Vijayawada

Great Backyard Bird Count outcome by month-end

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a global event being conducted to monitoring the numbers and movements of birds in areas inhabited by man, came to a close on Monday. The GBBC Indian partner Bird Count India spokesperson P. Jeganathan said that the number of species recorded during the four days was being tabulated and the results would be out on February 28.

The response from the State was not very encouraging this year. The only saving grace was the birding activity in the campus of Rishi Valley School, Madanapalle, Chittoor district. The campus has been recognised as a Birding (bird watching) hotspot by eBird, an online database of bird observations. It is an example of ‘crowd sourcing’ and has been hailed as a wonderful example of democratising science, treating citizens as scientists, allowing the public to access and use their own data and the collective data generated by others.

From February 13 to 17, noted ornithologist V Santharam and members of the Institute of Bird Studies, Rishi Valley, documented over 100 species at Rishi Valley School.

Interesting in the birds sighted by Mr Santharam are the White-eyed Buzzard, White-throated Kingfisher, Oriental Honey Buzzard.

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