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

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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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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