Monday, July 16, 2012

Third Sunday Trail - 15th July 2012 - Kaleshwari

The day started on a wet note with drizzles greeting our morning. By the time we reached Ragihalli Gate the rain intensified and we had to wait for a considerable time for it subside a bit. As expected the turnout was low.Couple of people in the group went to the small water-body around the forest boundary where there was lot of bird activity  happening. Once they were back we decided to explore the Ragihalli Tank after our dosa break The tank was being cleared and and there was lot slush around. In spite of the showers, we managed to spot many birds around the Kere.In fact there was lot of activity on the path to the Tank.All in all it was a rainy yet enjoyable trail.

Myself ,Subir and our daughter Avantika spent considerable time around the villages for some other work. During our Dosa/tea break I had met one of the forest watcher whom we had gifted the torch earlier,  mentioned to me about three boys from the city having ventured inside the forest and one of them missing. At  that point he was confident that, the boy must have reached one of the villages as till then they did not find any evidence of any animal attack . But by late afternoon , we could see that the search was still on when we reached the sheet rock while returning home. We met one more of my known watcher, who at that time was sounding little worried and we saw the relatives anxiously waiting for some news...

And today it really saddened me to note that Satwik's dead body was found somewhere close to Kasavana Kunte. I wish educated, young people like him take proper precautions before venturing into any such adventure. Its quite dangerous out there and you won't even realize where and how you lost your way when you are inside a forest. If an extremely careful and "no nonsense while in the jungle" person like me can loose my way along with few others during one of our Third Sunday trails in spite of three guides accompanying the group, it is so easy to get lost when you are on your own in a forest where at any point of time you have 10- 15 elephants roaming around in this range apart from Leopards, Dholes, Jackals and bears.May his body rest in peace and others like him learn lessons from this incident.

Here is the list compiled by Deepa Mohan

Babbler, Jungle
Babbler, Rufous-fronted
Babbler, Yellow-eyed
Barbet, Coppersmith
Barbet, White-cheeked
Bee-eater, Small Green
Bulbul, Red-vented
Bulbul, Red-whiskered
Bushchat, Pied
Bushlark, Indian
Bushlark, Jerdon's
Buttonquail, Barred
Coucal, Greater
Crow, Jungle
Crow, Large-billed
Dove, Laughing
Dove, Spotted
Drongo, Black
Egret, Intermediate
Egret, Little
Flameback, Black-rumped
Flowerpecker, Pale-billed
Heron, Pond
Kingfisher, White-breasted
Kite, Brahminy
Kite, Black
Koel, Asian
Lapwing, Red-wattled
Leafbird, Golden-fronted
Malkoha, Blue-faced
Owlet, Spotted
Parakeet, Rose-ringed
Pipit, Paddyfield
Prinia, Ashy
Prinia, Plain
Robin, Indian
Robin, Oriental Magpie
Sparrow, House
Sunbird, Purple
Sunbird, Purple-rumped
Swallow, Red-rumped
Swift, House
Tailorbird, Common
Treepie, Rufous
White-eye, Oriental


Blues, various (too muddy to go closer up, Rohit!!)
Cerulean, Common
Crow, Common
Emigrant, Common
Jezebel, Common
Psyche, Common
Rose, Common
Rose, Crimson (at last, something where the name is not "common")
Yellow, Spotless Grass
Yellow, Three-spot Grass

Several grasshoppers, earwig, antlion, katydid, ants and several
others. I am sure there were ticks, which will make their presence
felt shortly.


Boar or Sloth Bear (heard)
Macaques, Bonnet
Members of Bird Watchers' Field Club

And here is the link to her photographs taken during the trail .

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Third Sunday Trail - 15th July 2012 - Kaleshwari

This month's Third Sunday Trail will be on 15th July 2012.

Place :Kaleshwari and nearby places

Meeting Time : Between 6.15 am - 6.30 am

Meeting Point :Ragihalli Gate Bus Stop ( 12°48'0"N 77°35'55"E )

Comfortable clothing,good walking shoes, a cap,snacks,water bottle,binocular (if you have),camera ( if you like to shoot) and rain wear/umbrella is what one needs to join the trail. This outing is free and open to all ages who can walk the trail of around four to five hours.

We recommend car-pooling between participants. While confirming participation please also indicate the contact details and the route you will be taking to reach Ragi Halli Bus Stop, where you will alight in case of travelling by bus. If traveling in own car, please do indicate if any spare capacity is available.

For bus/route details to reach Ragihalli Bus Stop, log on

Call at 9845383882 or click on this event page to confim.

Important Note :We, as organizers shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the program or expenses incurred or injuries - directly or indirectly - due to natural hazards,weather,or any untoward incident that may happen during the trail.

Photos from the Third Sunday Trail - 17th June 2012-Kalkere

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