Goa Trip List November 2002

Personal Record

Red Spurfowl

Grey Junglefowl
Indian Peafowl

Lesser Whistling Duck

Cotton Pygmy Goose

Spot-billed Duck
Common Teal

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler
Rufous Woodpecker

White-bellied Woodpecker

Heart Spotted Woodpecker
Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Common Flameback
Black-rumped Flameback

Greater Flameback
White-naped Woodpecker

Brown-headed Barbet

White-cheeked Barbet

Crimson-fronted Barbet

Coppersmith Barbet
Malabar Grey Hornbill

Malabar Pied Hornbill

Great Hornbill

Malabar Trogon

Indian Roller
Common Kingfisher
Blue eared Kingfisher

Stork-billed Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

Black-capped Kingfisher

Pied Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher

Blue-bearded Bee Eater

Little Green Bee Eater
Blue-tailed Bee Eater

Chestnut Headed Bee Eater

Common Hawk Cuckoo

Indian Cuckoo
Banded Bay Cuckoo

Asian Koel

Blue-faced Malkoha

Greater Coucal
Vernal Hanging Parrot

Alexandrine Parakeet

Rose-ringed Parakeet
Plum-headed Parakeet

Malabar Parakeet
Indian Swiftlet

Brown-backed Needletail

Asian Palm Swift
Little Swift
Alpine Swift
Common Swift

Crested Treeswift

Oriental Scops Owl
Collared Scops Owl

Spot-bellied Eagle Owl

Brown Fish Owl

Brown Wood Owl

Jungle Owlet

Spotted Owlet

Browm Hawk Owl

Sri Lanka Frogmouth

Grey Nightjar

Jerdons Nightjar

Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
Nilgiri Wood Pigeon

Mountain Imperial Pigeon

Spotted Dove
Red Collared Dove
Emerald Dove

Orange-breasted Green Pigeon

Pompadour Green Pigeon

Slaty-breasted Rail

White-breasted Water Hen

Baillons Crake
Ruddy-breasted Crake


Purple Swamphen

Pintail Snipe

Common Snipe

Bar-tailed Godwit


Spotted Redshank

Marsh Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper
Little Stint

Temminck's Stint
Curlew Sandpiper
Greater Painted Snipe

Black-winged Stilt

Pheasant-tailed Jacana

Bronze-winged Jacana

Small Pratincole

Pacific Golden Plover

Grey Plover
Little-ringed Plover
Kentish Plover

Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Yellow Wattled Lapwing

Red Wattled Lapwing
Yellow-legged Gull

Heuglins Gull

Great Black-headed Gull

Brown-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull
Slender-billed Gull

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern
River Tern

Lesser-crested Tern

Greater-crested Tern

Sandwich Tern
Roseate Tern
Little Tern
Black-shouldered Kite
Black Kite
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea Eagle

White-rumped Vulture

Long-billed Vulture
Short-toed Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle

Black Eagle

Marsh Harrier
Pallid Harrier

Montagues Harrier
Crested Goshawk



Oriental Honey Buzzard
White-eyed Buzzard

Common Buzzard
Lesser Spotted Eagle

Greater Spotted Eagle

Steppe Eagle
Bonellis Eagle
Booted Eagle

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle


Amur Falcon

Laggar Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

Little Grebe
Little Cormorant
Indian Cormorant
Little Egret
Western Reef Egret
Intermediate Egret
Great White Egret
Cattle Egret

Indian Pond Heron
Grey Heron
Purple Heron

Little Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Cinnamon Bittern

Yellow Bittern

Glossy Ibis

Asian Openbilled Stork

Woolly-necked Stork

Lesser Adjutant

Indian Pitta

Asian Fairy Bluebird
Blue-winged Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird

Brown Shrike
Bay-backed Shrike

Long-tailed Shrike
Rufous Treepie

Large-billed Crow

House Crow

Ashy Woodswallow

Eurasian Golden Oriole
Black-naped Oriole
Black Hooded Oriole

Black-headed Cuckoo Shrike

Small Minivet

Scarlet Minivet
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike
White-throated Fantail
White-browed Fantail
Black Drongo
Ashy Drongo

White-bellied Drongo

Bronzed Drongo

Spangled Drongo

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Black-naped Monarch

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Common Iora

Large Woodshrike

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue-capped Rock Thrush

Malabar Whistling Thrush

Orange-headed Thrush

Nilgiri (Eurasian) Blackbird

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Rusty-tailed Flycatcher
Brown-breasted Flycatcher

Red-throated Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher

White-bellied Blue Flycatcher

Tickells Blue Flycatcher

Indian Blue Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin
White-rumped Shama

Indian Robin

Siberian Stonechat

Pied Bushchat

Stoliczka's Bushchat/Mystery Chat

Chestnut-tailed Starling

Brahminy Starling

Rosy Starling
Common Myna
Jungle Myna

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Black-lored Tit

Dusky Crag Martin

Plain Martin

Barn Swallow
Wire-tailed Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Streak-throated Swallow
Grey-headed Bulbul

Black-crested Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul

Red-vented Bulbul

White-browed Bulbul

Yellow-browed Bulbul

Black Bulbul
Grey-breasted Prinia

Plain Prinia

Ashy Prinia

Zitting Cisticola

Oriental White Eye

Paddyfield Warbler
Blyths Reed Warbler

Clamorous Reed Warbler

Syke's Warbler
Common Tailorbird

Tickell's Leaf Warbler
Greenish/Green Warbler

Western Crowned Warbler
Puff-throated Babbler

Indian Scimitar Babbler

Tawny-bellied Babbler

Dark-fronted Babbler

Large Grey Babbler

Jungle Babbler

Brown-cheeked Fulvetta

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Malabar Lark

Oriental Skylark

Short-toed Lark

Thick-billed Flowerpecker

Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Plain Flowerpecker
Purple-rumped Sunbird

Crimson-backed Sunbird

Purple Sunbird

Loten's Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird

Little Spiderhunter

House Sparrow
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia
Forest Wagtail

White-browed Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Richards Pipit

Paddyfield Pipit

Blyth's Pipit

Tawny Pipit
Baya Weaver

Indian Silverbill
White-rumped Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia

Black-headed Munia

Black-throated Munia

Common Rosefinch
1 flushed in the forest near the Backwoods camp and 1 seen well on Baga Hill.
Seen only at Backwoods on several occasions.
Seen at the top of Baga Hill early in the morning, at Bondla and 1 on Morjim Beach which followed us on the beach.
Several hundred seen at Carambolin Lake and good numbers also at Velim Lake.
15 observed at Carambolin Lake on a single occasion.
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.
A flock of 50 birds seen over Chorao Island.
A single bird at Carambolin Lake.
Small numbers seen at Carambolin Lake on 3 occasions.
Large flocks seen on most lakes and en route to other sites.
Good numbers seen at Carambolin and over the sea at Morjim Beach.
2 birds observed at Maem Lake with others at Velim and Carambolin Lakes.
Low numbers at Carambolin and Velim Lake.
Singles at Backwoods and Maem Lake plus a single and a pair feeding on an old wasps nest in Arpora Wood.
A bird in flight at the nightjar site near Tambdi Surla Temple was considered possibly to be this species late one evening.
Several birds both male and female seen only at Backwoods.
Single birds seen twice at Backwoods and once at Chandranath Hill and Bondla.
2 birds seen on the last day in the open area of Arpora Wood.
The commonest Woodpecker with numbers of up to 5 seen on 10 separate occasions.
Seen only in the Western Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
A single female surprisingly found at Parshem mudflats a site known only to our taxi driver and guide Abhi.
Viewed well at Backwoods including in the camp and also seen at Bondla. Heard on several occasions at other sites.
Fairly common at woodland sites with good views at Baga Hill and Arpora Wood.
Seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla with the best views near Tambdi Surla Temple.
Common along the coastal strip being heard more often than seen.
Seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla. Excellent views were obtained along the stream near the carpark at Bondla.
5 birds perched in trees at a site low on the approach road to Bondla were the only ones seen.
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.
Several birds seen mainly at Carambolin Wood and Lake.
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.
Seen perched on roadside wires and on haystacks most days.
Very common, seen almost daily.
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.
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.
Probably the commonest Kingfisher being seen nearly every day in various habitats including woodlands.
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.
Seen mainly in pairs at saltwater wetland sites.
Two seen well on the boat trip. One along the Cumbajua Canal with a second up another tributary of the river.
2 birds gratefully found at the site low down on the approach road to Bondla.
Common, seen almost daily.
Almost as common as the previous species. Seen mostly on wires along the roadside.
Seen at several sites at Backwoods and over the small reservoir on the approach road to Bondla.
Single birds seen on Baga Hill, at Backwoods near the open fields and at Carambolin Lake.
Seen only twice at Carambolin Lake and Santa Cruz rice paddies.
A single juvenile bird was found by Abhi who knew its call, being fed by a Common Iora along the Bondla approach road.
This large Cuckoo was seen on many occasions in scrub and woodland. Both males and females were plentiful.
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.
A secretive bird seen at many sites.
Small numbers seen at Backwoods, Bondla and Chandranath Hill. The best views were obtained at Arpora Wood early in the morning.
Encountered once presumably flying from a roost early one morning close to the hotel.
Common along the coastal strip.
Small numbers observed at several woodland sites including Arpora Wood.
Found only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Fairly Common. Seen regularly when checking through the high flying swifts.
Several birds seen high over a hill viewed from the approach road to Bondla. Other saw this species around Tambdi Surla Temple.
Seen near Palm Trees at various sites along the coastal strip.
Very common. Can be seen daily.
Two birds seen over Maem Lake.
Occasionally noted around the hotel mixed in with the more numerous Little Swifts.
Low numbers seen at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill and Bondla over wooded areas.
Male and female seen at a known roost site at Backwoods. Heard calling around the camp area at night.
2 birds heard only around the camp on a single night at Backwoods.
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.
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.
Saligao Zor is the best known site for this species. We had excellent views of two birds there.
1 seen high in the trees at Backwoods and another seen at a roost site known to Abhi at Carambolin Lake.
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.
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.
Male and female were seen at the Backwoods stake out each day in a Bamboo right next to the entrance to the camp.
One bird was seen illuminated by torchlight over the field at Tambdi Surla.
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.
A common bird around habitation.
Singles seen at Arpora Wood and at Backwoods but 4 birds were seen late one evening on Baga Hill.
Low numbers seen at Backwoods and at Bondla perched in trees or flying over more open areas.
Very common seen almost daily.
Two birds in the open area at the far side of Carambolin Wood.
A single bird was spotted by Abhi concealed in the trees close to the entrance barrier at Bondla.
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.
5 were seen at Backwoods, located by their fluty whistling calls and a single bird was heard at Chandranath Hill.
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.
Observed in many wet locations, seen mostly at the rear of the Beira Mar.
A pair of birds were located in the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar.
A single bird was seen in flight over the marsh at the Beira Mar.
One bird was flushed whilst crossing Baga Fields and a second was sighted in the paddies opposite Carambolin Lake.
Present at Carambolin Lake (several hundreds) and Velim Lake in large numbers.
Common at Carambolin and Velim Lakes.
Seen mainly at Carambolin and Velim Lakes.
Positively identified at Santa Cruz and at the Beira Mar. Less common than Common Snipe during our stay.
Located in many wet habitats.
A single bird was seen in flight whilst waiting for Nightjars near Tambdi Surla temple.
10 birds on the shore at Morjim Beach and a singleton on the river at Santa Cruz.
5 birds were seen from the ferry approaching Chorao Island.
4 at Chorao Island shrimp ponds, approximately 15 on Morjim Beach and 2 on Mandrem Beach.
A single bird was seen on one of the lakes close to the hotel.
A common wader seen at many wetland sites with over 50 birds at Parshem mudflats.
Seen in small numbers on the pools close to the hotel but again the greatest numbers were seen at Parshem mudflats.
Common at most wetland locations with exposed mud.
An extremely common wader in wet paddies. Also seen at other wetland sites.
Less common than Wood Sandpiper with birds seen at Velim Lake and the Beira Mar.
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.
Seen almost daily around water.
A single bird on Morjim Beach
Seen on Morjim Beach, at Parshem and in the rice paddies at Santa Cruz.
Several birds in the paddies at Santa Cruz.
Seen only on Morjim Beach and on the mud at Carambolin.
A single bird on the muddy area at Carambolin.
One bird at Carambolin and one by the river at Santa Cruz.
Only male birds seen at the rear of the Beira Mar, mainly below the reeds in the right hand corner below the balcony.
Approximately 10 birds on the muddy area beside the river at Santa Cruz, viewed from the road bridge over the river.
Seen only at Carambolin Lake and Velim Lake in good numbers plus a single juvenile on Santa Cruz rice paddies.
Large numbers at Carambolin and Velim but small numbers seen on other smaller bodies of water.
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.
Approximately 30 seen from the bridge at Santa Cruz and a single bird at the ferry crossing to Tiracol Fort.
A single bird seen on the rocks near Baga Beach.
Small numbers on Morjim Beach and on Chorao Island.
Good numbers present on most tidal mudflats such as Parshem and on Morjim and Mandrem Beaches.
Observed in large numbers in similar locations to the above.
Small numbers in similar locations to Lesser Sand Plover.
The first 3 birds were found at Nashinola Fields a site known to Abhi and a further 3 were seen well at Velim Lake.
Numerous, seen almost daily.
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.
Several birds on Morjim Beach and the occasional single birds in flight along the coast.
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.
Best seen at Morjim where numbers are in the hundreds but also seen at other coastal locations.
Plentiful at Morjim.
High numbers were seen at Morjim mainly on our first visit where approximately 100 birds were present at high tide.
Seen in small numbers at Morjim, along the Mandovi River and over the sea during the Zuari River boat trip.
Two birds flew along the shore at Mojim during our second visit.
A superb individual was seen at Parshem mudflats in breeding plumage calling whilst flying along the river.
Up to 50 birds present at Morjim and approximately 20 seen from the boat on the Zuari River trip.
Only 2 birds seen at Morjim, however approximately 40 birds seen on log piles in the Zuari River from the boat.
Small numbers present at Morjim.
A single bird seen on the beach at Morjim.
Two birds identified flying along Morjim Beach.
Common around most large water bodies.
A single adult was observed flying over Dona Paula Plateau.
The commonest Raptor seen daily.
Almost as common as Black Kite, seen almost daily.
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.
Three birds were seen at Velim Lake, the only site in Goa where vultures are commonly seen.
Two birds seen distantly at Velim Lake.
A single bird soaring over Baga Hill.
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.
5 distant birds were seen at the raptor watch point at Backwoods and a single bird was seen well over Arpora Wood.
Common over many wetland areas.
Two males were seen, one on Chorao Island and one circling over Arpora Wood.
A single juvenile was observed well over marshes at Santa Cruz.
A single bird was seen over the woods at Chandranath Hill and three birds were seen low over the approach road at Bondla.
Up to 5 birds were seen on some days. Seen mostly in wooded areas.
Singles seen over the Baga River, at Backwoods and in Arpora Wood.
Singles seen over Baga Hil, at Backwoods and over Arpora Wood.
Single birds seen at Backwoods, en route to Morjim and returning from Carambolin Lake. All seen perched in trees close to farmland.
A single bird circling over woods close to Fort Aguada.
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.
One over Carambolin Lake, one near Saligao, and pairs at Santa Cruz and over the Zuari River.
A single bird was watched soaring over Nashinola Fields.
One bird only, over Baga Hill.
Singles over Arpora Wood, Baga Hill, at Maem Lake, Bondla and Backwoods.
Singles in flight over the hotel, Chandranath Hill, Arpora Wood and a perched bird twice at Bondla afforded the best views.
A single bird observed over woods at Backwoods during a raptor watch.
Two around Baga and singles at Saligao, Carambolin and Fort Aguada.
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.
One seen flying along the tree line next to Carambolin Lake.
Observed over Baga Hill at the seaward end and over the marsh behind the Beira Mar. All birds of the race Peregrinator.
One at Carambolin Lake.
Singles seen at Carambolin and Velim Lakes and at Santa Cruz.
Common around most lakes and rivers.
A maximum of two noted at Carambolin Lake.
Very common around wetland sites.
Seen mostly along the banks of the Mandovi River.
Seen almost daily around wetlands.
As above.
Find cattle in the fields, paddies or even on the road and you will almost certainly find Cattle Egrets.
Found beside any body of water, swamp, mudflat, paddy or river.
Fairly common around most wetlands.
Not as numerous as Grey Heron but seen regularly especially at Carambolin Lake.
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.
Two birds roosting in a large tree across the road from Morjim Beach and one seen on the boat trip.
One or two birds seen on each visit to the Beira Mar and one at Nashinola Fields
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.
A flock of 57 birds was found feeding in the paddyfields opposite Carambolin Lake.
Flocks of 10 and 20 seen on two visits to Carambolin Lake, usually in the hedge or trees beyond the rice paddies.
A pair seen in fields near Saligao were our first encounter, Greater numbers were later seen on our second and third visits to Carambolin.
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 n a tree beside the Zuari River on the boat trip.
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 s**t.
A beautiful bird seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Only a single male seen at Arpora Wood.
Several birds at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill, Arpora Wood, Baga Hill and Bondla.
A single bird viewed in the fields close to the hotel.
A single bird noted on the walk from the hotel to Arpora Wood early one morning.
Seen almost daily on overhead wires and bushes in most habitats.
Commonest at Bondla and in Carambolin Wood but also seen on Baga Hill and in Arpora Wood.
Fairly Common in woodland. Closest views obtained in the gardens at Bondla.
Seen in good numbers every day including on the tables of the hotel restaurant whilst eating.
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.
A common bird found in any areas with trees most days.
One female in Arpora Wood and a male at Backwoods.
Seen on 13 days out of 21 in woodland or parkland habitat with the largest numbers at Bondla.
More females than males identified. Mainly on Baga Hill, in Arpora Wood and on Chandranath Hill.
A small colourful bird found high in trees on Baga Hill, at Backwoods, Bondla and in Arpora Wood.
Seen only in the Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Low numbers in Arpora Wood, at Backwoods and Bondla.
Several pairs in Arpora Wood.
One pair on Baga Hill.
The commonest Drongo seen most days.
The second commonest Drongo seen most days in smaller numbers than the Black Drongo.
Ones and twos in woodland areas such as Backwoods, Bondla, Maem Lake and Arpora Wood.
Another species found in woodland such as Arpora Wood, Backwoods and Bondla.
The least common Drongo with singles at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill, Bondla and on Baga Hill.
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.
Found only at Backwoods, Chandranath Hill and Bondla where the best views were obtained of birds coming to drink in the stream.
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.
Noted in greater numbers towards the end of our stay at Arpora Wood, Tiracol Fort. Seen also at Bondla and Backwoods.
A small party was picked up by Loven close to the camp at Backwoods.
A male on the temple at the summit of Chandranath Hill was the only bird of the trip.
A single male was viewed well at Backwoods and a female gave exceptional views at Bondla at the parking area above the zoo.
Heard on many occasions and seen at Backwoods, Bondla and extremely well at the spice plantation near Ponda.
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.
Seen mostly in Arpora Wood and at Backwoods but also found at Bondla and Santa Cruz.
Noted in singles at Backwoods, Arpora Wood and at Bondla under the shade of larger trees.
A single bird gave brief views in Carambolin Wood.
Ones and twos noted in similar locations to Asian Brown Flycatcher at Backwoods (in the camp), Bondla, Chandranath Hill and in Arpora Wood.
One seen well at the bottom of Baga Hill.
Most of the birds seen at Backwoods were identified as this species.
Reasonable numbers at Backwoods and Bondla with one in Arpora Wood.
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.
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.
One bird at Parshem and two at the Beira Mar.
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.
A common species in woodland and around habitation.
A bird of the Ghats seen only at Backwoods and Bondla, located by its loud whistling song and chacking alarm call.
A shy bird found at Carambolin Wood, Arpora Wood, Tiracol Fort and on Baga Hill.
Common at grassland sites such as the chat site near Carambolin Wood.
Seen regularly on wires over dry farmland and at the Chat site near Carambolin.
Two birds observed at the Carambolin chat site. I'll leave the identification of this one to the experts.
The malabaricus race was regularly encountered on the coastal strip, whilst the race blythii was found in the Ghats at Backwoods and at Bondla.
A flock of approximately 8 birds in flight over Baga fields, 3 behind Morjim Beach and 5 at Donna Paula Plateau.
15 birds were observed over Baga Fields.
Mainly seen around the coastal strip in low numbers.
Much more numerous than the previous species, seen almost daily in large flocks.
A species found only at in the Western Ghats at Backwoods and Bondla.
Seen mainly in pairs on Baga Hill, at Arpora and Carambolin Woods.
A single bird was found amongst the large numbers of hirundines over the hotel lakes early in the holiday.
A lone bird viewed over the hotel on the first day was the only one of the trip.
Commonly seen except when at Backwoods.
Seen in small numbers every day bar two.
The commonest hirundine. Large numbers daily.
Only one bird seen over the road at Carambolin Chat site.
Single birds encountered in the Ghats at Backwoods in the camp area and at Bondla. Surprisingly four birds were noted in Arpora Wood.
Only found on two occasions at Backwoods.
The commonest Bulbul on the coastal strip and in the Ghats. Seen in large numbers almost daily.
Almost as common as the previous species. Seen as often but in lower numbers.
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.
A bird of the Ghats, found only at Backwoods (in the camp) and at Bondla.
A bird seen only at Backwoods in small flocks high in the canopy.
Seen in Arpora Wood, on Baga Hill and more closely in Carambolin Wood.
First encountered in Carambolin Wood alongside Grey-breated Prinia. The only other site this species was found was Arpora Wood.
Usually found close to water such as the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar Hotel.
Sited on three occasions, Baga Fields, Nashinola Fields and on Chorao Island.
A single bird was found whilst looking for Indian Pitta at Arpora Wood.
Only viewed from the swimming pool balcony at the Beira Mar.
Common in singles close to and away from water, even at Backwoods.
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.
One bird only found on Baga Hill.
Regularly seen including outside the airport whilst waiting in the bus to go to the hotel. Its scalding Ticking call notifies of its presence.
A single bird identified in Carambolin Wood on the first visit there.
An extremely common bird seen and heard daily with Greenish Warbler predominating.
First seen at Backwoods, then later at Bondla and Baga Hill.
First encountered at Backwoods but later seen in Arpora Wood a couple of times.
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.
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.
A striking bird seen in singles at Backwoods whereas a flock of 8 birds was located at Bondla.
Seen only once on walking up the wide track towards the top of Baga Hill.
Regularly encountered flocks were found in most woodland locations including Baga Hill and Arpora Wood. Easily located once the calls are learnt.
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.
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.
The commonest Goan Lark seen at various locations including on Baga Fields.
Less common than the Malabar Lark but noted on Baga Fields, at Carambolin Chat site and on Donna Paula Plateau.
19 birds were found feeding in fields near Backwoods and a larger flock at Carambolin Chat Site were suspected to be this species.
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.
Most often seen in Arpora Wood.
First seen on Baga Hill.
Initially located on the top of Baga Hill where several fine males were seen. These birds were fairly common along the coastal strip.
A bird of the Western Ghats, found at Backwoods and Bondla. All males were in breeding plumage.
The commonest Sunbird seen on at least 16 dates in various locations. Easy to find at Arpora Wood or on Baga Hill.
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.
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.
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.
Numerous around habitation especially at the airport.
Fairly common on wires along the coastal strip.
Found in the woods at both Backwoods where they are in the camp and at Bondla mainly in the woods past the entrance barrier.
A common bird even seen around the hotel swimming pool.
Most often encountered in paddyfields, but fairly scarce during our visit. Seen only at Santa Cruz and Carambolin Lake.
Encountered along with Yellow Wagtails in the paddyfields and also along some of the rivers and streams in the Ghats such as at Backwoods.
Identified only when calling by the House Sparrow like call. Common around farmland such as Baga Fields.
As its name implies found in and around paddyfields and other cultivated and grassland areas. Again more easily identified by its chip chip call.
Observed in similar locations to the other large Pipits and again identified by its weak wheezing call.
A single bird at the top of Baga Hill was the only record.
Large flocks present at Carambolin Lake over the paddies, around the chat site and near the Pitta site at Fort Aguada.
A single record on wires behind the Beira Mar with the Munias.
Common at most locations regularly seen perched on wires.
The second commonest of the Munias, often seen with the above species.
Caught up with two birds at Nachinola Fields. These were the only record.
Only seen at Backwoods in fields alongside the main road to Tambdi Surla.
A female at Backwoods in the forest was the only record of the trip.

Birds Recorded by Other Observers

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Yellow-crowned Woodpecker

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Pied Cuckoo

Grey-bellied Cuckoo
Barn Owl

Brown Crake

Great Knot

Crab Plover
Rufous-bellied Eagle

Eurasian Hobby
Common Woodshrike
Hill Myna
Sulfur-bellied Warbler
Olive-backed Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Several birds were reported from the small lake where the road from Arpora to Baga crosses a bridge over the lake.
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.
Ian from the Beira Mar and the Sunbirder tour group saw the Bondla bird by the bridge over the stream at the car park.
Single birds were seen at Backwoods and flying over the marsh at the rear of the Beira Mar.
One bird observed at Backwoods during Adam and Sues stay there.
A pair of birds are reported to roost above one of the main shopping streets in Calangute.
A record of a single bird along a small stream at the Pitta site in Fort Aguada.
Two birds and three birds were seen on concurrent dates at Morjim Beach.
A report of a single bird came from Morjim Beach.
Abhi and another birder managed a short view of a bird at Saligao Zor before it flew off.
Seen on at least two dates over the Marinha Dourada Hotel.
These birds are apparently fairly common at Backwoods.
A single bird was seen flying over trees at Backwoods.
One report of a bird in trees close to the coast at Baga.
Reported by Ian from a site he found on his last day.
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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