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28 October, 2012

PaudurHill (Khare) Raptor Migration Update 28 Oct – Day 43


    
Weather is going to be very pleasant not cloud at all in the morning, in the afternoon cloud builds over the Himalayas, combination of warm sun and little chilly south bridge …………………….However the heart is not happy  ………….. may be we want to see  lot of close birds ……….circling towards the Paundur hill but not towards the far ridge over Himalayas. Jeff and Jim don’t have experience to long hike upto Karanse (Dhanpus) Hill,  even a Paundur Hill was tough for the first day. On 26th we had a good number of migration birds dominated by Steppe Eagles (56 birds) and highest one day record (This season) of Oriental honey Buzzard (34 birds). After this day we are getting less number of Steppe eagles (15 and 14 birds respectively) none of the falcons are migration from this site. Most of the birds are using the distant path towards very north however we are getting different species like Himalayan Vulture (migrants), Golden eagle, Hen Harrier, Mountain Hawk Eagle, OHB, Common Buzzard and other species seen earlier. Among the passerine migration only very few <10 Red-rumped Swallows are remaining here. We hope for the migration weather will be favorable very soon and our heart will be happy.      

25 October, 2012

PaudurHill (Khare) Raptor Migration Update 25 Oct – Day 40



In 24 Oct weather went very terrible in this part of country. It was a dark cloud whole day and visibility was very poor sometimes it was hard to see within 100m distance. The dark cloud brought rain and thunderstorm after 3:15 pm. Though it was terrible weather there was some flight especially we got mixed flock of Lesser Kestrels and Amur falcon in the morning hour. Few Steppe eagles were also flying. When it was around 3 pm few eagles were changed their mind and moving towards the northern Steppes.
Today weather was very pleasant here but sufficient cold breeze in the afternoon around 13 degree the night hours will be cooler; might be around 7 degree. The Lesser kestrels and Amur falcons are continuing in the watch site. Today we had a fewer eagles than I am expecting, this is due to the sudden change in local weather yesterday. There were few eagles in the morning and in the afternoon. Today dominating species was the Oriental Honey Buzzard (28) and second highest species was the Steppe Eagle (22). There was third Osprey of this season also. I am not sure was this species recorded in the earlier studies? Other species were similar as before but we had couple of very dark common buzzards Subspecies japonicas and probably one steppe buzzard. The OHB were also very variable – very very pale to very dark in colour. Swallows migration is going down here and we saw few Eurasian Crag Martins today in the site. Today two Dutch peoples were visiting our watch site to see the migration.   Jeff and Jim arrived in Kathmandu and they will come here tomorrow afternoon.

23 October, 2012

PaudurHill (Khare) Raptor Migration Update 23 Oct – Day 38



The weather was clear before noon and cumulous cloud build up over the Himalayas after 12:00 that was sufficient to propel the birds towards south. Therefore most of the birds were towards south in the afternoon. Today’s dominant species were Steppe Eagles followed by Oriental Honey Buzzard. The first Cinereous Vulture was seen in the watch site. Today we also get another flock of lesser kestrel. 
Species

Today’s migration
Total Migration of the Season
Oriental Honey-buzzard
15
162
Common Buzzard
9
120
Long-legged Buzzard

4
Upland Buzzard

1
Unidentified Buteo

3
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
1
52
Northern Goshawk

1
Unidentified Accipiter

1
Black Kite
5
207
Osprey

2
Hen Harrier

2
Eastern Marsh Harrier

0
Pallid Harrier

1
Unidentified Harrier

0
Steppe Eagle
34
85
Booted Eagle
7
73
Short-toed Eagle

2
Crested Serpent-eagle

25
Pallas's Fish Eagle

1
Imperial Eagle

0
Indian Spotted Eagle
1
 2
Greater Spotted Eagle

1
Bonelli's Eagle

4
Mountain Hawk-eagle

1
Golden Eagle

1
Unidentified Eagle

4
Peregrine Falcon ssp. calidus

21
Peregrine Falcon ssp. peregrinator

0
Saker Falcon

5
Eurasian Hobby

60
Amur Falcon
2
30
Lesser Kestrel
9
38
Common Kestrel

67
Unidentified Falcon

12
Egyptian Vulture

16
Himalayan Vulture
7
35
Cinereous (Black) Vulture
1
1
Griffon Vulture

0
Unidentified Vulture

0
Unidentified Raptor
2
14
Total
93
1,054
Sand Martin

12
Barn Swallow
2
2,475
Red-rumped Swallow
47
16,262
House Swift

242
White-throated Needletail

1
Dragonflies
2
2,030