Birds are everywhere, we can see them from higher Mountains to the Deserts.In India bird habitats are divided into forests, scrub, wetlands, grasslands, agricultural lands, the desert and seas. Many bird species require a mixed habitat and there are other variety of birds which are differentiate by the climate.

Jageshwar in the state of Uttarakhand,  lies in Sub tropical – Alpine forest zone. The region has coniferous trees such as Cheer, Pine, Deodar along with a mixed forest of Oak and Rhododendron.

I stayed at Van Serai forest lodge, just 1 Km away from the Jageshwar temple. Early morning I walked to the temple following the road alongside a small creek. The walk was very so serene almost left me in an introspective mode. I being a birding guide and a naturalist being in nature is meditation to me.

In by birding career I have been bird watching in many places in Nepal and Northern India. What I have gathered is that most of the Himalayan birds are similar here except some western range species.

Jageshwar is an awesome birding destination. I had visited during the winter season so many Himalayan birds had flown more down for their winter vacation, despite that I spotted some beautiful birds.

Day 1: In the Morning, I walked up to the Jageshwar temple. In the afternoon I drove to Briddha Jageshwar and Jhakar temple and on my return I hiked back to the Lodge.

Day 2 : I spend the entire morning birding inside Eco park and took a hike up to a hill later in the afternoon.
Jageshwar Birds Checklist

  1. Himalayan Vulture
  2. Steppe Eagle
  3. Bonell’s Eagle
  4. Mountain Hawk Eagle
  5. Common Pigeon
  6. Oriental Turtle Dove
  7. Slaty-headed Parakeet
  8. Mountain Scops Owl
  9. Rufous-bellied Woodpecker
  10. Brown-fronted Woodpecker
  11. Grey-headed Woodpecker
  12. Long-tailed Minivet
  13. Bronzed Drongo
  14. Red-billed Blue Magpie
  15. Black-headed Jay
  16. Large-billed Crow
  17. Green-backed Tit
  18. Coal Tit 16
  19. Black-throated Tit
  20. Barn Swallow
  21. Red-rumped Swallow
  22. Himalayan Bulbul
  23. Red-vented Bulbul
  24. Black Bulbul
  25. Striated Prinia
  26. Buff-barred Warbler
  27. Lemon-rumped Warbler
  28. Ashy-throated Warbler
  29. Grey-hooded Warbler
  30. Whistler’s Warbler
  31. Goldcrest
  32. Streaked Laughingthrush
  33. Brown Dipper
  34. White-tailed Nuthatch
  35. Bar-tailed Treecreeper
  36. Common Myna
  37. Blue Whistling Thrush
  38. Mistle Thrush
  39. Himalayan Bluetail
  40. Plumbeous Water Redstart
  41. White-capped Redstart
  42. Blue-capped Redstart
  43. Blue-fronted Redstart
  44. House Sparrow
  45. Russet Sparrow
  46. Dark-breasted Rosefinch
  47. Rufous-breasted Accentor
  48. Rock Bunting

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Date ( Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2017) By Sanjib Acharaya Naturalist & Guide Asian Adventures