Residents now watch birds from their balconies

As air quality improves and quiet is the new normal, more birds are returning to our neighborhoods, making it an ideal time for us to listen to their joyous tales. The 'Lockdown Birding Challenge', which is being seen by many stakeholders across the country, is about linking up with these feathered creatures. NAshwin Vishwanathan, scientist at the Foundation for Nature Conservation and part of the Bird Count India initiative, Says: The goal is to spark people's interest in getting back to nature and identifying urban wildlife in the vicinity of their homes in the midst of the shutdown. This challenge requires one to observe a bird for at least 15 minutes, twice a day, and share information about its physical characteristics, including details about the bird's color, beak, and feathers, along with an image on the website. or the app. Different time slots are assigned to take on the challenge: 4-6 a.m., 6-9 a.m., 4-7 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Additional details about the bird feeding on a flower or fruit can also be included, along with recordings of its song. According to Shylajesha S, an avid birder, birding activities can help calm our minds in the midst of all the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “This can also be an attractive family moment. So far I have recorded details of up to 25 birds from my home, he adds. Bird watching also makes one much more patient, says another enthusiast, Guru Prasad. And during this confinement, calm and patience is what we need the most, he adds.

Birds commonly seen in South India

  • Common myna
  • Purple-backed Sunbird
  • White-cheeked Barbet
  • Pale-billed Woodpecker
  • Blyth's Reed Warbler
  • Cinderella princess
  • Black Kite
  • Large-billed Raven
  • Rock pigeon
  • Red mustache bulbul
  • Pink rings parakeet
  • Asian Koel
  • Common tailor
  • Spotted pigeon
  • Greater Reed's Warbler
  • Green warbler
  • Purple sunbird
  • Magpie-Robin Oriental
  • Pied Bushchat