pudum, our driver, quickly loaded the bags onto the vehicle. First stop was the rubbish tip at Guwahati, an horrendous, festering expanse of waste but an absolute magnet for scavenging birds and people, too, making a living by sifting through the piles and piles of rubbish. The reason for our visit was, of course, to see the Greater Adjutants - 43 of them, and hundreds of Black Kites. We were soon on our way again, travelling through villages and towns, sparsely wooded and scrubby hillsides, rice fields, tea plantations and seeing a fair amount of birdlife. Breakfast was at a roadside cafe (puris and curry) overlooking a large pond with an Indian Cormorant, a Wood Sandpiper and a White-fronted Kingfisher. There had been 3-4 days of heavy rain before we arrived (now just cloudy and rather grey) and in places the roads were very muddy and slippery. The usual (shortest) route to Nameri was impassable so we turned back and took a longer route on a somewhat better road.

Species along Guwahati-Nameri route included: BIRDS: Indian Cormorant; Oriental Darter; Indian Pond Heron; Little and Eastern Cattle Egrets; White-fronted Kingfisher; Asian Openbill, Greater and Lesser Adjutant Storks; Black Kite; Red-wattled Lapwing; Wood and Common Sandpipers; Spotted Dove; Feral Pigeon; Barn Swallow; Red-vented Bulbul; Yellow-bellied Warbler; Common Stonechat; Grey-backed Shrike; Black Drongo; Rufous Treepie; House and Jungle Crows; Chestnut-bellied and Asian Pied Starlings; Common and Bank Mynas; House and Tree Sparrows. MAMMALS: Small Indian Mongoose; Himalayan Hoary-bellied Squirrel.

Arrived Eco Camp at Potasali on the edge of Assam’s Nameri National Park by early afternoon. It's a nice set up with a mix of rustic chalets and large, permanently erected tents with adjoining shower and flush loo. Tasty Indian food served in the large dining area. Lots of large trees around the site so a good range of birds. After a quick lunch we set off to walk the track from camp through scrub and open woodland and noted that wild elephants had recently walked the track too. We saw plenty - such as Small Niltava, Spot-winged Starling, Hair-crested Drongo, Asian Barred Owlet, the resident Oriental Hobby and a few Capped Langur monkeys. Barbets and Koels calling constantly. It rained a little as we returned to camp. At dusk some Belgian birders called us over to see a Brown Hawk-owl above the tents. The Barred Owlets were very vocal this evening.

MONDAY 21 MARCH Nameri: forest walks and river trip

A few thunderstorms and much rain during the night. Breakfast of toast, cornflakes and eggs-to-order at 05.30 then off to cross the Jia Bhareli. As soon as we reached the far side of the river we saw Sand Larks. Spent 4½ hours walking in the forest edge with an armed guard "because it's a tiger reserve and there are also elephants and buffalo". Huh - we should be so lucky! Checked a forest pool for White-winged duck; no luck. Then a long walk to the next pools - still no luck. Retraced our steps and diverted to another pool - success!! One very relaxed duck, completely unaware of our presence. Great views of new species for us - Sultan Tit and Pale-blue Flycatcher. It was very hot and humid - drank lots of water. Decided to forego the chance of Pied Falconet as it would mean another hour's walk and the temperature was rising rapidly. Back to camp for a quick lunch and then drove several kilometres up river to board the inflatable rafts and come back down stream. Very strong wind; boatmen had to work hard but we saw far more than on our 2008 trip - hundreds of Small Pratincoles (nesting), Goosander, Oriental Pied Hornbill, immature Great Black-headed Gull, Pallas's Fish Eagle, 60+ Greater Cormorants on an island, Black Stork, Plumbeous Water-redstart, wagtails, pipits. Abid spotted an Ibisbill way off in the distance and after a while we got out of the raft and waded across partly-submerged boulders - fantastic views of 2 Ibisbills and Greater Stone Curlew. Back on the raft, we saw a third Ibisbill resting on the island. A very successful day. Early to bed as lack of sleep was beginning to take its toll. The Barred Owlets were less noisy tonight, or maybe we just slept more soundly!

Species around Nameri and Eco Camp included: Red Junglefowl; Ruddy and Common Shelduck; White-winged Duck; Eurasian Teal; Northern Pintail; Northern Shoveler; Tufted Duck; Goosander (Common Merganser); Fulvous-breasted, Rufous, Greater Yellownape and Greater Goldenback Woodpeckers; Lineated, Blue-throated and Coppersmith Barbets; Oriental Pied Hornbill; Indian Roller; Blue-eared, Common and White-fronted Kingfishers; Blue-bearded and Chestnut-headed Bee Eaters; Plaintive Cuckoo; Koel; Green-billed Malkoha; Greater Coucal; Red-breasted and Rose-ringed Parakeets; Himalayan Swiftlet; Asian Palm Swift; Asian Barred Owlet; Brown Hawk-owl; Grey Nightjar; Green Imperial Pigeon; Oriental Turtle Dove; Spotted and Emerald Doves; Yellow-footed, Pin-tailed and Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons; Greenshank; Green and Common Sandpipers; Ibisbill; Greater Stone Curlew; Small Pratincole; Little Ringed Plover; River Lapwing; Great Black-headed and Black-headed Gulls; River Tern; Osprey; Shikra; Pallas's Fish Eagle; Common Kestrel; Oriental Hobby; Little and Greater Cormorants; Eastern Cattle and Little Egrets; Grey and Indian Pond Herons; Black Stork; Asian Fairy Bluebird; Golden-fronted Leafbird; Sand Lark; Grey-throated Martin; Red-rumped Swallow; White and Grey Wagtails; Paddyfield and Olive-backed Pipits; Large Cuckoo-shrike; Long-tailed and Scarlet Minivets; Black-crested, Red-whiskered, Red-vented, White-throated and Black Bulbuls; Common Iora; Blue Rock-thrush; Thick-billed Warbler; Common Tailorbird; Dusky, Tickell's Leaf, Yellow-browed and Greenish Warblers; Brown-breasted, Verditer, Pale Blue and Pale-chinned Flycatchers; Small Niltava; Oriental Magpie-robin; Plumbeous Water-redstart; Common Stonechat; Puff-throated Babbler; Striped Tit-babbler; Great and Sultan Tits; Velvet-fronted Nuthatch; Streaked Spiderhunter; Black-hooded Oriole; Grey-backed Shrike; Black, Greater Racket-tailed and Hair-crested Drongos; Rufous Treepie; Jungle Crow; Ashy Woodswallow; Spot-winged, Chestnut-tailed and Asian Pied Starlings; Common, Jungle and Common Hill Mynas. HEARD ONLY: Large Hawk-cuckoo. MAMMALS: Capped Langur; Himalayan Hoary-bellied Squirrel.

TUESDAY 22 MARCH Nameri - Dirang via Bhalukpong

Up at 04.45 to pack. After breakfast we tried to visit the Pygmy Hog Captive Breeding Centre adjacent to Eco Camp but there was no one around this early so we watched a Koel calling from the tree above us instead. Left camp at 07.00 for the journey to Dirang but soon stopped to photograph a gorgeous epiphytic orchid, then some Lesser Adjutants, Ashy Woodswallows and an Asian Barred Owlet. We reached the Assam/Arunachal Pradesh border check point at Bhalukpong by 08.00. Lots of soldiers and police around but all very polite and pleasant and Abid dealt with our Restricted Area Permits in a matter of minutes.

Species along Nameri-Bhalukpong route included: Black and Crested Serpent Eagles; Common Kestrel; Eastern Cattle Egret; Pond Heron; Lesser Adjutant and Asian Openbill Storks; Rock/Feral Pigeon; Spotted Dove; Asian Barred Owlet; Himalayan Swiftlet; Blue-throated Barbet; Barn and Red-rumped Swallows; Olive-backed Pipit; Large Cuckoo-shrike; Red-vented Bulbul; Plumbeous Water Redstart; Long-tailed Shrike; Black Drongo; Ashy Wood-swallow; Common Myna; Tree Sparrow.

Away from town the habitat became more forested and we stopped a few of times to walk in the forest and bamboo zone (probably Sessa area?) seeing some great birds, including Pale-headed Woodpecker, Black Eagle, Short-billed Minivet, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler, Pied Shrike-babbler, Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill. We went through patches of thick mist before reaching Tenga town by 13.40 where we had lunch in a small hotel/cafe and were back on the road again by 14.20. The road got really bad from here onwards where it is being widened. They are working along the whole route, not doing it in sections, so it was a very muddy, slippery, slow journey not good for birding at all and it was a relief when we got to Hotel Pemaling at Dirang around 18.00hrs to find the hotel sign blown down by yesterday's strong winds; fortunately it was much calmer now. Peter Lobo greeted us on arrival - he was there with two clients. Peter's team has its own field kitchen at the hotel and they provided excellent meals for us.

Species along Bhalukpong-Dirang route included: Black-winged Kite; Mountain Imperial and Rock Pigeons; Collared Owlet; Pale-headed Woodpecker; Grey-chinned, Short-billed, Long-tailed and Scarlet Minivets; Black and Red-vented Bulbuls; Orange-bellied Leafbird; Asian Fairy Bluebird; Blue Whistling-thrush; Lemon-rumped and Yellow-browed Warblers; Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher; Oriental Magpie Robin; White-capped and Plumbeous Water Redstarts; Grey Bushchat; Yellow-bellied Fantail; Bhutan Laughingthrush; Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler; Pied Shrike-babbler; Rusty-fronted Barwing; Long-tailed Sibia; Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill; Sultan Tit; Black-throated and Fire-tailed Sunbirds; Maroon Oriole; Brown Shrike; Large-billed Crow; Tree Sparrow.

WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH Dirang - Mandala Road

Tea and biscuits at 05.30, picking up packed breakfast and lunch for our day along Mandala Road. The sky was clear and it soon became quite warm. Good birds almost immediately - Large Niltava, Verditer Flycatcher, Crested Bunting. Sadly, large stretches have been totally ruined where old forest fires killed many big trees (deliberate?) and there's much logging/clearing for intensive cultivation, but where the natural forest remains it's excellent. We had lunch watching a mixed flock of Red- and Black-throated Thrushes and listening to Spotted Laughingthrushes.

The bird list continued to grow despite some spells of heavy mist in the afternoon, with Mountain Hawk-eagle, Barred Cuckoo-dove, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Nutcracker, White-throated and Blue-fronted Redstart, Eurasian and Brown-throated Treecreepers, Fire-capped Tit, Fulvettas..... Early dinner and early to bed tonight as it's an 03.15 start tomorrow!

THURSDAY 24 MARCH Dirang - Sela Pass

We'll try to reach Sela Pass today (having been unsuccessful in 2008 because of heavy snowfall). Dark and very misty as we drove away from the hotel and the road was really bad. Even when the sun came up we couldn't recognise much of the route as all the roadside trees and vegetation has been bulldozed. There was one good watch-point overlooking forest and we spent a while here hoping for Monal. We passed the Baisakhi army camp which was the limit of our ascent in 2008 (3,500m) but today the road was clear and the sky was blue. We reached the Pass in about 2¾ hrs. and soon saw Grandalas foraging in the snow - brilliant! We watched 9 Blood Pheasants making their way slowly down a snow-covered slope where a Red Fox was snoozing on a boulder. A flock of Snow Pigeons flew back and forth. At well over 4,000m we managed only a few short walks - Alpine Accentor, Himalayan Buzzard, Red-billed Chough, Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch.... and a Wren! After an excellent morning we made our way back down the road, trying again for that Monal - success! A superb male flew across a clearing. The roadworks gave us some anxious moments. The rubble isn't taken away by lorry; oh no, it's simply pushed over the side. Not good if you happen to be down on the winding road below. Not to worry, though.

They have a flag-waving system to avoid rocks and cars meeting.....hmmm! The birds continued to be good throughout the day, with White-collared Blackbird, Blue-fronted Redstart, Brown-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-vented Tit, Firetailed Sunbird and Dark-breasted Rosefinch.

FRIDAY 25 MARCH Dirang - Sangti Valley - Lama Camp, Eaglenest

Left at 05.40 for a couple of hours around Sangti Valley in the hope of finding Black-tailed Crake and Long-billed Plover (too late in the season for Black-necked Crane). In luck - three crakes together within minutes of our arrival and another calling nearby. We eventually found a well-camouflaged plover, a Long-legged Buzzard and Rosy Pipits then it was back to the hotel for breakfast.

Species around Dirang (Mandala Rd., Sela Pass, Sangti Valley) included: Crested and Northern Goshawks; Shikra; Himalayan and Long-legged Buzzards; Mountain Hawk-eagle; Common Kestrel; Hill Partridge; Himalayan Monal; Blood Pheasant; Black-tailed Crake; Long-billed Plover; Red-wattled Lapwing; Snow Pigeon; Barred Cuckoo-dove; Collared Owlet; Common Kingfisher; Crested Kingfisher; Great Barbet; Darjeeling Woodpecker; White Wagtail; Paddyfield, Rosy and Olive-backed Pipits; Short-billed Minivet; Black and Red-vented Bulbuls; Orange-bellied Leafbird; White-throated Dipper; Wren; Alpine and Rufous-breasted Accentors; Blue Whistling-thrush; Plain-backed, White-collared, Red-throated and Black-throated Thrushes; Brownish-flanked, Buff-barred Ashy-throated, Blyth's Leaf and Grey-hooded Warblers; Verditer Flycatcher; Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher; Large Niltava; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Oriental Magpie Robin; White-throated and Blue-fronted Redstarts; White-capped and Plumbeous Water-redstarts; Grandala; Common Stonechat; Grey Bushchat; Spotted, Bhutan, Black-faced and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes; Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler; Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler; Red-billed Leiothrix; Chestnut-tailed Minla; Golden-breasted and Brown-throated Fulvettas; Whiskered, Stripe-throated and Rufous-vented Yuhinas; Beautiful Sibia; Fire-capped, Coal, Green-backed, Yellow-cheeked, Rufous-vented, Rufous-fronted and Black-throated Tits; Brown-throated and Eurasian Treecreepers; Mrs Gould's, Green-tailed and Fire-tailed Sunbirds; Fire-breasted Flowerpecker; Long-tailed and Grey-backed Shrikes; Ashy, Bronzed and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos; Yellow-billed Blue Magpie; Grey Treepie; Spotted Nutcracker; Red-billed Chough; Large-billed Crow; Russet Sparrow; Dark-breasted and Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch; Crested and Little Buntings. HEARD ONLY: Large Hawk-cuckoo; Grey Nightjar; Pale-headed Woodpecker. MAMMALS: Red Fox; Himalayan Striped Squirrel.

On route to Eaglenest we had an unscheduled stop in Bomdila for a vehicle repair (40 mins and £16.50 to replace a suspension spring) but filled the time with a stroll round the edge of town: Grey-breasted Prinia, Whiskered Yuhina, Black-throated and Green-backed Tits, Oriental White-eye, Oriental Magpie, Hodgson's Redstart. As we got lower it became sunny and warm with mist rising in the valleys between densely-forested mountain-sides. From Tenga up to Eaglenest the views were stunning and we saw Himalayan Greenfinches then a superb Wallcreeper. Lama Camp is only 15 kms from Tenga but it's a slow, uphill climb to 2,330m from badly degraded habitat up to much better forest. Abid 'phoned ahead and lunch was ready when we arrived at 14.00hrs. The camp was just as we remembered it with tents and bamboo huts perched on the hillside. A new addition was an almost-finished dining room below the tents. One thing missing, though, was the snow that covered the ground in 2008! Little time to rest after the journey - we were soon walking downhill from camp; so much to see despite thickening cloud and some rain and thunder. We could hear a flock of Rusty-fronted Barwings making their way up the wooded gulley, heading for a favourite roosting spot and, exactly as Abid predicted, a pair of BUGUN LIOCICHLAS was with them!! Brief but good view, although the light was rather poor. An amazing end to the day.

Species from Dirang to Lama Camp, Eaglenest included: Black-winged Kite; Common Kingfisher; Verditer Flycatcher; Hodgson's Redstart; White-capped Water-redstart; Brown and Long-tailed Shrikes; Rock/Feral Pigeon; Red-vented Bulbul; Wallcreeper; Grey-breasted Prinia, Large-billed Crow; House and Tree Sparrows; Himalayan Greenfinch; Whiskered Yuhina; Black-throated and Green-backed Tits; Oriental White-Eye; Oriental Magpie Robin; Rusty-fronted Barwing; Bugun Liocichla; Scarlet Finch. MAMMALS: Himalayan Striped and Orange bellied Squirrels;

SATURDAY 26 MARCH Lama Camp to Eaglenest Pass

Tea and biscuits at 04.30 and heading for "Bugun Gulley" as soon as possible, but first we were treated to an impressive display by three Grey Nightjars overhead, with a couple of bats zooming around, too. Barely light as we reached the spot where the Liocichlas had gone to roost and we waited anxiously to see if they would show. The Barwings began moving and calling then, yes, there they were, in full view! Two of them, very close for several minutes with a third seen a few meters away and a fourth, unseen, calling nearby. Brilliant. It wasn't until they had moved on that we could concentrate on the other great birds around us whilst eating our packed breakfast on the roadside. It took a few of hours to walk back up to Lama Camp then after lunch (at 11.30!) we drove to the top of Eaglenest Pass and spent the afternoon walking down to Lama Camp. An excellent day in fantastic habitat; woodland cloaked the slopes, right up to the tops, magnolia trees glowed white, even in the dullest light and blood-red Rhododendrons added dramatic colour to the scene. Dark patches of thick, wet forest brooded where mist rolled up and over the pass. After dark at Lama Camp there was a short flurry of snow before a thick mist covered camp for an hour or so before clearing.

Species Lama Camp - Eaglenest included: Crested Goshawk; Himalayan Buzzard; Grey Nightjar; Spotted Nutcracker; Short-billed Minivet; Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails; Ashy Drongo; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; Verditer Flycatcher; Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Rufous-breasted Bush Robin; Blue-fronted Redstart; Grey Bushchat; White-tailed Nuthatch; Green-backed, Yellow-cheeked, Yellow-browed and Black-throated Tits; Striated Bulbul; Black-throated Prinia; Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler; Buff-barred, Ashy-throated, Whistler's, Chestnut-crowned and Black-faced Warblers; Striated, Spotted, Grey-sided, Bhutan, Scaly, Black-faced and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes; Bugun Liocichla; Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler; Cutia; Green Shrike-babbler; Rusty-fronted and Hoary-throated Barwings; Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas; Rufous-winged Fulvetta; Stripe-throated and Rufous-vented Yuhinas; Beautiful Sibia; Brown and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills; Green-tailed Sunbird; Rufous-breasted Accentor; Scarlet and Gold-naped Finches. HEARD ONLY: Hill Partridge; Great Barbet; Large Hawk-cuckoo; Collared Owlet. MAMMALS: Himalayan Striped and Orange bellied Squirrels. SIGNS: large cat dropping(!); Yellow-throated Marten droppings; Civet droppings.

SUNDAY 27 MARCH Lama Camp - Eaglenest Pass - Sunderview Camps - Bompu

Packed bags before 05.30 breakfast as we are moving on to Peter Lobo's Sunderview Camp. We drove across the Pass, stopping several times for short walks including through the cloud forest (living up to its name) with trees festooned with dripping mosses. One of the muddier slopes was pot-holed by huge footprints; elephants regularly pass through on migration. A Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler teased us for a while but eventually showed itself but not so the hoped-for Temminck's Tragopan which called just twice in the distance. It got quite cold with mist coming and going but no rain. We stopped at Sunderview for a while then walked down to Bompu. Great scenery, great birds, and even some great plants such as the large, single-flowered ground orchids Pleione humilis growing in moss. We saw the tree where one lucky group had a Red Panda - the nearest we got to that species! Of today's many highlights the most impressive has to be the three beautiful female Ward's Trogons flying together. Back to Sunderview camp to be greeted by freshly-cooked pokoras, tea and coffee. After dinner we went for a night-drive, hoping for some mammal sightings..... hmmmm; several moths and the back-end of a small "cat"! A cold night, despite the "more sheltered" location of Peter's camp.

Species Lama Camp - Eaglenest - Sunderview Camp - Bompu included: Hill Partridge; Mountain Imperial Pigeon; Ward's Trogon; Himalayan Swiftlet; Darjeeling Woodpecker; Olive-backed Pipit; Striated Bulbul; Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Blue-fronted Redstart; Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher; Rufous-chinned, Bhutan, Black-faced, Grey-sided and Striated Laughingthrushes; Rufous-capped Babbler; Slender-billed and Streak-breasted Scimitar-babblers; Rufous-vented and Stripe-throated Yuhinas; Rufous-winged, Yellow-throated, Brown-throated and Golden-breasted Fulvettas; Beautiful Sibia; Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas; Black-eared and Pied Shrike-babblers; Rufous-throated and Bar-winged Wren-babblers; Brown Parrotbill; Chestnut-headed Tesia; Black-faced, Chestnut-crowned and Whistler's Warblers; Green-backed, Black-throated, Yellow-cheeked and Yellow-browed Tits; White-tailed Nuthatch; Fire-breasted Flowerpecker; Fire-tailed, Green-tailed and Mrs. Gould's Sunbirds; Grey-headed Bullfinch; Ashy Drongo; Spotted Nutcracker; Yellow-billed Blue Magpie. HEARD ONLY: Temminck's Tragopan; Large Hawk-cuckoo; Collared Owlet; Grey Nightjar; Great and Golden-throated Barbets; Bay Woodpecker. MAMMALS: Himalayan Striped and Orange bellied Squirrels.

MONDAY 28 MARCH Sunderview - Bompu - Sessni

Heavy rain during the night had eased by dawn and Grey Nightjars were very vocal. It rained on and off during the day as we made our way down through Bompu to the lush, green forests of Sessni where it was very warm and humid. Some of the day's highlights: a singing male Green Cochoa, 6 Beautiful Nuthatches, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Cutias, Rufous-backed Sibias, White-crested Laughingthrushes, Long-billed and Sikkim Wedge-billed Wren-babblers. Many spectacular species of butterfly seen between Bompu and Sessni - the most impressive being Orange Oak Leaf, Chestnut Tiger, Golden Barredwing, Purple Sapphire, Yellowjack Sailor, Common Rose, Great Mormon, Common Nawab, Common Bluebottle, White Dragontail and Paris Peacock. We also encountered two of Sessni's specialties, the ferocious large stinging nettle ("sessni" is the local name for this plant) and the Blister Fly (such a tiny fly but the small red mark it leaves slowly turns into a big, incredibly-itchy blister). Heavy rain again tonight.

Species Sunderview - Bompu - Sessni included: Crested Honey Buzzard; Black Eagle; Rufous-throated Partridge; Kalij Pheasant; Mountain Imperial Pigeon; Barred Cuckoo-dove; Himalayan Swiftlet; Asian Palm Swift; Rufous-necked Hornbill; Golden-throated Barbet; Olive-backed Pipit; Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike; Short-billed Minivet; Striated Bulbul; Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails; Green Cochoa; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; Blue Whistling Thrush; Small-billed Scaly Thrush; Himalayan Bluetail; Rufous-gorgetted, Verditer and Pale Blue Flycatchers; Red-faced Liocichla; Chestnut-crowned, White-crested and Striated Laughingthrushes; Coral-billed Scimitar-babbler; Silver-eared Mesia; White-naped Yuhina; Rufous-winged, Yellow-throated and Nepal Fulvettas; Rusty-fronted Barwing; Rufous-backed and Beautiful Sibias; Pied Shrike-babbler; Cutia; Rufous-throated, Long-billed and Sikkim Wedge-tailed Wren-babblers; Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill; Hill Prinia; Mountain Tailorbird; Slaty-bellied and Chestnut headed Tesias; Black-faced and Buff-barred Warblers; Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher; Sultan Tit; Beautiful Nuthatch; Black-throated Sunbird; Streaked Spiderhunter; Ashy, Bronzed and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos; Large-billed Crow; Maroon Oriole; Scarlet Finch. HEARD ONLY: Hill Partridge; Chestnut-breasted Partridge; Large Hawk-cuckoo; Great Barbet; Bay Woodpecker; Grey Nightjar. MAMMALS: Himalayan Striped and Orange bellied Squirrels; Malayan Giant Squirrel.

TUESDAY 29 MARCH Sunderview - Eaglenest - Bompu

Drove up to the mossy forest at dawn and spent ages searching for the Temminck's Tragopan. Heard two calling again, one very close, but only one of us had a very brief glimpse of a sub-adult as it flew through the trees in heavy mist. Lots of steep, muddy scrambles in the damp forest in the hope of better views. Abid was more nimble than any of us and he managed a close view of an adult male and got a fuzzy photo of it in the gloom amongst fallen logs. The terrain was just too steep and slippery for the rest of us. Despite thermal underwear and several top layers, the damp and cold finally sent us back to the vehicle where breakfast awaited us: hot porridge, warm parathas, boiled eggs and lots of tea/coffee. We moved on towards Bompu and clocked up more splendid birds despite the spells of mist: Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler, Grey-sided and White-throated Laughingthrushes, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Silver-eared Mesias, Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler, Black-headed Shrike-babbler. Suddenly a Blyth's Tragopan called and we were all on high-alert. Pudum saw the bird moving at the forest edge and after some very anxious moments we all managed excellent views (bins and 'scope) of a splendid adult male standing quietly amongst fallen logs. Another wonderful day.

Species Sunderview - Bompu - Sessni included: Hill Partridge; Temminck's and Blyth's Tragopans; Bay Woodpecker; Barred Cuckoo-dove; Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Blue-fronted Redstart; White-tailed Nuthatch; Yellow-cheeked and Yellow-browed Tits; Striated Bulbul; Chestnut-headed Tesia; Ashy-throated, Buff-barred, Whistler's and Black-faced Warblers; White-throated, Striated and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes; Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler; Silver-eared Mesia; Black-headed and Pied Shrike-babblers; Streak-throated Barwing; Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas; Yellow-throated, Rufous-winged and Brown-throated Fulvettas; Stripe-throated and Rufous-vented Yuhinas; Beautiful Sibia; Fire-breasted Flowerpecker; Mrs Gould's, Green-tailed and Firetailed Sunbirds. HEARD ONLY: Great and Golden-throated Barbets; Large Hawk-cuckoo; Collared Owlet; Spotted and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes.

WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH Sunderview - Eaglenest - Lama Camp

Another dawn attempt at the Temminck's Tragopan in the mossy forest at Eaglenest Pass - again we heard them but still no proper view. We did, however, have stunning views of a Bay Woodpecker and then a Spotted Laughingthrush. We made our way slowly to Lama Camp, arriving late morning. In the afternoon we walked below Lama Camp. It remained quite cold and misty at times but not enough to stop us birding and we saw good numbers of the many smaller birds today. A Himalayan Wood Owl called several times this evening.

Species Sunderview - Eaglenest - Lama Camp included: Bay Woodpecker; Great Barbet; Collared Owlet; Spotted Nutcracker; Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; Rufous-gorgetted and Pygmy Blue Flycatchers; Rufous-bellied Niltava; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Blue-fronted Redstart; White-tailed Nuthatch; Green-backed, Yellow-browed and Black-throated Tits; Striated Bulbul; Chestnut-headed Tesia; Ashy-throated, Lemon-rumped and Yellow-browed Warblers; Striated, Spotted, Black-faced and Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes; Streak-breasted Scimitar-babbler; Rusty-fronted and Hoary-throated Barwings; Chestnut-tailed and Red-tailed Minlas; Brown-throated Fulvetta; Stripe-throated, Rufous-vented and Black-chinned Yuhinas; Beautiful Sibia; Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill; Mrs.Gould's, Green-tailed, Black-throated and Fire-tailed Sunbirds; Olive-backed Pipit, Scarlet and Gold-naped Finches. HEARD ONLY: Hill Partridge; Temminck's and Blyth's Tragopans; Darjeeling Woodpecker; Golden-throated Barbet; Himalayan Wood Owl; Large Hawk-cuckoo.

THURSDAY 31 MARCH From Lama Camp via minor road to Bhalukpong and on to Kaziranga

Packed and away by 05.15; sorry to leave the wonderful forest and birds of Eaglenest but looking forward to a change of habitat at Kaziranga. There was, apparently, a threat of strikes along the main road towards Bhalukpong so Abid and Pudum decided to take the "country" route (their words) from Lama Camp, which suited us fine. Probably took longer but it was a scenic drive through forested hills much like Bompu-Sessni with many climbers, lush flowering understorey and often with views of the river. There was a police check along the way but it delayed us by only a few minutes. Good view of Scarlet Finches , Nepal House Martins and an Asian Barred Owlet along the way. Lower down we followed the Kameng river, passing the Orchid Research Centre at Tippi. It became rather dull and grey with some light drizzle. More roadworks here, with large stretches of soft mud to negotiate but Pudum coped well. We reached the Assam border at Bhalukpong by 09.00 where Abid again dealt quickly with the formalities. It became more cultivated, with sparse tree cover and scrub with many tethered cows, interspersed with patches of bamboo and palm trees. We noticed armed soldiers in the woodlands and at one point we were stopped; they opened the boot and made a cursory search, asked about the luggage on the roof then waved us on. We passed many Army convoys. The sky became heavy and dark and it was raining steadily by the time we reached Tezpur but we continued to see birds such as Black-winged Kite, Brown and Long-tailed Shrikes and Ashy Wood-swallow; we heard Striated Grassbird at one stop.

Species along the Lama Camp to Tezpur route included: Black-winged Kite; Eastern Cattle Egret; Indian Pond Heron; Blue-throated Barbet; Asian Barred Owlet; Spotted Dove; Himalayan Swiftlet; Nepal House Martin; Barn Swallow; Wallcreeper; White-fronted Kingfisher; Long-tailed and Brown Shrikes; Ashy Woodswallow; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Red-vented Bulbul; Blue Whistling Thrush; Silver-eared Mesia; Streaked Spiderhunter; Spangled Drongo; Jungle, Common and Bank Mynas; Eastern Jungle Crow; Asian Pied Starling; House Sparrow; Scarlet Finch.

Along the main road west of Kaziranga we saw two Rhinos, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Crested Serpent Eagle and lots of wetland birds including Bar-headed Goose. It was about 12.20 when we reached our lodge, the very comfortable Jupuri Ghar in a nice setting with very friendly and efficient staff who served us a good lunch. We had a short walk by the lodge around tea plantations, scrub and small paddy fields - best sightings were Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and two Pin-tailed Snipe. We didn't have a jeep ride in the park so scanned the grasslands from the Central Range Visitor Centre rooftop for the remaining couple of hours. Good move - a Florican within minutes! Great 'scope views several times. A male Pied harrier was impressive, too.

Species on approach to Kaziranga - Jupuri Ghar and Kohora on 31st March included: Bar-headed Goose; Lesser Adjutant; Black-necked and Openbill Storks; Great White Egret; Crested Serpent Eagle; Pied and Marsh Harriers; Bronze-winged Jacana; White-breasted Waterhen; White-fronted Kingfisher; Blue-throated Barbet; Rufous-bellied Woodpecker; Greater Coucal; Asian Palm Swift; Red-Whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls; Eastern Jungle Crow; Black Drongo; Oriental Magpie Robin; Black-hooded Oriole; Asian Pied Starling; Common Myna. MAMMALS: Rhinoceros; Swamp Deer

FRIDAY 1 APRIL Kaziranga: Central Range a.m. and Eastern Range p.m.

A Large-tailed Nightjar was calling before dawn. Early morning walk around fields and plantations by Jupuri Ghar where plenty of common species - best perhaps were close views of Blue-tailed Bee Eaters and Long-tailed Minivets. Heavy cloud and very damp but no rain. After a huge breakfast, with plenty of choice, we went in 2 Park jeeps (allowed room for scopes and cameras) to the park booking office. What a performance; full names, home addresses, AGE (!) At last we got into the park and very soon saw a rhino in the water looking like a floating log. Lots of elephants, buffalo, sambar, swamp and hog deer, wild boar. A group of 9 otters (6 or 7 juvs) were chasing and catching fish in shallow water; very entertaining and we saw two more groups later. Birds everywhere - two Floricans, Pallas's and Grey-headed Fish Eagles, Red-necked Falcon, Spot-billed Pelicans, Black-headed Ibis and Stork-billed Kingfisher were probably the most notable. Watched from a tower for a while and saw many waders, storks and ducks, etc. It rained early on and was damp and grey all day. Morning permits stipulate you leave the Park by midday - the gates were locked when we got back at 12.20 and the attendant didn't seem too happy that we disturbed his lunch break. After a superb lunch at Jupuri Ghar we were off to the Eastern Range (20+kms from Kohora) and a long, slow booking-in process. They just don't seem to understand our desire to get into the Park as soon as possible. Even with permits and guard on board there's still a long drive through rice paddies, cultivations and a settlement before you reach the Park. But it's worth it once you get there. The first stop is Sohola beel, a vast (distant) expanse of water with masses of ducks, waders, terns, pratincoles, egrets, fish eagles, etc. Then on to woodland and grassland species - Khalij Pheasant, Green-billed Malkoha, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Large Cuckoo-shrike, White-tailed Stonechat, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Tickell's Leaf Warbler, Abbott's Babbler, White-vented Myna, Citrine Wagtail. Fairly fresh tiger prints on a muddy track, but no tiger. Afternoon permits are issued for 14.00 to 16.00hrs only - ridiculous - and we got back to the office by 16.45hrs. Geckos and frogs were very noisy around Jupuri Ghar this evening.

SATURDAY 2 APRIL Kaziranga: Tea plantations/Panbari forest edge a.m. and Western Range p.m.

Out at 04.50 to walk the local area - barely light, lots of frogs and cicadas calling and one Large-tailed Nightjar flying around. Looks like rain is on the way. We did the tea plantations and edge of Panbari Forest this morning. The first tea plantation we visited had been rather disturbed recently by work on new drainage ditches, which may be why there seemed to be no Blue-naped Pittas around. Compensation came in the form of two Brown Fish Owls roosting in a shade-tree but these, too, were disturbed by the many workers and flew off to some bigger trees. After clocking-up a reasonable number of species we moved on to Panbari tea plantations where we laughed and joked with the tea-pickers. It became very hot and humid and leech-proof socks were essential; lots of very big leeches deterred us from spending too long in one spot! We managed to get good views of Blue-eared Barbets, Indian and Plaintive Cuckoos, Black-winged and Large Cuckoo-shrikes, Red-throated Flycatcher, Striped Tit-babbler, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and Crimson Sunbird. A couple of Hoolock Gibbons called but didn't show themselves. Back at Jupuri Ghar we were just about to have lunch when the staff called us to see a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills. The afternoon trip was to Western Range and another long booking-in process; we arrived well before the 14.00 opening time but even though we were the only visitors it was 14.45 when we finally pulled away. Lots of rhinos, elephants and buffalo and another otter eating a huge fish. 4 Greater Adjutants, 14 Slender-billed Vultures, 9 of which perched in one tree, Pied Harriers, Black-naped Monarch, White-rumped Shama, Jerdon's Bushchat. The sky cleared and it was a warm, breezy evening. Lots of noise from firecrackers in the town - probably related to the forthcoming elections and possible strike.

SUNDAY 3 APRIL Kaziranga: Central Range a.m. and Eastern Range p.m.

Heavy overnight rained stopped by dawn. We had an early morning elephant ride on the grassland of Central Range. A Barred Buttonquail flushed by the elephant was the only bird of note but it was nice to have close views of the two deer species and several rhinos with calves. It rained again for about half an hour. We had a short wait before our jeep ride and went to the Visitor Centre rooftop again to scan the short grassland where we saw a superb male Pied Harrier. We ate our packed breakfast by the first watch-tower then did the long route through the tall grassland, around the forest and along the river. Red Collared-dove, Slender-billed Babblers, Khalij Pheasants and lots of Red Junglefowl this morning. We watched a Slender-billed Vulture with a small chick on a nest and saw two groups of otters, 12 in total. The afternoon was spent in the Eastern Range and we managed to see more of the area this time. Abid was very frustrated because the Blue-naped Pittas would not show but there were masses of birds on Sohola beel. The temperature was pleasant and we had quite a bit of sunshine this afternoon.

MONDAY 4 APRIL Kaziranga: Western Range a.m. and Central Range p.m.

More overnight rain but clear by dawn, becoming a warm, hazy day. A short walk by the lodge turned up two Greater Painted Snipe, then we were off to the Western Range for the morning. Lots of raptors including a displaying pair of Black Bazas. We followed very fresh tiger tracks in the soft mud out onto short grassland by a pool; we probably missed it by just minutes - disappointing! The afternoon drive in Central Range was taken at a leisurely pace and we saw a great deal, including a subadult male Pied Harrier, Crimson Sunbirds feeding close to the jeep and Indian Sawback or Roofed Terrapins in the river. On the far side of the park the tracks were very wet and muddy; we turned back and then the throttle cable on one of the jeeps broke. It took a while but the drivers came up with an imaginative temporary repair by pushing the cable through the dashboard and using his right hand to pull the throttle.......all the way back to our lodge! This delay meant we were still in the park as light dropped; large flocks of birds were going to roost - swallows and martins, wagtails, bee eaters, cormorants, pond herons, all heading East over our heads across the grassland - a memorable experience. It was after 17.30 as we left the park. A storm blew up with much thunder and heavy rain for about an hour; it was a very hot, sticky night filled with the sounds of hundreds of frogs. The room geckos were noisy, too.

Species seen in Kaziranga and surrounding areas included: Little Grebe; Great Crested Grebe; Spot-billed Pelican; Little Cormorant; Indian Cormorant; Greater Cormorant; Oriental Darter; Little Egret; Great Egret; Intermediate Egret; Eastern Cattle Egret; Pond Heron; Grey Heron; Purple Heron; Asian Openbill; Woolly-necked Stork; Black-necked Stork; Lesser Adjutant; Greater Adjutant; Black-headed Ibis; Bar-headed Goose; Ruddy Shelduck; Common Shelduck; Cotton Pygmy Goose; Gadwall; Eurasian Wigeon; Mallard; Indian Spot-billed Duck; Eurasian Teal; Garganey; Pintail; Shoveler; Falcated Duck; Ferruginous Duck; Crested Honey Buzzard; Black-shouldered Kite; Pallas's Fish Eagle; Grey-headed Fish Eagle; Slender-billed Vulture; Crested Serpent Eagle; Eastern Marsh Harrier; Pied Harrier; Shikra; Greater Spotted Eagle; Changeable Hawk-eagle; Osprey; Common Kestrel; Red-necked Falcon; Peregrine Falcon; Black Baza; Swamp Francolin; Red Junglefowl; Khalij Pheasant; Barred Buttonquail; Bengal Florican; White-brstd Waterhen; Ruddy-breasted Crake; Common Moorhen; Pheasant-tailed Jacana; Bronze-winged Jacana; Grey-headed Lapwing; Red-wattled Lapwing; Pin-tailed Snipe; Common Redshank; Spotted Redshank; Green Sandpiper; Wood Sandpiper; Common Sandpiper; Temminck's Stint; Small Pratincole; Brown-headed Gull; River Tern; Whiskered Tern; Green Imperial Pigeon; Oriental Turtle Dove; Spotted Dove; Red Collared-dove; Emerald Dove; Yellow-ftd Green Pigeon; Alexandrine Parakeet; Rose-ringed Parakeet; Blossom-headed Parakeet; Red-breasted Parakeet; Indian Cuckoo; Plaintive Cuckoo; Asian Koel; Green-billed Malkoha; Greater Coucal; Lesser Coucal; Brown Fish Owl; Asian Barred Owlet; Spotted Owlet; Brown Hawk-owl; Large-tailed Nightjar; Himalayan Swiftlet; Asian Palm Swift; Little Swift; Common Kingfisher; Stork-billed Kingfisher; White-throated Kingfisher ; Pied Kingfisher; Green Bee Eater; Chestnut-headed Bee Eater; Blue-tailed Bee Eater; Hoopoe; Great Pied Hornbill; Oriental Pied Hornbill; Lineated Barbet; Blue-throated Barbet; Blue-eared Barbet; Coppersmith Barbet; Grey-capped Pygmy Wdpkr; Fulvous-breasted Wdpkr ; Rufous Woodpecker; Streak-throated Wdpkr; Black-rumped Goldenback; Blue-naped Pitta ; Oriental Skylark; Grey-throated Martin; Barn Swallow; Greater Painted Snipe; Northern Lapwing; River Lapwing; White Wagtail; Citrine Wagtail; Yellow Wagtail; Olive-backed Pipit; Large Cuckoo-shrike; Black-wingd Cuckooshrike; Long-tailed Minivet; Red-whiskered Bulbul; Red-vented Bulbul; White-throated Bulbul; Orange-bellied Leafbird; Common Iora; Asian Fairy Bluebird; Swamp Prinia; Common Tailorbird; Dark-necked Tailorbird; Tickell's Leaf Warbler; Red-throated Flycatcher; Bluethroat; White-rumped Shama; Black Redstart; White-tailed Stonechat; Common Stonechat; Jerdon's Bushchat; Black-naped Monarch; Abbott's Babbler; Puff-throated Babbler; White-browd Scim-babbler; Red-rumped Swallow; Nepal House Martin; Asian House Martin; Striped Tit-babbler; Slender-billed Babbler; Great Tit; Crimson Sunbird; Scarlet-backd Flowerpecker; Black-hooded Oriole; Long-tailed Shrike; Grey-backed Shrike; Large Woodshrike; Black Drongo; Ashy Drongo; Lesser Racket-tail Drongo; Grtr Racket-tailed Drongo; Rufous Treepie; House Crow; Eastern Jungle Crow; Ashy Woodswallow; Chestnut-tailed Starling; Asian Pied Starling; Common Myna; Jungle Myna; White-vented Myna; Common Hill Myna; House Sparrow; Tree Sparrow; Baya Weaver; Scaly-breasted Munia.

MAMMALS: Rhinoceros; Asian Elephant; Asiatic Wild Buffalo; Wild Boar; Muntjac Deer; Swamp Deer; Hog Deer; Sambar Deer; Rhesus Macaque; Smooth-coated Otter; Small Indian Mongoose

REPTILES: Monitor Lizard; Assam Roofed Turtle; Spotted Pond Turtle; Indian Sawback/Roofed Terrapin; Indian Peacock Softshell Turtle

TUESDAY 5 APRIL Kaziranga - Maguri Beel (via Tinsukia)

We decided to add in a visit to Maguri Beel (properly Maguri-Motapung Beel), not in our planned itinerary and an early start was necessary; we left Jupuri Ghar at 04.30hrs. The main road to Dibrugarh and Tinsukia took us through many typical Assamese towns and lots of wet, open areas and tea plantations so we saw a good number of birds on route.

Species from Kaziranga to Dibrugarh/Tinsukia included: Little Cormorant; Oriental Darter; Eastern Cattle, Little, and Great Egrets; Indian Pond and Purple Herons; Asian Openbill; Lesser and Greater Adjutants; White-breasted Waterhen; Purple Swamphen; Pheasant-tailed and Bronze-winged Jacanas; Red-wattled Lapwing; Spotted Dove; Rose-ringed Parakeet; Koel; Himalayan Swiftlet; Asian Palm Swift; Stork-billed and White-throated Kingfishers; Barn Swallow; Red-vented Bulbul; Oriental Magpie Robin; House Crow; Eastern Jungle Crow; Asian Pied and Chestnut-tailed Starlings; Common and Jungle Mynas; House Sparrow.

We reached Tinsukia by 09.30 (short breakfast stop) and Maguri Beel was only 45 minutes from there. It is an expanse of water and grassland on the south bank of the Dibru river (a channel off the Brahmaputra) near Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. It has no conservation status and isn't protected, being a vital resource for local people. Although its wildlife interest has undoubtedly diminished over recent years, it still has much to offer and some local people are running boat trips with guides as well as providing meals and accommodation. We had a productive day with morning and afternoon trips on a canoe, first around a "lake" (ducks, Purple Swamphens, waders, Whiskered Tern, cormorants and egrets) then walking in the surrounding area in search of grassland species (lots of Striated Grassbirds, Black-shouldered Kite, Pied and Marsh Harrier, Jerdon's, Striated and Chestnut-capped Babblers and Bengal Bushlark) and we had brief glimpses of River Dolphins in the wider channel. Had a very nice lunch in a local village house (the owner runs the boat trips) mild curries, specially prepared for our Western taste, made with their own vegetables and chicken and local fish. We relaxed in the shade of the veranda, with foxtail orchids (the Assam State flower) hanging from the surrounding trees, watching a pair of Spotted Owlets and a breeding colony of Cattle Egrets, then off to the boat for another look at the water and grassland birds - Jerdon's and Striated Babblers, Swamp and Yellow-bellied Prinias being the most memorable this afternoon.

Species around Maguri Beel included: Little and Great Crested Grebes; Little and Greater Cormorants, Oriental Darter; Little, Intermediate, Great and Eastern Cattle Egrets; Purple, Indian Pond and Striated Herons; Fulvous Whistling Duck; Garganey, Pintail, Spot-billed, Common Pochard, Ferruginous and Tufted Ducks; Black-shouldered Kite; Pied and Western Marsh Harriers; Swamp Francolin; Purple Swamphen; Common Moorhen; White-breasted Waterhen; Red-wattled and River Lapwings; Pin-tailed Snipe; Common Greenshank; Green, Wood and Common Sandpipers; Temminck's Stint; Brown-headed and Black-headed Gulls; Spotted Dove; Yellow-footed Green Pigeon; Koel; Greater Coucal; Spotted Owlet; Asian Palm Swift; White-throated, Pied and Common Kingfishers; Blue-throated and Green Bee Eaters; Indian Roller; Coppersmith Barbet; Bengal Bushlark; Grey-throated and Asian House Martins; White and Citrine Wagtails; Red-vented Bulbul; Zitting Cisticola; Swamp and Yellow-bellied Prinias; Common Tailorbird; Tickell's Leaf Warbler; Striated Grassbird; Red-throated (Taiga) Flycatcher; Chestnut-capped, Jerdon's and Striated Babblers; Great Tit; Black-hooded Oriole; Long-tailed and Grey-backed Shrikes; Rufous Treepie; House and Eastern Jungle Crows; Chestnut-tailed and Asian Pied Starlings; Common and Jungle Mynas; House Sparrow; Scaly-breasted Munia. MAMMALS: Small Indian Mongoose; Rhesus Macaque, River Dolphin;

Back to Tinsukia for an overnight stay at Hotel Centre Point - a nice hotel (plumbing could do with a bit of attention) and a good restaurant but it's important to tell the chef in advance to go easy on the chilli.

WEDNESDAY 6 APRIL Tinsukia - Brahmaputra/Lohit river crossing - Roing - Sally Lake

We left the hotel by 04.45 so we could get an early ferry across the Lohit river, an arm of the Brahmaputra river (always referred to as "the mighty Brahmaputra", and rightly so!) We passed many tea plantations and cultivated areas, seeing plenty along the way such as Indian Roller, more Lesser Adjutants, Grey-backed Shrikes, Citrine Wagtails and lots of Rhesus Macaque monkeys. We reached Saikhowa Ghat in an hour and followed the signs to "the ferry". The river is low at this time of year leaving a wide plain which is grassed over but very wet and covered in deep, slushy ruts where lorries have got stuck (several were still stuck). Our vehicle was not a 4x4 but Pudum managed to get us across to the distant ferry boats. Problem. Wrong crossing point. We had to slip and slide our way back across acres of mud (seeing a Slender-billed Vulture and some Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes) and then a mile or so along the road to the car-ferry point. As the river level changes, so does the access for crossing but there's no signs to let you know where! We met up with the team of three guys who would be looking after our needs for the next five days (so we now had Abid as guide, Pudum our driver plus three in a second vehicle to shop, cook and generally organise things - for just the four of us). The vehicles were manoeuvred onto the ferry via planks of wood (looks very dodgy, but don't worry, they know what they're doing.....don't they?) but the ferry engine wouldn't start. No problem, just bring another ferry alongside, lash the two together, move one of the vehicles across to balance things and let the second ferry do the work. We finally set off at 07.15 and it took almost exactly an hour to cross this part of the river at a fairly good speed - and this isn't even the Brahmaputra proper. It was an almost bird-free crossing, just a flock of Fulvous Whistling Duck, a few Spot-billed Ducks, a Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Kestrel and 1 Common Kestrel on the sandbanks. There's an impressive-looking new bridge being built across the river but it will be many years before it is completed. Getting the vehicles off the ferry and up the steep slope on the other side (Sadiya Ghat / Kundil Bazaar?) was interesting, to say the least. The vehicle driver has to rely totally on the ferry men to get the planks in exactly the right position under each wheel in order to cross the narrow expanse of water (it's quite a drop) and up the slope. We then went for a short walk in scrub and grassland nearby - Bluethroat, Rufescent Prinia, Tickell's and Yellow-browed Warblers - and when we got back the lads had set up a breakfast table for us behind the parked lorries! Our itinerary said "packed breakfast on the ferry" but this was much better - freshly boiled eggs, bread, bananas, peanut butter, jam and lots of freshly made tea and coffee, listening to Chestnut-capped Babblers.

Species from Tinsukia to Saikhowa Ghat ferry crossing included: Greater Cormorant; Swamp Francolin; Indian Spot-billed and Fulvous Whistling Ducks; White-breasted Waterhen; Common Sandpiper; Red-wattled Lapwing; Black Kite; Slender-billed Vulture, Lesser and Common Kestrels; Rose-ringed Parakeet; Lesser Pied and White-fronted Kingfishers; Barn Swallow; Bluethroat; Common Stonechat; Black Redstart; Rufescent Prinia; Yellow-browed and Tickell's Leaf Warblers; Oriental Skylark; Yellow Wagtail; Chestnut-capped Babbler; Rufous-necked Laughingthrush

Beyond the ferry, heading for Roing, the scene was mostly rural with small groups of well-spaced houses across a wide, flat plain, interspersed with rice fields. We saw some vultures in a field - 1 White-rumped and 6 Himalayan Griffons.

Species from Sadiya Ghat to Roing included: Little and Greater Cormorants; Himalayan Griffon and White-rumped Vultures; Shikra; White-breasted Waterhen; Green Bee Eater; Common and Jungle Mynas; House Sparrow; Indian Roller; White and Citrine Wagtails; Red-vented Bulbul; Common Tailorbird; Grey-backed Shrike; Rufous Treepie; House and Eastern Jungle Crows;

We could see the heavily-forested Mishmi Hills beyond Roing rising steeply to over 2,600m and it wasn't long before we crossed the river (?Deopani) and reached Sally Lake Guest House. A stunning setting above the lake surrounded by lush forest. Entering the building, however, is almost soul-destroying. A once-magnificent building left to decay - absolutely no maintenance at all. Huge rooms devoid of furnishing, stained walls and peeling paint. We had two ground-floor bedrooms - Abid said these were the worst rooms but there were no keys to the better rooms! Never mind, let's get outside and enjoy the view. We walked a wooded trail beside the lake and almost immediately saw Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Silver-eared Mesia, Nepal Fulvetta and White-throated Bulbul. A distant Hoolock Gibbon was calling, butterflies and dragonflies all around us. It was very warm and rather humid so we had lunch outside under one of the gazebos rather than in the gloom of the dining room. Later we drove a little way uphill towards the road-workers settlement, Tiwari Gaon, and walked for a while until almost dusk. Fantastic views through the forest across the vast plains of the Dibang Valley and many birds such as Beautiful Nuthatch, Lesser Short-wing, Cachar Wedge-billed Wren-babbler and White-hooded Babbler. Back at Sally Lodge we had to unpack our bags and settle in the rooms. Damp and musty, with no running water (related, somehow, to recent strike action in the area). The single "eco-bulb" took 30 minutes to produce any useful light. It's a government-owned property and Peter Lobo's team cannot do anything to improve the state of the rooms; the bed linen, too, belongs to the property, hence its poor condition. Thankfully, our team did prepare the (delicious) meals and provided us with big buckets of water for washing and loo-flushing. It's worth remembering that in these rural back-of-beyond areas accommodation options are very limited but it's good to know that Wild about Travel, as well as Peter Lobo, have listened to feedback and this is already being addressed. I know that in future Peter's team will carry bed linen for their guests and there should soon be the option of camping nearby (similar to Lama Camp at Eaglenest) rather than staying at Sally Lodge - something to discuss when booking a trip!

THURSDAY 7 APRIL Sally Lake - Mayodia

A Mountain Scops Owl was calling before dawn. We spent the day making our way slowly walking/driving from Sally Lake up to Mayodia and seeing more brilliant birds along the way - Green Magpie, Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill, Long-tailed Sibia, Rufous-fronted Babbler. As we rounded a corner, Abid called "Hoolock" - they were very close, right beside the road, and gave us a wonderful display, six of them calling loudly, posturing and peering at us for several minutes, with a second group responding in the distance; a wonderful experience. As we continued upwards through stunning forest we saw more and more birds, Mishmi Wren-babbler, Small Niltava, White-crested Laughingthrush, White-tailed Nuthatch, Blyth's Leaf Warbler. Cloud built up, mist was rising in the valleys and the temperature dropped considerably as we got higher. We reached The Coffee House, Mayodia by about 14.30. By the time we had eaten and scanned the surrounding area there wasn't much daylight time left and we only managed a short visit to the start of Mayodia Pass. From outside, The Coffee House doesn't look good but inside it is much cleaner and more cared-for than Sally Lodge. The rooms were fine and the bedding was provided by Peter Lobo so lots of it and very clean! It was a very comfortable night, especially with the hot water bottles!

FRIDAY 8 APRIL Mayodia - Sally Lake

Storms and heavy rain in the night and thick mist as we had our 05.00 tea and biscuits. We tried the Pass, hoping for Sclater's Monal but the mist got worse, we could barely identify a group of Black-faced Laughingthrushes so we walked back to the Coffee House and after breakfast tried walking downhill - a few nice birds (Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill) and some orchids but it was cold with showers and mist and birding wasn't easy. We decided to move back to Sally Lodge where, hopefully, the weather would be better and certainly warmer. We took the whole afternoon to get there, enjoying stunning views over heavily-forested, very steep hills and across the vast plains below with the sun glinting on a maze of water channels - glorious. Some highlights were Sapphire Flycatcher, Spotted Forktail, Pygmy Wren-babbler, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Streak-throated Barwing, Silver-eared Mesia, Whistler's and Ashy-throated Warblers. We twice heard Long-tailed Broadbill but failed to see it but a Mishmi Wren-babbler came out of a thicket onto Mick's boot! There were showers, thunder and some mist but whenever the rain came, Pudum would catch up with us and we'd jump into the vehicle for the 5-10 minutes that it lasted. Got back to Sally Lake by 17.00 hrs and saw Little Pied Flycatcher and Black-backed Forktail before it got dark. We were in "VIP room No.2" tonight; not much better than before but at least the bathroom was OK and there was no horrible odour. Acres of space and huge beds. The lads brought us hot water for washing and cooked us a lovely meal.

SATURDAY 9 APRIL Sally Lake - Tiwari Gaon

A very stormy, wet and warm night. Up at 05.00 for full breakfast and a short stroll around the grounds where we saw Black-backed Forktail, Mountain Bulbul and heard Pale-headed Woodpecker again. We drove up to Tiwari Gaon and spent the morning walking back down to Sally Lake, driving through the less-productive stretches. There were lots of leeches in the lush, wet roadside vegetation. We heard two groups of Hoolocks calling but didn't see them, nor did we see the Green Cochoa calling nearby. Abid picked a particular fern which grows up here - just the new shoots - called Dhekia Shak. They cooked it for us this evening - delicious. Apparently it's the one fern sp. that is not dangerous to eat! The sky was grey much of the day with frequent short showers but not enough to stop us birding and the temperature was pleasant, especially in the short spells of sunshine. We walked around Sally Lake during the afternoon (more leeches) and had an hour's watch from one of the gazebos overlooking the distant plains. The afternoon highlights were Lesser Yellownape, Besra Sparrowhawk, Maroon Oriole, Orange-headed Thrush, Little Pied Flycatcher and Fire-breasted Flowerpecker. A troop of monkeys moved, unseen, through the trees but judging by the sounds they made, they may have been Capped Langurs.

Species in Mishmi Hills included: Red Junglefowl; Kalij Pheasant; Lesser Yellownape; Great, Golden-throated and Blue-throated Barbets; Great Pied and Red-necked Hornbills; Hoopoe; Common and White-throated Kingfishers; Chestnut-winged and Banded Bay Cuckoos; Himalayan Swiftlet; Asian Barred and Collared Owlets; Mountain Imperial Pigeon; Emerald and Spotted Doves; Black Kite; Crested Serpent Eagle; Black Eagle; Besra Sparrowhawk; Northern Goshawk; Common Kestrel; Orange-bellied Leafbird; Grey-backed Shrike; Yellow-billed Blue Magpie; Green Magpie; Grey and Collared Treepies; Eastern Jungle Crow; Maroon Oriole; Large and Black-winged Cuckoo-shrikes; Grey-chinned, Scarlet and Long-tailed Minivets; Bar-winged Pied Flycatcher-shrike; Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails; Ashy, Bronzed, Spangled, Greater Racket-tailed and Lesser Racket-tailed Drongos; Asian Paradise Flycatcher; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; Blue Whistling Thrush; Orange-headed Thrush; Lesser Shortwing; Rufous-gorgetted, Little Pied, Sapphire and Large Blue Flycatchers; Large and Small Niltavas; Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher; Himalayan Red-flanked Bluetail; Oriental Magpie Robin; White-rumped Shama; Daurian, Blue-fronted and Black Redstarts; White-capped and Plumbeous Water Redstarts; Blue-fronted Robin; Black-backed and Spotted Forktails; Common Stonechat; Chestnut-tailed Starling; Beautiful, White-tailed and Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches; Yellow-cheeked, Sultan and Black-throated Tits; Barn Swallow; Asian and Nepal House Martins; Mountain, Ashy, Black, Striated, White-throated, Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls; Striated Prinia; Chestnut-headed Tesia; Mountain and Common Tailorbirds; Ashy-throated, Large-billed, Blyth's Leaf, Whistler's, Grey-cheeked and Rufous-faced Warblers; White-crested, Lesser Necklaced, Striated, Spotted, Grey-sided and Black-faced Laughingthrushes; Pygmy, Mishmi and Cachar Wedge-billed Wren-babblers; Rufous-fronted, Rufous-capped, Golden, Grey-throated and White-hooded Babblers; Silver-eared Mesia; Pied Shrike-babbler; Rusty-fronted and Streak-throated Barwings; Chestnut-tailed Minla; Yellow-throated, Rufous-winged, Manipur and Nepal Fulvettas; Striated, Whiskered and Stripe-throated Yuhinas; Rufous-backed, Beautiful and Long-tailed Sibias; Lesser Rufous-headed and Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbills; Fire-breasted Flowerpecker; Mrs.Gould's, Green-tailed, Black-throated and Fire-tailed Sunbirds; Little and Streaked Spiderhunters; Eurasian Tree Sparrow; White and Grey Wagtails; Olive-backed Pipit; Scaly-breasted Munia, Gold-naped Finch. HEARD ONLY: Hill Partridge; Pale-headed and Bay Woodpeckers; Plaintive and Large Hawk-cuckoos; Collared, Asian Barred and Mountain Scops Owls; Green Cochoa; Long-tailed Broadbill. MAMMALS: Orange-bellied Squirrel

SUNDAY 10 APRIL Mishmi - Roing - Brahmaputra/Lohit river crossing - Tinsukia

We had a short watch over Sally Lake (Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, Golden-throated Barbet) before leaving at 06.00, but stopped by the river below the Lodge for a Daurian Redstart. We moved on through Roing and back across the plains. A small flock of Temminck's Stints was feeding by the river as we arrived at the ferry crossing (08.30) We had a half-hour wait until "our" ferry (Peter Lobo has a favoured operator) so we walked through the scrub and over-grazed grassland nearby, seeing Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes, Citrine Wagtails and Striated Grassbird amongst others but we were too far from the better grassland where Floricans have been seen in the past, which is one of the problems of a shifting ferry crossing point. We saw very few species on the river, some Himalayan and White-backed Vultures standing on a sandbank, a few Cormorant, Little Egrets and a Peregrine flew by. We failed to see River Dolphins. It was 11.30 when we stopped at a roadside cafe where, bizarrely, we ate our packed lunch on the veranda whilst the team went inside for their curry. We continued on through the typical Assamese countryside, many tea plantations and cultivated areas, reaching Tinsukia. It was the start of Assam's "spring festival" and was very busy with roads closed to vehicles so it took a while to reach Hotel Centre Point. We read in a local newspaper that on Wednesday this week (6th) hundreds of birds had been killed in massive hail storms - parakeets, green pigeons, egrets, etc had been knocked from nests. The Assam Birdwatching Society and Wildlife Trust of India were trying to set up a rescue programme for injured and stressed birds.

Species on route from Mishmi to Tinsukia included: Fulvous Whistling Duck; Indian Roller; Common, Pied and White-throated Kingfishers; Blue-throated Barbet; Rose-ringed Parakeet; Spotted Dove; White-breasted Waterhen; Common Moorhen; Green and Wood Sandpipers; Temminck's Stint; Black Kite; White-rumped and Himalayan Vultures; Shikra; Red-necked and Peregrine Falcons; Little, Indian and Great Cormorants; Eastern Cattle, Little, Intermediate and Great Egrets; Indian Pond Heron; Lesser and Greater Adjutant; Long-tailed and Grey-backed Shrikes; Rufous Treepie; House and Eastern Jungle Crows; Ashy Woodswallow; Black Drongo; Oriental Magpie Robin; Black Redstart; Common Stonechat; Asian Pied, Common and Jungle Mynas; Barn Swallow; Nepal House Martin; Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls; Striated Grassbird; Rufous-necked Laughingthrush; House and Eurasian Tree Sparrows; Citrine and White Wagtails; Paddyfield Pipit. HEARD ONLY: Swamp Francolin. MAMMALS: Rhesus Macaque

MONDAY 11 APRIL Digboi Oilfield - Dibrugarh Airport

We had a couple of hours to spare before our flight back to Delhi so went to the Digboi oilfield, about an hour from Tinsukia. The oilfield began operation in the Victorian era and the part we walked through appeared to have been long abandoned. Antique oil-blackened derricks and gear wheels emerged from swathes of bright green vegetation. The various bits of machinery open to view looked like sculpture - it was like walking through an Industrial Heritage Park, with added jungle and of course, birds. Broad tarmac roads crossed the site, allowing for an easy and silent approach to patches of scrub, clumps of trees, occasional ponds and frog-filled ditches. These wide roads meant that good views of birds could be had as they flew through large areas of open space to the next clump of cover. Liberal amounts of football-sized droppings indicated that wild elephants also used these roads, the site acting as a green corridor. Some of the pipes were connected to a modern processing plant nearby, so our walk was accompanied by an assortment of clanks, gurgles and bangs, made by the oil passing through the pipes and valves. Abid informed us that this was practically the only site in Assam where we stood a chance of seeing Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush and this was the first species we saw on entering the site; excellent views of five individuals moving around in the base of a bush.

Species at Digboi Oilfield included: Blue-throated Barbet; White-throated Kingfisher; Green-billed Malkoha; Brown-backed Needletail; Asian Palm Swift; Green Imperial Pigeon; Spotted Dove; Besra; Little Cormorant; Indian Pond Heron; Long-tailed Broadbill; Grey-backed Shrike; Grey and Collared Treepies; House Crow; Scarlet Minivet; Red-throated (Taiga) Flycatcher; White-rumped Shama; Oriental Magpie Robin; Jungle Myna; Velvet-fronted Nuthatch; Black, Ashy and Red-whiskered Bulbuls; Oriental White-eye; Common Tailorbird; Striated Grassbird; Greater Necklaced, Chestnut-backed and Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes; Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker; Crimson Sunbird; Tree Sparrow. HEARD ONLY: Coppersmith Barbet; Plaintive Cuckoo; Greater Coucal.

Late morning at Tinsukia 30 vultures soared high above the town, too distant and hazy for identification but it was, sadly, an impressive number these days. An hour's drive took us to Dibrugarh airport where we said goodbye to Abid and Pudum. One of Peter's "regular" porters then took charge of us; just as well really, because there was a flight delay and very little information on what to do and where to go.

This completed the North-East part of our holiday and we moved on to very familiar ground at Bharatpur (reported separately below).

NORTH EAST - species list

BIRDS Total 445 * Heard only

SWAMP FRANCOLIN Francolinus gularis
Kaziranga Frequently heard, occasionally seen.
Maguri Bheel 1 seen, many others heard
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X Heard in grassland area beyond Sadiya Ghat but not seen
HILL PARTRIDGE Arborophila torqueola
Dirang Several heard along Mandala Road but none seen.
Eaglenest 1 seen in Sunderview camp and another near the Pass; constantly heard most areas.
Mishmi Often heard but none seen.
CHESTNUT-BREASTED PARTRIDGE Heard only
Arborophila mandelli
Eaglenest Heard several times but not seen
RUFOUS-THROATED PARTRIDGE Arborophila rufogularis
Eaglenest Very brief view of one in flight (had been calling)
BLOOD PHEASANT Ithaginus cruentus
Dirang 9 at Sela Pass
BLYTH'S TRAGOPAN Tragopan blythii
Eaglenest Good 'scope views of ♂ for several minutes (Sunderview-Bompu stretch). Another heard next day.
TEMMINCK'S TRAGOPAN Tragopan temminckii
Eaglenest Two birds in the "mossy forest" at Pass, one of which was a sub-adult male seen very briefly as it flew. The other was an adult ♂ seen by Abid only; heard by all (on two days) but terrain too steep for speedy pursuit in heavy mist.
HIMALAYAN MONAL Lophophorus impejanus
Dirang 1 ♂ seen well in flight below Sela Pass.
RED JUNGLEFOWL Gallus gallus
Nameri 3 ♀♀ seen. Frequently heard.
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) Frequent sightings along forested areas
Kaziranga Eastern Range: Pair on 1st; 3 single ♂♂ on 3rd
Mishmi 1 ♂ below Mayodia
KHALIJ PHEASANT Lophura leucomelanos
Kaziranga Eastern Range: pair on 1st; 3 single ♂♂ on 3rd
FULVOUS WHISTLING DUCK Dendrocygna bicolor
Maguri Bheel 50+
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 6 in flight
Tinsukia 7 in flight east of town
BAR-HEADED GOOSE Anser indicus
Kaziranga Many on approach road to Park on 31st. Central Range: 20+ on 1st; Western Range: 30+ on 2nd; Eastern Range: 50+ on 3rd
COMMON SHELDUCK Tadorna tadorna
Nameri 3 on river
Kaziranga Western Range: 7 on 4th
RUDDY SHELDUCK
Tadorna ferruginea
Nameri Common, c.50 in total
Kaziranga Central Range: 50+ on 1st; 1 on 4th; Eastern Range: 40+ on 3rd; Western Range: 6 on 4th
COTTON PYGMY-GOOSE Nettapus coromandelianus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 12 on 1st; c.7 on 3rd
WHITE-WINGED DUCK Asarcornis (Cairina) scutulata
Nameri Single bird, seen well
GADWALL Anas strepera
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 ♂ on 31st; 50+ on 1st and 3rd; Eastern Range: 150+ on 1st; 100+ on 3rd
FALCATED DUCK Anas falcata
Kaziranga: Eastern Range: 1♀
EURASIAN WIGEON
Anas penelope
Kaziranga Common and numerous throughout; e.g. 400 in Eastern Range on 1st
Maguri Bheel 45 around lake
MALLARD Anas platyrhynchos
Kaziranga Central Range: Single ♂ on 1st
INDIAN SPOT-BILLED DUCK Anas poecilorhyncha
Kaziranga Seen in small numbers (6-30) throughout
Maguri Bheel c.12 around lake
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 5 seen from ferry
NORTHERN SHOVELER Anas clypaeta
Nameri 20+
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 31st; Eastern Range: 200+ on 1st; 30 on 3rd
NORTHERN PINTAIL
Anas acuta
Nameri Pair on 21st
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 10+ on 1st; 5 on 3rd
Maguri Bheel 6 around lake

GARGANEY Anas querquedula
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 ♂on 3rd; Eastern Range: 10 (4♂♂, 6♀♀) on 1st; 1♂ on 3rd
Maguri Bheel 6 around lake
EURASIAN TEAL Anas crecca
Nameri 4 seen
Kaziranga Small numbers throughout; highest count of 50 in Eastern Range
COMMON POCHARD Aythya ferina
Maguri Bheel 1 first-year ♂
FERRUGINOUS DUCK Aythya nyroca
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 27
Maguri Bheel 4 around lake
TUFTED DUCK Aythya fuligula
Nameri 30 (two flocks, 16 and 14)
Maguri Bheel c.200
GOOSANDER (Common Merganser)
Merganser merganser
Nameri 3 seen from raft
LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis
Kaziranga Eastern Range: at least 6 together on 1st
Maguri Bheel 12 around lake
GREAT CRESTED GREBE Podiceps cristatus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 1st
Maguri Bheel 4 on lake
ASIAN OPENBILL Anastomus oscitans
Common in all suitable lowland habitat, in groups of up to 20
BLACK STORK Ciconia nigra
Nameri 2 singles on 21st
WOOLLY-NECKED STORK Ciconia episcopus
Kaziranga Fairly common, 4-10 seen each visit, all areas
BLACK-NECKED STORK Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
Kaziranga 2-8 seen each visit, all areas, incl. 4 juvs in Central on 1st and 5 juvs Eastern on 3rd
LESSER ADJUTANT Leptoptilos javanicus
Guwahati-Nameri 5 (2+2+1) along this route
Kaziranga Frequent sightings of 2-6 all areas
Tinsukia-Roing Common in wet fields and paddies (12 on 5th; 5 on 6th; 5 on 10th)
Maguri Bheel 6 around lake
GREATER ADJUTANT Leptoptilos dubius
Guwahati 43 on the large rubbish-tip outside town
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 1st; Western Range: 4 on 2nd; 1 on 4th
Kaziranga-Dibrugarh 12 in wet areas/rice fields between Jorhat and Dibrugarh
BLACK-HEADED IBIS Threskiornis melanocephalus
Kaziranga 2 singles in Eastern Range on 1st and again on 3rd
STRIATED HERON Butorides striata
Maguri Bheel 1 by lake
INDIAN POND HERON Ardeola grayii
Common in all suitable habitat. 9 perched in one tree (Kaziranga) on 3rd
EASTERN CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus( ibis) coromandus
Common in all suitable habitat, often in large numbers, including several coming to roost near Tinsukia hotel
GREY HERON
Ardea cinerea
Nameri 1 on 21st
Kaziranga 1-2 seen on each visit, all areas
PURPLE HERON
Ardea purpurea
Kaziranga 1-2 seen on each visit, all areas
Maguri Bheel 1 at lake
GREAT EGRET
Ardea (Egretta) alba
Bhalukpong-Kaziranga route Several sightings along this route
Kaziranga Common all areas, up to 30 per visit
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Frequent sightings along this route
Tinsukia 5+ coming in to roost near hotel
INTERMEDIATE EGRET Egretta intermedia
Kaziranga Fairly common, up to 8 noted per visit
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Occasional sightings along route
LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
Guwahati to Nameri Fairly common along this route
Nameri 1 by river on 31st
Kaziranga Common in small numbers (up to 8 per visit) all areas
Maguri Bheel 5 around lake
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Frequent sightings along this route + 1 by the ferry crossing
SPOT-BILLED PELICAN Pelicanus philippensis
Kaziranga Very common. Flocks up to 32 frequently seen, all areas (20 perched in one tree)
LITTLE CORMORANT Microcarbo (Phalacrocorax) niger
Nameri 3 on 20th; 40+ on 21st
Kaziranga Common all areas, up to 40 together. Large numbers flying in to roost at dusk in Central Range on 4th
Kaziranga-Tinsukia Very common in all suitable areas
Maguri Bheel Common around lake. Large roost on edge of village
Tinsukia-Ferry X-Roing Common along this route but only a few (6+) on Brahmaputra river
Tinsukia 3 over hotel
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
INDIAN CORMORANT (SHAG) Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Guwahati-Nameri 1 in pool at roadside cafe stop
Kaziranga 2-3 noted on each visit
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 seen from ferry on 10th
ORIENTAL DARTER Anhinga melanogaster
Guwahati to Nameri 3 together at roadside pool
Kaziranga Very common all areas, up to 20 together
Kaziranga to Tinsukia 4 singles along route
Maguri Bheel 6 around lake
GREAT CORMORANT Phalacrocorax carbo
Nameri Common. 60+ seen from raft
Kaziranga Common in small numbers (1-5 together) all areas
Maguri Bheel 3 on lake
Tinsukia-Ferry crossing 2 singles along this route + 2 on sandbanks mid-Brahmaputra river
(Western) OSPREY Pandion haliaetus
Nameri 1 on 21st
Kaziranga Eastern Range: min.10 on 1st; 2 singles on 3rd; Western Range: 1 on 2nd
BLACK BAZA Aviceda leuphotes
Kaziranga Western Range: Pair in display flight on 4th
CRESTED (Oriental) HONEY BUZZARD Pernis ptilorhynchus
Eaglenest 1 in Bompu area on 28th
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 together on 3rd
BLACK-WINGED KITE Elanus caeruleus
Bhalukpong area 1 a few kms north of town
Kaziranga Western Range: 1
Maguri Bheel 1 near lake
BLACK KITE Milvus migrans
Guwahati to Nameri Frequent sightings of singles/2s along this route
Mishmi 3 Sally Lake-Tiwari Gaon area
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 over ferry (? M.m.lineatus)
Tinsukia 1 over town
PALLAS'S FISH EAGLE
Haliaeetus leucoryphus
Nameri Common, at least 6 seen (5 adults, 1 juv)
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 adults plus pair with 3 well-grown chicks on nest on 1st; 2 on 3rd;
3 adults+2 imm 4th; Eastern Range: 1 on 31st; 4 on 3rd; Western Range: 4 on 2nd and again on 4th
GREY-HEADED FISH EAGLE Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus
Kaziranga Common; up to 6 sightings per visit, all Ranges. 2 imms. in Western Range

WHITE-RUMPED VULTURE Gyps bengalensis
Ferry to Roing route 1 in field (with Himalayan G.himalayensis) a few kms north of ferry crossing
2 seen from ferry on sandy island in Brahmaputra
SLENDER-BILLED VULTURE Gyps tenuirostris
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 in flight + 1 on nest with at least 1 chick
Western Range: 2 in flight + 9 perched
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 on ground near ferry crossing (south side)
HIMALAYAN VULTURE Gyps himalayensis
Ferry to Roing route 6 in field (with 1 White-rumped G.bengalensis) a few kms north of ferry crossing
3 (2 ads 1 imm) seen from ferry on sandy island in Brahmaputra
c.30 Gyps vultures soaring above Tinsukia town on 11th were not identified.
CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE Spilornis cheela
Nameri - Bhalukpong route 1 over woodland
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 3rd; Western Range: 1 on 4th; 1 heard on 1st
Mishmi 1 over Sally Lodge
WESTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus aeruginosus
Kaziranga 1 on approach to Kaziranga on 31st
Maguri Bheel 1 ♂ 1 ♀
EASTERN MARSH HARRIER Circus spilonotus
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 from rooftop watchpoint on 31st (CS/JG/Guide)
PIED HARRIER Circus melanoleucos
Kaziranga 1 on approach to Kaziranga on 31st; Central Range: 1 ad ♂; 1 s/a ♂ on 4th;
Eastern Range: 1 ad ♂ and 1 probable ♀ on 3rd
Maguri Bheel 1 ad ♂
CRESTED GOSHAWK Accipiter trivirgatus
Dirang 1 along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 on 26th
SHIKRA
Accipiter badius
Nameri 1 on 21st
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 3rd; Jupuri Ghar: 1 in grounds
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 in grassy area north side of ferry
BESRA Accipiter virgatus
Mishmi 1 on 9th near Tiwari Gaon
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
NORTHERN GOSHAWK Accipiter gentilis
Dirang Pair along Mandala Road
Mishmi 2 in display flight by Sally Lake
(COMMON) HIMALAYAN BUZZARD
Buteo (buteo) burmanicus
Dirang 1 along Mandala Road
1 Sela Pass
Eaglenest 1 over the Pass on 26th
LONG-LEGGED BUZZARD
Buteo rufinus
Dirang 1 in Sangti Valley
BLACK EAGLE
Ictinaetus malayensis
Nameri - Bhalukpong route 1 over forest
Eaglenest 2 singles on 28th
Mishmi 1 on 7th
GREATER SPOTTED EAGLE
Aquila clanga
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 1 probably this sp. on 2nd
CHANGEABLE (CRESTED) HAWK-EAGLE Nisaetus limnaeetus (Spizaetus) (cirrhatus)
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 1st; Eastern Range: 1 on 1st; Western Range: 1 on 2nd; 1 on 4th
MOUNTAIN HAWK-EAGLE Nisaetus (Spizaetus) nipalensis
Dirang 1 Mandala Road

LESSER KESTREL Falco naumanni
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 ♂ seen from ferry on sandbank in middle of Brahmaputra river on 6th
COMMON KESTREL Falco tinnunculus
Nameri 1 ♀
Nameri - Bhalukpong route 1 ♀
Dirang 1 ♂ in Sangti Valley
Kaziranga Singles in Central and Western Ranges
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 ♀ on river bank
Mishmi 1 near Sally Lake
RED-NECKED FALCON Falco chicquera
Kaziranga Central Range: 1
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 probably this sp. over north side of river on 10th
ORIENTAL HOBBY Falco severus
Nameri Pair seen several times around Eco Camp
PEREGRINE FALCON Falco peregrinus
Kaziranga Central Range: 1
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 large falcon over river on 10th was probably this sp.
BENGAL FLORICAN Houbaropsis benghalensis
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 ♂ seen well from observation point (top of Visitor Centre near entrance) on 31st; 2 males here (seen from jeep) on 1st
WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN Amaurornis phoenicurus
Kaziranga Common throughout
Tinsukia-Roing route Common along this route; c.30 seen on 6th and 15 on 10th
BLACK TAILED CRAKE Porzana bicolor
Dirang Close views of 3 together in Sangti Valley; another calling nearby
RUDDY BREASTED CRAKE Porzana fusca
Kaziranga Central Range: 1
Eastern Range: 1
PURPLE SWAMPHEN Porphyrio porphyrio
Kaziranga-Dibrugarh route Common in marshes and paddy fields
Maguri Bheel 5 around lake
COMMON MOORHEN Gallinula chloropus
Kaziranga Central Range: 7+ on 3rd only
Maguri Bheel 12+ around lake
Roing to ferry crossing 2 singles along this route
BARRED BUTTONQUAIL Turnix suscitator
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 flushed by elephant
GREATER STONE-CURLEW (THICK-KNEE) Esacus recurvirostris
Nameri 2 seen from raft on 21st
IBISBILL Ibidiorhyncha struthersii
Nameri 3 (2+1) seen from raft on 21st
NORTHERN LAPWING Vanellus vanellus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 1st
RIVER LAPWING Vanellus duvaucelli
Nameri 2 pairs
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 2 on 3rd
Maguri Bheel 2 by lake
GREY-HEADED LAPWING Vanellus cinereus
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 3rd; 12 on 4th
Eastern Range: 9 on 3rd
RED-WATTLED LAPWING
Vanellus indicus
Guwahati-Nameri route: Frequent sightings of 2s/4s along this route
Dirang Several along the river
Kaziranga Frequent sightings of 2s/4s, all areas
Tinsukia-Ferry crossing 2 seen East of Tinsukia town
LONG-BILLED PLOVER Charadrius placidus
Dirang 2 together in Sangti Valley

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius
Nameri Two pairs along river
GREATER PAINTED-SNIPE
Rostratula benghalensis
Kaziranga Jupuri Ghar: 2 in adjacent wet paddy field
PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Kaziranga Central Range: Singles on 1st & 4th; Eastern Range: 4+ on 3rd; Western Range: 2 on 4th
Kaziranga-Dibrugarh route Frequent sightings in marshy areas and paddies along this route
BRONZE-WINGED JACANA
Metopidius indicus
Kaziranga Common in all areas
Kaziranga-Dibrugarh route Frequent sightings in marshy areas and paddies along this route
PIN-TAILED SNIPE Gallinago stenura
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 4 on 1st
Western Range: Poor view of 1, probably this sp.; Jupuri Ghar: 4 in adjacent wet paddy field
Maguri Bheel 1 unidentified snipe was probably this sp.
SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 1st; Western Range: 1 on 2nd; min.5 on 4th
COMMON REDSHANK Tringa totanus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 3 on 1st
Western Range: 4 on 2nd
MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatalis
Kaziranga Singles in Eastern and Western Ranges on 1st and 2nd
COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia
Nameri 2 singles along the river
Kaziranga Frequently seen and heard; up to 10 sightings per visit
Maguri Bheel Heard in area but not seen
GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus
Nameri 1
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 1st; 3 on 3rd; Western Range: 2 on 4th; 3 on 4th
Maguri Bheel 3+ around lake
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 over grassy area north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat) on 10th
WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola
Guwahati-Nameri 1 at roadside pool / breakfast stop
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 1st; Eastern Range: 2 on 1st; Western Range: 1 on 4th
Maguri Bheel 3 around lake
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 over grassy area north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat) on 10th
COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos
Nameri 3
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 4th; Eastern Range: 1 on 1st
Maguri Bheel 4+ around lake
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 on sandbank in river on 6th
TEMMINCK'S STINT
Calidris temminckii
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 1st; Western Range: 10+ on 2nd; 8 on 4th
Maguri Bheel 1 by lake
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 5 on north bank of river on 10th
SMALL PRATINCOLE
Glareola lactea
Nameri Large numbers along Jia Bhareli with 200+ on 21st (nesting on islands)
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 5 pratincole sp., very distant, were probably this sp.
BROWN-HEADED GULL Chroicocephalus (Larus) brunnicephalus
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 1st
Maguri Bheel 1 at the lake
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Chroicocephalus (Larus) ridibundus
Nameri 1 over river
Maguri Bheel 2 on lake
PALLAS'S (GREAT BLACK-HEADED) GULL Ichthyaetus (Larus) ichthyaetus
Nameri 1 over the river
RIVER TERN Sterna aurantia
Nameri Pair on rocky island in river
Kaziranga Western Range: 1 on 4th
WHISKERED TERN Chlidonias hybrida
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 32 on 1st and c.25 on 3rd.
ROCK/FERAL PIGEON Columba livia
Seen everywhere, except high forest
SNOW PIGEON Columba leuconota
Dirang Flock of 11 seen three times at Sela Pass
ORIENTAL TURTLE DOVE Streptopelia orientalis
Nameri 8 seen on 21st
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 2
RED COLLARED-DOVE Streptopelia tranquebarica
Kaziranga Central Range: single ♂ on 3rd
Eastern Range: single ♂ on 3rd
Western Range: single ♂ on 4th
SPOTTED DOVE Spilopelia (Streptopelia) chinensis
Common in many areas: frequently seen at Nameri, Kaziranga, along the Tinsukia-Maguri Bheel road, Mishmi and Digboi Oil Fields
BARRED CUCKOO-DOVE Macropygia unchall
Dirang 1 near Dirang on 22nd
2 along Mandala Road on 23rd
EMERALD DOVE Chalcophaps indica
Nameri 2 singles in forest
Kaziranga Central Range: 1; Eastern Range: 1;
Mishmi 1 on 6th; 2 on 7th; 2 on 8th; 2 on 8th
YELLOW-FOOTED GREEN PIGEON Treron phoenicopterus
Nameri 1 in Eco Camp
Kaziranga Common and numerous in all areas, frequent small flocks
Maguri Bheel Several sightings in wooded areas near lake
PINTAILED GREEN PIGEON Treron apicauda
Nameri 8 (2+6) in forest
WEDGE-TAILED GREEN PIGEON Treron sphenura
Nameri 6 over forest
GREEN IMPERIAL PIGEON
Ducula aenae
Nameri c.10 seen on forest walk
Kaziranga Central Range: 5 on 3rd; c.12 on 4th
Eastern Range: 4 on 3rd
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
MOUNTAIN IMPERIAL PIGEON Ducula badia
Bhalukpong-Dirang c.5
Eaglenest Fairly common, up to 10 seen most days
Mishmi 2 seen below Mayodia on 7th; 3 on 8th
ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET Psittacula eupatria
Kaziranga Occasional sightings of small groups 2-6 each day
ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri
Nameri Common throughout
Kaziranga to Dibrugarh route Frequent sightings in flocks of 4-10
Tinsukia 2 only, by Hotel Centre Point
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X Several flocks seen
BLOSSOM-HEADED (Rosy-headed) PARAKEET Psittacula roseata
Kaziranga Frequent sightings of small flocks 2-6 overhead; only one group seen well, perched
RED-BREASTED PARAKEET
Psittacula alexandri
Nameri Very common and numerous (e.g. 40+ in one tree near Eco Camp)
Kaziranga Very common
GREATER COUCAL Centropus sinensis
Nameri Often heard but not seen
Kaziranga Common all areas. 2-3 seen each visit, many more heard
Maguri Bheel 1 seen
Tinsukia-Roing route Heard at roadside stops but not seen
Digboi Oil Fields Heard but not seen
LESSER COUCAL Centropus bengalensis
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 seen; Western Range: 1 seen
GREEN-BILLED MALKOHA Phaenicophaeus tristris
Nameri 1 seen in forest
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 1st; Eastern Range: 1 on 1st; 2 together on 3rd
Western Range: 1 on 2nd; Kohora: 1 seen in tea plantation
Digboi Oil Fields 4 seen
CHESTNUT-WINGED CUCKOO Clemator coromandus
Mishmi 1 seen
ASIAN KOEL Eudynamys scolopaceus
Nameri 2 ♂♂ seen at Eco Camp and often heard in forest
Kaziranga Occasionally heard in Park and around Jupuri Ghar but not seen
Maguri Bheel Heard around village and by lake but not seen
BANDED BAY CUCKOO Cacomantis sonneratii
Mishmi 2 seen at Sally Lake on 6th; heard again on 9th
PLAINTIVE CUCKOO
Cacomantis merulinus
Nameri 1 prob. this sp. seen in forest but not calling
Kaziranga area 1 seen well and another heard calling in tea plantation near Kohora
Mishmi Frequently heard around Sally Lake and one calling by Dibang river but none seen
Digboi Oil Fields Heard several times but not seen
LARGE HAWK-CUCKOO Hierococcyx sparverioides
Common in many areas. Frequently heard at Nameri, Mandala Road, Sangti Valley, Eaglenest, Roing-Sally Lake-Mayodia. Only heard once at Kaziranga on 4th.
INDIAN CUCKOO Cuculus micropterus
Kaziranga area Eastern Range: 1 seen and heard
1 seen well in tea plantation east of Kohora.
*MOUNTAIN SCOPS OWL Heard only Otus spilocephalus
Mishmi 1 calling at dawn on 7th by Sally Lodge
BROWN FISH OWL Ketupa zeylonensis
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: Pair seen well
*HIMALAYAN (WOOD) OWL Heard only Strix (aluco) nivicolum
Eaglenest Heard several times at Lama Camp on 25th and 30th but not seen
COLLARED OWLET Glaucidium brodiei
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 seen at roadside stop north of Bhalukpong; another heard
Dirang 1 heard along Mandala Road
Eaglenest Often heard in most areas
Mishmi Common; frequently heard each day
ASIAN BARRED OWLET Glaucidium cuculoides
Nameri 3 seen near Eco Camp; 1 seen in camp grounds on two nights (two birds calling)
Nameri - Bhalukpong route 1 seen along this route
Eaglenest - Kaziranga route 2 seen along this route
Kaziranga Central Range: 6 (4 singles+pair); Eastern Range: 1; Western Range: 1;
Jupuri Ghar: 1 heard
Mishmi Heard each night at Sally Lake and below The Coffee House
SPOTTED OWLET Athena brama
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 seen
Maguri Bheel Pair in village
BROWN HAWK-OWL
Ninox scutulata
Nameri 1 seen by tents at Eco Camp
Kaziranga Jupuri Ghar: 1 seen in grounds; heard again following night
GREY (JUNGLE) NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus (indicus) jotkata
Nameri 1 calling through night of 20th
Dirang Heard each night by Hotel Pemaling
Eaglenest 3 at Lama Camp in display flight pre-dawn on 26th; 1 seen at dawn on 31st.
1 seen at Sunderview on 28th
LARGE-TAILED NIGHTJAR Caprimulgus macrurus
Kaziranga Jupuri Ghar: 1 seen in grounds (also heard each night)

HIMALAYAN SWIFTLET
Aerodramus brevirostris
Nameri Flocks up to 20 seen each day
Nameri - Bhalukpong route Occasional flocks along route
Eaglenest Flocks up to 50 frequently seen
Kaziranga Frequent flocks 30+ each day
Mishmi 30+ over Tiwari Gaon on 6th and 9th; 10+ over The Coffee House, Mayodia on 7th
BROWN-BACKED NEEDLETAIL Hirundapus giganteus
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
ASIAN PALM SWIFT Cypsiurus balasiensis
Common in small numbers (1-15) at Nameri, Kaziranga, Maguri Bheel and Digboi Oil Fields . 1 at Sessni, Eaglenest on 28th.
LITTLE (HOUSE) SWIFT Apus affinis
Kaziranga Central Range: 5-6 on 4th
Panbari forest/Tea plantations: 5
WARD'S TROGON Harpactes wardi
Eaglenest 3 ♀♀ together
INDIAN ROLLER Coracias benghalensis affinis
Nameri Fairly common
Tinsukia to Ferry Crossing Point 6 sightings along route on 6th; 3 on return journey 10th
STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER Pelargopsis capensis
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 1st; Eastern Range: 1 on 3rd; Western Range: 2 on 4th
Kaziranga to Jorhat route 1 seen by roadside
WHITE-THROATED KINGFISHER Halcyon smyrnensis
Very common in Assam and around Sally Lake in Mishmi. Also seen at Digboi Oil Fields
BLUE-EARED KINGFISHER Alcedo meninting
Nameri 1 at forest pool
COMMON KINGFISHER Alcedo atthis
Nameri 2 seen from the raft
Dirang 1 in Sangti Valley
Dirang to Bhalukpong route 1 seen
Kaziranga 4 seen
Maguri Bheel 4 seen
Mishmi 2 at Sally Lake on 6th; singles by Dibang river on 9th and 10th
Ferry Crossing to Tinsukia route 2 singles
CRESTED KINGFISHER Megaceryle lugubris
Dirang 1 in Sangti Valley
PIED KINGFISHER Ceryle rudis
Kaziranga Fairly common, seen all areas (e.g. 6 pairs in Central Range on 4th)
Tinsukia-River crossing 2 along route and 1 seen on ferry crossing
BLUE-BEARDED BEE EATER Nyctyornis athertoni
Nameri 2 near Eco Camp
GREEN BEE EATER Merops orientalis
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 1st; 3 on 4th; Eastern Range: 1 on 3rd;
Tinsukia-River crossing 2 along this route
CHESTNUT-HEADED BEE EATER Merops leschenaulti
Nameri Several pairs and singles seen on 21st
Kaziranga Frequent sightings in groups of 2-10
BLUE-TAILED BEE EATER Merops philippinus
Kaziranga Fairly common all areas usually groups of 3-6 but 15 together at dusk in Central Range on 4th
HOOPOE Upupa epops
Kaziranga Fairly common, up to 6 seen daily
Mishmi 1 by The Coffee House, Mayodia
4 between Sally Lake and Mayodia on 8th; 1 on 9th
GREAT PIED HORNBILL Buceros bicornis
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 3 seen
Mishmi 2 seen, rather distant; others heard

ORIENTAL PIED HORNBILL Anthracoceros albirostris
Nameri 1 over river
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 2 seen; Jupuri Ghar: 2 seen in ground on two occasions;
Kohora: 1 apparently feeding mate at sealed hole in roadside tree
RUFOUS-NECKED HORNBILL Aceros nipalensis
Eaglenest Poor, distant view of 1 perched bird with at least 4 more calling on same day
Mishmi 2 heard but not seen
GREAT BARBET Megalaima virens
Constantly heard in all hill country but not seen often:
Eaglenest 1 on 27th; 1 on 30th
Mishmi 1 on 4th; 1 on 8th; 6 on 9th
LINEATED BARBET Megalaima lineata
Nameri Common, constantly heard and frequently seen
Kaziranga Frequently heard all area; singles seen in Central Range and Eastern Ranges
GOLDEN-THROATED BARBET Megalaima franklinii
Eaglenest Often heard but only 2 singles seen in lower areas
Mishmi Constantly heard in lower areas
BLUE-THROATED BARBET Megalaima asiatica
Nameri Common; constantly heard and several sightings each day
Nameri - Bhalukpong route 3 seen and others heard at roadside stops along route
Kaziranga Common; constantly heard and 2 singles seen at Jupuri Ghar
Maguri Bheel Heard several times around village near lake
Mishmi 2 seen at Sally Lake and constantly heard here
Tinsukia 1 by Centre Point Hotel
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen, others heard
BLUE-EARED BARBET Megalaima australis
Kaziranga area 2 singles in tea plantation East of Kohora
COPPERSMITH BARBET Megalaima haemacephala
Nameri 2 at Eco Camp
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 seen near entrance; Eastern Range: heard once only;
Jupuri Ghar: 2 seen in grounds, often heard
Maguri Bheel Heard around village
Digboi Oil Fields Heard only
PALE-HEADED WOODPECKER
Gecinulus grantia
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 seen in flight several times at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Dirang Heard in two bamboo areas along Mandala Road, not seen
Mishmi Frequently heard close to Sally Lake but not seen
BAY WOODPECKER Blythipicus pyrrhotis
Eaglenest Frequently heard each day but only 1 seen, on 29th
GREY-CAPPED PYGMY-WOODPECKER Dendrocopus canicapillus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: Pair
Western Range: 2 singles
FULVOUS-BREASTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopus macei
Nameri 1 only
Kaziranga 1♀ east of Kohora in roadside tree and 2 singles at Jupuri Ghar on two days
Mishmi 1 probably this sp. (although it could have been Stripe-breasted D.atratus)
RUFOUS WOODPECKER
Micropternus brachyurus
Nameri 1 on 21st
Kaziranga Jupuri Ghar: 1 near the lodge on 31st
DARJEELING WOODPECKER
Dendrocopus darjellensis
Dirang 1 ♂ along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 on 26th; 2 on 27th; 4 on 29th. Heard only on 30th
STREAK-THROATED WOODPECKER Picus xanthopygaeus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: at least 1 ♂ seen
LESSER YELLOWNAPE Picus chlorolophus
Mishmi Singles on 8th and 9th
GREATER YELLOWNAPE Picus flavinucha
Nameri 2 on 21st
LESSER GOLDENBACK (BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK) Dinopium benghalense
Kaziranga Fairly common; 2-4 seen most visits and around Kohora
GREATER GOLDENBACK (FLAMEBACK) Chrysocolaptes lucidus
Nameri Common; several sightings each day
Kaziranga Western Range: 1 only
LONG-TAILED BROADBILL Psarisoma dalhousiae
Mishmi 1 heard, very close, on 8th but not seen
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
*BLUE-NAPED PITTA Heard only Pitta nipalensis
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 heard, very close, but not seen
BAR-WINGED FLYCATCHER-SHRIKE Hemipus picatus
Mishmi 2 at Sally Lake on 7th; 1 seen and another heard on 9th
LARGE WOODSHRIKE Tephrodornis (gularis) virgatus
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: pair in tea plantation
ASHY WOOD-SWALLOW
Artamus fuscus
Nameri Occasional sightings of small groups 2-8
Nameri - Bhalukpong Occasional sightings of small groups 2-6
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) 2 + 4 on route
Kaziranga Central Range: 13 on power lines near entrance on 1st; 4 + on 4th
Western Range: 6+ on 4th; Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 5
Ferry to Roing 4 on route
COMMON IORA Aegithina tiphia
Nameri c.6 on 21st
Kaziranga Heard at edge of Panbari forest but not seen
LARGE CUCKOO-SHRIKE Coracina macei
Nameri Two pairs on 21st
Nameri - Bhalukpong 5 (3+2) on route
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 1st; Eastern Range: 2 on 1st; 1 on 3rd
Mishmi 1 above Sally Lodge
BLACK-WINGED CUCKOO-SHRIKE Coracina melaschistos
Eaglenest 2 singles between Bompu and Sessni
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 3rd; Eastern Range: 1 on 3rd; Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 2 singles
Mishmi A few seen each day around Sally Lake and up to Tiwari Gaon
GREY-CHINNED MINIVET Pericrocotus solaris
Bhalukpong-Dirang 2 at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Mishmi 2 above Tiwari Gaon
LONG-TAILED MINIVET Pericrocotus ethologus
Nameri 2 ♂♂, 1 ♀
Bhalukpong-Dirang 6+ at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Kaziranga Jupuri Ghar: 1 in grounds; Western Range: 5 probably this sp.
Mishmi Two flocks 6+9 on 7th; c.20 on 9th
SHORT-BILLED MINIVET Pericrocrotus brevirostris
Bhalukpong-Dirang 2 at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Dirang 4 Mandala Road
Eaglenest 12+ on 26th; 5 on 28th
SCARLET MINIVET
Pericrocrotus speciosus
Nameri Common, frequent sightings of small flocks 6-8
Bhalukpong-Dirang 6+ at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Mishmi 2 at Sally Lake on 6th; four flocks totalling 18 birds on 9th
Digboi Oil Fields 1
BROWN SHRIKE Lanius cristatus
Bhalukpong 1 near town

LONG-TAILED SHRIKE Lanius schah tricolor
Nameri-Dirang 2 singles
Dirang 3 Mandala Road; 2 in Sangti Valley
Dirang-Eaglenest 2
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) 3 singles
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 3rd; Jupuri Ghar: 1 in grounds
Maguri Bheel 3 around lake
Roing-Tinsukia 1 along this route
GREY-BACKED SHRIKE
Lanius tephronotus
Guwahati-Nameri 2 on route
Nameri 1 near Eco Camp
Dirang 1 in Sangti Valley
Kaziranga Fairly common, up to 6 sightings per visit, all areas
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing 3 on route 6th; 3 on 10th
Mishmi 1 near Sally Lake
Digboi Oil Fields 1
PIED (White-browed) SHRIKE-BABBLER Pteruthius flaviscapis
Bhalukpong-Dirang Pair on at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Eaglenest 2 pairs on 27th; single ♂ on 28th; 3-4 on 29th
Mishmi Single on 6th near Tiwari Gaon
GREEN SHRIKE-BABBLER Pteruthius xanthochlorus
Eaglenest 2 on 26th
BLACK-EARED SHRIKE-BABBLER Pteruthius melanotis
Eaglenest 2 on 27th
BLACK-HEADED SHRIKE-BABBLER Pteruthius rufiventer
Eaglenest 1 male on 29th
BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE Oriolus xanthornus
Nameri 1
Kaziranga Common in Park and around Jupuri Ghar
Maguri Bheel 1 in village garden
MAROON ORIOLE Oriolus traillii
Nameri-Dirang 1 at roadside stop north of Tenga
Eaglenest 2 singles between Bompu and Sessni
Mishmi Singles on three days Sally Lake-Tiwari Gaon
BLACK DRONGO Dicrurus macrocercus
Common at Nameri, Kaziranga and around villages
ASHY DRONGO Dicrurus leucophaeus
Dirang 1 south of Dirang on 22nd; 3 along Mandala Road on 23rd
Eaglenest Fairly common, 3-6 seen most days
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 2 on edge of forest
Mishmi Common, 5+ seen daily
BRONZED DRONGO Dicrurus aenues
Dirang 1 near Dirang on 22nd; 1 near Mandala Road on 23rd
Eaglenest 1 in Sessni area on 28th
Mishmi 6 between Sally Lake and Tiwari Gaon on 6th; 3 on 9th
LESSER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO Dicrurus remifer
Dirang 1 near Mandala Road
Eaglenest 2 singles in Bompu area
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 on 3rd
Mishmi 1 near Tiwari Gaon on 7th; 2 on 9th
GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO
Dicrurus paradiseus
Nameri 2 singles on 21st
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 1 on edge of forest
Mishmi 1 on 7th
HAIR-CRESTED (Spangled) DRONGO Dicrurus hottentottus
Nameri 5 singles on 20th; 6-7 on 21st
Kaziranga 1-2 seen each day, all areas, including edge of Panbari forest
Mishmi Singles on 7th and 9th
WHITE-THROATED FANTAIL Rhipidura albicollis
Eaglenest Up to 4 seen each day
Mishmi Up to 6 each day
YELLOW-BELLIED FANTAIL Chelidorhynx (Rhipidura) hypoxanthus
Bhalukpong-Dirang c.8 at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Eaglenest Fairly common, up to 7 per day
Mishmi 5 on 9th
BLACK-NAPED MONARCH Hypothymis azurea
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 ♂
ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER Terpsiphone paradisi
Mishmi Pair by Sally Lake
YELLOW-BILLED BLUE MAGPIE Urocissa flavirostris
Dirang 2 along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 2 near Sunderview
Mishmi 1 by Coffee House, Mayodia
GREEN MAGPIE Cissa chinensis
Mishmi 5 seen on 7th; 1 on 8th; 2 on 9th
RUFOUS TREEPIE Dendrocitta vagabunda
Guwahati-Nameri 3 on route
Nameri Several sightings each day
Kaziranga Fairly common, frequent sightings all areas
Maguri Bheel 4 around village
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Common
Digboi Oil Fields 2 seen
GREY TREEPIE Dendrocitta formosae
Dirang 2 Mandala Road
Mishmi 1 (or possibly Collared D.frontalis) near Tiwari Gaon on 6th; 1 definitely this sp. on 7th
Digboi Oil Fields 1
COLLARED TREEPIE Dendrocitta frontalis
Mishmi 2 definitely this sp. seen on 7th; 1 possibly this, or Grey D.formosae near Tiwari Gaon on 6th,
others heard.
SPOTTED NUTCRACKER Nucifraga caryocatactes
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 on 26th; 2 together on 27th; 1 on 30th
(Red-billed) CHOUGH Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Dirang 4 at Sela Pass
HOUSE CROW Corvus splendens
Common in and around all towns and villages
(EASTERN) JUNGLE CROW Corvus (macrorhynchus) levaillantii
Common in small groups in lower areas/Assam and around Sally Lake
LARGE-BILLED CROW Corvus (macrorhynchus) japonensis
Dirang Occasional pairs Sangti Valley, Mandala Road and Sela Pass
GREY-HEADED CANARY-FLYCATCHER Culicicapa ceylonensis
Bhalukpong-Dirang 2 singles at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Dirang Common along Mandala Road
Eaglenest Common, up to 20 per day
Mishmi c.10 seen on 9th
COAL TIT Periparus (Parus) ater
Dirang c.7 along Mandala Road; 1 on route to Sela Pass
RUFOUS-VENTED TIT
Periparus (Parus) rubidiventris
Dirang 6 along Mandala Road; 8 on route to Sela Pass
GREAT TIT Parus major
Nameri 1 near Eco Camp
Kaziranga Jupuri Ghar: 1
Maguri Bheel 1 in village garden

GREEN-BACKED TIT Parus monticolus
Dirang 6 along Mandala Road; 1 on route to Sela Pass
Bomdila 1 in town
Eaglenest 3 on 26th; 5 on 27th; 4-5 on 30th
YELLOW-CHEEKED (Black-spotted) TIT Parus spilonotus
Dirang c.5 along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 8 on 26th; 6+ on 27th; 2 on 29th
Mishmi 5 on 7th
YELLOW-BROWED TIT Sylviparus modestus
Eaglenest Up to 6 each day
SULTAN TIT Melanochlora sultanea
Nameri 2 on 21st
Bhalukpong-Dirang Pair on route
Eaglenest Pair near Bompu
Mishmi 2 on 9th; others heard in fast-moving mixed flock on 6th
BLACK-THROATED TIT Aegithalos concinnus
Dirang c.6 along Mandala Road
Bomdila 1 in town
Eaglenest 7 on 25th; 4+ on 26th; 15+ on 27th; 20+ on 30th
Mishmi Common in impressive numbers: c.50 (15+17+18) on 7th and c.40 (10+15+15) on 9th
RUFOUS-FRONTED TIT Aegithalos iouschistos
Dirang c.7 along Mandala Road
FIRE-CAPPED TIT Cephalopyrus flammiceps
Dirang 5 along Mandala Road
BENGAL BUSH LARK Mirafra assamica
Maguri Bheel 1 seen, in song flight, by river
SAND LARK Calandrella raytal
Nameri 1 seen (other probables, very distant)
ORIENTAL SKYLARK
Alauda gulgula
Kaziranga Western Range: Only 1 seen well
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 2 singles, in song-flight, on south side of ferry crossing
STRIATED BULBUL Pycnonotus striatus
Eaglenest 3-8 seen daily
Mishmi 61 above Sally Lake on 8th
BLACK CRESTED BULBUL Pycnonotus (melanicterus) flaviventris
Nameri 1 on 20th; 2+ on 21st
RED-WHISKERED BULBUL Pycnonotus jocusus
Fairly common in many areas; not at Eaglenest and only in lower parts of Mishmi
RED-VENTED BULBUL Pycnonotus cafer
Common in most areas; not at Eaglenest and only around Sally Lake at Mishmi
WHITE-THROATED BULBUL Alophoixus flaveolus
Nameri Frequently heard in forest but not seen
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: heard at edge of forest but not seen
Mishmi 5 seen at Sally Lake on 6th
ASHY BULBUL Hemixos flavala
Mishmi 2
Digboi Oil Fields 1
MOUNTAIN BULBUL Ixos (Hypsipetes) mcclellandi
Mishmi 4 at Sally Lake on 9th
BLACK BULBUL
Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Nameri 6 on 21st
Nameri-Dirang c.18 along this route
Dirang Common along Mandala Road
Mishmi 6 on 6th; 2 on 7th; 2 on 8th
Digboi Oil Fields 2

GREY-THROATED MARTIN Riparia chinensis
Nameri Thousands seen along the river, from the raft
Kaziranga Common throughout
Maguri Bheel Small groups around the river/lake
BARN SWALLOW Hirundo rustica
Guwahati-Nameri One flock only, c.20, on this route
Nameri-Bhalukpong Small numbers only
Kaziranga Common throughout
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X Small numbers in the area but none over the river
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Cecropis (Hirundo) daurica
Nameri 1 with Grey-throated Martins R.chinensis seen from raft
Nameri-Bhalukpong 1 seen along this route
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 on 31st; Kohora: 4 East of town on 2nd
NEPAL HOUSE MARTIN Delichon nipalense
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) Small flocks fairly common over forested areas, probably all this sp.
Kaziranga Eastern Range: Small flocks of 6-8
Mishmi 6 below Sally Lake on 10th
ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN
Delichon dasypus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 8 on 2nd
Maguri Bheel 3 probably this sp. high over lake
SCALY-BREASTED WREN-BABBLER Pnoepyga albiventer
Dirang Extended views of 1 along Mandala Road, apparently nesting
Eaglenest Singles seen on two days, others heard
PYGMY WREN-BABBLER Pnoepyga pusilla
Mishmi Good views of 1 and several more heard
RUFOUS-THROATED WREN-BABBLER Spelaeornis caudatus
Eaglenest 3 seen (1 on 27th, 2 on 28th) and several more heard
MISHMI (Rusty-throated) WREN-BABBLER Spelaeornis badeigularis
Mishmi 3 very good sightings and another heard
LONG-BILLED WREN-BABBLER Rimator malacoptilus
Eaglenest 1 seen well + few possibles on 28th
SIKKIM WEDGE-BILLED WREN-BABBLER Sphenocichla humei
Eaglenest Good views of 1 + several others heard and glimpsed on 28th
CACHAR WEDGE-BILLED WREN-BABBLER Spenocichla roberti
Mishmi 2 near Tiwari Gaon
CHESTNUT-HEADED TESIA Tesia castaneocoronata
Eaglenest Singles on 27th and 29th; 3 on 28th; several more heard
Mishmi 1 seen, 2 others heard
SLATY-BELLIED TESIA Tesia olivea
Eaglenest 1 very brief view then 3 more heard
BROWNISH-FLANKED (Strong-footed) BUSH WARBLER Cettia fortipes
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
Eaglenest At least 1 seen, a few more possibles
RUFOUS-FACED WARBLER Abroscopus albogularis
Mishmi 1 male near Sally Lake
YELLOW-BELLIED WARBLER Abroscopus superciliaris
Guwahati-Nameri 1 at roadside stop
BLACK-FACED WARBLER Abroscopus schisticeps
Eaglenest Common, often in groups amongst mixed-sp. flocks
At least 15 on 25th; 10 on 26th; 12+ on 27th; 5 on 28th; 9 on 29th
DUSKY WARBLER Phylloscopus fuscatus
Nameri 1 near Eco Camp
TICKELL'S LEAF WARBLER Phylloscopus affinis
Nameri 1 near Eco Camp
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 31st; 1 on 3rd
Maguri Bheel 4 together in village
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 in scrub on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat)

BUFF-BARRED WARBLER
Phylloscopus pulcher
Dirang 1 seen well and 4 probables along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 20 on 26th; 5+ on 27th; 1 on 28th; 4 on 29th
ASHY-THROATED (Grey-faced) WARBLER Phylloscopus maculipennis
Dirang 6+ along Mandala Road
Eaglenest c.15 on 26th; 10+ on 27th; 4+ on 29th; 5+ on 30th
Mishmi 1 seen well on 8th; other possibles
LEMON-RUMPED WARBLER Phylloscopus chloronotus
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 seen on route
Eaglenest At least 1, probably 4, seen on 30th
YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER
Phylloscopus inornatus
Nameri 1 on 21st
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 on route
Eaglenest At least 1 on 30th plus few possibles
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 4 in scrub on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat)
LARGE-BILLED LEAF WARBLER Phylloscopus magnirostris
Mishmi 1 seen well on 9th, plus few possibles
GREENISH WARBLER Phylloscopus trochiloides
Nameri 1 on 21st
BLYTH'S LEAF WARBLER Phylloscopus reguloides
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 on 25th; 2 on 27th
Mishmi 1 seen well plus few possibles
GREY-HOODED WARBLER Phylloscopus xanthoschistos
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
WHISTLER'S WARBLER Seicercus whistleri
Eaglenest 2 on 26th; at least 1 on 27th; 2 on 29th
Mishmi 1 on 8th
GREY-CHEEKED WARBLER Seicercus poliogenys
Eaglenest 1 near Lama camp on 25th
Mishmi 1 seen well plus few possibles on 9th
CHESTNUT-CROWNED WARBLER Seicercus castaniceps
Eaglenest 2 on 26th; 3 on 27th; 5 on 28th
THICK-BILLED WARBLER Iduna (Acrocephalus) aedon
Nameri 1 near Eco Camp
STRIATED GRASSBIRD Megalurus palustris
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) 1 at roadside stop along this route
Maguri Bheel c.10 seen
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 5 in grassland area on 10th
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
ZITTING CISTICOLA Cisticola juncidis
Maguri Bheel 1 only
BLACK-THROATED PRINIA
Prinia atrogularis
Eaglenest 3 (pair + single) above Lama camp on 26th; heard on 28th but not seen
STRIATED PRINIA Prinia crinigera
Mishmi 15 seen on 7th
SWAMP PRINIA Prinia cinerascens
Kaziranga Probably this species seen several times
Maguri Bheel 1 seen in grassland; others heard
GREY-BREASTED PRINIA Prinia hodgsonii
Bomdila 1 seen at edge of town on 25th
YELLOW-BELLIED PRINIA
Prinia flaviventris
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 4th; Western Range: 1 singing ♂ on 4th
Maguri Bheel 1 singing ♂
RUFESCENT PRINIA Prinia rufescens
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 in grassland on north side of river on 6th

MOUNTAIN TAILORBIRD Phyllergates (Orthotomus) cuculatus
Eaglenest 1 poor view (but heard for extended period) near Sunderview on 28th
Mishmi 1 seen well, two others heard
COMMON TAILORBIRD Orthotomus sutorius
Nameri Common
Kaziranga 1 near Jupuri Ghar
Maguri Bheel 3 around village
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Often seen and heard along this route
Mishmi 1 near Sally Lake on 9th
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
DARK(Black)-NECKED TAILORBIRD Orthotomus atrogularis
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 male in woodland edge on 3rd
STREAK-BREASTED SCIMITAR-BABBLER Pomatorhinus ruficollis
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 on 25th; 1 seen and another heard on 27th; 1 on 29th; 2 on 30th
CORAL-BILLED SCIMITAR-BABBLER Pomatorhinus ferruginosus
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 seen well + 2 other probables at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
WHITE-BROWED SCIMITAR-BABBLER Pomatorhinus schisticeps
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 1 seen in tea plantation
SLENDER-BILLED SCIMITAR-BABBLER Pomatorhinus (Xiphirhynchus) supercilliaris
Eaglenest 1 seen well + few possibles on 27th
RUFOUS-FRONTED BABBLER Stachyridopsis (Stachyris) rufifrons
Mishmi 1 in mixed-sp. flock
RUFOUS-CAPPED BABBLER Stachyridopsis (Stachyris) ruficeps
Eaglenest Several in mixed-sp. flock on 27th, only 1 of which seen well
Mishmi 5 (two groups) on 8th
GOLDEN BABBLER
Stachyridopsis (Stachyris) chrysaea
Eaglenest 2-3 on 28th
Mishmi At least 1 on 8th
GREY-THROATED BABBLER
Stachyris nigriceps
Mishmi 2 together on 9th
(PIN-) STRIPED TIT-BABBLER Macronous gularis
Nameri 3+ on 21st
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 4 together
PUFF-THROATED BABBLER Pellorneum ruficeps
Nameri 1 on 21st
Kaziranga Western Range: 1 on 2nd
ABBOTT'S BABBLER Malacocincla abbotti
Kaziranga Central Range: 2 seen and others heard on 3rd
CHESTNUT-CAPPED BABBLER Timalia pileata
Maguri Bheel 1 in grassland
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 2 in scrub on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat)
STRIATED BABBLER Turdoides earlei
Maguri Bheel 1 seen
SLENDER-BILLED BABBLER Turdoides longirostris
Kaziranga Western Range: 3 together on 4th
WHITE-THROATED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax albogularis
Eaglenest 1 below the Pass on 29th
WHITE-CRESTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax leucolophus
Eaglenest Flock of c.10 on 28th
Mishmi Fairly common, often heard and three flocks seen
STRIATED LAUGHINGTHRUSH
Garrulax striata
Eaglenest Fairly common, 1-6 seen each day
Mishmi Singles on two days
SCALY LAUGHINGTHRUSH Trochalopteron (Garrulax) subunicolor
Eaglenest At least 1 on 26th but others probably overlooked

RUFOUS-NECKED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax ruficollis
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 5 near south side of crossing on 6th; 6-7 in scrubby area north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat) on 10th
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
RUFOUS-CHINNED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax rufigularis
Eaglenest Flock of 5+ on 27th
SPOTTED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax ocellata
Dirang c.5 along Mandala Road but only 1 seen properly (others were calling)
Eaglenest 1 seen well at the Pass with several others calling; often heard
Mishmi 1 heard on 8th but not seen
CHESTNUT-BACKED LAUGHINGTHRUSH
Garrulax nuchalis
Digboi Oil Fields 5
GREATER NECKLACED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax pectoralis
Digboi Oil Fields 5 seen
LESSER NECKLACED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax monileger
Mishmi Flock heard, but not seen, near Tiwari Gaon
Digboi Oil Fields 5 seen
GREY-SIDED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Garrulax caerulatus
Eaglenest Fairly common, often heard but only a few seen: 2 on 2nd and 8+ on 27th
Mishmi 5+ on 9th
BHUTAN (STREAKED) LAUGHINGTHRUSH Trochalopteron (Garrulax) imbricatum
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 seen at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Dirang 2 Mandala Road
Eaglenest c.4 on 26th; 5-6 on 27th
BLACK-FACED LAUGHINGTHRUSH
Trochalopteron (Garrulax) affinis
Dirang 10 (6+4) along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 15+ on 27th (three groups); singles on 26th and 30th
Mishmi At least 4 barely visible in thick mist at start of Mayodia Pass on 8th
CHESTNUT-CROWNED LAUGHINGTHRUSH Trochalopteron (Garrulax) erythrocephalus
Dirang 3 together on Mandala Road
Eaglenest 10+ (two groups) on 26th; 4-5 on 29th; several sightings on 30th
CUTIA Cutia nipalensis
Eaglenest 3 on 25th; 6 on 26th; c.12 on 28th
BAR-THROATED (Chestnut-tailed) MINLA Minla strigula
Dirang c.6 along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 on 25th; c.10 on 26th; 5+ on 27th; c.12 on 29th; 6+ on 30th
Mishmi 10+ on 8th
RED-TAILED MINLA Minla ignotincta
Eaglenest 6 on 26th; 6 on 27th; 3 on 29th; 6+ on 30th
RED-FACED LIOCICHLA Liocichla phoeniceus
Eaglenest 2 on 28th
BUGUN LIOCICHLA Liocichla bugunorum
Eaglenest Below Lama Camp: 2 on 25th and 3 on 26th (with a 3rd calling nearby)
RUSTY-FRONTED BARWING Actinodura egertoni
Bhalukpong-Dirang Flock of 10+ at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Eaglenest 20+ on 25th; c.30 on 26th; 5+ on 28th; c.10 on 30th
Mishmi 15+ on 8th; 10+ on 9th
HOARY-THROATED BARWING Actinodura nipalensis
Eaglenest 1 seen on 26th (others probably missed in mixed flocks); 5+ on 30th
STREAK-THROATED BARWING
Actinodura waldeni
Eaglenest 20+ on 29th (others probably missed in mixed flocks)
Mishmi At least 1 with Rusty-fronted A.egertoni on 8th
SILVER-EARED LEIOTHRIX (Mesia)
Leiothrix argentauris
Eaglenest 6 on 28th; 5+ on 29th; two flocks (6+7) on 31st
Mishmi 5 on 6th; 20 on 7th; 20+ on 8th; 8 on 9th
RED-BILLED LEOTHRIX Leiothrix lutea
Dirang 1 along Mandala Road

RUFOUS-BACKED SIBIA Heterophasia annectens
Eaglenest 2 together on 28th
Mishmi 1 on 6th; 2 together on 9th
BEAUTIFUL SIBIA
Heterophasia pulchella
Dirang Common in small groups (2-8) along Mandala Road
Eaglenest Several sightings of 2s/4s each day. Max. day count of 10
Mishmi 10 on 8th; 20+ on 9th
LONG-TAILED SIBIA Heterophasia picaoides
Bhalukpong-Dirang Two flocks (8+12) on roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Mishmi 2 above Sally Lake on 7th and again on 8th; 6 on 9th
JERDON'S BABBLER Chrysomma altirostre
Maguri Bheel 1 seen, another heard
BROWN PARROTBILL Cholornis (Paradoxornis) unicolor
Eaglenest 5 on 26th; 2 on 27th
PALE-BILLED (Lssr Rufous-headed/Black-browed) PARROTBILL Chleuasicus (Paradoxornis) atrosuperciliaris
Bhalukpong-Dirang A flock of 10-15 seen on route; good views
Mishmi Flock of 5+ on 7th
GREATER RUFOUS-HEADED PARROTBILL Paradoxornis ruficeps
Eaglenest Flock of 6 on 26th, good views; 5 on 28th, c.8 on 30th
Mishmi 10+ on 8th; 6+ on 9th
GOLDEN-BREASTED FULVETTA Lioparus (Alcippe) chrysotis
Dirang 2 Mandala Road
Eaglenest 4 on 27th
YELLOW-THROATED FULVETTA Alcippe cinerea
Eaglenest 4 on 27th; 5 on 28th; 10+ on 29th
Mishmi 6 on 8th; 3 on 9th
RUFOUS-WINGED FULVETTA Alcippe castaneceps
Eaglenest At least 1 in mixed flock on 26th; 3+ on 27th; 4 on 28th
Mishmi 5 on 8th
NEPAL FULVETTA Alcippe nipalensis
Eaglenest 4 on 28th
Mishmi 10 seen on 6th; several on 8th; only brief glimpses of calling birds twice on 9th
BROWN-THROATED FULVETTA Fulvetta (Alcippe) ludlowi
Dirang 1 Mandala Road; 1 on return from Sela Pass
Eaglenest 1 seen well, 2-3 other probables, on 27th; c.4 on 29th; 3+ on 30th
MANIPUR FULVETTA Fulvetta (Alcippe) manipurensis
Mishmi Good views of 1 on 8th
WHITE-HOODED BABBLER Gampsorhynchus rufulus
Mishmi Flock of 9 near Tiwari Gaon on 6th
STRIATED YUHINA Yuhina castaniceps
Mishmi 10 in three flocks on 6th; 5 together on 8th
WHITE-NAPED YUHINA Yuhina bakeri
Eaglenest 25 in three mixed-sp. flocks on 28th
WHISKERED YUHINA Yuhina flavicollis
Dirang 3 Mandala Road
Bomdila 1 on edge of town
Mishmi 5 on 6th; 16 in mixed-sp. flock on 7th; 30+ (four flocks) on 9th
STRIPE-THROATED YUHINA Yuhina gularis
Dirang Flocks of 10-15 frequently seen along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 2 on 26th; 50+ (in three flocks) on 27th; 5 on 29th; 7 on 30th
Mishmi c.5 on 7th; 20 on 8th; 10+ on 9th
RUFOUS-VENTED YUHINA
Yuhina occipitalis
Dirang 20 (three flocks) along Mandala Road
Eaglenest Common in flocks of 15-20. Day counts of 50 on 26th; 15 on 27th; 40 on 29th; 40+ on 30th
BLACK-CHINNED YUHINA Yuhina nigrimenta
Eaglenest c.8 in a mixed-sp. flock on 30th

ORIENTAL WHITE-EYE Zosterops palpebrosa
Bomdila 1 on edge of town
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
ASIAN FAIRY BLUEBIRD Irene puella
Nameri 1 heard and seen briefly
Nameri-Dirang route 5 (2 singles + 3 together) along this route
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 1 ♂ on edge of forest
(Eurasian) WREN Troglodytes troglodytes
Dirang 1 at Sela Pass
CHESTNUT-BELLIED NUTHATCH
Sitta cinnamoventris
Mishmi 2 below Tiwari Gaon on 9th
WHITE-TAILED NUTHATCH Sitta himalayensis
Eaglenest Fairly common with 4 on 26th; 6 on 27th; c.6 on 29th; 3 on 30th
Mishmi 2 on 7th; 5 on 8th
VELVET-FRONTED NUTHATCH Sitta frontalis
Nameri 1 on 21st
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
BEAUTIFUL NUTHATCH Sitta formosa
Eaglenest 6 between Sunderview and Bompu on 28th
Mishmi 1 at Tiwari Gaon
WALLCREEPER Tichodroma muraria
Eaglenest 1 on approach to Lama Camp on 25th; 1 on 31st
EURASIAN TREECREEPER
Certhia familiaris (? mandelli )
Dirang 2 singles along Mandala Road
BROWN-THROATED TREECREEPER Certhia discolor
Dirang 3 singles along Mandala Road
SPOT-WINGED STARLING Saroglossa spiloptera
Nameri 5 near Eco Camp on 20th
CHESTNUT-TAILED (GREY-HEADED) STARLING
Sturnia malabarica
Guwahati-Nameri 3 at breakfast stop on route from Guwahati
Nameri Flock of c.12 on 21st
Kaziranga Small flocks (6-12) common in all areas, incl. around Jupuri Ghar
Kaziranga-Tinsukia Small flocks common
Maguri Bheel Common around village
Mishmi 5 near Sally Lake on 7th
PIED MYNA (Asian Pied Starling) Gracupica contra
Guwahati-Nameri 1 at breakfast stop on route from Guwahati
Nameri 1 at Eco Camp on 22nd
Kaziranga Common in small flocks all areas, incl. around Jupuri Ghar
Kaziranga-Tinsukia Small flocks frequently seen
Maguri Bheel Common around village
Ferry to Roing Small numbers on route
COMMON MYNA Acridotheres tristis
Common around towns and villages at lower levels
BANK MYNA Acridotheres gingininus
Less often seen than Common A.tristis, in towns and villages
JUNGLE MYNA Acridotheres fuscus
Common at Kaziranga. Fairly common in rural areas, Nameri, Tinsukia and Digboi Oil Fields.
WHITE-VENTED (GREAT) MYNA Acridotheres grandis
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 on 1st; Eastern Range: 4 on 3rd; Jupuri Ghar: 2 in grounds
COMMON HILL MYNA
Gracula religiosa
Nameri Several pairs seen each day
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 2 at forest edge

BLUE WHISTLING-THRUSH Myophonus caeruleus
Bhalukpong-Dirang 2 on route
Dirang 12+ along Mandala Road
Eaglenest 2 in Bompu area on 28th
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) Common along this forested route, at least 10 seen
Mishmi Common, up to 6 daily
ORANGE-HEADED THRUSH Zoothera citrina
Mishmi 1 by Sally Lake
PLAIN-BACKED THRUSH Zoothera mollissima
Dirang 1 Mandala Road
(Small-billed) SCALY THRUSH Zoothera dauma
Eaglenest 1 near Bompu on 28th
CHESTNUT-BELLIED (Rufous-bellied) THRUSH
Turdus rufiventris
Eaglenest 3-4 seen each day
Mishmi 1 male on 7th
WHITE-COLLARED BLACKBIRD Turdus albocinctus
Dirang Several small groups, totalling 20+, along Mandala Road; 1 on route to Sela Pass
RED-THROATED THRUSH Turdus ruficollis
Dirang c.35 in open, rough grassland foraging with Black-throated T.atrogularis on Mandala Road
BLACK-THROATED THRUSH Turdus atrogularis
Dirang c.10 in open, rough grassland foraging with Red-throated T.ruficollis on Mandala Road
Eaglenest Single near Sunderview
GREEN COCHOA Cochoa viridis
Eaglenest 1 ♂ seen below Sunderview (with a another calling nearby); 1 ♀ seen later in day
Mishmi 1 heard near Tiwari Gaon but not seen
LESSER SHORTWING Brachypteryx leucophrys
Mishmi 1 ♂ on 6th
BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica
Kaziranga Western Range: 1 on 4th
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 on grassy area north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat) on 10th
HIMALAYAN (Red-flanked) BLUETAIL (Bush Robin) Tarsiger rufilatus
Dirang 1 ♂ Mandala Road
Eaglenest Up to 4 seen daily, all areas
Mishmi 2 singles (♂ + ♀) on 7th
RUFOUS-BREASTED BUSH ROBIN Tarsiger hyperythrus
Eaglenest 1 ♂ near the Pass on 26th
ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN Copsychus saularis
Common. Seen most areas except Eaglenest and higher areas of Mishmi
WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA Copsychus malabaricus
Kaziranga Heard several times but not seen
Mishmi Seen on three days in lower areas (2+1+1). More often heard
Digboi Oil Fields 1 seen
BLACK REDSTART
Phoenicurus ochruros
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 ♂ on 31st; 1 ♂ on 3rd; probably ♀ on 4th; Eastern Range: 2 ♀♀ on 3rd
Mishmi 1-2 each day Sally Lake-Tiwari Gaon
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X 1 ♂ on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat)
HODGSON'S REDSTART Phoenicurus hodgsoni
Dirang-Eaglenest 10+ singles/pairs, along this route
WHITE-THROATED REDSTART Phoenicurus schisticeps
Dirang 2 ♂♂ + 3 ♀♀ in one small area along Mandala Road
DAURIAN REDSTART Phoenicurus auroreus
Mishmi 1 near Sally Lake on 9th; 1 by the Dibang river below Sally Lodge
BLUE-FRONTED REDSTART
Phoenicurus frontalis
Dirang 2 ♂♂ + 1 ♀ along Mandala Road; 6 ♂♂ + c.20 ♀♀ between Dirang and Sela Pass;
2 ♂♂ + 1 female in Sangti Valley
Eaglenest 1 ♂ on 26th; 1 ♂ + 2 ♀♀ on 27th and again on 30th; 1 male on 29th
Mishmi 1 ♂ below Mayodia on 7th

PLUMBEOUS WATER REDSTART Rhyacornis fuliginosa
Nameri 2 single ♂♂
Nameri - Bhalukpong route 1 ♂
Dirang 1 ♀ below Sela Pass; 2 ♂♂ + 1 ♀ in Sangti Valley
Mishmi 1 male + 1 ♀ by the Dibang river below Sally Lodge
WHITE-CAPPED WATER REDSTART (RIVER CHAT) Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
Bhalukpong-Dirang 2 singles on route
Dirang 2 in Sangti Valley
Dirang-Lama Camp 5 singles on route
Mishmi 1 by the Dibang river below Sally Lodge
BLUE-FRONTED (Blue) ROBIN Cinclidium frontalis
Mishmi 1 seen very briefly (and heard) on 7th; 1 seen, 2 more heard only, on 8th
GRANDALA Grandala coelicolor
Dirang 3 at Sela Pass
BLACK-BACKED FORKTAIL Enicurus immaculatus
Mishmi 2 at Sally Lake on 7th; single bird in same place on 8th + 9th
SPOTTED FORKTAIL Enicurus maculatus
Mishmi 1 between Tiwari Gaon and Mayodia
WHITE-TAILED STONECHAT Saxicola leucurus
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 ♂ seen well on 1st
STONECHAT Saxicola torquatus (maura/indicus)
Guwahati-Nameri: Fairly common along roadside
Nameri Common
Dirang Pair in Sangti Valley
Kaziranga Common. Frequent sightings all areas
Brahmaputra/Lohit River X Common in grassland on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat)
Mishmi Pair by the Dibang river below Sally Lodge
JERDON'S BUSH CHAT Saxicola jerdoni
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 1 seen on 3rd
GREY BUSH CHAT Saxicola ferreus
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 on route
Dirang 1 ♂ Mandala Road
Eaglenest 1 above Lama camp
BLUE ROCK THRUSH Monticola solitarius
Nameri 1 ♂ on large boulder by river on 21st
BROWN-BREASTED FLYCATCHER Muscicapa muttui
Nameri Good views of 1 in forest on 21st
RUFOUS-GORGETTED FLYCATCHER
Ficedula strophiata
Eaglenest At least 3 seen each day
Mishmi Singles on three days and 3 on 9th
TAIGA (Red-throated) FLYCATCHER Ficedula albicilla
Kaziranga Central Range: 1 male on 3rd; Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 1 ♀
Maguri Bheel 1 ♂ in village
Digboi Oil Fields 1 ♂
LITTTLE PIED FLYCATCHER Ficedula westermanni
Mishmi 3 ♂♂ at Sally Lake on 8th and 1 ♂ on 9th
SAPPHIRE FLYCATCHER
Ficedula sapphira
Mishmi 1 ♂ on 8th
VERDITER FLYCATCHER
Eumyias thalassinus
Nameri 1 on 20th; 5 on 21st
Dirang 1 ♂ Mandala Road
Dirang-Lama Camp 1 near Tenga town
Eaglenest 5 on 26th; 4 on 28th
LARGE BLUE FLYCATCHER (Hill Blue Flycatcher) Cyornis magnirostris (banyumas)
Eaglenest 1 ♂ seen well (MC+Abid)
PALE BLUE FLYCATCHER Cyornis unicolor
Nameri 1 ♂ on 21st
Eaglenest 1 ♂ (and possible ♀ nearby) in Bompu area on 28th
PALE-CHINNED FLYCATCHER Cyornis poliogenys
Nameri 1 ♂ on 20tht
LARGE NILTAVA Niltava grandis
Dirang 1 at start on Mandala Road
Mishmi 3 ♂♂ together at Sally Lake
SMALL NILTAVA Niltava macgrigoriae
Nameri 1 ♂ near Eco Camp
Mishmi Pair above Sally Lake on 7th; 1 ♂ near Tiwari Gaon on 8th
RUFOUS-BELLIED NILTAVA Niltava sundara
Eaglenest Brief view of 1 ♂ below Eaglenest Pass on 30th
PYGMY BLUE FLYCATCHER Muscicapella hodgsoni
Eaglenest 1 ♂ near the Pass on 30th
WHITE-THOATED DIPPER Cinclus cinclus
Dirang 1 just below Sela Pass
GOLDEN-FRONTED LEAFBIRD Chloropsis aurifrons
Nameri Min. 4
ORANGE-BELLIED LEAFBIRD
Chloropsis hardwickii
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 ♂ at roadside stop on route
Dirang 1 ♂ along Mandala Road
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: 1 ♂ on edge of forest
Mishmi 1
FIRE-BREASTED FLOWERPECKER Dicaeum ignipectus
Dirang 1 ♂ on Mandala Road
Eaglenest Very brief glimpse of 1 ♂ on 29th
Mishmi 8 seen well (2 single ♂♂ + 3 pairs) on 9th
SCARLET-BACKED FLOWERPECKER Dicaeum cruentatum
Kaziranga Panbari forest/Tea plantation: good views of 1 ♀ in tea plantation
Digboi Oil Fields 1 ♂ seen
MRS. GOULD'S SUNBIRD Aethopyga gouldiae
Dirang Common along Mandala Road, at least 10 seen
Eaglenest Common. Min.8 on 27th; 15+ on 29th; 20+ on 30th
Mishmi Min.15 (8 ♂♂ + 7 ♀♀) in one flock on 9th
GREEN-TAILED SUNBIRD Aethopyga nipalensis
Dirang c.4 along Mandala Road
Eaglenest Common. 15+ on 26th; 15+ on 27th; 20+ on 29th; c.25 on 30th
Mishmi 3 ♂♂ + several ♀♀ on 8th
BLACK-THROATED SUNBIRD Aethopyga saturata
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 ♂ at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Eaglenest 2 single ♂♂ on 28th; 1 ♂ on 30th
Mishmi Singles seen at Sally Lake on three days
CRIMSON SUNBIRD Aethopyga siparaja
Kaziranga Central Range: Pair on 3rd and again on 4th
Panbari forest/Tea plantation: Pair in the tea plantation
Digboi Oil Fields 1 ♂
FIRE-TAILED SUNBIRD
Aethopyga ignicauda
Bhalukpong-Dirang 1 ♂ at roadside walk off main road (Sessa/bamboo area)
Dirang 2 ♂♂ Mandala Road; 1 ♂ near Baisakhi Army Camp (below Sela Pass)
Eaglenest 3 ♂♂ + 1 ♀ on 27th; 4 ♂♂ on 29th; 1 ♀ on 30th
Mishmi 1 ♂ on 8th
LITTLE SPIDERHUNTER Arachnothera longirostra
Mishmi 2 together on 9th
STREAKED SPIDERHUNTER Arachnothera magna
Nameri 1 on 21st in forest; 2 singles at Eco Camp
Eaglenest 1 on 28th in Sessni area; 2 singles near Lama Camp
Mishmi Common in Sally Lake to Tiwari Gaon area: 3 on 6th; 3 on 7th; 5 on 8th; 20+ on 9th

HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus
Fairly common around towns and villages at lower levels but only small numbers
RUSSET SPARROW Passer rutilans
Dirang Common in small numbers along Mandala Road and Sangti Valley
EURASIAN TREE SPARROW
Passer montanus
Fairly common around towns and villages, plus 6 by watchtower in Kaziranga Central Range, 4 by The Coffee House buildings, Mishmi and 1 at Digboi Oilfields
BAYA WEAVER Ploceus philippinus (burmanicus)
Kaziranga Several small flocks each visit, all areas
SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA Lonchura punctulata
Kaziranga Central Range: several small flocks flying to roost at dusk on 31st
Maguri Bheel Flock of c.15 by the lake probably this sp.
Mishmi 2 at Sally Lodge on 9th
ALPINE ACCENTOR Prunella collaris
Dirang 4 (2+2) Sela Pass
RUFOUS-BREASTED ACCENTOR Prunella strophiata
Dirang 2 Mandala Road
Eaglenest 6 on 26th
WHITE WAGTAIL Motacilla alba
A somewhat-bewildering range of races seen - certainly alboides, dukhensis and personata types were noted.
Nameri Common
Dirang 1 near Hotel Pemaling; 25-30 in Sangti Valley (at least two races)
Kaziranga Small numbers around the Park
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Frequently seen in small groups on route
Mishmi Occasional sightings of 1s/2s
CITRINE WAGTAIL Motacilla citreola
Kaziranga Frequent sightings, all areas. A few breeding plumage ♂ calcarata noted. Flock of c.50 flying to roost in Central Range at dusk on 4th
Maguri Bheel Common
Tinsukia-Ferry-Roing Common all along this route in rice fields, marshes and by the ferry crossing
(Western) YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava
Kaziranga Eastern Range: 4, incl. one ? feldegg
Ferry crossing 6 on floodplain, south side of river on 6th
GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
Nameri 1 on 21st
Mishmi 1 by Sally Lake on 7th; 1 by waterfall near Tiwari Gaon on 9th
PADDYFIELD PIPIT Anthus rufulus
Nameri 1 on 21st
Dirang 30+ around Sangti Valley
Ferry crossing 2 on north side of crossing (Sadiya Ghat) on 10th
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT Anthus hodgsoni
Fairly common and widespread. Frequently seen, singles or 2s in most suitable areas.
ROSY PIPIT Anthus roseatus
Dirang 3 at Sela Pass; at least 1 in Sangti Valley amongst many Paddyfield A.rufulus
YELLOW-BREASTED (Himalayan) GREENFINCH
Cardeulis spinoides
Eaglenest 2 on approach to Lama Camp on 25th
DARK-BREASTED ROSEFINCH
Carpodacus nipalensis
Dirang 1 below Sela Pass
HIMALAYAN BEAUTIFUL ROSEFINCH Carpodacus pulcherrimus
Dirang 1 ♂ just before the start of Sela Pass
SCARLET FINCH Haematospiza sipahi
Eaglenest 4 over Lama Camp on 25th; 1 above camp on 26th; 2 pairs below Sunderview on 26th; 3 ♂♂ + 1 ♀ below Lama Camp on 30th
Minor road from Eaglenest (-Kaziranga) Two groups (3+5) in forested area along this route
GREY-HEADED BULLFINCH Pyrrhula erythaca
Eaglenest 5 on 27th

GOLD-NAPED FINCH Pyrrhoplectes epauletta
Eaglenest 2 ♂♂ + 1 ♀ on 26th; 1 ♀ (others heard nearby) on 30th
Mishmi 2 ♀♀ on 9th
CRESTED BUNTING Emberiza (Melophus) lathami
Dirang 1 ♂ Mandala Road; 1 in Sangti Valley
LITTLE BUNTING Emberiza pusilla
Dirang 1 Mandala Road; 2 Sangti Valley

MAMMALS 21 sp.

Hoolock Gibbon Bunopithecus hoolock
Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta
Capped Langur Trachypithecus pileatus
Sambar Cervus unicolor
Swamp Deer Cervus duvauceli
Indian Muntjac Muntiacus muntjak
Chital Axis axis
Hog Deer Axis porcinus
Asiatic Wild Buffalo Bubalus arnee
Wild Boar Sus scrofa
Asian Elephant Elephas maximus
Greater One-horned Rhinoceros Rhinoceros unicornis
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
Smooth-coated Otter Lutragale perspicillata
Small Indian Mongoose Herpestes javanicus
House Shrew Suncus murinus
Malayan Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor
Himalayan Striped Squirrel Tamiops macclellandi
Orange-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Dremomys lokriah
Hoary-bellied Himalayan Squirrel Calloscirius pygerythrus
Ganges (Fresh water) River Dolphin Platanista gangetica
("Zho" Domestic Yak x Cow)
("Mithun" Domestic Gaur x Cow)

REPTILES

Monitor Lizard Varanus sp.
Assam Roofed Turtle Pangshura sylhetensi
Indian Sawback/Roofed Terrapin Kachuga tecta
Spotted Pond Turtle Geoclemys hamiltonii
Indian Peacock Softshell Turtle Aspideretes hurum
Several unidentified frogs and toads
A few unidentified snakes
House gecko spp.

PLANTS

Foxtail Orchid Rhynchostylis gigantea
Esmeralda Orchid Esmeralda cathcartii

BUTTERFLIES

Orange Oak-leaf Kallima inachus
Chestnut Tiger Parantica sita
Purple Sapphire Heliophorus epicles)
Yellowjack Sailor Lassipa viraja
Great Mormon Papilio memnon
Common Nawab Polyura athamas
Common Blue Bottle Graphium sarpedon
Common Rose Pachliopta aristolochiae
Common Crow Euploea core
Paris Peacock Papilio paris
Golden Barred-wing (?)
Yellowjack Sailor Neptis viraja
Indian Cabbage White Artogeia (Pieris) canida
Common Bluebottle Graphium sarpedon
White Dragontail Lamproptera curius

BHARATPUR - CHAMBAL RIVER - RANTHAMBHORE

Our final week was centred at Bharatpur, with visits to the Chambal river at Dholpur and (for two of us) Ranthambhore. We stayed at Hotel Sunbird, Bharatpur, which is owned by our good friend Ranno Sikarwar and his brother Laxman. Its just a few meters from the Sanctuary and is an excellent place to stay. A small hotel, very clean and comfortable, providing good food at very reasonable prices. We stayed in the Cottages, set in a small, neat garden full of flowers and attracting many birds. Even though it was the "wrong" time of year to be at Bharatpur, we still saw 151 bird and 15 mammal species plus reptiles and amphibians. We had some good sightings and wader numbers were higher than expected: 40+ Spotted Redshanks on one day, 20+ Greenshanks, 35 Ruff and 5 Greater Painted Snipe in one small area. Bharatpur town canal was worth a visit, with plenty of waders and common species in the surrounding trees, grassland, scrub and fields. From Bharatpur we had two very successful half-day trips along the Chambal river at Dholpur, arranged by Hotel Sunbird which included packed meal. This is a much more affordable option, and much more accessible, than staying at a Lodge further along the river. The government-run boats are new, comfortable and spacious (can stand up, move around and even use a 'scope). The (new) life jackets were not needed as water levels were very low but it was reassuring to know they were available as this is a very big river! Two of us went to Ranthambhore for a couple of days (an easy train journey from Bharatpur).

ITINERARY for Bharatpur - Chambal - Ranthambhore

12 April Car from Delhi to Bharatpur (Hotel Sunbird). Afternoon in Bharatpur Park.
13 April Morning and afternoon in Bharatpur Park. Lunch at Hotel Sunbird
14 April Morning visit to Chambal river at Dholpur. Afternoon to Taj Mahal. Late afternoon Hotel Sunbird grounds
15 April Morning and afternoon in Bharatpur Park. Lunch at Hotel Sunbird
16 April Early walk along Bharatpur Canal then CS&JG to Ranthambhore by train, K&MC to Fatehpur Sikri
17 April CS&JG at Ranthambhore, K&MC to Chambal river at Dholpur.
18 April K&MC in Bharatpur Park, CS&JG Ranthambhore and return to Bharatpur
19 April Return to Delhi for flight home

DIARY NOTES for Bharatpur - Chambal - Ranthambhore

TUESDAY 12 APRIL


Left Sunstar Hotel in Delhi at 06.15 to avoid heavy traffic. Away from the city, roads were not too busy and, even with a half-hour stop for refreshments on route, we arrived at Hotel Sunbird, Bharatpur before 11.00, a much quicker journey than expected. After a leisurely lunch we were picked up at the hotel by rickshaws and went into Bharatpur Park, taking a guide (Brijendra) recommended by the hotel. A complete contrast to the weeks spent in Arunachal and Assam! The Park was very dry with just a few stretches of open water where scores of Painted Stork (many juveniles), herons, egrets, large numbers of waders and a few ducks were feeding. Plenty of other birds around, Chital deer rutting, many Nilgai, Wild Boar, Golden Jackal, Mongooses. Very hot and humid with distant thunder storms and a few spots of rain.

WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL

Some rain during the night but dry, though cloudy, by the time we got into the Park. Good views of Collared Scops, Spotted and Dusky Eagle owls this morning. Alarm calls from a pair of Red-vented Bulbuls alerted Brijendra to a snoozing Indian Palm Civet tucked up in dense vegetation. Too many cattle grazing in the Park - the official leaflet includes "feral cattle" in the species list (feral? - wearing neck collars!) What are the Park authorities thinking of??? Lunch at Hotel Sunbird, then back into the Park to walk across the wide expanse of grassland where we saw Egyptian Vulture, Indian Courser, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, pipits, etc. A Short-toed Snake Eagle perched on a low tree, upsetting some Bay-backed and Long-tailed Shrikes. More thunder and lightening, even a little rain but not enough to really wet the ground.

THURSDAY 14 APRIL

Departed Hotel Sunbird at 05.30 for a 1½ hr. drive to the Chambal river at Dholpur. We had excellent, close, views of nesting Indian Skimmers and Small Pratincoles, some Greater Stone-curlews, many Gharials and Crocodiles, even glimpses of River Dolphins in the deeper stretches. We then drove to Agra where CS&JG visited the Taj Mahal. Late afternoon was spent in the grounds of Hotel Sunbird.

FRIDAY 15 APRIL

Morning and afternoon trips into Bharatpur Park again today, seeing plenty of birds, many turtles plodding around in the fast-drying muddy puddles and lots of deer and antelope. A Golden Jackal trotted along the track behind us for ages.

SATURDAY 16 APRIL

We took rickshaws to the town canal in Bharatpur early this morning. It's the town's main source of water and although it looks polluted we saw a good range of wetland birds as well as those in the adjacent scrub and farmland. Well worth a visit.
CS&JG then caught the morning train to Sawai Madhopur for a short visit to Ranthambhore in the hope of seeing a Tiger. No luck, but a Sloth Bear was pretty good compensation! Stayed at a very nice hotel, Ankur Resort (arranged by Ranno from Sunbird Hotel). K&MC remained at Bharatpur and late afternoon did a little bit of "culture" with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri.

SUNDAY 17 APRIL

For CS&JG at Ranthambhore, no Sloth Bear and missed a leopard on top of the ancient gateway entrance by just a few minutes - but there was a Tiger! She ambled along, in front of the Cantur, crossed the track and walked parallel to the vehicle. She then laid down in a clearing, watching some Sambar for while before walking steadily in their direction. She was clearly aware of us but did not appear to be at all troubled by our presence; watched her for 20 minutes, at times less than ten metres away. According to the Rangers, she was "Tigress 39". K&MC went to the Chambal again with three other guests from Hotel Sunbird. Good views of River Dolphins almost immediately and got quite close to the Skimmers and Pratincoles nesting on the sandbanks. A surprise was the lone Sarus Crane standing in a field adjacent to the river. It was very hot (sun screen essential). Another successful, value-for-money trip. Cloud built up in the afternoon then overnight a very big storm and torrential rain.

MONDAY 18 APRIL

At Hotel Sunbird, everywhere is wet ! All the garden plants are flattened, green leaves from the trees and shrubs covering the ground. It's hot and very humid. The Park was transformed: depressions filled with water, flattened vegetation and everywhere damp and misty. Every track we tried was blocked by fallen trees - five down on one side-track. That was quite a storm! Everywhere is damp and misty and there's much more bird song. Storks, ibises and waders were taking full advantage of the new pools and damp fields. No Tiger nor Sloth Bear for CS&JG on the final jeep ride at Ranthambhore but a Chinkara (Indian Gazelle) was very nice to see and vultures were soaring. Afternoon train back to Bharatpur.

TUESDAY 19 APRIL

An early start for the return drive to Delhi. We took a "country" route for the first part of the journey to avoid roadworks and we enjoyed the rural scenes - particularly the many Nilgai feeding in the fields close to villages. We reached Delhi in plenty of time for our 13.30 flight back to London.

BHARATPUR - CHAMBAL - RANTHAMBHORE - species list

BIRDS Total 151 * Heard only

GREY FRANCOLIN Francolinus pondicerianus
Common at Bharatpur Park and Canal, Chambal and Ranthambhore
INDIAN PEAFOWL Pavo cristatus
Very common everywhere
LESSER WHISTLING DUCK Dendrocygna javanica
200+ on both visits to Chambal
RUDDY SHELDUCK Tadorna ferruginea
8 and 10 on Chambal river
KNOB-BILLED DUCK Sarkidiornis melanotos
8+ and 40+ on Chambal river
INDIAN SPOT-BILLED DUCK Anas poecilorhyncha
Common at Bharatpur Park and Canal; 14 on Chambal river
GARGANEY Anas querquedula
A few pairs at Bharatpur ; 1♂ 2♀♀ on Chambal river
LITTLE GREBE Tachybaptus ruficollis
12 at Bharatpur Canal; singles at Chambal
PAINTED STORK Mycteria leucocephala
"Hundreds", many juveniles, in Bharatpur Park; 4 adults by Chambal on 14th and 1 on 17th
ASIAN OPENBILL Anastomus oscitans
2 over Delhi; 10 in Bharatpur on 13th and 1 on 18th
WOOLLY-NECKED STORK Ciconia episcopus
2 in Bharatpur Park on four days (same birds?); 2 by Chambal on 14th, 1 on 17th
BLACK-NECKED STORK Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
At least 4 birds at Bharatpur
GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus
2 on route Delhi to Bharatpur; 2-3 in Bharatpur Park; 2 + 4 by Chambal
BLACK-HEADED IBIS Threskiornis melanocephalus
10-25 per day in Bharatpur Park and 3 by Canal; 8 by Chambal
RED-NAPED (Black) IBIS Pseudibis papillosa
1 on route from Delhi to Bharatpur; 2 over Bharatpur Park
EURASIAN SPOONBILL Platalea leucorodia
18-30 each day at Bharatpur; 1 + 18 by Chambal
LITTLE EGRET Egretta garzetta
10-20 per day at Bharatpur Park and 8 by Canal; 25 at Chambal
GREAT EGRET Ardea (Egretta) alba
20-25 per visit to Bharatpur Park and 3 by Canal; 2 + 10 at Chambal
INTERMEDIATE EGRET Egretta intermedia
2-10 per visit to Bharatpur Park and 3 by Canal; 2 + 6 at Chambal
(Eastern) CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus coromandus
Common everywhere, flocks 50+
INDIAN POND HERON Ardeola grayii
Common and numerous in all suitable habitat
BLACK BITTERN Dupetor flavicollis
Single bird seen by the watchtower (Keoladeo Temple) at Bharatpur Park on two days
GREY HERON Ardea cinerea
Up to 20 per visit to Bharatpur; 4 + 10 by Chambal
PURPLE HERON Ardea purpurea
3 together at Bharatpur Park on 18th, up to 3 singles other days; singles at Bharatpur Canal and Chambal
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON Nycticorax nycticorax
Up to 6 seen most days at Bharatpur
LITTLE CORMORANT Microcarbo (Phalacrocorax) niger
5+ daily at Bharatpur; c.25 along Chambal
INDIAN CORMORANT (Shag) Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
c.5 along Chambal
ORIENTAL DARTER Anhinga melanogaster
1-3 per visit to Bharatpur Park and 2 on Canal
(Western) OSPREY Pandion haliaetus
Single at Chambal on 14th and 17th
CRESTED (Oriental) HONEY BUZZARD Pernis ptilorhynchus
Frequent at Bharatpur, up to 10 per day (8 circling together on 13th, 3 together on 15th); pair at Ranthambhore
BLACK-WINGED KITE Elanus caeruleus
2 singles on route Bharatpur to Chambal
BLACK KITE Milvus migrans
Large numbers around Delhi; 4-5 singles on route Bharatpur to Chambal; 10 + 2 at Chambal; 8+ Fatehpur Sikri
INDIAN (Long-billed) VULTURE Gyps indicus
Pair on nest with 1 chick at Ranthambhore on 17th and 2 soaring on 18th
EGYPTIAN VULTURE Neophron percnopterus
At least 2 adults + 1 subadult at Bharatpur Park on 3 days; 1 at Chambal; 3 perched on Taj Mahal; 1 over Fatehpur Sikri
RED-HEADED VULTURE Sarcogyps calvus
1 at Bharatpur Park
PALLID HARRIER Circus macrourus
Ringtails seen on Bharatpur to Chambal route on 14th and 17th were probably this sp.
SHIKRA Accipiter badius
1 in Delhi; 3 in Bharatpur; 1 at Ranthambhore
WHITE-EYED BUZZARD Butaster teesa
1 in Bharatpur
INDIAN SPOTTED EAGLE Aquila hastata
1 in Bharatpur
SHORT-TOED SNAKE EAGLE Cicaetus gallicus
1 in Bharatpur
COMMON KESTREL Falco tinnunculus
4 singles in Bharatpur
WHITE-BREASTED WATERHEN Amaurornis phoenicurus
Very common in all wet areas
BROWN CRAKE Porzana akool
Just 1 seen in Bharatpur Park
COMMON MOORHEN Gallinula chloropus
Common in all wet areas
EURASIAN COOT Fulica atra
1 at Chambal on 14th, 2 on 17th
SARUS CRANE Grus antigone
3 pairs in Bharatpur Park; single beside Chambal river on 17th
INDIAN STONE-CURLEW Burhinus indicus
2 at Bharatpur on 12th, heard only on other days
GREATER STONE-CURLEW Esacus recurvirostris
4+ along Chambal
BLACK-WINGED STILT Himantopus himantopus
Common at Bharatpur, up to 30 seen per visit; 20+ by Bharatpur Canal; 50 along Chambal on 14th, 60+ on 17th
YELLOW-WATTLED LAPWING Vanellus malabaricus
4 seen in Bharatpur on 13th and 1 on 15th, heard other days
RIVER LAPWING Vanellus duvauceli
6+ along Chambal
RED-WATTLED LAPWING Vanellus indicus
Common everywhere, including runway at Delhi airport
LITTLE-RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius
1 by Chambal
GREATER PAINTED-SNIPE Rostulata benghalensis
5 together in Bharatpur; 3 at Chambal
PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA Hydrophasianus chirurgus
1 in Bharatpur; 2 at Chambal on 14th and 4 on 17th
BRONZE-WINGED JACANA Metopidius indicus
1 in Bharatpur Park; 1 Bharatpur Canal
COMMON SNIPE Gallinago gallinago
1 at Bharatpur Park; 1 at Chambal
BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa
2 at Chambal on 14th, 8 on 17th
SPOTTED REDSHANK Tringa erythropus
Very common at Bharatpur, groups of 6+ frequent, day counts 6-40 (40+ on 18th; 8 on Bharatpur Canal; 3 by at Chambal
COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia
Common Bharatpur, day counts of 6-25 (flock of 20 on 18th; 3 by Bharatpur Canal; 1 at Chambal on 14th and 10+ on 17th
GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatalis
2-8 at Bharatpur on each visit; 1 Bharatpur Canal; 1 at Chambal
WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa glareola
Large numbers seen. Day counts at Bharatpur 72 on 12th (43 of these in one small pool), 12+ on 13th, 30+ on 15th and 45 on 18th; 5 by Bharatpur Canal; 1 at Chambal on 14th and 18 on 17th
COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos
2 at Bharatpur Canal; 2 on Chambal
RUFF Philomelos pugnax
Common in Bharatpur with day counts of 5, 50 (35 of which together), 40 (24 together) and 8; 10 at Bharatpur Canal; 1 at Chambal on 14th and 5 on 17th
INDIAN COURSER Cursorius coromandelicus
4 in Bharatpur on 13th, 1 on 15th
SMALL PRATINCOLE Glareola lactea
30+ (nesting) on sandbanks at Chambal
INDIAN SKIMMER Rynchops albicollis
Good view of 18-20 nesting at Chambal
LITTLE TERN Sternula albirons
2 pairs at Chambal
RIVER TERN Sterna aurantia
3 at Chambal on 14th, c.5 on 17th
BLACK-BELLIED TERN Sterna acuticauda
4 at Chambal on 14th, 2 on 17th
WHISKERED TERN Chlidonias hybridus
2 at Chambal
PAINTED SANDGROUSE Pterocles indicus
1 seen at Ranthambhore
FERAL/ROCK PIGEON Columba livia
Feral birds around towns and cities; 3 pairs in Bharatpur Park; 30+ along cliffs at Chambal
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE Streptopelia decaocto
Common everywhere
RED COLLARED-DOVE Streptopelia tranquebarica
2 single males in Bharatpur Park; a few sightings on route to Chamba1; 2 males and 1 female by Chambal river
SPOTTED DOVE Streptopelia chinensis
Only 2 noted, in Delhi on 19th March.
LAUGHING DOVE Streptopelia senegallensis
Common throughout
YELLOW-FOOTED GREEN PIGEON Treron phoericopterus
Up to 4 seen most visit to Bharatpur Park; 2 by Bharatpur Canal
ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET Psittacula krameri
Abundant, seen everywhere.
GREATER COUCAL Centropus sinensis
Common at Bharatpur; 1 by Bharatpur Canal and 2 at Chambal.
SIRKEER MALKOHA Phaenicophaeus leschenaultii
1 at Ranthambhore
ASIAN KOEL Eudynamys scolopaceus
Common throughout; at least 3 males seen in Bharatpur Park on 16th
COMMON HAWK-CUCKOO Heard only Hierococcyx varius
2 heard in Bharatpur Park; 1 heard in Taj Mahal
INDIAN (COLLARED) SCOPS OWL Otus bakkamoena
1 seen in Bharatpur Park
DUSKY EAGLE-OWL Bubo coromandus
Pair in Bharatpur Park
SPOTTED OWLET Athene brama
2 pairs in Bharatpur Park; pair at Ranthambhore
LITTLE (HOUSE) SWIFT Apus affinis
Small numbers in most areas; 50+ at Chambal
INDIAN ROLLER Coracias benghalensis
Up to 4 per day in Bharatpur Park; 2 on route to Chambal
WHITE-THROATED KINGFISHER Halcyon smyrnensis
Common at Bharatpur Park and Canal; 1 often in grounds of Hotel Sunbird; singles at Delhi hotel, Chambal, Fatehpur Sikri.
PIED KINGFISHER Ceryle rudis
5 along Chambal each visit
GREEN BEE-EATER Merops orientalis
Common in most places, except none at Ranthambhore.
HOOPOE Upupa epops
1 Bharatpur Park; 1 Bharatpur Canal; 1 in grounds of Taj Mahal
INDIAN GREY HORNBILL Ocyceros birostris
Up to 4 per day at Bharatpur; 1 by Bharatpur Canal; 1 on route to Chambal
BROWN-HEADED BARBET Megalaima zeylanica
Constantly heard at Bharatpur and 2 seen.
COPPERSMITH BARBET Megamaima haemacephala
1 at Delhi hotel; 1 seen by Bharatpur Canal; heard frequently but not seen in Bharatpur.
YELLOW-CROWNED WOODPECKER Dendrocopus nanus
3 singles in Bharatpur Park
LESSER GOLDENBACK (Black-rumped Flameback) Dinopium benghalensis
5 singles in Bharatpur Park, incl. ♀ in nest hole; 1 by Bharatpur Canal; 1 near Chambal
COMMON WOODSHRIKE Tephrodornis pondicerianus
Singles at Bharatpur on two days
BAY-BACKED SHRIKE Lanius vittatus
2 together in Bharatpur on 13, 1 on 15th; 1 by Chambal on 17th
LONG-TAILED SHRIKE Lanius schah
2 in Bharatpur on 12, 3 on 13th
(INDIAN) GOLDEN ORIOLE Oriolus (oriolus) kundoo
1 male at Bharatpur on 12th, 1 male on 15th
BLACK DRONGO Dicrurus macrocercus
Common everywhere
WHITE-BELLIED DRONGO Dicrurus caerulescens
2 at Ranthambhore
RUFOUS TREEPIE Dendrocitta vagabunda
Common everywhere
HOUSE CROW Corvus splendens
Common in most areas, but none noted at Ranthambhore
INDIAN JUNGLE CROW Corvus (macrorhynchos) culminatus
Common in most areas, but none noted at Ranthambhore
ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW-LARK Eremopterix griseus
Small flock at Ranthambhore
ORIENTAL SKYLARK Alauda gulgula
1 at Bharatpur Park
RED-VENTED BULBUL Pycnonotus cafer
Common everywhere
WHITE-EARED BULBUL Pycnonotus leucotis
Up to 6 at Bharatpur Park each visit; 3 at Bharatpur Canal
PLAIN (Grey-throated) MARTIN Riparia chinensis
30+ at Chambal; 8 probably this sp. Over Bharatpur Park
BARN SWALLOW Hirundo rustica
A few seen in Delhi and around Chambal
WIRE-TAILED SWALLOW Hirundo smithii
c.8 at Chambal; 5 by Bharatpur Canal
RED-RUMPED SWALLOW Hirundo daurica
Pairs in Bharatpur on two days
STREAK-THROATED SWALLOW Hirundo fluvicola
Probably this sp. at Chambal on 17th, old nests under rail bridge possible this sp.
GREY-BREASTED PRINIA Prinia hodgsonii
1 male at Chambal
ASHY PRINIA Prinia socialis
2 males at Bharatpur Canal
PLAIN PRINIA Prinia inornata
Up to 5 seen per visit at Bharatpur Park, often heard; 5 along Bharatpur Canal
ZITTING CISTICOLA Cisticola juncidis
1 by Chambal on 14th
BLYTH’S REED WARBLER Acrocephalus dumentorum
4 seen in Bharatpur Park, several more heard; 3 along Bharatpur Canal
CLAMOROUS (INDIAN) REED WARBLER Acrocephalus ( stentoreus) brunnescens
3 seen in Bharatpur Park, several more heard
LESSER WHITETHROAT Sylvia curruca
3 seen in Bharatpur Park
COMMON TAILORBIRD Orthotomus sutorius
Common in Bharatpur Park and along Canal
GREENISH WARBLER Phylloscopus trochiloides viridanus
1 seen in Bharatpur Park
COMMON BABBLER Turdoides caudate
6 in Bharatpur Park on 12th, 3+ on 13th
LARGE GREY BABBLER Turdoides malcolmi
Frequent around Bharatpur Park but less than Jungle T.striata; 5 by Bharatpur Canal; 5 near Agra; several in Ranthambhore
JUNGLE BABBLER Turdoides striata
Flocks of 6-8 common everywhere
BRAHMINY STARLING Sturnia (Temenuchus) pagodarum
Common in Bharatpur and Ranthambhore
ASIAN PIED MYNA (STARLING) Gracupa contra
Common everywhere, including around Delhi
BANK MYNA Acridotheres gingingianus
Pairs and small flocks common in most areas although not noted at Ranthambhore
COMMON MYNA Acridotheres tristis
Common around all towns and villages
BLUETHROAT Luscinia svecica
1 female at Bharatpur on 15th and 1 male on 18th; 1 male by Bharatpur Canal
ORIENTAL MAGPIE-ROBIN Copsychus saularis
Common around Bharatpur with highest day count of 20; 1 by Bharatpur Canal; several around Ranthambhore
INDIAN ROBIN Saxicoloides fulicatus
Common at Bharatpur Park (up to 15 per day); 1 in Hotel Sunbird garden; 3 by Bharatpur Canal; several at Ranthambhore
BLACK REDSTART Phoenicurus ochruros
1 at Bharatpur; 1 at Ranthambhore
PIED BUSHCHAT Saxicola caprata
Pair in Bharatpur; 1 male at Chambal on 14th
RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER Ficedula parva
1 at Bharatpur
PURPLE SUNBIRD Cinnyris asiaticus
Common around Bharatpur
HOUSE SPARROW Passer domesticus
Common in Bharatpur town and on route to Chambal; 4 only at Hotel Sunbird; 6 by Keoladeo Temple in Bharatpur Park
YELLOW-THROATED (Chestnut-shouldered) SPARROW Gymnoris (Passer) xanthocollis
Small flocks common around Bharatpur Park
BAYA WEAVER Ploceus philippinus
c.20 by Bharatpur Canal
WHITE WAGTAIL Motacilla alba
A few around Delhi; 6+ in Bharatpur on 13th and 15+ in mixed wagtail sp. flock on 15th (races dukhensis and personata?)
CITRINE WAGTAIL Motacilla citreola
10+ in mixed wagtail spp flocks at Bharatpur Park on three days; 10 by Chambal on 14th, 4 on 17th
YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava
In mixed wagtail spp flocks at Bharatpur on two days: 4 beema males on 13th and 15+ on 15th included a few ? thunbergi
GREY WAGTAIL Motacilla cinerea
1 male in mixed wagtail spp flock on 15th at Bharatpur Park
WHITE-BROWED WAGTAIL Motacilla madersspatensis
3 by Bharatpur Canal; c.10 along Chambal
PADDYFIELD PIPIT Anthus rufulus
c.8 in open grassland at Bharatpur Park on 13th
INDIAN SILVERBILL Euodice malabarica
2 in Bharatpur Park; 4 at Ranthambhore
CRESTED BUNTING Melophus lathami
6 at Ranthambhore on 18th

MAMMALS 15 sp.

Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta (Bharatpur)
Hanuman Langur Semnopithecus (Ranthambhore)
Sambar Cervus unicolor (Bharatpur, Ranthambhore)
Chital Axis axis (Bharatpur, Ranthambhore)
Nilgai Boselaphus tragocamelus (Bharatpur, Ranthambhore)
Chinkara Gazella bennettii (Ranthambhore)
Wild Boar Sus scrofa (Bharatpur, Ranthambhore)
Sloth Bear Melursus ursinus (Ranthambhore)
Golden Jackal Canis aureus (Bharatpur)
Tiger Panthera tigris (Ranthambhore)
Common Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Bharatpur)
Ruddy Mongoose Herpestes smithii (Ranthambhore)
Grey Mongoose Herpestes edwardsii (Bharatpur)
Small Indian Mongoose Herpestes javanicus (Bharatpur Canal)
Five-striped Palm Squirrel Funambulus pennantii (Bharatpur)

REPTILES

Gharial Gavialis gangeticus (Chambal)
Crocodile Crocodylus paluster (Chambal, Ranthambhore)
Bengal Monitor Lizard Varanus bengalensis (Bharatpur)
Indian Garden Lizard Calotes versicolor (Bharatpur)
Indian Softshell Turtle Aspideretes gangeticus (Bharatpur)
? Three-striped Roofed Turtle Kachuga dhongoka (Chambal)
? Indian Black Turtle Melanochelys trijuga (Bharatpur)