Goa Trip List November 2002

Personal Record

Red Spurfowl: 1 flushed in the forest near the Backwoods camp and 1 seen well on Baga Hill.
Grey Junglefowl: Seen only at Backwoods on several occasions.
Indian Peafowl: Seen at the top of Baga Hill early in the morning, at Bondla and 1 on Morjim Beach which followed us on the beach.
Lesser Whistling Duck: Several hundred seen at Carambolin Lake and good numbers also at Velim Lake.
Cotton Pygmy Goose: 15 observed at Carambolin Lake on a single occasion.
Gadwall: Single birds seen at Carambolin Lake and on the sea during the Zuari River boat trip. A flock of 10 out to sea from Morjim Beach.
Wigeon: A flock of 50 birds seen over Chorao Island.
Mallard: A single bird at Carambolin Lake.
Spot-billed Duck: Small numbers seen at Carambolin Lake on 3 occasions.
Common Teal: Large flocks seen on most lakes and en route to other sites.
Garganey: Good numbers seen at Carambolin and over the sea at Morjim Beach.
Northern Pintail: 2 birds observed at Maem Lake with others at Velim and Carambolin Lakes.
Northern Shoveler: Low numbers at Carambolin and Velim Lake.
Rufous Woodpecker: Singles at Backwoods and Maem Lake plus a single and a pair feeding on an old wasps nest in Arpora Wood.
White-bellied Woodpecker: A bird in flight at the nightjar site near Tambdi Surla Temple was considered possibly to be this species late one evening.
Heart Spotted Woodpecker: Several birds both male and female seen only at Backwoods.
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker: Single birds seen twice at Backwoods and once at Chandranath Hill and Bondla.
Common Flameback: The commonest Woodpecker with numbers of up to 5 seen on 10 separate occasions.
Black-rumped Flameback: Two birds seen on the last day in the open area of Arpora Wood
Greater Flameback: Seen only in the Western Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
White-naped Woodpecker: A single female surprisingly found at Parshem mudflats a site known only to our taxi driver and guide Abhi.
Brown-headed Barbet: Viewed well at Backwoods including in the camp and also seen at Bondla. Heard on several occasions at other sites.
White-cheeked Barbet: Fairly common at woodland sites with good views at Baga Hill and Arpora Wood.
Crimson-fronted Barbet: Seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla with the best views near Tambdi Surla Temple.
Coppersmith Barbet: Common along the coastal strip being heard more often than seen.
Malabar Grey Hornbill: Seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla. Excellent views were obtained along the stream near the carpark at Bondla.
Malabar Pied Hornbill: 5 birds perched in trees at a site low on the approach road to Bondla were the only ones seen.
Great Hornbill: Spectacular views of 3 birds perched and in flight from the field near Tambdi Surla with a further 2 flying low over our heads whlst waiting for nightjars at dusk in the same area. This species was not seen on any other trips to Backwoods by other observers.
Hoopoe: Several birds seen mainly at Carambolin Wood and Lake.
Malabar Trogon: A difficult bird to find with two males seen well at Backwoods. Not seen by others on trips to Backwoods. Apparently this species is more numerous later in the season.
Indian Roller: Seen perched on roadside wires and on haystacks most days.
River Kingfisher: Very common, seen almost daily.
Blue eared Kingfisher: Seen only at Backwoods near Tambdi Surla temple and in the camp at Backwoods where crippling views were obtained on a vine overhanging the stream whilst we were eating.
Stork-billed Kingfisher: 1 frequented a pool close to the hotel. Others were seen at many sites close to water, mainly on overhead wires. This species appeared to become more frequent towards the end of our stay.
White-throated Kingfisher: Probably the commonest Kingfisher being seen nearly every day in various habitats including woodlands.
Black-capped Kingfisher: A regular bird was seen on wires over the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar Hotel. Others were seen on the Zuari River boat trip.
Pied Kingfisher: Seen mainly in pairs at saltwater wetland sites.
Collared Kingfisher: Two seen well on the boat trip. One along the Cumbajua Canal with a second up another tributary of the river.
Blue-bearded Bee Eater: 2 birds gratefully found at the site low down on the approach road to Bondla.
Little Green Bee Eater: Common, seen almost daily.
Blue-tailed Bee Eater: Almost as common as the previous species. Seen mostly on wires along the roadside.
Chestnut Headed Bee Eater: Seen at several sites at Backwoods and over the small reservoir on the approach road to Bondla.
Common Hawk Cuckoo: Single birds seen on Baga Hill, at Backwoods near the open fields and at Carambolin Lake.
Indian Cuckoo: Seen only twice at Carambolin Lake and Santa Cruz rice paddies.
Banded Bay Cuckoo: A single juvenile bird was found by Abhi who knew its call, being fed by a Common Iora along the Bondla approach road.
Asian Koel: This large Cuckoo was seen on many occasions in scrub and woodland. Both males and females were plentiful.
Blue-faced Malkoha: A pair were found by Abhi close to the temple at the summit of Chandranath Hill. Other observers found this species on Baga Hill, at Backwoods and in Arpora wood.
Greater Coucal: A secretive bird seen at many sites.
Vernal Hanging Parrot: Small numbers seen at Backwoods, Bondla and Chandranath Hill. The best views were obtained at Arpora Wood early in the morning.
Alexandrine Parakeet: Encountered once presumably flying from a roost early one morning close to the hotel.
Rose-ringed Parakeet: Common along the coastal strip.
Plum-headed Parakeet: Small numbers observed at several woodland sites including Arpora Wood.
Malabar Parakeet: Found only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Indian Swiftlet: Fairly Common. Seen regularly when checking through the high flying swifts.
Brown-backed Needletail: Several birds seen high over a hill viewed from the approach road to Bondla. Others saw this species around Tambdi Surla Temple.
Asian Palm Swift: Seen near Palm Trees at various sites along the coastal strip.
Little Swift: Very common. Can be seen daily.
Alpine Swift: Two birds seen over Maem Lake.
Common Swift: Occasionally noted around the hotel mixed in with the more numerous Little Swifts.
Crested Treeswift: Low numbers seen at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill and Bondla over wooded areas.
Oriental Scops Owl: Male and female seen at a known roost site at Backwoods. Heard calling around the camp area at night.
Collared Scops Owl: 2 birds heard only around the camp on a single night at Backwoods.
Spot-bellied Eagle Owl: The nest site is known to the guides at Backwoods who found the male bird perched in a tree after 2 hours of looking. Others saw the bird in the nest hole during later trips to Backwoods.
Brown Fish Owl: Birds seen in flight at Backwoods and at a site of Abhis near Saligao. Eventually a roosting bird was found at a site known by Abhi along the Bondla approach road after failing to see the bird at Maem Lake. I also found a roosting bird in Arpora Wood towards the end of our visit. These birds are easily disturbed and take flight when approached too closely. This being the reason why many known sites failed to produce the birds.
Brown Wood Owl: Saligao Zor is the best known site for this species. We had excellent views of two birds there.
Jungle Owlet: 1 seen high in the trees at Backwoods and another seen at a roost site known to Abhi at Carambolin Lake.
Spotted Owlet: The Beira Mar birds showed well on several evening visits, but better views were had of 3 birds in a tree at Santa Cruz. A single bird was also seen in Carambolin Wood.
Browm Hawk Owl: Two birds were heard calling at Backwoods and were then shown to us, illuminated by a powerful torch on their favoured perch. Two birds were also shown to me at Carambolin Wood by the old man who lives in the wood. These birds roosted in a palm tree directly over the road.
Sri Lanka Frogmouth: Male and female were seen at the Backwoods stake out each day in a Bamboo right next to the entrance to the camp.
Grey Nightjar: One bird was seen illuminated by torchlight over the field at Tambdi Surla.
Jerdons Nightjar: Not seen in the expected field at Tambdi Surla but two were caught in the beam of the headlights of the Backwoods minibus early one morning near the camp.
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon): A common bird around habitation.
Nilgiri Wood Pigeon: Singles seen at Arpora Wood and at Backwoods but 4 birds were seen late one evening on Baga Hill.
Mountain Imperial Pigeon: Low numbers seen at Backwoods and at Bondla perched in trees or flying over more open areas.
Spotted Dove: Very common seen almost daily.
Red Collared Dove: Two birds in the open area at the far side of Carambolin Wood.
Emerald Dove: A single bird was spotted by Abhi concealed in the trees close to the entrance barrier at Bondla.
Orange-breasted Green Pigeon: A flock of 15 birds flew over Maem Lake and one was observed perched in a tree (distant views). Approximately 15 were also seen above the woodland close to the summit of Chendranath Hill.
Pompadour Green Pigeon: 5 were seen at Backwoods, located by their fluty whistling calls and a single bird was heard at Chandranath Hill.
Slaty-breasted Rail: A juvenile was spotted beneath mangrove roots on the mud alongside one of the channels during the Zuari River trip. Others saw this species at the rear of the Beira Mar.
White-breasted Water Hen: Observed in many wet locations, seen mostly at the rear of the Beira Mar.
Baillons Crake: A pair of birds were located in the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar.
Ruddy-breasted Crake: A single bird was seen in flight over the marsh at the Beira Mar.
Watercock: One bird was flushed whilst crossing Baga Fields and a second was sighted in the paddies opposite Carambolin Lake.
Purple Swamphen: Present at Carambolin Lake (several hundreds) and Velim Lake in large numbers.
Moorhen: Common at Carambolin and Velim Lakes.
Coot: Seen mainly at Carambolin and Velim Lakes.
Pintail Snipe: Positively identified at Santa Cruz and at the Beira Mar. Less common than Common Snipe during our stay.
Common Snipe: Located in many wet habitats.
Woodcock: A single bird was seen in flight whilst waiting for Nightjars near Tambdi Surla temple.
Bar-tailed Godwit: 10 birds on the shore at Morjim Beach and a singleton on the river at Santa Cruz.
Whimbrel: 5 birds were seen from the ferry approaching Chorao Island.
Curlew: 4 at Chorao Island shrimp ponds, approximately 15 on Morjim Beach and 2 on Mandrem Beach.
Spotted Redshank: A single bird was seen on one of the lakes close to the hotel.
Redshank: A common wader seen at many wetland sites with over 50 birds at Parshem mudflats.
Marsh Sandpiper: Seen in small numbers on the pools close to the hotel but again the greatest numbers were seen at Parshem mudflats.
Greenshank: Common at most wetland locations with exposed mud.
Wood Sandpiper: An extremely common wader in wet paddies. Also seen at other wetland sites.
Green Sandpiper: Less common than Wood Sandpiper with birds seen at Velim Lake and the Beira Mar.
Terek Sandpiper: 4 birds were located at Parshem mudflats, 1 at Santa Cruz beside the river but approximately 80 birds were found on the muddy area beside Carambolin Wood.
Common Sandpiper: Seen almost daily around water.
Sanderling: A single bird on Morjim Beach
Little Stint: Seen on Morjim Beach, at Parshem and in the rice paddies at Santa Cruz.
Temminck's Stint: Several birds in the paddies at Santa Cruz.
Dunlin: Seen only on Morjim Beach and on the mud at Carambolin.
Curlew Sandpiper: A single bird on the muddy area at Carambolin.
Ruff: One bird at Carambolin and one by the river at Santa Cruz.
Greater Painted Snipe: Only male birds seen at the rear of the Beira Mar, mainly below the reeds in the right hand corner below the balcony.
Black-winged Stilt: Approximately 10 birds on the muddy area beside the river at Santa Cruz, viewed from the road bridge over the river.
Pheasant-tailed Jacana: Seen only at Carambolin Lake and Velim Lake in good numbers plus a single juvenile on Santa Cruz rice paddies.
Bronze-winged Jacana: Large numbers at Carambolin and Velim but small numbers seen on other smaller bodies of water.
Small Pratincole: Initially observed at dusk hawking over the lakes close to the hotel. Later seen in large flocks (up to 300 birds) at Carambolin (mystery chat site), Parshem and Santa Cruz rice paddies where the best views were obtained.
Pacific Golden Plover: Approximately 30 seen from the bridge at Santa Cruz and a single bird at the ferry crossing to Tiracol Fort.
Grey Plover: A single bird seen on the rocks near Baga Beach.
Little-ringed Plover: Small numbers on Morjim Beach and on Chorao Island.
Kentish Plover: Good numbers present on most tidal mudflats such as Parshem and on Morjim and Mandrem Beaches.
Lesser Sand Plover: Observed in large numbers in similar locations to the above.
Greater Sand Plover: Small numbers in similar locations to Lesser Sand Plover.
Yellow Wattled Lapwing: The first 3 birds were found at Nashinola Fields a site known to Abhi and a further 3 were seen well at Velim Lake.
Red Wattled Lapwing: Numerous, seen almost daily.
Yellow-legged Gull: Seen only at high tide on Morjim Beach. These birds appeared to be of the barabensis race, now split according to "Clements" as Steppe Gull.
Heuglins Gull: Several birds on Morjim Beach and the occasional single birds in flight along the coast.
Great Black-headed Gull: Also known as Pallas's Gull. Up to 14 seen at Morjim, although numbers appeared to decline as soon as the tide had turned with only 1 or 2 birds present. A single bird was also present on Mandrem Beach.
Brown-headed Gull: Best seen at Morjim where numbers are in the hundreds but also seen at other coastal locations.
Black-headed Gull: Plentiful at Morjim.
Slender-billed Gull: High numbers were seen at Morjim mainly on our first visit where approximately 100 birds were present at high tide.
Gull-billed Tern: Seen in small numbers at Morjim, along the Mandovi River and over the sea during the Zuari River boat trip.
Caspian Tern: Two birds flew along the shore at Mojim during our second visit.
River Tern: A superb individual was seen at Parshem mudflats in breeding plumage calling whilst flying along the river.
Lesser-crested Tern: Up to 50 birds present at Morjim and approximately 20 seen from the boat on the Zuari River trip.
Greater-crested Tern: Only 2 birds seen at Morjim, however approximately 40 birds seen on log piles in the Zuari River from the boat.
Sandwich Tern: Small numbers present at Morjim.
Roseate Tern: A single bird seen on the beach at Morjim.
Little Tern: Two birds identified flying along Morjim Beach.
Osprey: Common around most large water bodies.
Black-shouldered Kite: A single adult was observed flying over Dona Paula Plateau.
Black Kite: The commonest Raptor seen daily.
Brahminy Kite: Almost as common as Black Kite, seen almost daily.
White-bellied Sea Eagle: Seen occasionally in flight. However, the breeding pair in Arpora Wood gave exceptional views displaying over the nest site and chasing off House Crows early in the mornings.
White-rumped Vulture: Three birds were seen at Velim Lake, the only site in Goa where vultures were commonly seen.
Long-billed Vulture: Two birds seen distantly at Velim Lake.
Short-toed Eagle: A single bird soaring over Baga Hill.
Crested Serpent Eagle: Two birds seen well at Backwoods and singles seen at Bondla, Maem Lake and the Tropical Spice plantation we visited near Ponda. This last bird perched in a tree giving excellent views. All the birds observed were adults.
Black Eagle: 5 distant birds were seen at the raptor watch point at Backwoods and a single bird was seen well over Arpora Wood.
Marsh Harrier: Common over many wetland areas.
Pallid Harrier: Two males were seen, one on Chorao Island and one circling over Arpora Wood.
Montagues Harrier: A single juvenile was observed well over marshes at Santa Cruz.
Crested Goshawk: A single bird was seen over the woods at Chandranath Hill and three birds were seen low over the approach road at Bondla.
Shikra: Up to 5 birds were seen on some days. Seen mostly in wooded areas.
Besra: Singles seen over the Baga River, at Backwoods and in Arpora Wood.
Oriental Honey Buzzard: Singles seen over Baga Hil, at Backwoods and over Arpora Wood.
White-eyed Buzzard: Single birds seen at Backwoods, en route to Morjim and returning from Carambolin Lake. All seen perched in trees close to farmland.
Common Buzzard: A single bird circling over woods close to Fort Aguada.
Indian Spotted Eagle: Singles and pairs observed at Carambolin, Velim, along the Zuari River, at Santa Cruz and near Saligao at a site Abhi had staked out for Brown Fish Owl.
Greater Spotted Eagle: One over Carambolin Lake, one near Saligao, and pairs at Santa Cruz and over the Zuari River.
Steppe Eagle: A single bird was watched soaring over Nashinola Fields.
Bonellis Eagle: One bird only, over Baga Hill.
Booted Eagle: Singles over Arpora Wood, Baga Hill, at Maem Lake, Bondla and Backwoods.
Changeable Hawk Eagle: Singles in flight over the hotel, Chandranath Hill, Arpora Wood and a perched bird twice at Bondla afforded the best views.
Mountain Hawk Eagle: A single bird observed over woods at Backwoods during a raptor watch.
Kestrel: Two around Baga and singles at Saligao, Carambolin and Fort Aguada.
Amur Falcon: The first was very high over Santa Cruz, the second over the woods on the Bondla approach road and the third and fourth birds were two obliging males sitting preening in a dead tree on the top of Baga Hill.
Laggar Falcon: One seen flying along the tree line next to Carambolin Lake.
Peregrine Falcon: Observed over Baga Hill at the seaward end and over the marsh behind the Beira Mar. All birds of the race Peregrinator.
Little Grebe: One at Carambolin Lake.
Darter: Singles seen at Carambolin and Velim Lakes and at Santa Cruz.
Little Cormorant: Common around most lakes and rivers.
Indian Cormorant: A maximum of two noted at Carambolin Lake.
Little Egret: Very common around wetland sites.
Western Reef Egret: Seen mostly along the banks of the Mandovi River.
Intermediate Egret: Seen almost daily around wetlands.
Great White Egret: As above.
Cattle Egret: Find cattle in the fields, paddies or even on the road and you will almost certainly find Cattle Egrets.
Indian Pond Heron: Found beside any body of water, swamp, mudflat, paddy or river.
Grey Heron: Fairly common around most wetlands.
Purple Heron: Not as numerous as Grey Heron but seen regularly especially at Carambolin Lake.
Little Heron: Found mostly along the muddy stretches of river banks but a confiding bird fished the lakes around the hotel perching on the jetties around the lakes. Also seen around shrimp ponds.
Black-crowned Night Heron: Two birds roosting in a large tree across the road from Morjim Beach and one seen on the boat trip.
Cinnamon Bittern: One or two birds seen on each visit to the Beira Mar and one at Nashinola Fields
Yellow Bittern: One bird was seen fishing below the balcony on each visit to the Beira Mar. Also viewed in flight being chased by Cinnamon Bitterns and perched out on the reeds.
Glossy Ibis: A flock of 57 birds was found feeding in the paddyfields opposite Carambolin Lake.
Asian Openbilled Stork: Flocks of 10 and 20 seen on two visits to Carambolin Lake, usually in the hedge or trees beyond the rice paddies.
Woolly-necked Stork: A pair seen in fields near Saligao were our first encounter, Greater numbers were later seen on our second and third visits to Carambolin.
Lesser Adjutant: The first trip to Carambolin gave the best views as 7 birds rose in thermals above the lake. Several birds were also watched at Nashinola fields and a single bird was perched in a tree beside the Zuari River on the boat trip.
Indian Pitta: Having heard the rumours about the living conditions of the Aguada Pitta (the Pitta in the Shitta) we tried three sites at Backwoods and a couple of other sites elsewhere before resorting to this bird. Other birders found this species on the Bondla approach road early in the morning and in Arpora Woods just past the night club.
We found the Pitta at Aguada on our second visit. Initially it was barely visible under dense bushes in the dark. However, after several minutes the bird hopped out into the light and gave front, side and rear views before returning into the undergrowth amongst the sh*t.
Asian Fairy Bluebird: A beautiful bird seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Blue-winged Leafbird: Only a single male seen at Arpora Wood.
Golden-fronted Leafbird: Several birds at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill, Arpora Wood, Baga Hill and Bondla.
Brown Shrike: A single bird viewed in the fields close to the hotel.
Bay-backed Shrike: A single bird noted on the walk from the hotel to Arpora Wood early one morning.
Long-tailed Shrike: Seen almost daily on overhead wires and bushes in most habitats.
Rufous Treepie: Commonest at Bondla and in Carambolin Wood but also seen on Baga Hill and in Arpora Wood.
Large-billed Crow: Fairly Common in woodland. Closest views obtained in the gardens at Bondla.
House Crow: Seen in good numbers every day including on the tables of the hotel restaurant whilst eating.
Ashy Woodswallow: First birds seen on wires from the bus taking us to the hotel. Seen later at Maem Lake, Morjim Beach, Chandranath Hill and on wires outside the hotel grounds.
Eurasian Golden Oriole: A common bird found in any areas with trees most days.
Black-naped Oriole: One female in Arpora Wood and a male at Backwoods.
Black Hooded Oriole: Seen on 13 days out of 21 in woodland or parkland habitat with the largest numbers at Bondla.
Black-headed Cuckoo Shrike: More females than males identified. Mainly on Baga Hill, in Arpora Wood and on Chandranath Hill.
Small Minivet: A small colourful bird found high in trees on Baga Hill, at Backwoods, Bondla and in Arpora Wood.
Scarlet Minivet: Seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike: Low numbers in Arpora Wood, at Backwoods and Bondla.
White-throated Fantail: Several pairs in Arpora Wood.
White-browed Fantail: One pair on Baga Hill.
Black Drongo: The commonest Drongo seen most days.
Ashy Drongo: The second commonest Drongo seen most days in smaller numbers than the Black Drongo.
White-bellied Drongo: Ones and twos in woodland areas such as Backwoods, Bondla, Maem Lake and Arpora Wood.
Bronzed Drongo: Another species found in woodland such as Arpora Wood, Backwoods and Bondla.
Spangled Drongo: The least common Drongo with singles at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill, Bondla and on Baga Hill.
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo: Mainly observed in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla with odd ones at Maem Lake and the spice plantation. One bird of the Sri Lankan sub species was found at Backwoods on the approach road to the camp.
Black-naped Monarch: Found only at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill and Bondla where the best views were obtained of birds coming to drink in the stream.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher: Fairly common in woodland with birds at Backwoods, Bondla, in Arpora Wood and Carambolin Wood. White morph birds were present at Backwoods and Arpora Wood.
Common Iora: Noted in greater numbers towards the end of our stay at Arpora Wood, Tiracol Fort. Seen also at Bondla and Backwoods.
Large Woodshrike: A small party was picked up by Loven close to the camp at Backwoods.
Blue Rock Thrush: A male on the temple at the summit of Chandranath Hill was the only bird of the trip.
Blue-capped Rock Thrush: A single male was viewed well at Backwoods and a female gave exceptional views at Bondla at the parking area above the zoo.
Malabar Whistling Thrush: Heard on many occasions and seen at Backwoods, Bondla and extremely well at the spice plantation near Ponda.
Orange-headed Thrush: Close views of this confiding species were obtained on Baga Hill, in Arpora Wood, at Backwoods, Bondla and at Fort Aguada at the Pitta site.
Nilgiri (Eurasian) Blackbird: Seen mostly in Arpora Wood and at Backwoods but also found at Bondla and Santa Cruz.
Asian Brown Flycatcher: Noted in singles at Backwoods, Arpora Wood and at Bondla under the shade of larger trees.
Rusty-tailed Flycatcher: A single bird gave brief views in Carambolin Wood.
Brown-breasted Flycatcher: Ones and twos noted in similar locations to Asian Brown Flycatcher at Backwoods (in the camp), Bondla, Chandranath Hill and in Arpora Wood.
Red-throated Flycatcher: One seen well at the bottom of Baga Hill.
Red-breasted Flycatcher: Most of the birds seen at Backwoods were identified as this species.
Verditer Flycatcher: Reasonable numbers at Backwoods and Bondla with one in Arpora Wood.
White-bellied Blue Flycatcher: A pair was located on call by Loven in the bottom of Bamboo thickets at Backwoods. Loven entered the forest and pushed the birds towards us where decent views were obtained as they moved higher into the trees.
Tickells Blue Flycatcher: Mostly seen in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla but singles were also present in Arpora Wood and at Tiracol Fort, where Abhi saw a bird resembling Pygmy Blue Flycatcher. Unfortunately the bird was not relocated.
Bluethroat: One bird at Parshem and two at the Beira Mar.
Indian Blue Robin: Despite searching a stretch of wood behind Tambdi Surla temple for over an hour where the Sunbirder group had taped out two birds we only heard the birds.
Oriental Magpie Robin: A common species in woodland and around habitation.
White-rumped Shama: A bird of the Ghats seen only at Backwoods and Bondla, located by its loud whistling song and chacking alarm call.
Indian Robin: A shy bird found at Carambolin Wood, Arpora Wood, Tiracol Fort and on Baga Hill.
Siberian Stonechat: Common at grassland sites such as the chat site near Carambolin Wood.
Pied Bushchat: Seen regularly on wires over dry farmland and at the Chat site near Carambolin.
Stoliczka's Bushchat/Mystery Chat: Two birds observed at the Carambolin chat site. I'll leave the identification of this one to the experts.
Chestnut-tailed Starling: The malabaricus race was regularly encountered on the coastal strip, whilst the race blythii was found in the Ghats at Backwoods and at Bondla.
Brahminy Starling: A flock of approximately 8 birds in flight over Baga fields, 3 behind Morjim Beach and 5 at Donna Paula Plateau.
Rosy Starling: 15 birds were observed over Baga Fields.
Common Myna: Mainly seen around the coastal strip in low numbers.
Jungle Myna: Much more numerous than the previous species, seen almost daily in large flocks.
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch: A species found only in the Western Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Black-lored Tit: Seen mainly in pairs on Baga Hill, at Arpora and Carambolin Woods.
Dusky Crag Martin: A single bird was found amongst the large numbers of hirundines over the hotel lakes early in the holiday.
Plain Martin: A lone bird viewed over the hotel on the first day was the only one of the trip.
Barn Swallow: Commonly seen except when at Backwoods.
Wire-tailed Swallow: Seen in small numbers every day bar two.
Red-rumped Swallow: The commonest hirundine. Large numbers daily.
Streak-throated Swallow: Only one bird seen over the road at Carambolin Chat site.
Grey-headed Bulbul: Single birds encountered in the Ghats at Backwoods in the camp area and at Bondla. Surprisingly four birds were noted in Arpora Wood.
Black-crested Bulbul: Only found on two occasions at Backwoods.
Red-whiskered Bulbul: The commonest Bulbul on the coastal strip and in the Ghats. Seen in large numbers almost daily.
Red-vented Bulbul: Almost as common as the previous species. Seen as often but in lower numbers.
White-browed Bulbul: Found in most places in low numbers except at Backwoods. More often heard than seen especially during the heat of the day as it is a skulking species. However, in the early morning will sit out in the tops of bushes giving excellent views.
Yellow-browed Bulbul: A bird of the Ghats, found only at Backwoods (in the camp) and at Bondla.
Black Bulbul: A bird seen only at Backwoods in small flocks high in the canopy.
Grey-breasted Prinia:Seen in Arpora Wood, on Baga Hill and more closely in Carambolin Wood.
Plain Prinia: First encountered in Carambolin Wood alongside Grey-breasted Prinia. The only other site this species was found was Arpora Wood.
Ashy Prinia: Usually found close to water such as the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar Hotel.
Zitting Cisticola: Sighted on three occasions, Baga Fields, Nashinola Fields and on Chorao Island.
Oriental White Eye: A single bird was found whilst looking for Indian Pitta at Arpora Wood.
Paddyfield Warbler: Only viewed from the swimming pool balcony at the Beira Mar. Blyths Reed Warbler: Common in singles close to and away from water, even at Backwoods.
Clamorous Reed Warbler: Two birds seen along the Baga River and on Chorao Island and singles were seen around the Santa Cruz rice paddies and at the Beira Mar.
Syke's Warbler: One bird only found on Baga Hill.
Common Tailorbird: Regularly seen including outside the airport whilst waiting in the bus to go to the hotel. Its scalding Ticking call notifies of its presence.
Tickell's Leaf Warbler: A single bird identified in Carambolin Wood on the first visit there.
Greenish/Green Warbler: An extremely common bird seen and heard daily with Greenish Warbler predominating.
Western Crowned Warbler: First seen at Backwoods, then later at Bondla and Baga Hill.
Puff-throated Babbler: First encountered at Backwoods but later seen in Arpora Wood a couple of times.
Indian Scimitar Babbler: A difficult one to get. A pair were located by Loven low in Bamboo at the far side of the field near Tambdi Surla temple. This species was also heard at Maem Lake and Bondla.
Tawny-bellied Babbler: This small Babbler was initially seen in low bushes on Baga Hill (3 birds). Similar numbers were also found in Arpora Wood on two separate occasions.
Dark-fronted Babbler: A striking bird seen in singles at Backwoods whereas a flock of 8 birds was located at Bondla.
Large Grey Babbler: Seen only once on walking up the wide track towards the top of Baga Hill.
Jungle Babbler: Regularly encountered flocks were found in most woodland locations including Baga Hill and Arpora Wood. Easily located once the calls are learnt.
Brown-cheeked Fulvetta: A non-descript looking bird with a pleasant song. First seen amongst feeding flock at Backwoods, then later at Bondla, Baga Hill and Arpora Wood.
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark: Looked for at several sites including the fields near the Merck Meat Factory and those described in Mark Dennis' report on the way to Morjim Beach and not found, possible due to searching at the wrong time of the day. However, towards the end of our stay we visited Donna Paula Plateau where at least 5 males and up to 9 females were located and good views obtained.
Malabar Lark: The commonest Goan Lark seen at various locations including on Baga Fields.
Oriental Skylark: Less common than the Malabar Lark but noted on Baga Fields, at Carambolin Chat site and on Donna Paula Plateau.
Short-toed Lark: 19 birds were found feeding in fields near Backwoods and a larger flock at Carambolin Chat Site were suspected to be this species.
Thick-billed Flowerpecker: All the Flowerpeckers were seen whizzing from treetop to treetop at many sites such as Backwoods, Bondla, Arpora Wood and Baga Hill. Once identified they were mainly ignored whilst looking at more interesting species. Apologies to any Flowerpecker fans.
Pale-billed Flowerpecker: Most often seen in Arpora Wood.
Plain Flowerpecker: First seen on Baga Hill.
Purple-rumped Sunbird: Initially located on the top of Baga Hill where several fine males were seen. These birds were fairly common along the coastal strip.
Crimson-backed Sunbird: A bird of the Western Ghats, found at Backwoods and Bondla. All males were in breeding plumage.
Purple Sunbird: The commonest Sunbird seen on at least 16 dates in various locations. Easy to find at Arpora Wood or on Baga Hill.
Loten's Sunbird: A scarce species located on Baga Hill, Tiracol Fort and seen well at Bondla along the lower stretches of the approach road where we watched a pair nest building.
Crimson Sunbird: A single female at Arpora Wood, however, other observers found both male and female birds at the rear of the Beira Mar and at the top of Baga Hill close to the shrine at the top of the overgrown footpath.
Little Spiderhunter: Only encountered twice, initially at a site by the river at Backwoods and on a second occasion on the left side of the Bondla approach road at a site known to Abhi.
House Sparrow: Numerous around habitation especially at the airport.
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia: Fairly common on wires along the coastal strip.
Forest Wagtail: Found in the woods at both Backwoods where they are in the camp and at Bondla mainly in the woods past the entrance barrier.
White-browed Wagtail: A common bird even seen around the hotel swimming pool.
Yellow Wagtail: Most often encountered in paddyfields, but fairly scarce during our visit. Seen only at Santa Cruz and Carambolin Lake.
Grey Wagtail: Encountered along with Yellow Wagtails in the paddyfields and also along some of the rivers and streams in the Ghats such as at Backwoods.
Richards Pipit: Identified only when calling by the House Sparrow like call. Common around farmland such as Baga Fields.
Paddyfield Pipit: As its name implies found in and around paddyfields and other cultivated and grassland areas. Again more easily identified by its chip chip call.
Blyth's Pipit: Observed in similar locations to the other large Pipits and again identified by its weak wheezing call.
Tawny Pipit: A single bird at the top of Baga Hill was the only record.
Baya Weaver: Large flocks present at Carambolin Lake over the paddies, around the chat site and near the Pitta site at Fort Aguada.
Indian Silverbill: A single record on wires behind the Beira Mar with the Munias.
White-rumped Munia: Common at most locations regularly seen perched on wires.
Scaly-breasted Munia: The second commonest of the Munias, often seen with the above species.
Black-headed Munia: Caught up with two birds at Nachinola Fields. These were the only record.
Black-throated Munia: Only seen at Backwoods in fields alongside the main road to Tambdi Surla.
Common Rosefinch: A female at Backwoods in the forest was the only record of the trip.

Birds Recorded by Other Observers

Fulvous Whistling Duck: Several birds were reported from the small lake where the road from Arpora to Baga crosses a bridge over the lake.
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker: A German birder living locally sighted four or five birds in the large trees up the left side of Arpora Wood past the quarry area.
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher: Ian from the Beira Mar and the Sunbirder tour group saw the Bondla bird by the bridge over the stream at the car park.
Pied Cuckoo: Single birds were seen at Backwoods and flying over the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar.
Grey-bellied Cuckoo: One bird observed at Backwoods during Adam and Sues stay there.
Barn Owl: A pair of birds are reported to roost above one of the main shopping streets in Calangute.
Brown Crake: A record of a single bird along a small stream at the Pitta site in Fort Aguada.
Great Knot: Two birds and three birds were seen on concurrent dates at Morjim Beach.
Crab Plover: A report of a single bird came from Morjim Beach.
Rufous-bellied Eagle: Abhi and another birder managed a short view of a bird at Saligao Zor before it flew off.
Eurasian Hobby: Seen on at least two dates over the Marinha Dourada Hotel.
Common Woodshrike: These birds are apparently fairly common at Backwoods.
Hill Myna: A single bird was seen flying over trees at Backwoods.
Sulfur-bellied Warbler: One report of a bird in trees close to the coast at Baga.
Olive-backed Pipit: Reported by Ian from a site he found on his last day.
Red-throated Pipit: Found at the same site as the above.


Southern Birdwing
Common Rose
Crimson Rose
Common Mormon
Blue Mormon
Common Jay
Tailed Jay
Common Emigrant
Mottled Emigrant
Common Grass Yellow
Malabar Tree Nymph
Danaid Eggfly
Nilgiri Clouded Yellow
Common Jezebel
Great Orange Tip
Indian Fritillary
Common Sailor
Common Lascar
Lemon Pansy
Chocolate Pansy
Grey Pansy
Common Four Ring
Blue Tiger
Glassy Tiger
Plain Tiger
Tamil Lacewing
Common Indian Crow
Rounded Pierrot
Common Grass Dart
Rice Swift
Plum Judy
Grey Count
Common Hege Blue

Other Animals

Black-faced Langur
Indian Mongoose
Indian Flying Fox (Fruit Bat)
Indian Giant Squirrel
Three-striped Palm Squirrel Indo-pacific Hump-backed Dolphin
Marsh Mugger Crocodile
Rat Snake
Fiddler Crab

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