Valley School, 081212, Saturday

Chandu Bandi, Job Joseph, and I went on a nature trail at the Valley
School yesterday (071212, Saturday), and the Valley never disappoints.
We managed to see 66 species of birds and several species of
butterflies, and we were also able to observe many things at leisure,
such as the courtship dance of one Coppersmith Barbet pair all over a
couple of trees, ants tending to aphids, wasps laying their eggs on
figs, and a wasp collecting mud for her nest..

We were especially fortunate to see wasps laying eggs on the Ficus…I
*think* it was Ficus benghalensis, but I am not sure. Chandu pointed
out one wasp to me with a long ovipositor, and I managed to get that!

It was sad to see every water body completely dry.

We we managed to see several Flycatchers, and when, on the way home,
we overshot our turning to Bannerghatta Road, and went ahead on the
NICE road, we spotted several Painted Storks and Little Cormorants far
away from the road, at what we think was Begur Lake. Overhead, we
sighted a Booted Eagle being mobbed by a Black (Common) Kite.

I have put up some photos on an FB album at

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151194598328878.468744.587058877&type=3

Birds:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Large Grey
Babbler, Puff-throated
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bushchat, Pied
Buzzard, Oriental Honey
Cormorant, Little
Coucal, Greater
Crow, House
Crow, Large-billed
Cuckoo, Common Hawk
Cuckoo-shrike, Black-headed
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Ashy
Drongo, Black
Eagle, Booted (NICE road)
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Little
Egret, Intermediate
Flameback, Lesser
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed (Tickell’s)
Flycatcher, Asian Brown
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (White)
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Flycatcher, White-browed Fantail
Francolin, Grey (heard)
Grebe, Little
Heron, Pond
Iora, Common
Kestrel, Common
Kingfisher, Small Blue
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Minivet, Small
Munia, White-rumped
Mynah, Common
Mynah, Jungle
Oriole, Eurasian Golden
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Prinia, Ashy
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Sandpiper, Green
Shikra
Stork, Painted (NICE Road)
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swamphen, Purple (heard)
Swift, Palm
Tailorbird, Common
Tit, Great
Wagtail, Grey
Warbler, Booted
Warbler, Blyth’s Reed
Warbler, Greenish Leaf
Waterhen, White-breasted
White-eye, Oriental
Wood swallow, Ashy

Butterflies:

Albatross
Baron, Common
Blues, Various
Cerulean, Common
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Lime
Emigrant, Mottled
Gull, Common
Jay, Tailed (?) need help with id
Jezebel, Common
Lime, Common
Pioneer
Psyche
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson
Wanderer, Common
Yellow, Common Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass
Yellow, Spotless Grass

There were several other butterflies and skippers that I could not
identify…except one Chestnut Bob and an Indian Skipper.

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