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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

birds of point return

we are just around 15 kms from vedanthangal - a bird haven. that means we should be in a bird rich zone and soon as our trees and water bodies become registered on their route maps, we should be updating this current list.

1. indian mynah
2. spotted owlet
3. black drongo
4. partridge
5. sparrow hawk
6. white breasted kingfisher
7. blue jay
8. tree pie
9. coucal aka crow pheasant
10. palm swift
11. yellow wattled lapwing
12. brain fever bird
13. common babbler
14. pond heron

fly past
1. brahminy kite
2. open billed stork

occassional visitors
1. sun bird
2. common peafowl (mistaken for peacock in this post)
3. pied kingfisher
4. red-vented bulbul
5. small green bee-eater
6. pin tailed duck
7. little egret
8. cattle egret
9. white breasted water hen

in the neighbourhood
1. golden oriole
2. hoopoe
3. magpie robin
4. indian robin
5. spotten dove
6. rose ringed parakeet
7. white browed bulbul

there is no way that our point-n-click camera would be able to capture these beauties.
will wait for a willing bird lover to fill in this gap.

all data and info recorded by karpagam and sidharth.


Anonymous said...


Are you growing fish in pR ponds?

What are the tamil names for these birds?


Anonymous said...

Where is the sparrow? Is it a deliberate omission? Those lively birds that venture inside our houses to feed on any scraps of food seem to have vanished.
On an unrelated note, it seems that peacock/peafowl are being brought down by poisoned baits, since they are a serious pest in some places.

csm said...

ram - fish have happened by themselves.
our swales also had many fish and unfortunately as the swales dried out, they are now fertility.

most tamil names that the locals know are standard names like 'kokku' for all range of egrets and family...

anon - good question. cant answer you till we sight them.

Rags said...

Sparrows from what I know reside mostly where grains are available in plenty. Be it fields where grains are grown or residential areas where there is access to grains [left outside to dry etc]. In the area that I live in Bangalore, it is non existent. There are a lot of mynahs though. Think mynahs & sparrows do not coexist. Just 20 kms down from my place in and around sarjapur village, there are a lot of sparrows. So in pR after grain harvests begin, we can probably see sparrows.

Anonymous said...

You have missed out another animal :: Man :-) the chief trouble maker wherever he goes.

Anonymous said...

I think sparrows have disappeared due to several factors, and the factors that caused their disappearance are likely to have impact on human health too. No wonder with "progress" we have hospitals in every other block in the cities. Pesticides, air/water pollution, herbicides, cell phone tower radiation, chemicals in most household products, etc...