Friday, 19 February 2016

Monday 8th February – Sattal to Pangot

We were up early birding around Sattal, revisiting sites to try and locate any species that we missed yesterday. Unfortunately we ran out of luck, our search for Golden Bush Robin drew a blank. We saw most of the species from yesterday so moved on. Then at the Ravine which had been so good previously we had our only Scaly Thrush of the week plus a Rufous-bellied Flowerpecker. Before long it was back to the hotel for the short drive to Pangot.

Spotted Forktail
The scenery was impressive and things were livened up by a puncture on the journey The driver changed the wheel and at the next town went to get the spare fixed. Rather than hang around waiting we were dropped off and made our way on foot up the Pangot Road, with the driver instructed to pick us up on the way. This worked to our advantage as we saw our only White-tailed Nuthatch of the trip.

We arrived at Pangot at lunchtime where we enjoyed a good meal before birding in and around the village, the bird feeders on-site were good, with numerous White-throated Laughingthrush, Chestnut-headed Laughingthrush and Rufous Sibia. In the grounds we found a Eyebrowed Bush Robin which was a Lifer for Lokesh – his first lifer in four years!

The accommodation at Pangot
By this time the sun was beginning to set and it was getting a touch cold, not surprising at 5,000ft altitude. We went for our evening meal in the dining hall which was 200 yards downhill from our accommodation to be greeted with a roaring fire! We did the bird log and ate our fill, with Lokesh celebrating his tick by handing out a glass of rum to everyone! (This was my only drink of the holiday). The biggest cheer of the night came when the staff handed out hot water bottles – and we needed them!

Speckled Piculet
Streaked Laughingthrush
Chestnut-headed Laughingthrush
White-throated Laughingthrush
Himalayan Bulbul
Black Eagle

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