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If you have seen an unusual or rare bird or need help identifying something you saw, please send us an email at bcp@wildlifeofpakistan.com. When sending a sighting report please add what you saw and when and where you saw it.

We have compiled sighting reports by our members and other individual birdwatchers below:

  1. Sociable Lapwings seen in Hingol National Park
    Date:
    19 November, 2006
    Location: Hingol National Park, Baluchistan
    Birdwatchers: Ghulam Rasool Mughal
    Report:
    9 Sociable Lapwings were seen by G. R. Mughal on 19 Nov 2006 at Hingol NP, Baluchistan.
     

  2. Brown Rock Chats observed in Dera Ghazi Khan. Possible range extension
    Date:
    25th October, 2006
    Location: Tibbi Qaisrani, Dera Ghazi Khan, N.W.F.P
    Birdwatchers: Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:
    On 25th of October 2006, I came across at least 2 Brown Rock Chats in my village near Tibbi Qaisrani, Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan. Both the individuals were seen at quite a distance from each other. Both the birds were positively identified.

    The closest Brown Rock Chats have been seen before is near Jhang. Dera Ghazi Khan is still quite a distance from Jhang. Now both the birds seen were not singing. It is to be seen that, this new range extension represents what? Whether the birds are scarce passage migrants from the area, rare winter visitors or are they taking up permanent residence. Also, Brown Rock Chats were not seen in a trip to D G Khan in Nov. 2006. So the birds were most certainly passage migrants. This also shows Pakistan's population of BRC's is also partly migratory.

    It must be mentioned that in countless visits to Dera Ghazi Khan before, this bird was never seen in Dera Ghazi Khan or any place close. Nevertheless, considering this birds' limited global distribution, sightings in Dera Ghazi Khan of this near endemic specialty are very encouraging.
     

  3. Sind Woodpecker Feeding Habits
    Date:
    20th August, 2006
    Location: Pindi Gheb, N.W.F.P
    Birdwatchers: Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:
    Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani reports an interesting feeding habit of the Sind Woodpecker. According to the book, "The Birds of Pakistan, T J Roberts writes he has never seen a Sind Woodpecker feed on the ground. However, Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani observed the Sind Woodpecker for a while, It flew and perched on an electric pole. After trying to approach it closely, it flew and sat on the ground for a while. When he left it was still on the ground. The ground was recently gone over by a tractor, so you could expect insects. But, he didn't observe any feeding.

    T J Roberts's observation is confusing. Does he want to say he never saw any feed on the ground, or that he means he never saw any Sind Woodpecker sit on the ground ever, and so they don't feed on the ground. If it is the 2nd case, then he is proved wrong.
     

  4. Interesting major sightings for Islamabad and the environs
    Date:
    15th August 2006
    Location: Islamabad and the environs
    Birdwatchers: Merilyn Browne and Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:
    One female Crested Bunting was seen in the Pine forests on the Margalla Hills. It is known to be only a scarce breeder in the Margalla Hills.

    One Large-billed Crow was seen on the Margalla Ridge. According to Mikko Pyhala's book "Birds of Islamabad", the earliest sighting of this specie on Margalla Ridge is on 14 November. The sighting of the bird on 15 August is nearly 3 months earlier than before, and might be an indicator that the bird is now trying to establish permanent residence in the Margalla Hills.

    A Scaly-bellied Green Woodpecker was seen in the woodland around Rawal Lake during this trip. This sighting of the Woodpecker seems to be the first autumn record of this woodpecker in the forests around Rawal Lake, as previously it is only known to be a winter visitor to the forests around Rawal Lake.

    Finally, a pair of Brown Rock Chats was seen once in F-10 and a single bird was seen in Margalla Town, Islamabad in August 2006. This confirms the fact that the bird is a resident of Islamabad now as well. According to Mikko Pyhala's book, there is only one previous record of its existence in Islamabad.
     

  5. Little cormorant sighted at Rawal Lake
    Date:
    15 August 2006

    Location: Rawal Lake, Islamabad
    Birdwatchers: Merilyn Browne and Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:
    A Little cormorant was sighted at Rawal Lake on 15 August 2006 by 2 birders, Merilyn Browne and Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani. According to knowledge, this is only the 3rd sighting of this specie at Rawal Lake.
     

  6. Jerdon's Babbler Rediscovered in Punjab
    Date:
    10th-18th of April 2006

    Location: Taunsa Barrage, Punjab
    Birdwatcher: Ghulam Rasool Mughal
    Report:
    A photographer G R Mughal from Lahore while on a WWF trip to Taunsa
    Barrage came across some specimens of the Endangered Jerdon's Babbler. According to Mr. Mughal, Jerdon's Babblers are common at Taunsa Barrage. These Sightings mark the rediscovery of this endangered bird in Punjab province.

    The word Rediscovered might seem a little out-of-place, because T J Roberts, in his book "Birds of Pakistan" never calls this bird extinct, However it is worth mentioning that the Jerdon's Babbler had not been seen in Punjab since the past 63 years. The last time this bird was seen in Punjab was in 1943 when H. Waite came across it near Bhamb in Mianwali. Other than Taunsa Barrage, this bird occurs in Pakistan in Sind near East Narra.

Please read Mr. G.R. Mughal's personal account here
 

  1. Marbled Teal seen in Sind
    Date: 31st January 2006

    Location: Lung Lake, Sindh
    Birdwatcher: Ghulam Rasool Mughal
    Report:
    A photographer G R Mughal from Lahore while on a trip to Lung Lake in Sind came across at least one specimen of the Marbled Teal.
    The bird was photographed on 31st January 2006. It would be worth mentioning here that last year in July/August some 30 pairs of this rare duck were found breeding in Sind. However, this sighting seems to be the 1st winter sighting of this duck in Sind since quite a while.
     

  2. Brahminy Starlings in Dera Ghazi Khan
    Date: 27 August 2005
    Location: Dear Ghazi Khan
    Birdwatcher: Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:

    While searching for button Quails  in my area on 27 August 2005, I came across a pair of Brahminy Starlings. According to Roberts this bird doesn't occur south of Pindi. D.G Khan should be a good 350 kms south of Pindi.
    According to Roberts there is a small resident population of this bird in Southern Sindh. So the Nara sightings are a rather small Northward extension of this small population. However the birds seen in D. G Khan are a southwards
    extension of the northern population. And D. G Khan to Pindi is a huge distance. The date of Brahminy Starlings sighting and subsequent visits to the area show this bird is a passage migrant through D G Khan.

    Other noticeable birds seen were Eurasian Wryneck, Golden Oriole, Red necked falcon and Black Bittern.

     

  3. Houbara Bustard, Marbled teal, Lesser whistling teal and Brahminy starling at Nara Desert Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nara Game Reserve
    Date: 26 August 2005
    Location: Nara Desert Wildlife Sanctuary and the Nara Game Reserve
    Birdwatcher: Abdul Razzaque Khan and Hussain Bux Bhagat
    Report:

    Birdwatcher Abdul Razzaque Khan and Hussain Bux Bhagat, deputy conservator of the Sindh Wildlife Department visited the area. Mr Bhagat said during the visit to the Nara Desert locally known as Achharo Thar (white desert), a group of four houbara bustards (chlamydotis undulata) was sighted on Aug 7 in the Nara Desert Wildlife Sanctuary. He said houbara bustards were sighted during the first week of August.

    A pair of a rare duck species like lesser whistling teal (dendrocygna javanica) was sighted at Jari Lake in the Nara Game Reserve on August 6. Previously, this bird was seen at the Haleji Lake in 1986 and in Sanghar in 1994. It is the first time that it has been sighted in the upper Sindh where it nests and breeds from June to August. This is oriental species found in South-East Asia from Pakistan to Indonesia, West Borneo, South China and South India.

    While globally threatened duck species Marbled teal (Marmaronetta angusterostris) is still present in lakes of the Nara Game Reserve whereas four pairs at Jagir Lake, two pairs at Dangi-wari Lake and two pairs at Kathore Lake were seen on August 7.

    Another pair of Brahminy starling (Sturnus pagodarum) was sighted during its breeding time in the Nara Desert Wildlife Sanctuary on other forest patch at distance of 14 kms North from the first breeding pair observed during the month of July.
     

  4. Sirkeer Malkoha discovered in Azad Kashmir
    Date: 9 October 2004
    Location: Near Muzzafarabad, Azad Kashmir
    Birdwatcher: Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:

    Sirkeer Malkoha was seen by me near Muzzafarabad during a single day trip to Azad Kashmir on 9 October 2004. This seems to be the 1st sighting of this specie in Azad Kashmir, as it has not been reported there before. The Sirkeer Malkoha is a rare bird in Pakistan. Extra-limitaly it occurs only in India and Sri Lanka. It's previously known distribution in Pakistan consists of small populations near the Indian border near Sialkot, a small but viable population in the Margalla Hills and small numbers that occur in a few restricted localities of Sind. Although only 1 bird was seen and observed, it is hoped that more do occur in that region.
     

  5. Common Wood Pigeon in Murree
    Date: 1 May 2005
    Location: Baarian, Murree Hills
    Birdwatcher: Muhammad Saad Nawaz Qaisrani
    Report:

    Common Wood Pigeons were seen by me while searching for Kalij Pheasants near Baarian, a hill station about 8 kms from Murree. Previously it was not known to occur in the Murree Hill Range. The area was again visited in July 2005, and the birds were not observed. So they were possibly passage migrants. The Common Wood Pigeon is the largest of all Pigeon species occurring in Pakistan. It is a Scarce specie in Pakistan. Its previous distribution ranges from a viable population in the Kala Chitta hills in Attock, small numbers occurring in the Juniper Forests of Balochistan, with some numbers occurring in Waziristan and some numbers occurring in the Northern areas.

 

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