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Trip Report symbol © Sumit Sen                                                  Dehradun area trip
                                                  by Sumit K. Sen
                                                  23 March ~ 29 March, 2005

 


Rajaji   Dehradun   Trip List

 © Sumit Sen
Rhododendron, Mussoori


Introduction:

An invitation from Bikram Grewal to visit Dehradun during the Holi festival holidays saw me hotfooting to New Delhi for a week in March. Not that it takes an invitation to persuade me to bird around Bikram's gorgeous property on the banks of the River Tons - but it helped to firm dates, plan the trip and bird in the enviable company of Bikram and Arun P. Singh, two of the best birders in the area.

Birding was the main objective of the trip with the inevitable accompaniment of a dose of photography. We recorded 241 species over six days, of which really three days were devoted exclusively to birding, with traveling taking up a fair bit of time. A visit to the Mandkaula wetlands in Haryana on the first day added many species to the list, though an afternoon visit at the end of the winter season did not produce the diversity recorded during better timed visits. Good birds seen on the trip included:
- Mountain Bulbul, Orange-flanked Bush Robin and Chestnut-tailed Minla at Cloud's End, Mussoori. 
- Pink-browed Rosefinch, Rufous-breasted Accentor and Lammergeier in Mussoori. 
- Tickell's Thrush, Sulphur-bellied and Lemon-rumped Warbler, a small flock of European (caniceps) Goldfinch at Bikram's farm in Dehradun.
- Red-crested Pochard, Sarus Crane, Black-headed Ibis and Eurasian Spoonbills at Mandkaula
- Crested Treeswift, Indian Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, Dollarbird and Black Stork at Rajaji National Park.
Eight species of woodpeckers and seventeen species of raptors were recorded on this trip.  

One of the highlights of the trip was surely the whole day spent driving through the length and breadth of Rajaji. Our high spirits on locating a small herd of Goral (goat-antelope) were punctured with the discovery that one of the tyres had deflated and needed to be changed in inhospitable terrain. Arun's manly intervention saw us rolling again only to be charged by a wild elephant from up close. A skilful exit by celebrated "Elephant Man" Bikram Grewal ensured that the crackers so thoughtfully provided by Arun for such an eventuality did not come in to use. Unfortunately, we could not test out the efficacy of the crackers in the face of a distraught pachyderm blowing hot air into our faces - but it is the thought that counts !

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive New Delhi Airport (a.m.). Afternoon visit to Mandkaula (K.G.) wetlands, Haryana.
Day 2: Drive from N. Delhi to Dehradun. Arrive p.m. Stay at Bikram Grewal's farm at "Athara Bighe". 
Day 3: a.m. birding in the Mussoori hills with Arun P. Singh. Afternoon birding at Dehradun..
Day 4: Whole day birding at Dehradun. Restricted movements due to celebration of "Holi". 
Day 5: Whole day birding at Rajaji National Park, Uttaranchal with Arun.
Day 6: a.m. birding around Athara Bighe and departure for New Delhi via Assan Barrage.
Day 7: Early morning departure for Kolkata.

Highlights

Day 1: Afternoon visit with Bikram to the wetlands around Mandkaula produced a scattering of wetland species. Most of the regular duck species were observed in small numbers though the highlight was a male and three female Red-crested Pochards. Many of the waders were coming in to breeding plumage and the Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers were specially attractive in their spring colours. A pair of Sarus Cranes in the fields were of note as was a circling Bonelli's Eagle and a large flock of Pied Avocets. Bikram and Bill Harvey had Greater Flamingos and Great White Pelicans a fortnight before from the same area, but we dipped on this occasion as return migration had commenced and most of the area had dried up. 
Day 2: Slow driving conditions resulted in late arrival at Bikram's cottage in Dehradun. The highlight of the remaining day, spent in the extensive gardens, was a European Goldfinch. We would later see a flock of six at the same place. A pair of feeding Grey-headed Woodpeckers were also good additions to my image collection.
Day 3: We were joined today by Arun P. Singh for our trip to the higher elevation Mussoori area. Arun's knowledge of birding hotspots in the area is only comparable with his wide knowledge of local birds. It was a great pleasure to bird in his company and his ability to identify calls added a missing dimension to our birding day. We located many good birds on the trip and my highlights included Pink-browed Rosefinch, Rock Bunting and Bar-tailed Treecreeper. Good birds for the area included Rufous-breasted Accentor, Chestnut-tailed Minla and Striated Yuhina. Arun had Brown Bullfinch and Spot-winged Starling from the same area a week before.
Day 4: The celebration of the Festival of Colours on this day meant restricted movement in the immediate area in and around Bikram's farm. Waiting for the Nepal Wren Babbler in its usual haunt resulted in a good look at a male Tickell's Thrush and a Lemon-rumped Warbler. The Wren Babbler of course did not show up.
Day 5: Early departure for Rajaji National Park in the company of Arun. The birding for the day started at the Suswa River on the outskirts of Rajaji. Steppe Eagle, Common Chiffchaffs, River Lapwing, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch were observed in the marshy area famed for its collection of shy waders like Brown Crake and Water Rail. The waders did not show up on the day but the area looked extremely promising for good birds if time is devoted. Moving on to the Phanduwala - Kansrao - Motichur trail, we recorded Whistler's Warbler, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, both hornbill species, Crested Treeswift and Greater Flameback. Arun also heard a Black-crested Bulbul calling. Criss-crossing across the Park we reached the Chilla Range in the afternoon. The 28 km drive had White-capped Bunting, Dollarbird, White-eyed Buzzard, Indian Vulture and a lone Black Stork. Red Junglefowl and Indian Peafowl were seen in great numbers and is a highlight of Chilla.
Day 6:
Early morning birding around the farm had a female Lesser Yellownape and a small flock of White-rumped Munias. On the return trip to New Delhi, Assan Barrage held some ducks dominated by Ruddy Shelducks.
Day 7: a.m. departure for Kolkata.

LIST OF BIRDS OBSERVED

1. Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

2. Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola
Seen by two observers at Cloud's End, Mussoori

3. Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
Abundant at Rajaji National Park

4. Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Common in the lowlands

5. Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea
Small numbers at Mandkaula and about fifty at Assan Barrage.

6. Gadwall Anas strepera
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

7. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana and also on the Ganges at Haridwar.

8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Three birds on the Ganges at Haridwar

9. Spot-billed Duck Anas poecilorhyncha
Only two birds seen at Mandkaula wetlands

10. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

11. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Both at Mandkaula and at Haridwar

12. Garganey Anas querquedula
Small numbers at Mandkaula

13. Common Teal Anas crecca

14. Red-crested Pochard Rhodonessa rufina
One male and three females at Mandkaula wetlands. A few on the Ganges.

15. Common Pochard Aythya ferina
A few at Haridwar.

16. Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
Two birds on the Ganges at Haridwar.

17. Speckled Piculet Picumnus innominatus
Singles at Cloud's End, Mussoori and at Dehradun

18. Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos canicapillus
Single bird at Rajaji National Park

19. Yellow-crowned Woodpecker Dendrocopos mahrattensis
Female at Mandkaula wetlands

20. Lesser Yellownape Picus chlorolophus
Female at Dehradun. Possibly building a nest.

21. Greater Yellownape Picus flavinucha
Rajaji

22. Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus
Pair at Dehradun

23. Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense
Single bird at Rajaji National Park

24. Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus
Pair at Rajaji

25. Great Barbet Megalaima virens
Common at higher elevations around Dehradun

26. Lineated Barbet Megalaima lineata
Both at Dehradun and Rajaji

27. Blue-throated Barbet Megalaima asiatica
Dehradun area

28. Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala
Single observer record from Dehradun

29. Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris
Common at Rajaji National Park

30. Oriental Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris
At least three pairs at Rajaji National Park.

31. Common Hoopoe Upupa epops
Observed at Mandkaula wetlands

32. Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
Both at Mandkaula as well as Rajaji. Not as common anywhere as one would expect.

33. Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis
Single bird seen in flight in the Chilla Range.

34. Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Lone observation from Mandkaula wetlands

35. White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis

36. Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Both at Rajaji and at Mandkaula

37. Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis

38. Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus
Small flock in agricultural area just outside Rajaji Park

39. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenaulti
Dehradun area

40. Common Hawk Cuckoo Hierococcyx varius
Heard at all locations.

41. Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus
Single calling bird recorded at Dehradun

42. Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea
Lowlands

43. Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis
Mandkaula wetlands

44. Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatria
Rajaji National Park

45. Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

46. Slaty-headed Parakeet Psittacula himalayana
Several flocks seen in the Dehradun area

47. Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala
Reasonably common at all elevations

48. Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis

49. House Swift Apus affinis

50. Crested Treeswift Hemiprocne coronata
Two males observed in the Kansrao Range, Rajaji National Park.

51. Asian Barred Owlet Glaucidium cuculoides
Pair at Dehradun

52. Brown Hawk Owl Ninox scutulata
Calling bird at Dehradun presumably of this species.

53. Savanna Nightjar Caprimulgus affinis
Calling bird at Dehradun presumably of this species.

54. Rock Pigeon Columba livia

55. Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
In the Mussoori area at some elevation over Dehradun.

56. Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Lowlands

57. Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis
Recorded from all locations.

58. Red Collared Dove Streptopelia tranquebarica
Lowlands in Haryana.

59. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

60. Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica
Phanduwala area, Rajaji National Park

61. Yellow-footed Green Pigeon Treron phoenicoptera
Lowlands and also at Rajaji

62. Sarus Crane Grus antigone
Pair on the drive to Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

63. White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
Rajaji

64. Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

65. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

66. Common Coot Fulica atra
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana and at Haridwar

67. Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
Two birds flushed at Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

68. Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

69. Common Redshank Tringa totanus
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

70. Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

71. Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana and along the Suswa river, Rajaji

72. Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana and along the Suswa river, Rajaji

73. Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana. Also at Rajaji.

74. Little Stint Calidris minuta
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

75. Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

76. Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

77. Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Common in the lowlands

78. Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Flock of fifty birds at Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

79. Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

80. Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
In breeding plumage at Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

81. Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malarbaricus
On the drive to Mandkaula area

82. River Lapwing Vanellus duvaucelii
Along the Suswa river, Rajaji

83. Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus indicus

84. Pallas’s Gull Larus ichthyaetus
On the Ganges at Haridwar.

85. Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
Single bird at Mandkaula wetlands, Haryana

86. Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Possibly the most commonly met raptor of the trip after the Black Kite

87. Black Kite Milvus migrans
Common

88. Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus
A immature seen well in flight by two observers on the drive from Mussoori to Cloud's End.

89. Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus
Pair (possibly nesting) across the Tons River at Dehradun and also in the lowlands.

90. White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis
Two different birds observed over the Chilla Range, Rajaji

91. Indian Vulture Gyps indicus
Single observation of an over-flying bird over the Chilla Range, Rajaji was possibly this species.

92. Himalayan Griffon Gyps himalayensis
Small numbers seen in the Mussoori area.

93. Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela
Nesting bird at Kansrao Range, Rajaji. Also observed at some other locations in the Park.

94. Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
Two females at Mandkaula keeping the ducks busy.

95. Shikra Accipiter badius
Mandkaula wetland and Rajaji

96. Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Single observation at Dehradun

97. White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesa
One bird spotted in the Chilla Range, Rajaji

98. Common Buzzard Buteo buteo
One observation in Rajaji of a bird moving away was possibly of this species.

99. Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis
At Mussoori garbage dump and along the Suswa river.

101. Mountain Hawk Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis
Only one bird noted over Mussoori

102. Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
Lowland observation only

103. Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
Mandkaula

104. Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Four birds on the Ganges at Haridwar. Coming in to full breeding plumage.

105. Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger
Common near water

106. Indian Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscicollis
Ganges at Haridwar

107. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
Ganges at Haridwar and at Mandkaula and Assan

108. Little Egret Egretta garzetta

109. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
A few at Mandkaula wetlands

110. Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea
Two at Mandkaula wetlands

111. Great Egret  Casmerodius albus

112. Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia

113. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

114. Indian Pond Heron Ardeola grayii

115. Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Mandkaula wetlands

116. Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
Single bird at Mandkaula 

117. Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocephalus
At least seven birds on the drive to the Mandkaula area

118. Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Mandkaula area

119. Painted Stork Mycteria leucocephala
Haridwar and Mandkaula in good numbers

120. Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
Three birds at Mandkaula

121. Black Stork Ciconia nigra
One bird seen flying at sunset in the Chilla Range, Rajaji

122. Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Four at Mandkaula wetlands

123. Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach
Both at Mandkaula and at Dehradun and Rajaji

124. Black-headed Jay Garrulus lanceolatus
Single observation at Mussoori

125. Red-billed Blue Magpie Urocissa erythrorhyncha
Common at elevations higher than Dehradun

126. Rufous Treepie Dendrocitta vagabunda
Both at Dehradun and in the lowlands

127. Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae
Regularly seen in the Dehradun area.

128. House Crow Corvus splendens

129. Large-billed Crow Corvus macrorhynchos
All sites visited

130. Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus
Only in the Phanduwala area of Rajaji

131. Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii
A few seen feeding on rhododendron blooms at Cloud's End, Mussoori

132. Long-tailed Minivet Pericrocotus ethologus
Dehradun and Mussoori

133. Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus
Rajaji National Park

134. Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus
Seen everyday at Dehradun

135. White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis
Common

136. White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola
Dehradun and Rajaji National Park

137. Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus

138. Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus
Common

139. Spangled Drongo Dicrurus hottentottus
Kansrao Range, Rajaji 

140. Asian Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
Single male briefly observed at Dehradun. May be one of the first to reach the area on migration.

141. Common Iora Aegithina tiphia
Rajaji

142. Common Woodshrike Tephrodornis pondicerianus
Single observer sighting at Phanduwala, Rajaji

143. Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus

144. Tickell’s Thrush Turdus unicolor
Two at Dehradun

145. Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher Ficedula strophiata
Cloud's End, Mussoori and Rajaji

146. Red-throated Flycatcher Ficedula parva
Single observation at Dehradun

147. Ultramarine Flycatcher Ficedula superciliaris
Both at Mussoori as well as Dehradun

148. Verditer Flycatcher Eumyias thalassina
Common at elevations

149. Rufous-bellied Niltava Niltava sundara
Single female recorded at Dehradun

150. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis
Mussoori and Rajaji National Park 

151. Orange-flanked Bush Robin Tarsiger cyanurus
Benog Sanctuary, Mussoori

152. Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis

153. White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus
Heard regularly at Rajaji

154. Indian Robin Saxicoloides fulicata
Both at Dehradun and the lowlands

155. Blue-fronted Redstart Phoenicurus frontalis
Couple of birds at Mussoori

156. White-capped Water Redstart Chaimarrornis leucocephalus
At Dehradun

157. Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata
Very common. Every location held a number of these birds.

158. Grey Bushchat Saxicola ferrea
Surprisingly rare with only two observed at higher elevations around Mussoori

159. Brown Rock-chat Cercomela fusca
Lowlands

160. Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum
Lowlands

161. Asian Pied Starling Sturnus contra

162. Common Myna Acridotheres tristis

163. Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus

164. Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus
A few pairs in the Dehradun area

165. Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea
Rajaji National Park

166. White-tailed Nuthatch Sitta himalayensis
Single bird noted on the way to Mussoori from Dehradun

167. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis
Common in suitable habitat in Rajaji

168. Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana
Great views of two birds at Mussoori

169. Spot-winged Tit Parus melanolophus
A few at Mussoori

170. Great Tit Parus major
Dehradun and Rajaji area

171. Green-backed Tit Parus monticolus
Mussoori area only

172. Black-lored Tit Parus xanthogenys
One observation around Mussoori

173. Yellow-browed Tit Sylviparus modestus
Single observer record in the Mussoori area 

174. Black-throated Tit Aegithalos concinnus
Higher elevations around Dehradun

175. Dusky Crag Martin Hirundo concolor
Lowlands observation

176. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Mandkaula wetlands and Rajaji

177. Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
Dehradun and Rajaji area

178. Striated Swallow Hirundo striolata
Around Assan Barrage and at Haridwar

179. Red-whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus
Dehradun

180. Himalayan Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys
Dehradun and Rajaji

181. Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer

182. Mountain Bulbul Hypsipetes mcclellandii
Two birds seen well at Cloud's End, Mussoori. 

183. Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus
A few at Dehradun. More common at higher elevations.

184. Grey-breasted Prinia Prinia hodgsonii
Common in the Dehradun area

185. Graceful Prinia Prinia gracilis
Mandkaula wetlands

186. Jungle Prinia Prinia sylvatica
One bird seen during the drive at Chilla, Rajaji possibly this species.

187. Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis

188. Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus
Common

189. Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler Cettia fortipes
Dehradun area 

190. Common Tailorbird Orthotomus sutorius
Deharadun and Rajaji

191. Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
Many in the marshes along the Suswa river, Rajaji.

192. Sulphur-bellied Warbler Phylloscopus griseolus
Surprisingly common in the Dehradun area.

193. Ashy-throated Warbler Phylloscopus maculipennis
Mussoori area. Few observations.

194. Lemon-rumped Warbler Phylloscopus chloronotus
A fair number in the Dehradun area

195. Hume’s Warbler Phylloscopus humei

196. Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides
Dominant phylloscopus in the Dehradun area

197. Grey-hooded Warbler Seicercus xanthoschistos
A few in the Dehradun and Mussoori area.

198. Whistler's Warbler Seicercus whistleri
A number at Phanduwala, Rajaji

199. White-throated Laughingthrush Garrulax albogularis
Heard on the drive to Mussoori

200. White-crested Laughingthrush Garrulax leucolophus
Call record from Rajaji National Park

201. Striated Laughingthrush Garrulax striatus
Cloud's End, Mussoori held a few

202. Streaked Laughingthrush Garrulax lineatus
Common at Dehradun and higher elevations

203. Variegated Laughingthrush Garrulax variegatus
Single observer record from Cloud's End, Mussoori

204. Puff-throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps
Great views of a pair at Rajaji National park

205. Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler Pomatorhinus erythrogenys
Dehradun area. Heard at Rajaji

206. Black-chinned Babbler Stachyris pyrrhops
Daily in the Dehradun area

207. Yellow-eyed Babbler Chrysomma sinense
Dehradun and at various places outside Rajaji

208. Common Babbler Turdoides caudatus
Mandkaula area

209. Large Grey Babbler Turdoides malcolmi
Mandkaula area

210. Jungle Babbler Turdoides striatus

211. Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea
Dozens in the Dehradun area

212. Chestnut-tailed Minla Minla strigula
Single observer record near Cloud's End, Mussoori

213. Striated Yuhina Yuhina castaniceps
Single observer record near Cloud's End, Mussoori

214. Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis
Small numbers near Cloud's End, Mussoori

215. Singing Bushlark  Mirafra cantillans
Mandkaula wetlands

216. Indian Bushlark Mirafra erythroptera
Mandkaula wetlands

217. Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea
Mandkaula wetlands

218. Crested Lark Galerida cristata
Mandkaula wetlands

219. Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos
Dehradun

220. Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica
Dominating the Crimson Sunbirds at Dehradun

221. Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja

222. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

223. Russet Sparrow Passer rutilans
Mussoori

224. Chestnut-shouldered Petronia Petronia xanthocollis
Both at Mandkaula and Rajaji

225. White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Small numbers at all locations

226. White-browed Wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis
Suswa river, Rajaji and inside the Park

227. Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola
Brilliant male at Mandkaula

228. Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Mandkaula

229. Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Dehradun and Rajaji

230. Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus
Mandkaula wetlands had a few

231. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni
Uncommon. Two on the way to Dehradun

232. Rufous-breasted Accentor Prunella strophiata
Good record of a single bird on the road from Dehradun to Mussoori

233. Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus
Rajaji area

234. Red Avadavat Amandava amandava
Chilla range, Rajaji National Park

235. White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata
Small flock at Dehradun

236. Yellow-breasted Greenfinch Carduelis spinoides
A flock of twenty on the Suswa river near Rajaji

237. European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Six birds of ssp. caniceps at Dehradun.

238. Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus
Common

239. Pink-browed Rosefinch Carpodacus rodochrous
Met twice in the Mussoori area

240. Rock Bunting Emberiza cia
Small flock by the roadside on the drive from Mussoori to Cloud's End

241. White-capped Bunting Emberiza stewarti
Two birds by the riverside, Chilla, Rajaji

List of Mammals

1. Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta
2. Hanuman Langur Seminopithecus entellus
3. Wild Pig Sus scorfa
Rajaji National Park
3. Asian Elephant Elephas maximus
Eleven at Rajaji National Park
4. Spotted Deer Axis axis
Small herds at Rajaji National Park
5. Goral Naemorhedus goral
Three seen well at Rajaji
6. Jackal Canis aures
Rajaji National Park
7. Indian Hare Lepus nigricollis
Dehradun
8. Five-striped Palm Squirrel
Dehradun

Sumit K Sen
Kolkata, India; April 2005. 

REFERENCES 
[1] Birds of the Indian Subcontinent; Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp & Tim 
Inskipp; Christopher Helm; 1998. 
[2] A Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent; Krys Kazmierczak & Ber 
van Perlo; Pica Press; 2000; 
[3] A Birdwatchers' Guide to India; Krys Kazmierczak & Raj Singh; Birdwatchers' 
Guides, Oxford University Press
[4] Handbook of the Birds of the India and Pakistan; Ali & Ripley; OUP
[5] Oriental Bird Images Gallery - OBC
[6] A Field Guide to Indian Mammals; Vivek Menon; DK

   
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