Bakkhali – 20th Sept 2020

Trip Report

20th September 2020, there was a storm & rain warning in Coastal West Bengal. So seven of us decided, we should make a visit to Bakkhali again. So after a 4 hr drive we reached our destination. Overcast sky, cool breeze and no rain. the tide was high, all the waders and terns were bunched up in large chunks in Kargil Beach. Sand-plover numbers reached approximately 2500+ along with few hundred Common Terns, and other waders like Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings, Curlew Sandpipers, Whimbrel, Curlew, Pacific Golden Plovers etc. 2 hrs later and we decided to visit the Bakkhali Beach. we avoided the crowded Beach full of holiday makers. and walked a few hundred yards and found a treasuretrove of about 500 Great-crested Terns, 80+ Pallas’s Gulls and 1 Caspian Tern.
other goodies ticked of here were Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, Eastern Yellow Wagtails.
Photos by Pampa Mistri & Meghna Banerjee

Ebird Checklists:

List of Species - Kargil Beach - 20th Sept 2020

Common NameScientific NameS73861579S73861574Total
Spotted DoveStreptopelia chinensis2525
Greater CoucalCentropus sinensis11
Asian Palm-SwiftCypsiurus balasiensis1515
Black-bellied PloverPluvialis squatarola11
Pacific Golden-PloverPluvialis fulva4242
Red-wattled LapwingVanellus indicus2525
Lesser Sand-PloverCharadrius mongolus20001002100
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus150150
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus11
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata11
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa22
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres1010
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea33
SanderlingCalidris alba66
Little StintCalidris minuta66
Terek SandpiperXenus cinereus11
Common RedshankTringa totanus11
Pallas's GullIchthyaetus ichthyaetus38588
Little TernSternula albifrons1414
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia11
Whiskered TernChlidonias hybrida2020
Common TernSterna hirundo200100300
Great Crested TernThalasseus bergii450450
Great EgretArdea alba11
Intermediate EgretArdea intermedia22
Green Bee-eaterMerops orientalis6612
Blue-tailed Bee-eaterMerops philippinus22224
Black-hooded OrioleOriolus xanthornus11
Ashy WoodswallowArtamus fuscus33
Black DrongoDicrurus macrocercus22
Indian Paradise-FlycatcherTerpsiphone paradisi11
House CrowCorvus splendens55
Large-billed CrowCorvus macrorhynchos1212
Gray-throated MartinRiparia chinensis1010
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica1515
Red-vented BulbulPycnonotus cafer6612
Jungle BabblerTurdoides striata2020
Asian Pied StarlingGracupica contra2222
Chestnut-tailed StarlingSturnia malabarica11
Common MynaAcridotheres tristis1515
Jungle MynaAcridotheres fuscus3535
Oriental Magpie-RobinCopsychus saularis22
Eastern Yellow WagtailMotacilla tschutschensis5050
White WagtailMotacilla alba55
Paddyfield PipitAnthus rufulus22


  1. Sujan Chatterjee
  2. Pampa Mistri
  3. Meghna Banerjee
  4. Dibyendu Ash
  5. Brian Lobo

Photo Courtesy

  • Pampa Mistri
  • Meghna Banerjee