Monday, June 1, 2009

Local Migration of Starlings,Rosefinches

This March, many kinds of starlings could be seen hovering in the sky along with Common Rosefinches.Every year,before the Summer season in India (April-August) commences,these birds have been witnessed to undergo local migration,probably from the nearby hills where Dehradun acts as a midway stop.Moving in large congregations,they usually stay for around a month or so,after which they continue their journey to their ultimate destination.

During this time,one could witness the Common Rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus) and its female counterpart,both of which are not seen in the Dun valley although they are present in large numbers in the nearby hills of the so called "Queen of Hills", Mussoorie. The birds would spend a fairly large amount of time flittering from one tree to another,but the most preferred ones seemed to be "Bamboo" and "Himalayan Silver Fur" . Surely one of the prettiest birds around...What say ?

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