BIRDWATCHING CHECKLIST OF SATTAL BHIMTAL & NAINITAL AND
MY BEST PICTURES.
In this blog I am sharing my one of my best pictures from my birdwatching trip to Sattal. These birds are also visible in Nainital and Bhimtal in Uttarakhand, India. I am also sharing the complete checklist of birds found here.
My bird-watching trip to Sattal was overwhelming. Out of the 450 plus species of exotic birds found in Sattal, I and my wildlife photographer friend Sudeep Garg saw many species in just 3 sessions in 2 days. What was most striking was that most of these birds were colorful and visually delightful. Never before had I seen so much colors in birds in wild. I am sharing a check list below so that it helps you to tick off birds when you decide to go for a birdwatching trip. Even if you are not a birdwatcher, I hope these pictures inspire you to become one or at least be more observant when you are walking in the Nainital, Bhimtal and Sattal area. I am sharing some of my best bird shots from Sattal. Hope you like it.
GUIDE FOR SATTAL BIRDWATCHING TRIP:
Rohit Nayal is a young talented guide whom we hired. Without his expertise, it would have been difficult for us to spot so many birds. He knows which bird is to be found in which location.
Contact number of Guide Rohit Nayal: 8650218808 or 7456922805
BEST TIME TO GO TO SATTAL FOR BIRDWATCHING:
October to June is the best time for birdwatching in Sattal. I went in first week in April which gave me more sightings than I had imagines. It was a riot of colors and I think it was perfect time to be in Sattal. During winters, upper Himalayan birds migrate to Sattal temporarily. So if you are interested and can brave the chill, go for it.
PLACES TO SEE NEAR SATTAL
Sattal has so much going for it. Be it the offbeat Sattal lake or the quaint resorts, Sattal has something for everyone. You can also go to nearby places such as Almora, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Nainital, Bhimtal and so many more places.
WHERE TO STAY IN SATTAL FOR BIRDWATCHING?
The sprawling Aamod property is technically in Bhimtal but it is just a 10 minutes drive to all the shooting places. The guide Rohit Nayal lives at a walking distance from the property, making it convenient for both guide and birdwatcher. The property is set amidst a green valley with not much construction in sight. It is also a quiet place even on the weekend which is perfect for unwinding after a tiring birdwatching session.
HOW TO REACH SATTAL OR BHIMTAL:
I had arrived at Sattal via a road trip from Lucknow and back. It took me around 8 to 9 hours (375 kms via NH30). A short road trip from Delhi is also possible. New Delhi is just 5-6 hours and 270 kilometers away from Sattal via road.
Hate road trips? There are also many trains available. The nearest station is Kathgodam which is 28 kms and 45 minutes away from Sattal.
The nearest airport from Sattal is New Delhi.
BIRDWATCHING CHECKLIST FOR SATTAL, NAINITAL AND BHIMTAL
Barbets and Toucans
Bee-eaters, Rollers, and Allies
Grouse, Quail, and Allies
Tickell’s Thrush – male aka Turdus unicolor. Birdwatching in Sattal, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Loons and Grebes
Cormorants and Anhingas
Tickell’s Thrush – female aka Turdus unicolor. Birdwatching in Sattal, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Herons, Ibis, and Allies
Slaty headed parakeet aka Psittacula himalayana. Birdwatching in Sattal, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Vultures, Hawks, and Allies
|Greater Spotted Eagle|
|Indian Spotted Eagle|
Rails, Gallinules, and Allies
Brown Fronted Woodpecker aka Dendrocopos auriceps. Birdwatching in Sattal, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Little Ringed Plover
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Pigeons and Doves
Asian Emerald Dove
Banded Bay Cuckoo
Asian Barred Owlet
Asian Barred/Jungle Owlet
Indian Gray Hornbill
Great Slaty Woodpecker
Falcons and Caracaras
Diurnal raptor sp.
Parrots, Parakeets, and Allies
Asian and Grauer’s Broadbills
Vangas, Helmetshrikes, and Allies
Cuckoo and shrikes
Southern Gray Shrike
Shrike-Babblers and Erpornis
Old World Orioles
Indian Golden Oriole
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens
Martins and Swallows
Pale Sand Martin
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice
Penduline-Tits and Long-tailed Tits
Bush Warblers and Allies
Aberrant Bush Warbler
Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler
Chestnut-crowned Bush Warbler
Gray-sided Bush Warbler
Hume’s Bush Warbler
Blyth’s Leaf Warbler
Large-billed Leaf Warbler
Tickell’s Leaf Warbler
Western Crowned Warbler
Reed Warblers and Allies
Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Cisticolas and Allies
Parrotbills, Wrentit, and Allies
Tree-Babblers, Scimitar-Babblers, and Allies
Laughingthrushes and Allies
Large Gray Babbler
Old World Flycatchers
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Indian Blue Robin
Little Pied Flycatcher
Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
Starlings and Mynas
Asian Pied Starling
Sunbirds and Spider hunters and Accentors
Wagtails and Pipits
Western Yellow Wagtail
Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch – male aka Sitta cinnamoventris. Birdwatching in Sattal, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Old World Buntings
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies
Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch
Old World Sparrows
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
|Indian Spot-billed Duck|
White-eyes, Yuhinas, and Allies
HOPE you found this birdwatching checklist for Sattal, Bhimtal and Nainital useful. Do let me know which birds you spotted in the comment section below.
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