Hello *|MMERGE10|*,

Welcome to the new migration season (which we arbitrarily start on 1 July each year). May this year bring lots of exciting bird sightings to all !

During the past migration year (July 2012 to June 2013), over 9,000 observations were contributed to MigrantWatch. In other words, about 40% of all observations in the database were contributed during the past year alone! Heartfelt thanks to all participants for sharing their sightings. 

In June, although 40 species of birds were reported, MigrantWatchers largely focussed on the Pied Cuckoo. The species was observed over most parts of Central and Northern India. The monsoon was early this year, but did the Pied Cuckoo arrive early too? Well, we may be able to tell if we have enough records this year. So, please do log in your Pied Cuckoo sightings, and encourage your friends to do so too!

There were also a considerable number of records of 'oversummering' birds (e.g. White Wagtail, Common Sandpiper and Ashy Drongo) being reported from states like Maharashtra. This appears to be an interesting trend. In the past, it wasn't unusual to see migrant waders stay back in the summer -- but are passerines increasingly doing so as well? If you have seen any winter birds hanging around over the summer, please do upload your observations.

Finally, there are some new pieces on the blog.

Happy migrantwatching!
Raman, Anushree and Suhel

June 2013 at a glance

Top contributors in June 2013
Nil N. Mohite, A Shivaprakash, Shantilal Varu, Arun M. K. Bharos, Jayant Wadatkar

First time contributors
MigrantWatch extends a warm welcome to Anshul Jain, Deepu Valathara, Himmat Singh, Faiz Rehman, Kushal Kiran Kulkarni, Malik Mohammed Shabbir, Mohan Moolepetlu, M S Sekhon, Prabhat Thakur, Rahul Jagtap, Shiraz Cambatta, Shukla Ankit U., Tanaya Pai, and Utkarsh Chowdhary.

Most reported species
Pied Cuckoo, Indian Pitta, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, White Wagtail

Top States
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh

Total records in June 2013:  175
Total records in June 2012: 97

Total sightings for the 2012-2013 season9,017
Total records in 2011-2012: 4,216

Total sightings in the MW database: 22,878


Recent posts
Arrival patterns of prominent migrants
Dewar’s bird calendar – July
Participant Profile – Avinash Bhagat

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Migrant Photos

Recent photos
Pied Cuckoo by Rohit Gupta
Lesser Flamingo by Shantilal Varu
Lesser Sand Plover by Hemant Kumar
Little Ringed Plover by Prathamesh Desai
Indian Pitta by Sita Rama Raju P

Enjoy more of such striking pictures at the MigrantWatch gallery.

Pied Cuckoo Campaign

The Pied Cuckoo Campaign was in full swing in June. MigrantWatchers from 16 states reported the bird. Do keep on adding your sightings of this bird on the MigrantWatch database.

First Sightings of the Season

The first-of-the-season sightings for Pied Cuckoo were reported from many states across the country. These included Assam (Dhubri) and West Bengal (Bankura) in the east, to Uttarakhand (Dehradun), Uttar Pradesh (Bareilly),  Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab (Landran), and Haryana (Bhiwani) in the north, and Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Chhattisgarh (Barauda) in central India to Gujarat (Gir) in the west.

Your data speaks!
Arrival summary of prominent species

Our series on summaries of arrival patterns of our most-reported species continues here with results for Western Marsh Harrier, Ashy Drongo, Common Kestrel and Eurasian Golden Oriole. These summaries have been made possible because of your contributions!