This weekend I recorded the 150th bird species I have personally observed in Kashmir. This checklist is based on birds I have observed in the valley and positively identified. The list includes some rarities like the Kashmir Nuthatch, Isabelline Wheatear, Black Stork and Chaffinch (the first ever sighting in Kashmir).
If there is any element of doubt regarding the identification the sightings have not been included in this list. AFAIK this is the most comprehensive list of confirmed bird sightings in Kashmir. For the record the 150th bird species was the Ferruginous Pochard.
P.S The checklist now stands at 172 confirmed sightings (2018). Watch this space.
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