Sattal-Pangot Birding Tour, 25th to 29th December 2019

Sattal-Pangot Birding Tour, 25th to 29th December 2019

4 night 5 days

this time of the year, due to snowfall in higher altitude Birds do local migration to lower altitude.. Sattal and Pangot has an altitude of 1400 and 2200 mts respectively, making these two destinations very good places to experience this winter migration, watch them and photograph them. 
few example of the birds that migrates down and are on the target list are - Golden Bush Robin, Spectacled Finch, Black and Yellow Grosbeak. there are some exotic species also which are Resident such as - Cheer Pheasant. 

Itinerary

Tour duration is 4N 5D

Areas to be covered are Jeolikote, Sattal, Pangot, Chanfi.

1st day 
Morning - Sattal Trail. (Fire Breasted Flowerpecker, Rufous Bellied NIltava, Red-Billed Leiothrix, Small Niltava, Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher, Himalayan Bluetail) 
Evening - Shyamkhet region (Wedge-tailed Green Piegion, Gray-winged Bluebird, Yellow-Breasted Greenfinch)
 

2nd Day 
Morning - Chanfi Birding
Evening - Chanfi session. ( Himalayan and Siberian Rubythroat, Yellow Belly Fantail, Bar tailed Treecreeper, Brown Dipper, Crested Kingfisher, Little Forktail)

3rd Day 
Morning - Pangot visit 
Evening - Pangot   (Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, Alpine or Himalayan Accentor, Golden Bush Robin, Spot Winged Grosbeak, Scaly Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Long-Billed Thrush, Chestnut Thrush, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Rufous Bellied Woodpecker, Himalayan Woodpecker, Scaly bellied Woodpecker)

4th day - 
Morning Jeolikote Region (Black Chinned Yuhina, Spotted and Slaty Backed Forktail)
Evening - Sattal Trail ( Aberrant Bush Warbler, Western Crowned Warbler and many more small birds) 

5th Day
morning - Ramgarh Region
(Thrushes and Warbler, Collared Scops Owl)

head back to Strabo House after this session and Drop to Kathgodam is scheduled around 13:00 hours. 

the standard timing for each session is 
morning - 06 - 10hrs.
evening - 15 - 18hrs. 
though there are always chances when you want to be more our in the field, that can also be done in case of any specific targets.  
between these sessions, the lunch and rest would be in Strabo House ( stay place).  

Winter is a great time to be here, as many thrushes visits and also beautiful small birds from Higher Altitude. We will also try to cover Owl species.

Stuff to Carry

We suggest you carry the following stuff along with you in this Tour. 

wearable 
gloves, winter cap, jacket, rain cover, Jungle Shoes, Hat, Sunglasses 

gear
binocular, notebook, pen, Thermas 

anything especially required can be brought or can be told us so that we can arrange 

What to Look For

this is a bird list we will target, this bird list will get us other residential and similar category species also when we look for them, we are always ready to receive a checklist from you also..which will help us in making decisions in the field. 

Brown Wood Owl
Cheer Pheasant
Kalij Pheasant
Mountain Scops Owl (will try it at night) 
Crested Kingfisher 
Brown Dipper 
Slaty Backed Forktail
Little Forktail 
White Collared Black Bird
Black-Throated Thrush
Chestnut Thrush
Golden Bush Robin
European Goldfinch
Fire- Breasted Flowerpecker 
Himalayan Bluetail
Rufous Gorgeted Flycatcher

Tour Expert

Ankit Das Loiwal 

Name - Ankit
Place - Sattal-Chanfi 
Skill - Field Guiding and Providing outdoor Adventure Experiences. 
Languages - English and Hindi. 

Ankit is grown up in Chanfi, a village near Sattal, he is an adventure and birds since childhood, he gain his interest from the bird watching in the morning while he use to go School, which has turned up in his profession now, though he us expert in flora and fauna you get in Kumaon Mountains, but he is famous for Owls..and also known as Owl Expert, with his field team he takes you out at night and tracks the owls by their huntings and favourites spots at night.. 
He is very determined in the field to make sure you get a good photograph of your target. 
Not only birding, when he is off from field..he is in Sattal Lake, where he provides the outdoor experience which includes River Crossing, Swimming and Water Activities. He is 320 days in the field. 

Accomodation

the accommodation is in Strabo House with Homely Cooked Food.

Tour Cost

this tour is of 17500 per pax. 
and it includes - 
- Transport from Kathgodam and Drop to Kathgodam. 
- Accomodation
- All meals 
- Field Guiding 
- Vehicle Service in field 
-  all taxes 

excludes 
- any kind of personal expenses. 
- any kind of ordered stuff from Field Guide. 

note -
- Cost includes twin sharing of room, 3-time meals and evening morning tea and snack (breakfast would be packed)
- this tour cost applies when at least 4 members are there. 
- we take group size maximum 6 if it increases we make 2 groups, lead by two different guides. 

Registration

Tour Cost : INR 17500 (Per People)

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