Hello *|MMERGE10|*,

With this season's migration gathering steam, what was a trickle in the past month has now become a torrent. MigrantWatchers throughout the country are keenly following the southward journeys of our feathered friends. In October the number of reports nearly doubled from the previous month's figures. While the initial part of the season was dominated by waders, this month has seen a spurt in the number of passerines. Speaking of passerines, we are running a series of helpful articles on the tricky task of identification of warblers on our blog. We're sure you'll find them useful. A lot more action is in store in the coming weeks as the winter sets in!

Happy migrantwatching!
Raman and Suhel

September 2012 at a glance

Top contributors in September 2012
Shantilal Varu, Gnanaskandan Kesava Bharathi, A Shivaprakash, Prathamesh Desai, Ramit Singal

Most reported species
Rosy Starling, Whiskered Tern, Common Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Barn Swallow

Top States
Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand.

Total records in September 2012: 604
Total records in September 2011: 236

Total sightings for the season (beginning July 2012): 1,114

Total sightings in the MW database: 15,019


Recent posts
Leaf warbler ID made easy! Part I-Introduction: Mousumi Ghosh
Participant Profile: Prathamesh Desai

Misfit Migrant: the Spot-winged Starling

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Migrant Photos

Recent photos
Grey Wagtail by Kuldeep Shukla
Ashy Drongo by Udiyaman Shukla
Brown Shrike by Yazdy Palia
Sanderling by Jayan Thomas
Here is the entire gallery of spectacular pictures

First Sightings of the Season

Until 30th September MigrantWatchers have observed 79 species making a debut in the current migration season. First sightings of many passerine species have been reported, such as Booted Warbler from Karnataka, Bluethroat from UP, and Blyth's Reed Warbler from Gujarat. A lot of them have nearly reached the far ends of their wintering ranges. For example, the Grey Wagtail has reached as far south as Wayanad (Kerala), the Asian Brown Flycatcher was seen in Sathyamangalam (Tamil Nadu), while the Brown Shrike has been spotted in Manipal (Karnataka). By and by we expect more reports of passerines as they sweep peninsular India.

15,000th record on MigrantWatch!

With Jayant Wadatkar's sighting of the Pied Cuckoo near Amravati, Maharasthra, on 22 September 2012, we have reached another milestone. This was the 15,000th record to be logged on to MigrantWatch. By complete coincidence, the 10,000th sighting on MigrantWatch was also from Amravati!

Congratulations to all MigrantWatchers for helping reach this landmark!

5 Years of MigrantWatch!

It has been just over five years since MigrantWatch began, and we are in the process of compiling all records from the first 5 years into a report. In case there are observations that you have not yet uploaded we request you to please do so. This will enable your records to be included in the report. Watch out for more updates on the report.

Migrants in the Media

A chirpy haven: Bharatpur - The Hindu

Migratory birds arrive in Delhi Zoo - The Hindu  

Changing rain pattern affecting Bangalore’s bird migration - Asian Age

Birds fly as Sukhna fills to the brim - Times of India

Here's an interesting article about filming birds in migration - Outside Magazine