Friday, February 27, 2009

Migrant birds throng Nuwara Eliya

Beautiful and rare migrant birds such as the European Cuckoo, the Hanging Lorakeet, White Bellied Drongo, Chrimson Backed Woodpecker, Jordon Chlorophies, Blackheaded Oriole, Palm Squirrel and wagtails are currently seen in Nuwara Eliya.

Several other bird species are also seen in the Kotmale and Pundaluoya areas and they mostly frequent the Meddecumbra and Eaton estate areas, where even two leopard cubs were seen by the estate workers recently.

The unique feature of the Lorokeet which enjoys the drinking sweet toddy on Kitul trees tapped by villagers.

A number of local and foreign bird watchers are seen frequenting these areas.

According to naturalist Lal de Silva, some of these species have come into the hillcountry after a lapse of several decades owing to the prevailing dry weather conditions.

The inland migration has started with the arrival of the white bellied eagles, the Brahmin kites and the Gray Heron. According to Clive Tissera, a veteran planter and a keen bird watcher, these rare bird species will stay till April.