Our tour to Nagaland targeted mainly migration of Amur Falcon and to catch them up on arrival at Doyang. Apart from that, Naga resident species were also focused. Take a look at the detailed trip report.
Route Taken: Dimapur, Medziphema, Pirephema, Sechu-Zubza, Khonoma, Jotsoma, Kohima, Wokha, Longsa, Doyang, Pangti (Back to Khonoma), Dzuleke.
P.S. All the stay arrangements were done in home stays.
Driving: Around 450 kms.
Hiking: 56 kms.
Top five birds from this tour:
Daily travel log:
17th October 2018:
I arrived early from Kolkata, other participants came from Mumbai and Delhi. Air India flight landed at 12:55 PM sharp. We had lunch at Bambusa resturant. We drove to Khonoma and stopped in the middle for little birding where Dark-rumped Swallow was seen. We checked in at home stay in the evening at 5:30 PM. We rested early since next day we had to start early at 4:30 AM.
18th October 2018:
For the entire day we spent in and around Khonoma in tragopan sanctuary. In morning birding session we sighted Crested Finchbill, Grey Sibia, Striped Laughingthrush, Little Pied Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Siver-eared Mesia, heard Red-faced Liocichla multiple location. Mostly all the resident boler species were coverd that day. In the early morning Mountain Bamboo partridge was seen as well. Later in the afternoon after 2 PM Dzuleke was visted. Just like the previous day, we rested early by 7:30 PM.
19th October 2018:
Morning birding was done in KNCTS and we left Khonoma at 9:30 AM. In the morning session the best sighting of Mountain Bamboo Partridge happened (five different groups). The closest being at a distance of 15 feet. Otherwise, a Pygmy Wren Babbler was seen, followed by sighting of Orange-bellied Squirrel. A mixed flock of miscellenous Babblers - Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Golden Babbler, Rufous-capped Babbler was seen along with Rufous-winged Fulvetta. A pair of Assam Laughingthrush was heard nearby, song was recorded. Post breakfast we departed for Pangti. On the way at Wokha we took our lunch and drove for Doyang-Pangti. Just after crossing the Dam area, on the forest trail we saw some Bush Warbler. We stayed in a home stay in Pangti.
20th October 2018:
In the early morning we started at 3:30 AM and reached at the roosting site of Amur. The magficent flock of falcons coming from every direction was a remarkable sight for all. After 6:30 AM we started departing from the grassland and found a flock of Yellow-throated Laughingthrushes. One of the most rare from the area. Later near the watch tower we saw another huge flock of Amur. On our way back in some afforest plantation area saw Flavescent Bulbul, Striped Laughingthrush in a flock. Later we found Black-throated Tit, a Himalayan Buzzard (burmanicus) and Pygmy Wren Babbler in a reserve forest area just in the outskirt of Kohima. We checked in at home stay at 5:30 PM.
21st October 2018:
In the morning birding session we spent in the dry hill area as well as beside the river between two hillocks. We added few more species to the list - Black-breasted Thrush, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Grey-chinned and Short-billed Minivets. Later in the afternoon we covered alder trails where White-browed Laughingthrush, Red-faced Liocichla and Blue-winged Laughingthrushes were recorded. A loud Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler was there too in the flock of White-browed laughers.
22nd October 2018:
As decided before, we planned to hike up early in the morning in the higher ridges of KNCTS. Naga Wren Babbler, a flock of (3) Assam laughingthrush, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina were seen at height. Later as we hiked down Striped Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimiter Babbler, Rusty-fronnted Barwing was seen. In the afternoon birding session as the day before alder trails were covered. Chestnut-vented Nuthatches, Golden-throated Barbet and Red-faced Liocichla gave nice sighting opportunities.
23rd October 2018:
Today we covered hardly 5 kms radius from our stay. Near the paryer hall Rusty-capped Fulvetta were in flocks, a pair of Nuthatch was seen in the upper road and an accipiter chased a dove nearby. We started at 8 AM from Khonoma and drove direct to Dimapur airport. Later I came to Dimapur to catch afternoon train - Avadh-Assam exp for my next continuation to New Jalpaiguri.
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