Bird watching at Hoskote Lake

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Bird watching at Hoskote Lake:

Yellow Wagtail, one of the most common sighting at the lake
Yellow Wagtail, one of the most common sighting at the lake
After having heard a lot of positive stories of bird watching in Hoskote lake, I decided to explore the place on a summer Sunday morning.

Its popularity among birders framed my anticipation to spot many new avian species, on top of my bucket-list were the yellow Wagtail, Baya Weaver, rosy Starling, Crake's, Red Avadavat, Pied Cuckoo, Storks, Bushlark, Siberian Stonechat and the waders.

Route as shown in Google maps from old KR puram was not accurate, couldn't spot the small left turn after the petrol pump, so had no choice rather to cross the toll booth. Once past the toll gates, took the service road and took immediate left. The road is full of big potholes and was waterlogged due to the rains from past two days. There is a temple on the left and to the right is the lake. Suitable place for parking your vehicle.

The place is quite remote and I was skeptical exploring alone. As I reached the place, I could see many bird watchers already around the lake bed.

Due to heavy rains from past two days, the pathway was muddy and slightly slippery, so could manage to walk around the lake only for some distance. It's a large lake with a much larger wetland area, surrounded by villages and farmlands, inviting water birds, waders, and up-ground birds.

Most of the large birds like Storks, Ibis and Pelicans were concentrated in the middle of the lake, far from the human movement. Among them the painted Storks were my first time sightings in Bengaluru. The waders we're seen all around the wetlands and the up-ground birds were spotted after a short walk around the lake where there are trees and bushes.
Egrets and Cormorants perched on the tree
Egrets and Cormorants perched on the tree
Painted Stork along with Gray Heron(left)
Painted Stork along with Gray Heron(left)
Glossy Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Adult male Pheasant-tailed Jacana along with Purple Swamphen
Adult male Pheasant-tailed Jacana along with Purple Swamphen
Purple Heron
Purple Heron
Spot-billed Pelicans along with Snake bird
Spot-billed Pelicans along with Snake bird
The yellow Wagtail's were spread all across the lake bund, which was certainly the highlight of my tour. On a short walk around the lake one cannot miss-out spotting the yellow wagtail, wood sandpiper and pied cuckoo. The spotlight later turned towards a large flock of Rosy starlings, followed by small flocks of red and white-throated munia's.
Yellow Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail
Jacobin Cuckoo or Pied Cuckoo or Pied Crested Cuckoo
Jacobin Cuckoo or Pied Cuckoo or Pied Crested Cuckoo
Flock of Rosy Starlings perched on the tree
Flock of Rosy Starlings perched on the tree
Along with the Yellow Wagtail, pied cuckoo, Rosy Starling and Red Avadavat, some of the other species I spotted for the first time were the Siberian Stonechat, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Baillon's Crake, common Cuckoo and Jerdon's Bushlark.
A female Siberian Stonechat
A female Siberian Stonechat
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Ruddy-breasted Crake
Jerdon's Bushlark
Jerdon's Bushlark
Common Cuckoo
Common Cuckoo
Baillon's Crake
Baillon's Crake
The lake had both migratory visitors as well as the resident birds. The winter visitors often seen between Oct-Apr include the Garganey, Yellow Wagtails, Wood Sandpiper, Warblers, Siberian Stonechat and Rosy Starling. While Spot-billed Duck, Little Grebe, Cormorants , Egrets, Pond Heron, White-browed Wagtail are mostly resident birds.
White-browed Wagtail
White-browed Wagtail
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Wood Sandpiper, another common winter visitor in Hoskote lake
Wood Sandpiper, another common winter visitor in Hoskote lake
White Cheeked Barbet
White Cheeked Barbet
Paddyfield Pipit with some disease in the legs
Paddyfield Pipit with some disease in the legs
Blyth's reed warbler
Blyth's reed warbler
Booted Warbler / Sykes's Warbler
Booted Warbler / Sykes's Warbler
Ashy Prinia
Ashy Prinia
Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia
Pied Bushchat Male
Pied Bushchat Male
Common Kingfisher with its catch, a fish
Common Kingfisher with its catch, a fish
A female purple sunbird
A female purple sunbird
Red Avadavat or Red Munia or Strawberry Finch
Red Avadavat or Red Munia or Strawberry Finch
Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia
Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia

Complete List of Birds spotted in my two visits to Hoskote Lake:

Small perching birds:
1. Ashy Prinia
2. Plain Prinia
3. Blyths Reed Warbler
4. Booted Warbler / Sykes's Warbler
5. Purple Sunbird
6. Purple-rumped Sunbird
7. Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia
8. Red Avadavat or Red Munia or Strawberry Finch
9. Siberian Stonechat

Upground birds:
10. Asian Koel
11. Barn Swallow
12. Black Drongo
13. Common Kingfisher
14. White Throated Kingfisher
15. Spotted Dove
16. Western Yellow Wagtail
17. Western Yellow Wagtail (flava/beema)
18. Western Yellow Wagtail (thunbergi)
19. White-browed Wagtail
20. White Cheeked Barbet
21. Greater Coucal
22. Jacobin Cuckoo or Pied Cuckoo or Pied Crested Cuckoo
23. Lesser / Common Cuckoo
24. Jerdon's Bushlark
25. Indian Robin
26. Red-Vented Bulbul
27. Red-whiskered Bulbul
28. Rose ringed parakeet
29. Rosy Starling
30. Paddyfield Pipit
31. Pied Bushchat

Waterbirds:
32. Little Cormorant
33. Great Cormorant
34. Oriental Darter or Snake bird
35. Eurasian Coot
36. Eurasian Moorhen
37. Garganey
38. Gray-headed Swamphen or Purple Swamphen
39. Indian Spot-billed Duck
40. Little Grebe
41. Ruddy-breasted Crake
42. Baillon's Crake
43. Spot-billed Pelican
44. White-breasted Waterhen

Waders:
45. Black Headed Ibis
46. Glossy Ibis
47. Black-winged Stilt
48. Bronze-winged Jacana
49. Pheasant-tailed Jacana
50. Cattle egret
51. Intermediate Egret
52. Little Egret
53. Gray Heron
54. Purple Heron
55. Indian Pond-Heron
56. Red-wattled Lapwing
57. Painted Stork
58. Wood Sandpiper

Common Birds:
59. Black Kite
60. Brahminy Kite
61. Crow
62. Common Myna
63. Jungle Myna
64. Rock Pigeon

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