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Birding in Darap

Darap is a village surrounded with easy reach forest areas, water bodies like small rivers and streams and cultivated lands. All these habitat is good for birding in a Himalayan region. The Birding areas falls on a very good and comfortable walking distance and the forest view and a village walk can thoroughly be enjoyed at the same time. Birds are sighted throughout the year according to their season only avoiding the time of rains still the best time to visit would be from early Feb-May and August. For Birds like Common Mergansers January is the best time. For birds like Wall Creepers dry season like September and October is sound but it has also been sighted in January Creeping by the River Rocks sometimes. Therefore Birding here would be easy and intresting at the same time.

 

 

BIRDING ITENENARY FOR DARAP


Day 1 : less disturbed roadside Birding (one way jeep- or according to the guest demand), a road which stretches up to a village called Nambu around 5kms. We pass by two small streams where Birds like Fork Tails can be spotted and the Starts, Nuthatches,Tree Creepers,Laughing Thrushes and Magpies,Treepies,different Warblers,Tesia and Wren Babler etc. Breakfast can be done in the field itself and for lunch a vehicle can take us back to the HomeStay. In the afternoon Birding will be lighter through the cultivated areas of the Village.


Day 2 : Early Morning proceed towards Kechoperi Lake(by jeep) reaching there early morning would be amazing for few birds like Common Mergansers and Crakes. A Grassland beside the lake is also a very good area for Birding and the Forest nearby. Breakfast at Kechoperi and while returning we can do some birding on the way itself. We shall have our lunch in Rimbi and do the afternoon Birding in the Riverside there for lowland Birds. Brown Dipper and other water birds like the Kingfishers are spotted here. A Red Headed Trogon was also sighted in 2012 here. Longtail Broadbills very good photo was taken by Mr.P.B.Biju from South India in his last visit in these areas.


Day 3 : Towards Rani Dhunga, a 2-3 hours walk up hill through a very good forest Birding along with the magnificent mountain view. Berakfast and lunch on the field itself. (Entire day walking)



Guide Mr. Nosang Limboo ( Author-The Flying Pearls of Sikkim Himalaya )