Archive | December, 2013

Slaty-legged Crake: a migrant prone to exhaustion..?

7 Dec

..this exhausted Slaty-legged Crake has been rescued by Naren Gunasekera on 06th.December 2013 morning from Mt.Lavinia beach. Let’s all hope the bird will soon get fully recover..

Slaty-legged Crake- mt.lavinia - 06.12.2013 (c) Naren G

Exhausted Slaty-legged Crakes have been recorded from Colombo and suburbs more often during onset of migratory season.. Following are some of the records of Slaty-legged Crake from previous migratory seasons. 

Slaty legged Crake rescued in 2011 from Lucky Plaza at Colpetty - heart of colombo

2011: Slaty legged Crake rescued in 2011 from Lucky Plaza at Colpetty – heart of colombo. Through the launch of MigrantWATCH in 2011; the contact numbers public can get help if they see a troubled migrant has been announced. MigrantWATCH 2011/12 cordinators received a call from officers of Lucky Plaza building in colombo-03 (Kolpetty) that an exhausted bird is hiding near a stair case. We asked them to bring it the FOGSL secretariat at University of Colombo. The bird had no injuries and fully recovered in the evening. Nashath Haffi had released the bird at a marshy area in Kolonnawa.


2009: This Slaty-legged Crake was rescued near the Bambalapitiya flats on November 28, 2009. Those who spotted the unusual bird alerted Tariq Abideen, a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL). This has been published as news in SundayTimes.

Slaty-legged Crake - Imashi Opatha - 07.12.2003 - Dehiwala (c) Imashi Opatha

2003: This Slaty-legged Crake was reported by Imashi Opatha from Dehiwala on 07.12.2003. Please note the day it has been reported – it is exactly 10 years ago on the same day. I think this bird too show signs of exhaustion that enabled Imashi to capture these series of images relatively easier. So could it be that the a population of Slaty-legged Crake arrive Sri Lanka in early December..??

It is DECEMBER: The Bird Counting Month

6 Dec
DECEMBER - the Bird Counting Month
Birds are a common sight in Sri Lanka but we often fail to appreciate them. To increase the awareness about our feathered friends, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL) launched its annual nationwide program ‘The Bird Counting Month’ in 2003 also with the aim to assess and study the distribution and presence of birds in Sri Lanka – even on our home garden level.
December has been declared Bird Counting Month as migrant birds too peak in December. This year, the Bird Counting Month will also coincide with MigrantWATCH 2013/14. So have a special focus on Migrants, but don’t forget to record the common birds that usually slips our attention.
For the sample data sheet that can be used for recording your observations and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Bird Counting Month; please click on the links below..
Be free to pass this information inviting your friends too to observe the birds around them..!!

Orange-headed Ground Thrush past records

4 Dec

FOGSL’s Dr.Sampath Seneviratne found a sub-adult Orange-headed Ground Thrush from Malabe 03rd of December night. The bird had a slight eye infection and Sampath took him to the Vet for further inspections. The bird spent the time happily in his washroom with a ferocious appetite for earth worms!!! If all goes well; Sampath was planning to release the bird during the weekend; but unfortunately the bird died.

Orange Headed Ground Thrush is a beautiful migrant. The elusive migrant has been more frequently recorded from different part of Sri Lanka.

Sandun Perera wrote for SIYOTH on his observation of Orange-headed Ground Thrush seeing in Buttala, also reviewing the other sightings…

siyoth-2-pg43-45 – Orange headed ground trush by Sandun Perera

Chamali Marasinghe/ Niraj Marasinghe writes to MALKOHA – Dec, 2005 about sighting of an Orange-headed Ground Thrush from Panadura. Mewan Piyasena reports a sighting from Wilpattu..

Malkoha_December, 2005 – Observation of OHGT from Panadura and Wilpattu

Orange-headed Ground Thrush in Jaffna

4 Dec

Aravinth Sukumar has shared sighting of the beautiful migrant Orange-headed Ground Thrush. He had observed this bird at his home garden in Pirampady, Kokuvil, Sri Lanka. The bird has settled in the area and keep on visiting Aravinth’s home garden. Aravinth says that he observed the bird for the first time on October 31, 2013 and it was last seen on December 01, 2013. Following images taken by Aravinth Sukumar has been posted on FOGSL Facebook page.

Orange-headed Ground Thrush 1- Priampady, Kokuvil - 12.11.2013 (c) Aravinth Sukumar

Orange-headed Ground Thrush 2- Priampady, Kokuvil - 12.11.2013 (c) Aravinth Sukumar