Some rare sightings
Kolkata city, India area
April 2009

~ presented by Birds of India

 

Kolkata city has a checklist of about 360 birds, and some of them have been added, as recently as, in the last 5 years. These additions reflect the effort of members of the 'Bengalbird' and 'Bird Photography India' Google group. A dedicated team of bird lovers who cover the area whenever possible and share the sightings through the forums. 

April 2009 is a stellar month for those of us who bird the area. Three species of birds were recorded by members. Two of these are a 1st for the city environs, and another is a 'lost bird' for the country.

These species are:

1. Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus - a passage migrant and a 1st for Gangetic West Bengal.
2. Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps - a species whose range in India has been questioned by experts.
3. Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis - a passage migrant and a 1st record for the Kolkata area.

Sighting Record

1. Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus

? Bhaskar Das
Image: Bhaskar Das; Place: CKBS, Kolkata

Date: 18th April 2009
Place: Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary (CKBS), Rajpur; Kolkata. 220 25.692'N / 880 24.138'E


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First observed by: Srikumar Bose

Posted on: Bird Photography India

Sighting details:  
Bird was observed by Srikumar and others early on 18/4/09 at the sanctuary. It was seen everyday from that date till 26/4, and not thereafter.

Distribution:  
Species is known to winter in the Eastern Himalaya foothills and NE India as well as Andamans and south-east India. There are no previous records from Gangetic West Bengal.
This bird is presumed to be on passage from southern India/Sri-Lanka - a well established migration path.

2. Black-browed Reed Warbler Acrocephalus bistrigiceps

? Sajal Bar
Image: Sajal Bar; Place: Joka, Kolkata

Date: 27th April 2009
Place: Joka marshes; Kolkata. 220 26.784'N / 880 18.498'E


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First observed by: Sajal Bar

Posted on: Bird Photography India

Sighting details:  
Sajal has been observing this species for a few months in the reed beds at Joka but had been unable to obtain an image. He finally got some shots of the bird plus a video sequence showing it in song on 27/4.
Bird was observed by other members, including myself, on 1/5/09 at the same spot.

Distribution:  
Species is said to winter in the Bengal and NE India as well as Bangladesh. However, observations have been few and far between. So much so that Pamela Rasmussen describes it as a possible winter vagrant with no skins directly traced from India or Bangladesh.
 

3. Western Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus occipitalis

? Avik Chatterjee
Image: Avik Chatterjee; Place: Uttarpara, Kolkata

Date: 26th April 2009
Place: Near Hind Motors, Uttarpara, Kolkata.  220 25.692'N /  880 20.346'E


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First observed by: Avik Chatterjee

Posted on: Bird Photography India

Sighting details:  
Bird was observed by 26/4/09. The location is close to the Hoogly River, a channel of the Ganges.

Distribution:  
Species winters in the peninsula and southern India. Moves widely across the country on passage. Spring migration route is along the Ganges river system. This bird is presumed to be on passage from southern India.

Sumit K Sen
Kolkata, India
4/5/09

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