As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 31 August 2018

Birders cheer sighting of rare Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

TNN | Aug 27, 2018, 07.15 AM IST

GURUGRAM: Sunday morning brought cheer to the community of birders in the Delhi-NCR region, after a rare migratory bird, the Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, was sighted at the Aravali Biodiversity Park.

The bird was spotted for the first time in the Aravali Biodiversity Park last year. According to birders, sightings during the same time of the year (for two consecutive years) might indicate the bird has made Gurugram its monsoon migratory destination.

“Last year, during the same time, I saw a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin in the Aravali Biodiversity Park of Gurugram. The entire birder community was taken by surprise, as this was probably the second or third record of a sighting from our zone. Last year, we considered this as an accidental record, as sometimes the bird stops en-route during migration. However, this year we have again spotted the bird in the same month and the same habitat. This gives us hope the Aravali Biodiversity Park habitat is inviting the bird, and that Gurugram could very much be its monsoon migration destination,” said Amit Sharma, an avid birder who spotted the bird along with two other enthusiasts, Gaurav Yadav and Janardan Barthwal.

Birder Gaurav Yadav, from DLF Phase 4, said, “I have been birding for the last two years. I am lucky to spot the bird as it is very rare that one sees a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin here in Delhi and NCR.”

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