Birding Destination in Kumaon
The Misty Mountains is an unexplored birding destination in kumaon. This offbeat destination is blessed with an untouched 1000 acres of forests around it. The terrain varies from 1700 meters to 2600 meters within 3 square kilometers. There are 3 water bodies nearby(Ramganga, Saryu, Baans Pathan). All this combine to make a diverse and dense avi-fauna population.
You can see some pictures of birds photagraphed at misty here –
Over the last one and a half years, we have photographed and identified over 130 bird species and sub species out of which 90% are within the core area of 3 sq. kilometers and 10% in the periphery. Experienced birders have estimated the presence of close to 300 species in the vicinity.
Within the campus of 5 acres itself, you can spot over 30 species right outside your cottage. These include – Khalij Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Oriental Turtle and Spotted Doves, Himalayan Griffons, Black Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Headed Jays, Grey Bush Chats, Russet Sparrows, Blue Winged Siva (blue winged minla), Bar Throated Siva (Chestnut Tailed Minla), Green Backed Tits, Black Throated Tits, Black Lored Tits, Yellow Breasted Green Finches, Common Rosefinches, Streaked Laughing Thrush, White Throated Laughing Thrush, Blue Whistling Thrush, Rusty Cheeked Scmitar Babbler, Black Chinned Babbler, Grey Headed Woodpecker, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Lesser Yellow Nape, Large Billed Crow, Himalayan Bulbuls, Black Bulbuls, Verditer Flycatcher, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Grey Hooded Warbler, Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher, Rufous Sibia, Whiskered Yuhina etc.
Within the area of 3 sq.kms that can be reached on foot you can spot over a 100 species. And another 50 odd within driving distance of an hour including a nearby river side.
The best time to visit us for birding is February through March and early April before the summers or late October through November before winters.