“For some, hangout in wild while watching local and migratory birds is an adventure and for few its a love towards nature. Luckily Mumbai has many locations for bird watching in heart and at eastern and western suburb locations. Bird photographers are increasing and are on toes for their passion and hobby. Few Facebook groups like ‘Birds of Mumbai’, ‘Birds of Thane and Raigad District’ and ‘Birds of Maharashtra’ are doing very well and whooping up in numbers. Lets get into nitty gritty of this locations like Sewri (Highly Recommended), Kalva, Phansad, Palm beach road, Karnala Nature park, Uran, Sanjay Gandhi National Park & Essel World Borivali, Maharashtra Nature park and more such sites, that have various species of birds found singing with nature in its natural inhabitants. Also updated few locations in Vasai Virar area..”
A New Bird Park : For all you friends who visits this blog frequently and for you too who are here for very first time, Borivali Essel World has this brand new Bird Park started in August 2017. As said by them, its India’s first of such dedicated park only in Mumbai.
Bird Watching in Mumbai
Every year thousands of species of birds around Indian and internationally migrates to Mumbai at locations special for bird watching, for finding ideal climate and surroundings for their mating season. People around city, which includes passionate bird photographer, professionals, and weekend bird sight lovers are out to this locations which are inside and around Mumbai suburbs to spot old and new species. More active members joining groups has helped more breeds seen and captured in their digital cameras, mobiles and getting close watched via Binoculars.
Every year active naturalists and organizations like ‘Yuhina EcoMedia’ and others organizes annual events specially for bird watching activities at all this sites to sight new and old birds of city. This event is called ‘Mumbai Bird Race’, this year it was organized on 26th February 2012 which was a successful 8th annual Annual Bird Race Event in Mumbai. Various species at MNP like Step Eagles, Copper smith Barbet (Also Called ‘Tambat’) is Mumbai’s Official Bird now, Sun bird, White Crump Vultures, Flamingo watching, Orioles and many more are been watches at the listed locations below. Another famous organization to be in touch is Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) a very famous organization when it comes to Nature who is readily available for active participation and support to this bird watching groups at this famous sites.
Locations to See Migratory and Local Birds of Famous Species
Some 8 to 10 famous locations are their inside Mumbai, Some little far yet near boundaries in suburbs. These are only the best sites listed, yet if you go far inside some villages, you may find some rare new species jumping around those branches of small big trees.
Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP) : Also called ‘Mahim Nature Park’ is located in heart of concrete city Mumbai, near Sion Dharavi road. Some of the beautiful birds which can be seen here are Laughing Dove, Shikara, Greater Coucal, Great Egret, Purple Sunbird, Eurasian Wry neck, Blue throat, Little Green Bee Eater, Barn swallow, Black kite. Although some of them migrates seasonally for their ideal season of mating, this is one of the best sites not to be missed by any bird watcher / photographer being in Mumbai.. More about Maharashtra Nature Park.
Karnala Bird Sanctuary : About some 50 to 60 kms near Mumbai, Karnala is a special bird sanctuary spread around 4 to 5 square kilometres at Konkan coast in Raigad district, basically famous for its fort. Ideal time to watch this birds at this sanctuary is between October and March. Along with birds you can enjoy other animals and do trekking during monsoon. Some of the species of birds to be seen at karnala are King Vulture, crested serpent eagle and peregrine falcon. More here.
Shilonda Trail at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP) : This park is located at Borivali (East) connected to Western Express Highway in Mumbai, Shilonda Trail being one the loved natural locations for birds. Mostly woodland species are famous here. Give about 2 to 3 complete hours to hang around this beautiful location. Species to watch here are babblers, cuckoo and cooper-smith. More locations inside/near this national park are Kanheri Caves hilly area, Tulsi road, South Gate famous during Mumbai Bird Race days and Locations near Vihar lake to expect watching some rare birds. More on this National Park at Borivali. If you are in locations like Thane, Yeoor hills trial which is connected to this national park will be one of the best sites.
Tungareshwar at Vasai : Famous for its waterfall, Tungareshwar is known for Shiva Temple, Waterfalls in Monsoon and rare species of mountain birds. This location is on western express highway in north of Mumbai along with famous station near being Vasai road.
Sewri : Location in central railway of Mumbai, Speciality being one bird specie called ‘Flamingos’ seen in those vast 5 cares flat mud land, Sewri is in news every year as photographers rush to this location from November itself, this vast mud flat black locations turns milky white with red spots, yes flamingo’s comes in November in thousands to clean help the Eco-surrounding of humans of Mumbai. This birds last till Monsoon arrives flooding this mud flat lake. Binoculars, Photography etc. is allowed, but still check the boards for security guidance and permissions. Other birds that can be watched if available are Gulls, Waders and Terns. Soon as plans are put up, Sewri mud belt can turn up with a dedicated infotainment park.
Uran : The South Most location of 2nd Mumbai, the Navi Mumbai has recently caught seen some beautiful birds, explore more on this developing locations which is filling up with sands instead of those open lands for watching birds is still a good location to visit, Quit near to Mumbai city.
Colaba’s Sagar Upvan : Mumbai Port Trust, which is another name known of this Botanical garden at Colaba is also famous for those sweet melodies sound of birds in extreme silence inside. Sagar Upvan is basically for those tree lovers, yet its understood that with those rare trees attracted are beautiful birds. So this is another bird watching attractions in South Mumbai. More Details at Sagar Upvan.
Other Known Locations For Birds : Some of the other sites that one can explore during visits are Mumbai Byculla Zoo, Matheran Hills, Kalva, Palm beach road, Phansad and other sites near Ratnagiri and pune borders connected to Mumbai.
- Areas in Eastern Suburb : Thane Creek, Sweri, Bhandup Mangroves (Also Known as Pumping Station), Trombay, Mahul, National Park Connecting Thane Location.
- Areas in Western Suburb and beyond : The Famous Borivali National Park, Vasai Creek (Particularly a locations between vasai and naigaon, Reaching via Naigaon station west for flamingos only), Gorai Jetty, Malad Creek, Uttan Village, Versova, Oshiwara Mudflat.
- Other Locations : Some of the other bird adventurist also go at locations like Mumbra (Near Thane), Murbad and Dombivali areas to capture new species.
Bird Watching at Vasai Virar Locations
Vasai virar location and a surrounding area, to be specific below railway stations which comes after Western suburbs have some active bird and nature lover enthusiast who have spotted various new feathers as complete locations as detailed below has many villages in interior with lush greenery, farms and open green plots which attracts some rare species which cannot be found anywhere else in Mumbai. Location and station wise listed below are details of same.
Virar Arnala and Agashi road sites : Virar is fastest growing, still the greenery attracts tourist, one day picnic lovers and those flying species regularly. Locations like Arnala which is famous for beach, Agashi known for jain temple, Bolinj, Navapur, Umbergothan are just few of the about 50 to 60 villages in Vasai Virar location with beautiful scenic locations, gaothans, bungalows and fields and farms which naturally attracts varieties of sparrows, pigeons, parakeet, flamingos and hundred’s more.
At Arnala and Agashi more then 150 varied species were spotted by this 7 local nature lovers named Pradyavant mane, Kuldeep Choudary, MV Bhakta, Sachin Marti, Amol Lopez, Leonard Rebello and Franklyn Gonsalves. Few among such birds and few reptiles and crawling creatures and butterflies are Fan throated lizard, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Peregrine falcon, Eurasian Thick-knee, Watercock, Oystercatcher and Bar-tailed godwit.
If you are already in Virar, try visiting the border open plot areas behind Gokul Township Connecting Dmart and New Viva College which will amaze you with the colourful birds and some which have never seen. But these are very fast developing and as of 2017, very few rare birds can be seen.
Nalasopara : Next station after Virar on western suburb, Nalasopara near railway station in west and the green belt inclusive the villages inside gave a surprise to nature lovers spotting more then 90 species with commonly seen Baillons crake and Yellow bittern.
Bhuigaon : An interior village with nearest railway station being Nalasopara and Vasai in West, Connected to Gass road via Vasai and Nirmal Village via Nalasopara station is a scenic green zone with less concrete and much to be seen farms, flower and vegetable plantations all around those bungalows. About 130 and more birds in varieties of species were discovered here at this site. Most commonly seen are Plum Headed parakeets, Ashy woods wallow and Osprey.
Suruchi Beach Site : Go ahead towards vasai from the above Bhuigaon location and their is this local beach called Suruchi in vasai (Remember Janki Cinema for landmark) and another about 80 to 90 species like Black Kingfisher, Crab Plover and Common Buzzard can be seen. Again a good location to explore and more to see inside vasai fort area and the open green belt near court.
Vasai Fort : This historic fort has lots to say and be seen around the shores and green open plots vast from where you can also see the local trains far as the complete locations is a paradise for birds and reptiles on the untouched land where humans hardly go so casually. Species like Grey Mongoose, Indian Jackal and Jungle cat are visible if you just dig inside and around. When it comes to butterflies and birds about more than 100 varieties can be seen here.
Naigaon : Next station after Vasai, with not much human living density as most of the location gets salty water and as seen huge and wide spread salt pans. But Naigaon has few locations which attract a bird that is a highest and most common attraction of sewri, Yes the flamingos (See picture above for real location image). Umela is a village inside naigaon with salt pans and open green zone that can be seen from local trains is habitant of many such birds species like Black headed ibis, Flamingos, Painted strok, Ruddy shelduck and Pied Avocet.
Dongri : At Bhayander uttan road which is next station to Naigaon has this coastal village called ‘Dongri’. Spiot some about 50 off species of Honey buzzard, Flycatchers and more.
See Also : Vasai Virar Tourist Spots.
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