The start of the 2011 migration season

This entry was posted Monday, 22 August, 2011 at 9:35 am

Migrant reports have slowly been coming in for the beginning of the 2011 migration season. The picture below shows which species we expect to arrive in July and August separately (based on MigrantWatch data from 2007-2010); and which species have been reported from this year (up to 22 August).

You can see that about half the species that normally arrive in July were again seen first in July this year. A few others (like the magnificent Black-tailed Godwit) were seen a bit later than usual (in August this year); and Ruff and Gull-billed Tern, although normally reported in July, have not been reported yet this year (as on 22 August).

Of species that are normally first seen in August, only a few have been reported this year. Most August migrants have not yet been reported. Whimbrel was reported twice from Kerala in July, both times by Jayan Thomas — this is the earliest report of the species in the MigrantWatch database. The last sighting of Whimbrel from the previous season was on 11 June 2011 in Gujarat, reported by Maulik Varu. (This is quite late; most last sightings are in May.)

The picture above is not definitive by any means — there must be lots of MigrantWatchers who haven’t yet uploaded their sightings for July and August 2011. Please do remember to upload your sightings to the database!

(Thank you to those who have contributed sightings in July and August 2011: A Ajit, Abhimanyu Lele, Ainsley Priestman, Avishkar Munje, Bidyut Bikash Barman, Dr. Jayan Thomas, Dr. Maulik Varu, Dr. S. Prasanth, Fionna Prins, James Williams, Mohanraj K., Nandita Amin, Prashanth, Prashanth Mugali, Rohit Charpe, Sachin Shurpali, Shantilal Varu, Subhadeep Ghosh, Sumesh PT, Tilak Chandra Sarmah, Udiyaman Shukla, Wg Cdr Y Prakash Rao (retd).)

4 Comments to The start of the 2011 migration season

  1. sachin says:

    August 26th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Dear Suhail / moderators,
    Can you share similar arrival map for all the months ? I would be especially interested for the bangalore region.
    Is there anyway I can do it myself on the website ?


  2. admin says:

    August 28th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Dear Sachin,

    We’ll work on this (producing arrivals information by month) for the country as a whole — and we were also thinking of producing such summaries for rough regions: Northeast, Northwest, North, Central, South. Does this make sense?

    We don’t yet have a way for you to produce such summaries automatically on the website, but will work towards it. If anyone with skills in web development (especially making visual representations of data) would like to help, please do write to us!

    Many thanks,

  3. Himanshu Chhattani says:

    September 14th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Yes i agree with sachin.. would like to see the distribution for all the months of Northeast, Northwest, North, Central, South and if possible citywise..

    Himanshu Chhattani

  4. admin says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Dear Sachin and Himanshu: Here are some further summaries of migrant sightings. Do let us know what you think. Best wishes, Suhel.

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