Wonderful morning at Valley School, 030514

Thomas Job and his friend Sushil Nahar, who was coming on a birding trail for the first time, picked me up, and off we went, to Valley School.

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Several of us walked down the trail together:

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Even at the height of summer, birding is an enjoyable actitivy in the early morning!

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The path led through this beautiful

BANYAN TREE:

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Here’s the tree from a distance:

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Another banyan tree which we usually go past:

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A peaceful scene of cattle grazing under its shade:

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The

GULMOHAR

is in full bloom everywhere:

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Falling around on the plants, the petals look so beautiful:

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I loved the sight of this

OLEANDER

everywhere:

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In the ruined Art Village, I found this pottery figure, representing Ganesha on one side and Nandi on the other:

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The birds included:

CATTLE EGRET:

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BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK:

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INDIAN PITTA (we saw three of them!)

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WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA (which the mobile phone of one birder had turned to Shame)

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There were butterflies, too, like this

COMMON CERULEAN:

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We enjoyed the morning, and the brefus at Udupi Banashree, very much indeed!

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for my FB album.

The bird list:

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler,Tawny-bellied
Babbler, Puff-throated
Babbler, Yellow-billed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet,White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Coucal, Southern
Crow, House
Crow, Jungle
Cuckooshrike, Black-headed
Egret, Little
Flameback, Black-rumped
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Flycatcher, Asian Paradise (heard)
Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue
Flycatcher, White-throated Fantail
Francolin, Grey (heard)
Heron, Indian Pond
Honey-buzzard, Oriental
Junglefowl, Grey (heard)
Kingfisher, White-throated
Kite, Black
Kite, Brahminy
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Leafbird, Jerdon’s
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Malkoha, Sirkeer
Minivet, Small
Myna, Common
Myna, Jungle
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Peafowl, Indian (heard)
Pigeon, Blue Rock
Pitta, Indian
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Grey-breasted
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Shama, White-rumped
Shikra
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow,Red-rumped
Swift, Little
Tailorbird, Common
Tit, Great (Cinerous)
White-eye, Oriental

Don’t you agree, this is a dream list, especially for the first week of May?

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