Hello *|MMERGE10|*,

As September turns to October the migration season has well and truly set in. While reports of Pied Cuckoo are declining somewhat, sightings of winter migrants, like Common Sandpiper and Barn Swallow, are on the increase. More than a hundred species of migratory birds were observed in September by MigrantWatchers from 18 states. The warblers -- particularly Hume's and Greenish -- have made their debut for the season. Western Yellow Wagtails have now joined their cousins the Grey and White Wagtails. Waders are thronging the wetlands and shores. The list is expected to grow in October, so please do keep on logging in your observations on MigrantWatch!

As always, our blog also has some new and interesting posts for you. Please don't miss our series summarizing the 2012-2013 migration season in terms of contributors, geographical break-up, and species records.

Happy MigrantWatching!
Raman, Anushree and Suhel

September 2013 at a glance

Top contributors in September 2013
Nil N. Mohite, Prathamesh Desai, Gnanaskandan Kesava Bharathi, Shantilal Varu, Avinash Bhagat

First time contributors
Twelve new friends joined the MigrantWatch community in September. A hearty welcome to Amul Mutha, Deepak, Deepika Guru Prasad, Indranil Dasgupta, Mayuresh Hendre, Narendra Phadke, Prasad Khale, Raja Sekhar Bandi, Rohit Damle, Rohit Joshi, S. Sivakumar, and Vineith

Most reported species
Common Sandpiper, Pied Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, Barn Swallow, Rosy Starling

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

Total records in September 2013:  625
Total records in September 2012: 675

Total sightings for the 2013-2014 season1,489
Total records in 2012-2013: 9,017

Total sightings in the MW database: 24,405


Recent posts
Dewar’s bird calendar – October

Recap of the 2012-13 season: Part 3 - Species records

Arrival patterns of prominent migrants - V

Recap of the 2012-13 season: Part 2 - Sightings and geographical break-up

Recap of the 2012-13 season: Part 1 - Contributors

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Migrant Photos

Recent photos
Brown Shrike by Vivek M  
Western Marsh Harrier by Mayuresh Hendre  
Common Stonechat by Harishchandra N. Mhatre
Blue-tailed Bee-eater by Raghu Ananth  
Western Black-tailed Godwit by Mohammed Saleem

There are many more pictures for you to enjoy at the MigrantWatch gallery.

Pied Cuckoo Campaign

During September MigrantWatchers continued to contribute to the Pied Cuckoo Campaign with great gusto. 59 fresh observations were added. For a listing of all 1,000+ Pied Cuckoo sightings, please see this link. And click here to read the most recent summary of results from the Pied Cuckoo Campaign.

First Sightings of the Season

This season's first sightings of Brown Shrike and European Bee-eater were logged from Karnataka; Common Sandpipers from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu; Red-throated Flycatchers from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra; and Osprey from Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Among ducks, Garganeys arrived in Karnataka.

Your data speaks!
Arrival summary of prominent species

In this edition we look at the sighting patterns of warblers. These interesting patterns have only been revealed thanks to observations logged in by participants.

Migrants in the Media

Villagers live up to promise of protecting Amur falcons - Times of India

The great migration of Amur Falcon - The Morung Express