Jeanie with one n.
First went to the MD in 2000 and last in Nov 2016 but do not know what you mean by the barbecue pit. I think they have some tin ones by the area they now use for breakfast. Do you mean there?
According to some Finnish chaps the Scops are still there though we are yet to see them. There is also a spotted owlet near one of the bars.
I finally caught up with the Oriental Scops Owls at Marinha Dourada today after dipping them in 2016. Thanks to John and Sandra who told me they were still there and to Lloyd for allowing me the time for a quick pop-in to look for them on the way back from Morjim/Siolim.
Oriental Scops? You mean Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena)?
An adult type Eastern Imperial Eagle was photo'd at Socorro Plateau yesterday; very few sightings in Goa. Also recently, Avocet and Streaked Weavers at Carambolim.
We spent the morning at Fort Aguada. It was excellent after the crowds and mayhem of last Friday’s public holiday.Went to Mayem lake today. Very overgrown and not many birds. Had brown cheeked fulvetta, orange breasted pigeon, black naped monarch and several warblers
I visited Baga Fields this morning, being dropped off at Baga bridge to access the area from the track south of the bridge..
When I first went there three years ago the path was being upgraded into a full width dirt road to access the new water treatment plant that had just started construction. The plant at that time was a big hole in the ground with some peripheral construction. There were bushes intact all along the approach path and the track running north between the fields to Baga River.
A year later, in 2016 it was pretty much the same, but the building work was progressing and the dirt road was completed. The bushes at the intersection of the road and the northward track were still there, hosting pied bushchat et al. I found a wryneck and three bluethroats in the bushes alongside both tracks.
Today it was all change. The waterworks is still under construction, but the access road appears to have encouraged access for other developments. Some of the bushes alongside it have been destroyed, but the major damage is from the crossing of the old paths just in front of the works. The old path northwards towards the fields and the river has been ‘improved’ and some of the bushes have been grubbed out. About 6 or 7 agricultural dwellings, residential developments and other buildings have been built and more are under construction. The track has a regular stream of scooters where before there was only foot traffic. The future doesn’t look good for Baga Fields.