small flocks of grey headed mynas are flying around in mantralaya area.They fly fast in small compact groupsMessage 1 of 3 , Nov 7, 2000View Sourcesmall flocks of grey headed mynas are flying around in mantralaya
area.They fly fast in small compact groups
hi all, After a gap of 2 years, I today saw 4 grey headed mynas on a laburnum tree very close to my window. They had not been seen for the last 2 yearsMessage 1 of 3 , Sep 7, 2004View Sourcehi all,
After a gap of 2 years, I today saw 4 grey headed mynas on a laburnum tree very close to my window. They had not been seen for the last 2 years probably due to large sacle construction activities in the area & i was thrilled to see them again.
However what was interesting was that what i saw were the variants with a white head , which as mentioned in Dr.Salim Ali's book of indian birds is seen in kerala. This was a first for me too for i have always seen the grey headed species out here. Is the white headed variant common in Mumbai? I managed to get quite a few close up shots of them & also some video footage with their calls. As soon as they landed on the tree they were mobbed by a flock of sparrows, but the 4 of them looked determined to stay put & ultimately the sparrows gave up.
One more thing.....I have always seen them arriving in November & in great numbers. September seems too early & 4 seemed a very small number. Are we set for an early winter this year, what with the orioles too becoming very vocal? I am keeping a lookout for the ashy drongos, which too I usually see in my locality in November. And keeping my fingers crossed for the rosy pastors too....though they have not come in for the last 2 years the arrival of the grey headed mynas has once again raised my hopes. I have uploaded the pictures at
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Dear Ms Dhanuka: Believe it or not, another seemingly unlikely spot for these birds is the road behind the police lines, off the Rang Bhavan all the way downMessage 1 of 3 , Sep 10, 2004View SourceDear Ms Dhanuka:
Believe it or not, another seemingly unlikely spot for these birds is the
road behind the police lines, off the Rang Bhavan all the way down to the
Times of India side entrance opposite CST. There's a silk cotton tree in the
vocational training institute compound on which particularly I have in the
past seen these silver-headed mynahs. I have also found them with rosy
pastors in the peepul trees in the entire area starting from VT to Metro
Cinema opposite Azad Maidan; And don't forget the rare black drongo and of
course green bee-eaters too!
Vithal C Nadkarni
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