As the monsoon intervened and being busy with work I could not really visit the Maijan Beel although it is barely 5 km from my place. Last Sunday (22-11-2009) I finally decided that the Beel ought to be looked at.
There are basically two beels and they are most probably interconnected. The smaller 'S' shaped beel lies within Maijan Tea Estate while the bigger one lies just outside the Estate towards Dibrugarh town. Just to give an idea of the topography; Maijan Tea Estate is located near Dibrugarh Town on the banks of the Brahmaputra and suffers an annual flooding from the river. It has lost a lot of land to the river and is still doing so. In fact, during the massive earthquake of 1952, the river changed course and swallowed up vast areas of the Estate and where the river now runs used to be planted with tea bushes.
Having done the reconnaissance for a future visit I drove back home. I spent around 2 hours on the trip and the birds spotted by me were:
Grey backed Shrike
Long tailed Shrike
Bronze winged Jacana
Asian pied Starling
Cotton pygmy Goose
White breasted Kingfisher
Lesser whistling Duck
There were several other species that I could not identify. Have left them for the next visit.