Winter Bird Monitoring Program

(2018-19)

HIGHLIGHT

Gist of SINGLE DAY WINTER BIRD MONITORING held on 13/1/2019:

      • Totally 21 teams consisting of 70 birders took part covering different routes simultaneously.
      • Birders collected data from 141 locations spread over Mysore- Mandya – Chamarajanagar districts.
      • No of bird species- 218 and Total number of birds – 45,986.
      • Total number of birds recorded: Eurasian Coot (4200), Shoveller (2977), Barn Swallow (2753).
      • Max number of birds recorded from : Agara Mamballi – 2527, Rayana Kere (2143), Kabini (2128) Nos.
      • Max bird species recorded from: Rayana Kere (104), Markalu (95), Kalale (85).
      • Species occurring at maximum no. of places out of 141 location – Barn Swallow (75), Pond Heron (74), Little Egret (68).
      • Recorded for the first time with photos – Albino Lesser Whistling Duck, Black Stork, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Common/ Northern House-martin ; this season’s first record - Curlew Sandpiper & Common Grasshopper-warbler.


Participants: Dr. Abhijith APC, Abhiram Sankar, Aman M, Amathya, Anagha S, Anjali M, Anupama Pandit, Arpitha Bhat, Arun Simha, Bharath RK, Chandra Shekar G, Dinesh KS, Dinesh KV, Dr. Gayathri, Giri C, Girija T, Harsha NR, Jaishankar, Joshika, Kashyap R, Laxmi Dinesh, Manish, Mohn NA, Michael Loren, Murali DC, Nagarjun Kumar, Nandan, Narayan Singh, Naveen Jois, Navya R, Niranjana Murthy, Pallavi M, Parikshith G, Pavan Ramachandra, Phalguna, Pradeep PSM, Pramod, Ram Aithal, Sanath Ramesh, Sanjai, Sapna S, Sapthagirish, Dr. Sathish, Shaan(Rajasekharan), Shaurya, Sheshgiri BR, Shivakumar MN, Shivaprakash A, sreekanta , Sridhar Penugonda, Shylajesha, Smitha Bhat, Subramanya Pandith, Sukhprith Kaur, Suresh VP, Surya Shetty, Sushanth S, Swetha B, Syed Muzamil, Syed Mudassir, Syed Ateeq, Tanuja DH, Varun P, Veena Dinesh, Veerabhadraswamy, Vinay KL, Vijayalaxmi Rao, Vishnu Sampath, Vivek, Yogendra HS. Data verification and result composing – BR Sheshgiri & Vijayalaxmi Rao.

INVITATION

  • This season, it is proposed to collect the birding data on a SINGLE DAY in all the routes as listed below, on Sunday, 13/01/2019. Try to reserve this day for the birding venture.
  • Previous years result:
      • On 21/1/2018: Totally 187 bird species recorded by 13 teams from 79 locations; 44 birders counted 20,679 birds. ALBINO COOT, EUROPEAN BEE-EATER, SPRANGLED DRONGO, FERRUGINOUS DUCK, GREATER FLAMINGO, WHITE STORK, GADWALL, BLACK-EARED KITE, RICHARD'S PIPIT, SPOTTED REDSHANK, CURLEW SANDPIPER, SANDMARTIN, & RUDDY SHELDUCK.
      • On 08/01/2017: Totally 221 bird species recorded by 12 teams from 69 locations; 46 birders counted 54,057 birds. Interesting birds observed: Albino Black Kite, Spotted Redshank, Bank Swallow, Philippine Shrike, Pacific Golden Plover, Baillon’s Crake & Citrine Wagtail.
      • A similar attempt on 17/01/2016 by 9 teams comprising of 19 birders covering 43 locations, resulted in 179 species. Total bird count was very meager -15,437.
  • This year most of the tanks are full, thanks to reasonably good monsoon. Let’s hope for good birding and proceed with single day birding.
  • Minimum birding period is half an hour in one location.
  • It is not a competition; observe the birds in the field for its proper identification, activity and it will fine-tune our birding skills. Note down.
  • Intimate in advance the route planned, so that other interested birders can join the team or others can take a different route. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR TEAM SHALL HAVE MINIMUM TWO MEMBERS.
  • Enter the data in “e-bird” website in-situ or as soon as you are back from the day-long birding trip. Post the link on facebook/ mysorenature or the data filled form/Excel sheet for data compilation.
  • Share your interest with your friends, especially students from life science and introduce them to field study.