Sunday, September 21, 2008

‘Sri Lanka Birds’ in the month of August

‘Sri Lanka Birds’ web based data entry system for Sri Lanka completed another successful month by the end of August. A short summary of the results obtained during the month of August is given in this report. This analysis is based on the data downloaded on 12th September 2008.

Another five members registered in the ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ system during the month of August. Therefore the total membership of the system was grown up to 168 at the end of the month. We warmly welcome new members to the ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ community.

The number of observations for the month of August was 1602. A total of 186 species were recorded in the system during this period. Our members were able to record 23 of the 26 definitive endemic species and all seven proposed endemic species in the system during the month of August. A total of 12 migrant species were recorded although it is very beginning of the migrant season 2008/09.

A total of 18 nesting records were entered in the system during the month. Observations of nesting were of nine species, i.e. Brahminy Kite, Common Tailorbird, Greater Flameback, House Crow, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Yellow billed Babbler, Little Cormorant, Intermediate and Great Egrets.

As in previous months, Red-vented Bulbul (56) was the mostly recorded species during the month of August. Yellow-billed Babbler (47), Spotted Dove (47), Common Myna (47), White-throated Kingfisher (46) and House Crow (46) were the next mostly recorded species (and number of observations).

A total of 43 locations were visited during August by ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ members. Highest number of observations was made at Ragama (206). As in many previous months, Sinharaja forest reserve was the most visited area while a total of 265 observations came from three different locations in the reserve.

Member Rahula Perera made the highest number of Observations (527) as in the last month. Members Newton Jayawardena (427) and Sashi Siriwardena (265) contributed to the system by recording next highest number of observations for the month of August.

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 the contributions of members towards conservation of birds through this initiative.
Administrator of “Sri Lanka Birds”
Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka

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