I dropped in at Harmony Villas in Assagao to visit Anne who has been staying there since January. I’d been there a couple of times in 2010 and had the best birding experiences yet. I was in Goa on a filming assignment and so I didn’t carry my camera for photography. Nevertheless, through a pair of binoculars, I came across a bird or two anew.
The White-browed Wagtail or Large Pied Wagtail, Motacilla Maderaspatensis were seen in large numbers back then, about 13 months ago. One had to be in sight at most times, early in the mornings. 13 months hence, not a single one! Anne doesn’t remember seeing one there and there about in the two months that she has been there.
Nevertheless, we saw:
The Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)
The Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striata
The Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
The Purple-rumped Sunbird -male and female (Cinnyris asiaticus)
The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
The Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
The Jungle Myna, Acridotheres fuscus
The Small Minivet, Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
The White-rumped Munia or White-rumped Mannikin (Lonchura striata), sometimes called Striated Finch
The Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus
The Black-lored Tit, Parus xanthogenys