Saturday, July 12, 2008

An update of the National Bird Ringing Programme 2008

Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL) conducted another successful bird ringing session at Bundala National Park from 03rd to 07th June 2008 as part of the National Bird Ringing Programme, with the collaboration of Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC). This session was conducted to capture birds in the non-migrant season at the Bundala National Park.

Netting sessions for waders were done at the Bundala lagoon as in previous seasons. Very low number of birds and species were observed in and around the lagoon during the period. However, four species of waders, two other waterbird species and two wetland associate species were captured during the netting sessions. Total number of birds captured was 22, including two recaptures of Kentish Plovers. One of the Kentish Plovers recaptured was ringed in the last non-migrant period (July 2007). The other bird was ringed in the last migrant season (April 2008).

Following birds were captured during this session.

Common Redshank 6
Greater Thick-knee 1
Kentish Plover 5
Black-winged Stilt 1
Little Cormorant 1
Pied Kingfisher 4
Brahminy Kite 2
Black crowned Night heron 2

Netting operations were done to capture forest birds in the scrub forest around the Bundala lagoon. A total of 21 birds belong to nine species were captured. An Indian Robin which was ringed in July 2007, recaptured during the session. Highlight of this session was capture of the Barred button Quail.

Following forest birds were captured during this session.

Red-vented Bulbul 6
White-browed Bulbul 3
Yellow-billed Babbler 2
Common Iora 4
Barred Button Quail 1
Ashy Prinia 1
Indian Robin 1
Rufous-winged Bushlark 1
Little Green Bee-eater 2

As a part of the National Bird Ringing Programme, a training session on the bird ringing and other bird studies were conducted for the officers of the Department of Wildlife Conservation. A total of eleven officers from DWC were trained during this session. Participants from the DWC were B.S. Sumanarathne, S.A. Indunil Lasantha Jayasinghe, M. Karunarathna, D.M. Mudunkothge, P.D. Lalith Wijithananda, J.A. Piyasena, P.A. Thilakaratna and M. Wasantha Udaya Kumara from Yala National Park and G. Wijesinghe, Y.G. Naveen Rangana and P.G. Uthpala Adaranga from Bundala National Park.

Participants from FOGSL for this ringing session were Chinthaka Kaluthota, Susantha Sanjeewa, Pradeep Suranga, Chanaka Suranga and Dasun.

FOGSL acknowledge all the participants for their hard work in the field, and Mr. Sisira Kumara de Silva (Park Warden, Bundala NP) and his staff for their contribution to facilitate this session in the Bundala National Park.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

‘Sri Lanka Birds’ in the month of June

Sri Lanka Birds completed another successful month by the end of June. A short summary of the results obtained during the month of June is given in this report.

A total of eighteen new members registered in the ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ system during the month of June. The total membership of the system was grown up to 154 at the end of the month.

The number of observations for the month of June was 802. A total of 140 species were recorded in the system during this period. Only 17 of the 26 definitive endemic species and five of the seven proposed endemic species were recorded in the system during the month of June.

As in previous months, Red-vented Bulbul (31) was the mostly recorded species. Next four mostly recorded species (and number of observations) were Brown-headed Barbet (27), Yellow-billed Babbler (26), Common Tailorbird (25) and Common Myna (25).

A total of 38 locations were visited during June by our members. Highest number of observations was made at the Sinharaja Martin’s Lodge (83). Sinharaja forest reserve was the most visited area while a total of 172 observations came from three different locations in the reserve.

Member Rahula Perera made the highest number of Observations (258) during the month of June. Members Sashi Siriwardena (148) and Rienzie Fernando (65) recorded next highest number of observations in the system for the month.

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.

We wish you happy birding.

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