Bird watching tour to Davanagere - Part II

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Birding in Davanagere - Part II:


Eye-catching Blue-tailed bee-eater
The colorful Blue-tailed bee-eater
Continued...from...Birding in Davanagere - Part I Water Birds

Apart from the water birds and waders I spotted many species of birds, the highlight of the show was the Hoopoe, and a surprise sighting of the Barn Owl, with these two, my long awaited first sighting of these species we're accomplished. Another spectacular sightings were the colorful bee-eaters and Common Iora, along with the Wool neck Stork, which were also my first sightings.
‎Hoopoe, patrolling the grounds
‎Hoopoe, found patrolling the grounds
Barn Owl
Barn Owl
Blue-tailed bee-eater with its favorite food damselfly/dragonfly
Blue-tailed bee-eater with its favorite food damselfly/dragonfly
Green bee-eater
Green bee-eater
Common Iora
Common Iora
Woolly-necked stork, categorized as vulnerable species under IUCN Red List
Woolly-necked stork, categorized as vulnerable species under IUCN Red List 
It was interesting to see a pair of bold large grey babblers trying to flip the mud layer on the trees in search of prey.
Large grey babblers seen flipping the muddy layer on the tree in-search of insects
Large grey babblers seen flipping the muddy layer on the tree in-search of insects
Apart from these spotted many bird species for the first time including the Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Red collared dove, and Yellow-billed Babbler.
Yellow-billed Babbler or White-headed Babbler
Yellow-billed Babbler or White-headed Babbler
Grey-bellied Cuckoo
Grey-bellied Cuckoo
Although spotted over a dozen of White throated kingfishers, but didn't get sightings of any other species of Kingfishers.
White throated kingfisher
White throated kingfisher
Here are some of the other birds I was able to capture:
‎Asian koel male
‎Asian koel male
Greater coucal
Greater coucal
Rose ringed Parakeet male
Rose ringed Parakeet male
Black Drongo
Black Drongo
Red-vented bulbul
Red-vented bulbul
Laughing Dove
Laughing Dove
Ashy prinia
Ashy prinia
Common woodshrike
Common woodshrike
And the most difficult to classify, yes the Warblers. With some readings, narrowed down the below species names. Still not sure if they are identified correctly.
Green Warbler, considering its color grayish-green above and off-white below
Blyth's Reed Warbler, considering the supercilium upto eyes, and yellow lower mandible. With small tail and long undertail covert
Booted warbler, Supercilium beyong the eye, short and dark-tipped pale lower-bill. With color pale brown (weak tea colour) above and whitish below with buff flanks
Sykes’s warbler, considering the longer tail and supercilium over the eye and not extending beyond
Sykes’s warbler, considering the longer tail and supercilium over the eye and not extending beyond
Almost at the end of my birding tour, and still haven't sighted weaver-bird or munia's. Just before I could call off, I could spot some weaver-bird nests hanging down the thorny tree, adjacent to a water stream. Tried to zoom in search of birds, in and around the nests, but they were all appearing empty.  To my surprise a flock of Indian Silverbills or the White-throated Munia arrived at the abandoned nest and then I could spot a pair of Scaly-breasted Munia perched on the edge of the another tree branch. It was a perfect end for my birding tour.
Indian Silverbills or the White-throated Munia in an abandoned weaver bird nest
Indian Silverbills or the White-throated Munia in an abandoned weaver bird nest
Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
Although I couldn't get any sightings of bar headed goose or the weaver-birds, but I got to witness many new species of migratory and resident birds. On a positive note it gave me a reason to visit the place again for another birding tour.

Complete List of Birds spotted in Davanagere along with the count:

1. Barn Owl : 1
2. Hoopoe : 2
3. White throated kingfisher : many
4. Green bee-eater : many
5. Blue-tailed bee-eater: many
6. Chestnut-tailed Starling : many
7. Large grey babbler : many
8. Yellow-billed Babbler or White-headed Babbler : many
9. Drongo : 6
10. Common Iora : 2
11. Red-vented bulbul : many
12. ‎Greater coucal : 1
13. ‎Asian koel male : 1
14. Grey-bellied Cuckoo : 1
15. ‎Rose ringed Parakeet : 1 pair
16. Red collared dove or Eurasian collared dove : 3
17. Laughing Dove : 2
18. ‎White-browed wagtail : 1
19. Scaly-breasted Munia : 2
20. Indian silverbill / White-throated Munia : 6
21. Indian robin male : 2
22. Ashy prinia : 2
23. ‎Blyth's Reed Warbler
24. Green Warbler
25. Booted warbler
26. Sykes’s warbler
27. Common woodshrike : 1
28. Purple rumped ‎Sunbird : many
29. ‎Pale-billed Flowerpecker : many
30. ‎Braminy Kite : 1

Waders:
31. Little ‎egret : many
32. Intermediate egret : many
33. Cattle egret : many
34. Grey heron : 3
35. Purple heron : 2
36. Pond heron : >5
37. ‎Red wattled lapwing : >5
38. Bronze-winged jacana : >25
39. Pheasant-tailed jacana : 5
40. Black-winged Stilt : >30
41. ‎Wood Sandpiper : 5-10
42. Common Sandpiper : 5-10
43. Green Sandpiper : many
44. Wool neck Stork : 6

Water birds:
45. Spot Billed duck : >100's
46. Garganey : many
47. Northern Shoveler : many
48. Cotton pygmy-goose : many
49. ‎Common coot : >100's
50. Common Moorhen: many
51. Purple swamphen : >50
52. Little grebe : many
53. Cormorant : >100

And the common birds...
54. Common myna : many
55. Jungle myna : many
56. Rock pigeons : >100
57. Crow : many

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