On the morning of 30th October 2017, I woke up early to document the Dawn Chorus in my garden. Actually, I knew there would be no chorus, but I just wanted to document the non-event.
I used to be greeted in the early mornings by the mass singing of the Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) with the approaching dawn LINK.
Now suddenly the dawn is quiet except for the noise from early morning vehicles… and no birds sing. Well, not actually no birds singing at all. There are a few around to greet the dawn… like a neighbour’s pet Macaw, a few Javan Mynas with a begging juvenile in tow, a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) and a few other irrelevant birds (video below).
What happened? Can it be because of the trimming of trees where the Red-whiskered Bulbuls were roosting? Well, we need to wait until these trees grow new branches and see whether the birds will return.
Note: Nature Consultant Subaraj Rajathurai helped identify an unusual Javan Myna call heard in the video.
1st November 2017