On our recent birding trip to Barha reserve forest and Mandla Road we came across and some interesting finds.
Though found in this region we were luck to see the Red headed bunting pairs on tree tops and one male black headed bunting alongside them. This has added to our list of Buntings found in Jabalpur region and increased the numbers of bird check listed by me so far. Another interesting sight was large number of chestnut tailed mynas at Gaur river.
Central India is an interesting birding destination for water birds as towns like Jabalpur have lot of water bodies small and big. The forest belts offer sightings of lot many bird that are resident and winter visitors. Pipits, Larks and warblers are some of the regular visitors.
Parks as Kanha Bandhavgarh and Pench have been visited for tiger safaris in India. Thanks to work done by many naturalists a good check list has been complied of birds found in this region.Of late they are becoming popular for birding trips as well Hence popularity of Birding tours in MP is on increase. One can sight as many as two hundred and fifty birds on frequent bird tours to tiger reserves.
More work at Pench and Panna tiger reserves will surely yield some interesting finds. I visit Pench much less hence do not have the opportunity for birding frequently.
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