Bird Studies Canada's Atlantic Program Manager, Becky Stewart, was chosen to participate in a Rotary International Group Study Exhange. Becky, along with three other young professionals, will be travelling to Maharashtra, India in November of 2012. Along the way, Becky will have the opportunity to meet with fellow BirdLife International partner, the Bombay Natural History Society. This blog was created so BSC members and rotarians alike can follow Becky on her upcoming adventure.
This morning, my host’s brother, who is a trekker and has trekked the Himalayans, got up bright and early, along with two of his friends, to take me to the a nearby dam to go birding.I arrived to find a huge lake, complete with a Grey Heron and a large flock of Great Thick Knees.Alongside the lake was some short, dry scrubby areas as well as a more forested area. Amongst the trees, I found my first Asian Koel and, in the scrub, my first sunbird nest complete with chicks—and I watched the female fly back and forth to the nest with food for quite some time.In the open area, near the Lake there was an Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark doing some sort of a display – it flew into the air tweed-i-ling and then would drop down with a long whistle.Just as we were leaving a White-browed Wagtail flew in…just in time to be added to the list.