Bohag Bihu Bird Count 2021 begins on April 14

Because the Bohag Bihu Hen Rely 2021 begins on April 14 in Assam, birders throughout the nation speak in regards to the significance of this month in chook watching

It’s that point of the yr in Assam when the Indian cuckoo (keteki) and Asian koel (kuli) name out throughout the Brahmaputra plains. And, swish bursts of pink-spotted white flowers of an unique orchid streak the skyline. “The blooming of the foxtail orchid, the State flower of Assam, signifies the beginning of a brand new Assamese yr once we have a good time Rongali or Bohag Bihu,” says Jaydev Mandal, a birder primarily based in Assam, over the telephone.

Jaydev is a part of Assam Hen Monitoring Community which, together with Hen Rely India (BCI), will host the Bohag Bihu Hen Rely from April 14 to April 17 throughout districts of Assam. The initiative emphasises the usage of eBird.org, a citizen science platform for the birders to register their observations in a scientific method. “We’ve got three Bihus — Magh, Bohag and Kati — throughout winter, spring and autumn yearly and we plan to doc avian range throughout these seasons. All these festivals are intently related with Nature. We wish individuals to take pleasure in Nature, encourage birding as a household exercise and spare a thought to conservation.”

Whereas that is the time for winter migratory birds that took abode in Assam in addition to the encircling areas to begin flying again to their properties within the Northern hemisphere, endemic species just like the swamp grass babbler, marsh babbler and black-breasted parrot invoice come into the highlight.

Know extra

  • Bihu Hen Rely will observe easy steps of documentation
  • Anybody inside the state of Assam can take part, watching birds for at the least quarter-hour in and across the chosen space at any time of the day
  • Individuals residing outdoors Assam may also take part and share their respective guidelines with the account named ‘bihubird’ on eBird
  • To know extra, write to bihubirdcount@gmail.com or go to Bihu Hen Rely on Fb

In Tamil Nadu, although the massive birding counts are the Pongal Hen Rely and the Nice Yard Hen Rely, birders can now observe courtship shows, and nest constructing of resident species in and round their properties. birders can now observe courtship shows, and nest constructing of resident species in and round their properties. “As most winter migrants have began their return flight to their summer season breeding grounds, that is one of the best time to look at resident birds,”says PB Balaji, co-author of Birds of Coimbatore, a helpful information on over 400 species of birds that may be seen throughout Tamil Nadu. “Assam will get lots of passage migrants. Most migrant birds from the Himalayas cease over within the area. I used to be at Nameri final weekend and noticed among the rarities together with river lapwing, pin-striped tit-babbler and better adjutant storks.”

Bird watchers in Assam

A chithirai thirunaal birding is thrilling as resident birds are energetic now, says birder Ok Selvaganesh from Valparai, close to Coimbatore. “One can search for birds in a neighbouring park, close by streams and water our bodies and likewise at forest periphery, farmlands or terraces of properties. Asian koels are calling out. Egrets could be seen in breeding plumage. Amongst water birds, you’ll be able to see coots, grey-headed swamphens, and bronze-winged jacanas with their chicks having fun with a splash.”

Black-and-Orange flycatcher

There may be buzz on social media too. The IndiAves neighborhood on Twitter, that encourages individuals to tweet pictures of wildlife, birds and animals, plans to have #wildTN for the Tamil New Yr. Chandrakala Ratnam, a wildlife fanatic, says, “It’s all about new beginnings. The fledglings are out. The ibises, mynas, baya weavers, raptors, and munias are busy our bodies gathering nesting materials. We need to spotlight habitat loss. The #wild TN will probably be an eye-opener on not simply birds, but in addition endemic mammals like lion-tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. Such themes drive engagement amongst youth and thereby conservation.”

Grounded religion

Whereas the competition is widely known as Baisakhi in Punjab, Vishua Sankranti in Odisha, Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka, Arun Kumar Raju Urs of Bengaluru Butterfly Membership primarily based in Mysuru talks of the roti habba celebrated by the Soliga tribes of the Biligiri Ranganna Hills adjoining the Satyamangalam ghats. “The tribes provide their first produce to Nature, to the tree-god, mammals and birds within the forest.” Arun says the Ugadi weekend attracts households to birding hotspots in Coorg, Bandipur, Nagarhole, and the Biligiri Ranganna Hills. “After the pre-monsoon bathe, the forests are lush with greenery. Whereas the koels and bulbuls take pleasure in tender neem leaves, flower peckers relish on neem fruits.”

Nilgiri blue flycatcher

Ramesh Iyer of Travancore Pure Historical past Society says that in Kerala, Vishu, noticed on the primary day of the Malayalam Medam month has a robust reference to the Indian cuckoo, a solitary, shy chook that’s present in forests and open woodlands and breeds within the Himalayas. “It’s known as Vishu pakshi (the Vishu chook) as its distinctive name heralds the competition. The competition can be the time once we obtain mid-summer showers spreading cheer not simply to mankind but in addition to the natural world. An excellent time to look at birds actively feeding on Nature’s bounty.”

Pay a go to to a close-by woodland or forest patch, you’ll be able to witness the raucous calls of racket-tailed drongo (kadu muzhakki), mimicking calls of hill mynahs, the metallic hammering name of the coppersmith barbet (chembukottan) and the melodious calls of Asian fairy bluebird (Lalita). The fluting whistles of black-hooded and Indian Golden Orioles, moreover the chirping of many leaf warblers makes the forests full of life. “Even in cities, the cackle of the rufous treepie, identified domestically as olenjali and the repetitive calls of white-cheeked barbets(Kutturavan) , and the chirping of mynahs could be heard distinctly at daybreak or nightfall,” says Ramesh.

One may also see migratory butterflies — the double-branded black crow, frequent crow, darkish blue tiger and blue tiger — on their return migration journey from the Ghats to the plains of southern India, simply earlier than the onset of the South-West monsoon.

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