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Haryana

White-browed Bushchat Saxicola macrorhyncha ©Nikhil Devasar

Haryana has at least 526 species of birds - latest checklist available from Delhibird. Water birds can be seen at Sultanpur Jheel (with its flats towards railway track harbouring chats and coursers); including nearby Basai Wetland and Bhindawas Lake Bird Sanctuary - all within one day birding trip from Delhi.

There is a largish desert patch of village Khedarh, (near Barwala, Hissar district) which is a sure place in winter for White-browed Bushchat - possibly 2 individuals. Desert, Variable and Isabelline Chats being additional menu items; with some luck, one can sight Sandgrouse species too. Ottu Waterhead in Sirsa district had yielded a Rufuous-vented Prinia on 3rd Oct 2002. After a good monsoon, Ottu harbour has over 15,000 migratory water birds.

Morni Hills in Panchkula district near Chandigarh are located at 1200-1300 meters altitude and one day birding can result in many Himalayan species including Bearded Vultures, 2 species of Accentors, Thrushes, Woodpeckers, Barbets. On 1st June 2003, the state government has launched its first ever Bird Safari near Berwala Wildlife Checkpost in the Morni Hills.

Another rich birding hot spot for the Himalayan birds in Haryana is Kalka where, with some luck, one can spot a Spotted Forktail.

Parts of Haryana along the canals still harbour Sarus Cranes and Black-necked Storks. 4 hours birding along the canals passing through the cultivation in winter usually produces 120+ species including several globally threatened species. I have spotted and alerted the world to the spreading Sind Sparrows along the canals of the state - the bird has become a regular in Sonipat district.

Checklists of birds (by Suresh C Sharma) of various parts of Haryana are available including those of Morni Hills in Panchkula district, Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary in Yamunanagar district, DDN8 in Sonipat district, Western Yamuna Canal (spreading in several districts); Bhor Saiyadan in Kurukshetra district, Naharh Wildlife Sanctuary in Rewari district, Bhindawas Lake Bird Sanctuary in Jhajjar district and so on.

Contributor

Suresh C. Sharma

hqdos@vsnl.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 526

State Bird: Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus

Useful Reading

* Field Guides & Bird Song

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Birds of Northern India

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ISBN: 0713651679

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State Bird

Black Francolin

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2015 [08 August] - Jean-Yves Barnagaud - Ladakh, Spiti and Delhi

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The purpose of my 2015 trip was to mix birding and visiting new places, including the Dah and Spiti valleys, and some 8 trekking days into the valleys of Karnakh, all of which are neartourist free (and rarely birded), although they offer exceptionally scenic landscapes, diverse habitats and unforgettable time with local people. I have tried to keep a track of all bird records of this trip on a day-per-day basis, except for the most abundant species. This report is bird-focused but a non-bird report is available upon request.

Reserves

Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Sultanpur National Park and Bird Sanctuary

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The park is a popular picnic spot for residents of New Delhi and the NCR (National Capital Region), especially during the winter migration months when thousands of birds visit here from across the globe. There are four watch towers (machans) located at different points, an education and interpretation center, a library, films, slides and binoculars for the benefit of bird lovers…

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Birds of Chandigarh

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Sightings of birds posted on birds-chandigarh google group will be uploaded on this blog for future reference. Others items will include trip reports, list of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, birding hotspots, conservation measures being taken etc…

delhibird - The Northern India Bird Network

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Ponds, Canals and Countryside

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I am no Henry David Thoreau but every pond of Haryana is a Walden Pond. There is no Ganga in Haryana, but every water irrigation channel is as sacred as the holy river to me. Nature dresses and undresses my countryside. Every outing is a new illustrated chapter of live birds. My aim is to write my experiences as a birdwatcher's journey in his neighbourhood. And this should be true for other states as well…