Hello *|MMERGE10|*,

We are happy to report that, in October, MigrantWatch crossed the 25,000 observations mark in the database. The record observation was contributed by Nil Mohite from Amravati, Maharashtra. Here are some more details explaining why this is such an extraordinary landmark. Congratulations and thanks to all MigrantWatchers who have contributed to this!

The number of reports on MigrantWatch received a fillip in October. Popular winter migrants like Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and White Wagtail were joined by Black Restart and Barn Swallow. Meanwhile, Jayan Thomas reported two very interesting and rare species -- the Pectoral Sandpiper and Caspian Plover from Cannanore, Kerala. Waterfowl have also begun to trickle in wetlands across the country, and geese are likely to follow in the coming weeks.

As winter sets in, we hope to see many more interesting records. Please continue to log in your observations this winter. And please let us know if you have comments and suggestions. Do also check out our blog for new and interesting articles.

Happy MigrantWatching!
Raman, Anushree and Suhel

October 2013 at a glance

Top contributors in October 2013
Nil N. MohiteHarishchandra N. Mhatre, Prathamesh Desai, Avinash Bhagat, Shantilal Varu

First time contributors
In October some new people made their debut in MigrantWatch. We heartily welcome Amith Bangre, Chetan Sharma, Gautam Krishnan, Krishnan Swamy and Zakaria Khan Yusufzai!

Most reported species
Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Barn Swallow

Top States
Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat

Total records in October 2013:  1,682
Total records in October 2012: 1,086

Total sightings for the 2013-2014 season3,056
Total records in 2012-2013: 9,017

Total sightings in the MW database: 25,974

Migrant Photos

Recent photos
Pectoral Sandpiper by Jayan Thomas 
Caspian Plover by Jayan Thomas 
Curlew Sandpiper by Sarthak Awhad
Common Stonechat by Sujata Shashank Phadke
Isabelline Wheatear by K Muthunarayanan

Lots more pictures have been recently uploaded at the MigrantWatch gallery.

Pied Cuckoo Campaign

Observations of this species have been reducing. Although 33 fresh sightings were reported, there were very few from the northern part of the country. Please do continue reporting your sightings of Pied Cuckoo in the winter! This will help to distinguish those areas where the species is seen year-round from where it disappears during the winter and spring. This season's Pied Cuckoo sightings are listed here..

First Sightings of the Season

Several first-of-the-season sightings were reported in October. For instance, the Blue Rock-thrush was seen in Maharashtra and Gujarat; the Booted Eagle was sighted in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka; Common Kestrel from Goa; and Demoiselle Crane in Uttar Pradesh.