The Pongal Fowl Rely this 12 months encourages lovers to report birds from terraces, balconies, and locations not removed from dwelling
The Malabar whistling thrush, a music chook of the Western Ghats, whistling a melodious tune perched on a tree is a well-recognized sight in Valparai close to Coimbatore. Forested areas are aflutter with high-pitched sounds of the wispy little greenish warbler that goes sti-ti-ti-ti-ti-si… and the guttural teek teek of the Indian blue robin. “Instead of stepping out as a group, school students in and around Valparai will identify and record every bird they hear and see at their homes during the upcoming Pongal Bird Count,” says Okay Selvaganesh, a faculty trainer in Valparai who actively takes half in birding yearly.
The Pongal Fowl Rely (PBC) that occurs from January 14 to 17 is an annual chook monitoring programme the place folks throughout Tamil Nadu observe birds for at least quarter-hour and add the sightings on a web-based platform (ebird). The occasion is coordinated by the Tamil Birders Community and Fowl Rely India.
Over the Pongal weekend, Coimbatore Nature Society (CNS) plans to survey as many as 30 wetlands in Coimbatore. In Tamil Nadu, PBC, the Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) that begins on January 1, and the Nice Yard Fowl Rely (GBBC) that begins through the second week of February are among the massive birding occasions. “These events are observed around the world and citizens are encouraged to go birding. These serve as massive data generation activities for scientists interested in studying bird populations,” says PB Balaji of CNS.
This 12 months, CNS takes half within the exercise as a part of each AWC (which they’ve been related to since 2014) and PBC. “These exercises are done in a synchronised manner across different wetlands involving a number of bird watchers. This gives us a fair indication of the status of the wetlands. Last year, AWC data revealed that the migratory bird population is in sharp decline in the recent years. The PBC’s objective is to engage birdwatchers across Tamil Nadu who would be free during the Pongal weekend to record the bird populations around their homes,” explains Balaji.
- Watch and checklist birds from dwelling or close by locations.
- Maintain your optics to your self. Don’t share your scope, binoculars, or digital camera with others; disinfect the attention caps of your optics after every birding journey.
- Keep distance. If you’re birding close to others (whether or not they’re birders or not), preserve at the very least 6 ft of area between your self and different folks always.
- Share checklists, not telephones. ebird cell customers ought to keep away from passing telephones to overview checklists in the meanwhile. Verify lists verbally earlier than submission and if you’ll want to make modifications after you submit, it’s simple to share and proper lists on the ebird cell app.
- Put on a face masks as soon as you allow dwelling, and proceed to put on it until you come back.
- Carry a sanitiser or cleaning soap in your birding bag and use it wherever required.
- Journey alone, if it’s a two-wheeler, and journey with lower than two different individuals in a four-wheeler.
- On return from birding, wash your fingers with cleaning soap instantly and completely. Take a shower if you happen to can handle it
- To know extra, go to birdcount.in
P Jeganathan, a chook fanatic who’s a part of Tamil Birders Community, attracts a parallel to the vacation custom of the annual Christmas Fowl Rely within the US, the place birders begin counting birds within the neighbourhood.
“It’s Kerala’s annual Onam Bird Count that encouraged us to go birding during Pongal. We want to promote the culture of birding as a family activity,” explains Selvaganesh.
Birds in your yard
The Pongal Fowl Rely that began in 2015 has seen a gentle enhance in variety of contributors over time. Final 12 months, 400 folks from Tamil Nadu took half. “Instead of staying glued to gadgets, this is a great way to connect with Nature. This year, we are encouraging people to watch birds from their terraces, balconies and their streets and upload it on ebird. Many know of birds that come from Africa and Australia but are not aware of birds in their own backyard,” provides Jeganathan.
One can catch a glimpse of migratory birds just like the brown shrike that come from Japan and the blue-tailed bee eater from Europe and Russia, in addition to birds like Indian pita, paradise flycatcher, gray wagtails, and ashy drongos that come from central and northern India and the Himalayas. And, the resident ones just like the endemic Nilgiris flowerpecker, and black and orange flycatcher, to call a number of. Moreover a snapshot of birds that frequent an space throughout that exact time of the 12 months, the info additionally helps research abundance and distribution of birds in a single’s locality.
Well being of wetlands
Birding lovers in Puducherry hope that the hardly ever noticed baillon’s crake, a small water chook from Europe and different birds of prey just like the pied harrier and peregrine falcon preserve their date through the PBC.
They plan to cowl 50 lakes (of the whole 86 lakes in Puducherry) in 4 days. “We club it with the AWS and visit as many wetlands as possible where we also assess the health of wetlands and the threat they face from plastic waste, encroachment, poaching, and pollution,” says Surendhran Boobalan of Sutrusoozhal Kalvi Kazhagam in Puducherry. Moreover migratory birds like garganeys, geese, northern shovellers, godwits and terns, in addition they observe city birds like home sparrows, home crows and mynahs.
This 12 months, a complete of 38 district co-ordinators in Tamil Nadu, and two in Karaikal and Puducherry will information inexperienced persons in chook watching whereas sticking to COVID-19 security precautions. Provides Selvaganesh, “A healthy bird population always indicates a thriving biodiversity and a healthy environment.”