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Nature Walk at Sagarakatte and surroundings

posted Jan 20, 2013, 8:40 PM by Sharath Adavanne   [ updated Dec 28, 2014, 1:14 AM ]

Date: 03.02.2013 

Duration: 8.00 -13.00 hr 

Weather: Clear sky and pleasant atmosphere

Participants: 31 members (S/s Harishchandra and Srinidhi have come all the way from Bengaluru by night train for birding!)



   Fig: Ashy-crowned Sparrowlark by Sahana M

Habitat:  Marsh, Pasture, and dry-bed of depleting KRS backwaters 


  •  Butterflies: just 04 species                                                                Fig: Syke's Lark by Sahana M
  •  Birds: 55 species


  • Sighted 16 terrestrial and 39 water bird species  
  • Observed opportunistic foraging by WHISKERED TERN Chlidonias hybridus, BROWN-HEADED GULL Larus brunnicephalus & INDIAN RIVER TERN Sterna aurantia, over the place where the CORMORANTS Phalacrocorax spp were busy in community fishing.
  • EURASIAN EAGLE-OWL Bubo bubo mobbed by CROWS was observed near bridge under construction across river Laxman- thirtha. 
  •  Few participants  experienced the beauty of ,

a)  Courtship display, call and flight of ASHY-CROWNED SPARROW-LARK Eremopterix grisea

b)  Few individuals of ORIENTAL OR EASTERN SKYLARK  Alauda gulgula & SYKE’S LARK Galerida deva

c) LARGE EGRET'S Casmerodius albus extended gape-line behind eye compared with MEDIAN EGRET Mesophoyx intermedia

d) INDIAN SHAG beak pattern compared to LITTLE CORMORANT

e) BLACK-TAILED GODWIT’s beak length and color

f) Characters to differentiate between LITTLE-RINGED Charadrius dubius & KENTISH PLOVER Charadrius alexandrinus

     g) Comparison between COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia & MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis

                 h) Undulating flights of YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava 


                Fig: Whiskered Tern by Sahana M                                        Fig: Unidentified Fishes by Sheshagiri BR

  • List of Winter & local migrants observed:

1.     COMMON SWALLOW Hirundo rustica

2.     BOOTED WARBLER Iduna caligata

3.     GREATER-SPOTTED EAGLE Aquila clanga

4.     NORTHERN PINTAIL Anas acuta

5.     NORTHERN SHOVELER Anas clypeata

6.     KENTISH PLOVER Charadrius alexandrinus

7.     LITTLE RINGED PLOVER Charadrius dubius

8.     WESTERN YELLOW-WAGTAIL Motacilla flava

9.     LITTLE STINT Calidris minuta

10.  COMMON SANDPIPER Actitis hypoleucos

11.  WOOD SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis

12.  GREEN SANDPIPER Tringa ochropus

13.  MARSH SANDPIPER Tringa stagnatilis

14.  COMMON GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia

15.  BLACK-TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa

16.  BLACK-WINGED STILT Himantopus himantopus

17.  YELLOW WAGTAIL Motacilla flava

18.  BROWN-HEADED GULL Larus brunnicephalus

19.  WHISKERED TERN Chlidonias hybridus


When : 03.02.2013, Sunday

Where : Sagarakatte and surroundings, Mysore District 

Habitat:  Grassland  and drybed of depleting KRS backwaters

How long : 3 Hours (08.00 to 11.00 AM)  

Distance : 24 Km from Mysore Railway Station


Charges/Fee : None


Instructions :

1. Program is open to all

2. Please buy a railway ticket to Sagarakatte and take train no. 56266, Mysore –Arsikere passenger and getdown at Sagarakatte station

3. Carry sufficient water and snacks for individual requirement 

4. Return train is at 12.56 pm or we can take bus to return to Mysore / OR one can come in their own vehicle upto Sagarakatte via Yelwal also.


Assembly point : Mysore Railway Station, 07.15 am, nearby above train

Contact : Shivaprakash A

                +91-9480191661 /0821-2461096 (7 PM to 9 PM )