Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Birds observed during the festive month

Sri Lanka Birds’ ; Sri Lankan section of the global web-based data entry system ‘worldbirds’ completed another successful month by the end of April 2009. This report provides an analysis of data entered by ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ members for the month of the Sinhala New Year. This analysis is based on the data downloaded on 15th May 2009.

New members 17
Total members 295
FOGSL warmly welcomes new members to the ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ community.

Total Number of Observations 1214
Number of Species 165
Number of Endemic Species 7
Number of Proposed endemic Species 6
Number of migrant species 30

Observations of Bar-tailed Godwit, Greater Flamingo and Yellow wagtail at Bundala are noteworthy records. Number of endemic species recorded in the system for the month was very low compared to previous months. The total number of observations recorded in the system was also low compared to earlier months.

Nesting records
Number of observations 15
Number of species 14

Species (White-bellied Drongo, Spotted Dove, Black-hooded Oriole, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Common Tailorbird, Black-naped Monarch, Brown-headed Barbet, White-rumped Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia, Black-crowned Night-heron, Little Egret, White-bellied Fish-eagle, Sri Lanka Grey-hornbill, House Crow)

Three other species (Oriental Magpie Robin, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Long-billed Sunbird) and Black-hooded Oriole and Little Egret were reported in breeding stages other than nesting.

Mostly recorded species (No: of observations)
House Crow (47)
White-throated Kingfisher (43)
Common Myna (42)
Cattle Egret (41)
Yellow-billed Babbler (40)

Top five users (No: of observations)
Newton Jayawardane (557)
Uditha Wijesena(172)
Dharshana Ranatunga (149)
Chaminda Jayaratna (104)
Amila Sumanapala (89)

A total of 25 locations were visited during April by ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ members. Highest number of observations was made at Ragama (276) as in many previous months.

To see 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, visit the login page of ‘Sri Lanka Birds’ - www.worldbirds.org/srilanka .

FOGSL highly appreciates the contributions of members towards the conservation of birds through this initiative.

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