Birds of Natadol

Natadol is an unexplored region when it comes to birding. Dense forests, some amount of agricultural activities, fruit trees and scattered natural water springs, makes this an ideal location for the birds to thrive.

Little Bird
A little sparrow like bird on an apple tree

Birds in Natadol live in close harmony with the villagers. It is not uncommon to see swallows building their nests inside shops, magpies stealing fruits from orchards, bulbuls trying to balance themselves on slanting roofs. For birders and bird-photographers, Natadol is a must visit place.

Bird
The interesting varieties of bird can be exciting to spot and identify.

There are more than 100 species of birds in the forests surrounding Natadol. Depending on the season and your spotting abilities, you may find many of these.

Some of the birds which can be easily spotted here are – Magpies, Shrikes, Woodpeckers, Swallows, Warblers, Bulbuls, Flyeaters, Bee-eaters, Barbets, Hoopoe, Myna, Munia, Nuthatch, Tree-creepers, Finches, Wagtails, Munias, Tits, Thrushes.

Larger birds like – Hawks, Kites, Vultures, Eagles and Buzzards can be seen flying in the valley on sunny days. If you are lucky, you might also spot some colorful Pheasants, Monals, Owls and Owlets.

Magpie and Rhododendron
Magpie on Rhododendron

When you venture out for birding, carry these things along – a pair of binoculars, a good field guide, a camera, drinking water and a trekking stick. Ask us and we will advice you which routes to walk on. Though the treks are small, we recommend going bird-watching only if you and your group members are comfortable in walking for long distances.

Apart from the birds some animals can also be easily spotted in the region like Deers, Martens, Foxes, Squirrels, Wild Cats and sometimes Wild Boars.

Blue Bird
Tiny birds with their bright colors are fun to look at, even if you are not a birder

We always say – Don’t take anything from the forest except memories/photos and don’t leave anything behind except your footprints.

So, plan you visit, stay with us and witness the wonderful bird of these Himalayan birds. Take away memories that you can cherish for life and photographs that you can show to your friends.

Shrike
Shrike, perched on a tree where leaves are yet to show up.

Photos in this article: Sudipto Roy, Dr. Shivam Maini

White Clovers and Ladybirds

White Dutch Clover is a wonderful cover crop that we use in our orchard. Apart from making the ground look green and beautiful it has its benefits. Ladybirds, which are also some of the most beautiful insects in nature also love to make these clover patches their homes. Various other insects also love these patches of white clover.

Ladybird
Ladybird trying to avoid a fall from a clover leaf

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Wild Fruits

Himalayas have their own kind of wild fruits which are rarely found in other parts of India. These are not cultivated varieties but what nature has blessed the region with. Some of these fruits are quite common during early summers whereas for some others, it requires a bit of searching around. Take a walk in our garden and in the right season, these fruits can be found growing in plenty.

 

Kaphal / Box Myrtle / Bay-Berry

Kaphal or Box Myrtle
Kaphal or Box Myrtle is one of the tastiest fruit found in the region

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Driving on the Hills

Hills have their own charm when it comes to driving. Winding roads with their twists and turns are full of surprises. Sometimes there are deep valleys and tall mountains that can be seen and sometimes there are dense forests surrounding the road. If you enjoy driving, then go slow and soak yourself in the natural beauty of these hills.

Road to Natadol

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Glimpse of the Peaks

Himalayas consists of various ranges. Students of geography divide them into three major ranges. The lowest range is the one that is present in Kumaon region. For many others, Himalayas is synonymous with snow covered peaks of the other two ranges in the north. On a clear day, these snow covered peaks can be viewed from our cottages itself.

Himalayan peaks
Captured in the morning hours when the peaks were visible but the valley was still in shade

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Saim Devta Temple

A short walk away from the cottages, there is a small temple. Nested on a hill top, the temple is dedicated to Saim Devta. Worshiped as one of the guardians of village, Saim Devta provides prosperity. Some of the local folk consider Saim to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Early morning view of the hills from the temple
Early morning view of the hills from the temple

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Lichens & Pure Air

Lichens are a nature’s wonder. These are one of the oldest living things. Lichens are composite organisms that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi in a symbiotic relationship. These are dependent on pure air for their survival and whenever any pollutants are present, these tend to absorb them and as a consequence die down.

Lichen
Lichens growing on apple trees near the cottages

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