Two weeks ago, our instructor made us form groups and tasked us to go around specific areas in the university; my group was tasked to go the College of Science complex.
We went on a total of two trips to the College of Science. During the first time, we explored the vicinity of the Marine Science Institute and during the second time, we went from the Institute of Math to MBB and eventually reached the Institute of Chemistry. In this post, I shall share our experiences while exploring the College of Science Complex.
It was my first time going to the MSI and upon arriving, I was surprised that the MSI was actually very big and was surrounded by dense trees which meant that we would be able to see lots of birds.
The attached picture above was the first bird we saw on that trip, a brown shrike. I remember our instructor mentioning that brown shrikes are migratory birds and that they are about to leave the country soon.
While we were exploring the vicinity of the MSI, we saw lots of birds flying around and we could hear them but were not able to see all of them. Among the birds we saw were yellow-vented bulbuls, woodpeckers, orioles and long-tailed shrikes.
The Oriole is one of the bird species that really fascinates me because of its unique yellow color. It was my first time to ever see an Oriole. I was lucky enough to take a photo of this Oriole just before it flew away. There was a flock of them perched near the MSI building but I was only able to take a picture of one. What I like about Orioles are that they are easy to spot because of their yellow color standing out when they perch in trees.
A few days after we went to the MSI, my team went on to explore the National Science Complex. We first started at the Institute of Math where we were able to see different species of birds. Some noteworthy birds we saw were the white-collared kingfisher, yellow-vented bulbuls and long-tailed shrikes.
We continued exploring Math until we saw a group of Golden-bellied Flyeaters. Golden-bellied Flyeaters are also a personal favorite of mine because of their beautiful colors.
Although very small in size and very fast in movement, it is quite easy to feel their presence because of their chirping sound. It took a lot of shots before I was able to actually take a decent picture of the Flyeater. I believe we were able to find a nesting area because we saw a lot of them perching in one area in a branch.
After touring the back area of Math, we continued to NIGS but was not able to find any birds so we decided to go to Physics until we saw White-breasted woodswallows on electric wires near MBB across the oval in NSC. We immediately ran towards MBB to get a chance to take pictures of them. Luckily, by the time we arrived there, they were still there!
For some reason, I noticed that birds are fond of staying on electric wires. I do not know the exact reason why, but it is advantageous in a way that it is easier to spot them.
After MBB, we decided to pass the route from Chem to the observatory and saw a kingfisher once again!
Other than the kingfisher, we did not see anything significant other than a long-tailed shrike that was perching in a bush very near us. Given the right lighting from the sun, it was a great opportunity to take a picture!
So that sums up our birding experience in CS. Follow me to my next adventure at “Birding in the Acad Oval.”