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Sultanpur National Park - A Haryana success Story

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Oct 23, 2012 GREEN CIRCLE SPARROW COUNT PROJECT

SPARROW COUNT PROJECT - DELHI

Launched on 23.10.2012

Dear friends,

We welcome you to be a part of this project which involves no cost. On the contrary, it will get you back to nature. The little contribution matters much for us. This is so simple.

Why Sparrow Count?

Delhi Government has declared Sparrow as the State Bird. This is a welcome step towards preserving this common bird which is dwindling in number. The research is going on and several reasons are being attributed for the decline in number though there is no concrete proof till date. Sparrows, once shown by our ‘Nana’ and ‘Nani’ to divert attention of the crying babies, today have to be shown in pictures. Like minas, pigeons, parrots and crows, sparrows are common birds which do not shy away from human habitats. It is time that everyone realizes that if birds are not there, there will not be human life.

What is our project?

Green Circle, taking cue from declaration of Sparrow as State Bird by Delhi administration, have decided to make a physical count of sparrows and see the how many of them are existing in Delhi. We have already recorded sparrows  in Shopping complexes, Akshardham temple complex, metro stations, resident parks, gardens etc. but the number is disturbingly low. Counting the birds will create a data base for knowing the present status of the birds. Using statistical methods, we will be in a position to track the improvement or decline in the bird population in the years to come. This is a year-long project and our first step towards protecting the species. We will submit a report to Delhi Government and suggest further steps to increase the population. We will be involving students, social conscious youth and environmental activists to execute the project

What do we expect from you?

We are enclosing a format for recording the number of birds in your vicinity. You need not carry the observation sheet every time you venture into the project. Whenever you go to the milk booth, vegetable market or simply going out for a morning or evening walk in the neighbourhood park, please make a count of the sparrows seen by you. The male birds have bright plumage (feathers) while the female ones have a dull plumage. If possible record the sex, or else, simply note the number of birds. The Observation sheet is very simple and self-explanatory.  Please fill up all details and post the same through email to us. We also will include you in the Google group for participating in our activities. If you could support us through donations, you are most welcome.

Your participation is very important for us. We will also recognize your services in a function to be arranged at the end of the project.

Looking forward to your support

Yours sincerely

Green Circle team


Please click the link below fro the OBSERVATION SHEET

 

 

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary… a bonanza for birders

(V Selva Rajan Green Circle 13.10.2012)

Sultanpur is in full blooms… of winged visitors. 13.10.2012...It was a great day for me. A one and a half hours drive from Delhi Daula Kuon takes you to the birds’ paradise.  It is every one’s guess that to travel from Delhi to Gurgaon is time consuming, given the Delhi traffic. But after crossing Pataudi chowk in Gurgaon, it is quite enjoyable. But I suggest that you leave Delhi early in the morning. Even if the park is not open for public, you can enjoy natural environment and if lucky, can view the V formation of migratory ducks during this time of the season. It is indeed spectacular to experience this in the sky.

When you enter the sanctuary after paying the ticket, which is very nominal, my suggestion to you is enter the fence on the left hand side. Walk about 500 meters to see innumerable ducks in the lake. You can even sight Black necked storks, large egrets and one or two painted storks in the sky. Just walk ahead and the moment you locate a single foot path towards the bank of the lake, you will definitely scream “wah”.  You will be just 200 feet from the Painted Stork Colony. This is nesting season for the storks. See the male birds in action. You cannot miss several painted storks fly low over lake waters, as if they are going to land on the watery runway, and collect something from water and take off again to reach the nest under construction. Watch their beaks… you will observe tweaks and water plants, which will perhaps act as “foam bed” for young ones later on.

Huge number of migratory ducks has arrived. A keen bird watcher will not miss Shovellers, Spotbills, Gadwals and coots. Red wattled lapwing with its “did he do it” call is a common sight. Cormorants are not disturbed about the visiting birds, they were keen on their daily routine. Grey herons stand tall here and there. A close look will make eyes open wide to watch night herons. The Indian Rollers are good to watch when they fly with its prominently visible bright blue colour. (copper sulphate colour ). Somehow, I never like its huge sized (disproportionate?) head….  In fact I have observed at least 30 different species of birds and a herd of Nilgai also. It is indeed a bonanza for a birder. But when will I get a chance to see Saraus Crane if not a Siberian crane?

My impression about the lake!

Almost Every year I visited this lake and may be at least about 18 years now… Once this lake was not having such strict rules, nor had it boundary walls properly built earlier. Now-a-days, I find that the lake is well maintained. The entry is not permitted before Oct, from this year onwards. On Mondays, they do not allow unless you have special permission from wildlife warden. Water level is less, but quite sufficient for about a million birds, I guess.

Carrying food packets or snacks are prohibited inside the park. But when a birder walks in the lake bund for about 3  o 4 hours, he or she will naturally need something to eat or drink. It is good that the authorities prevent plastic packets. But fruits or biodegradable food stuff could be permitted. The baggage could be checked for all plastic packets could be scanned and prevented, but not the fruits and other bio-degradable items. I have seen several youngsters playing music loud. As long as our people do not consciously follow eco-friendly lifestyle, such strict rules are inevitable.

Will the national park exist for long?

But long ago, I used to feel that the farm houses around prevented ground water to rejuvenate in the park. Now one more glaring impediment I noticed was that the city of Gurgaon is slowly nearing the lake. Lot of multi-storied resident colonies are coming up to deplete the water table. Builders are concerned about their profit margin. Why should they care for bird life or their habitat?

It is high time that the planners work seriously to stop any construction activity in atleast 10 -20 km circumference of the lake. Whether it is a residential colony or an educational institution, the water table will deplete if construction is not prevented. Will wisdom prevail in bureaucracy?

Checklist of Birds at Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary Haryana

(Viewed By V Selva Rajan Green Circle on 13.10.2012)

01. Common Babbler
02. Hoopoe
03. White breasted Kingfisher
04. Black Necked Stork
05. Painted Stork
06. White Stork
07. Large Egret
08. Purple Sunbird
09. Peacock
10. Tree pie
11. Grey Heron
12. Dabchick
13. Large Egret
14. Small Egret
15. Rose ringed parakeet
16. Black winged Stint
17. Purple heron
18. Paddy bird (Pond heron)
19. Black Drongo
20. Coot
21. Pied Kingfisher
22. Blue jay
23. Sparrow hawk
24. Pied Kingfisher
25. Cormorant
26. Green Barbet
27. Gadwall
28. Shoveller
29. Spot bill?
30. Night Heron

One cannot miss the Nilgai herd (one of the four antelopes if India) in Sultanpur

 

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