Bakkhali Jambudweep Feb 2020

Trip Report

The society organised a survey trip to Bakkhali and Jambudweep on 8th February and 9th February 2020. The trip was primarily for surveying waders. It was done with assistance from the Forest Department of West Bengal. Total of 12 members participated in the survey. We reached Bakkhali on 8th at about 11 am and quickly conducted a count on the Kargil Beach. The sky was overcast with slight hint of rain.

Species recorded at Kargil Beach: See table below.

On 9th morning we visited Jambudweep Island at about 9:30 keeping in mind the high tide timing. There was an overwhelming number of birds at Jambudweep. We spent about 3 hrs to make the full count.

Species recorded at Jambudweep: See table below.

eBird Checklists:

List of Species – Kargil Beach – 8th Feb 2020

Species Common Name Species Sc. Name Count
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola 4
Pacific Golden-Plover Pluvialis fulva 44
Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus 20
Lesser/Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus/leschenaultii 1
Kentish Plover (Indian) Charadrius alexandrinus seebohmi 67
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 13
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 1
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 13
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 9
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris 50
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii 2
Sanderling Calidris alba 20
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 7
Common Redshank Tringa totanus 13
Brown-headed Gull Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus 4
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Heuglin’s) Larus fuscus heuglini 1
Little Tern Sternula albifrons 25
Great Egret Ardea alba 1
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 10
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 61

List of Species – Jambudweep – 9th Feb 2020

Species Common Name Species Sc. Name Count
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 15
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola 80
Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus 1000
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 500
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 24
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 30
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris 200
Red Knot Calidris canutus 15
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus 8
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 1000
Sanderling Calidris alba 51
Dunlin Calidris alpina 10
Stint sp. (Calidris sp.) Calidris sp. (peep sp.) 11
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 20
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 1
Common Redshank Tringa totanus 30
Pallas’s Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus 100
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Heuglin’s) Larus fuscus heuglini 10
Little Tern Sternula albifrons 50


Sujan Chatterjee Priyam Chattopadhyay Kushankur Bhattacharya
Santanu Manna Purbali Bandyopadhyay Sumanta Pramanick
Arnab Raychoudhury Sarathi Majumdar Supriyo Samanta
Bhaskarjyoti Banerjee Soumya Kundu Santanu Chatterjee

Photo Courtesy

Arnab Raychoudhury
Priyam Chattopadhyay
Santanu Manna