Mehta Research Institute
(recently renamed as Harish-Chandra Research Institute) occupies 68
acres near the banks of the Ganga, just
downstream of the sangam at Allahabad. The campus has woods and scrubland
and small pools, as well as lawns near the Institute
buildings. Across the fence are meadows and farmland.
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This list comprises birds seen either on campus or in the fields nearby or along the Ganga to a distance of about 3km downstream of the sangam. It was started on Sept 10, 1997, and last updated on May 8, 2000.
The numbers in parenthesis are from Salim Ali and S. D. Ripley's Pictorial Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Birds seen just once are marked with a *. Some of the photos are downloaded from www.corbis.com. Most were taken by me.
The list has suffered from not enough time spent in the fields outside campus, and also from my inability to confidently identify small birds like leaf-warblers.
Radhika Vathsan has a list of birds seen around MRI which has a fair number of species not on my list. Here are some of them:
1. Crested Hawk-Eagle 2. Blyth's Reed-Warbler 3. Greenish Warbler 4. Yellow-browed Leaf-Warbler 5. Brown Rock Pipit 6. Baya Weaver 7. Spotted Munia 8. Red Avadavat 9.Common Rosefinch