Friday, May 9, 2008

‘Sri Lanka Birds’ in the festive month

April is a festive month for every Sri Lankan because of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year. A brief summary of the results obtained during this festive month is given here. However, lowest number of visits and observations were recorded in this month after the launch of the system. It is predictable in this month since our members had to participate in many other activities as well.

Nine new members registered for the month of April increasing the total membership to 130.

The number of observations for the month of April was 574. Total of 144 species were recorded in the system during this period. It is nearly a half (50.9%) of the total number of species recorded so far in the system. Although the number of observations recorded was low, our members were able to record 21 of the 26 definitive endemic species and all seven proposed endemic species within the month of April.

Five mostly recorded species (and number of observations) were Red vented Bulbul (21), White-bellied Drongo (20), Yellow billed Babbler (17), Spotted Dove (17), and Common Myna (17).

Observations of nesting birds were recorded for a total of four species in the system during April. Species recorded nesting were, Crimson fronted Barbet, Greater Coucal, Common Myna and Orange breasted Green Pigeon.

A total of 21 locations were visited during April by our members. Highest numbers of observations were made at the locations in the Gampaha District namely Ihalayagoda (86) and Katawalamulla-Ganemulla (76).

Current statistics describing the number of field visits, number of observations and bird species, as well as the number of users registered in the system, are displayed on the login page of ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ - .

We would like to thank all the members for entering their valuable observations into Sri Lanka Birds. We highly appreciate contributions of members towards conservation of birds through this initiative.

We wish you happy birding.

Administrator of “Sri Lanka Birds”
Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka

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