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Thursday

The warbler comes a visiting

The city of Pune still has some greenery and the Vetal Tekdi and Taljai Hills right in the middle of the city which attract a lot of migratory birds such as this warbler to spend their time here. A classic example of urban birding and why we need to protect our open forested hill spaces and the green cover.

This bird arrives every year around November, and makes for an absorbing watch. It makes a soft tchk.. tchk.. sound while going about its business of feeding on the acacia trees near my home. Shy bird and does not come out clearly into the open. Overall look slim. Pinkish beak. Possible ids were Sykes, Blyths, Booted. Expert opinion has narrowed it down to Blyths Reed warbler.  Apparently its posture as well as a distinctly seen supercilium strengthen the case of its identification as such.


Monday

What our Pune Hills really need

What our Pune hills such as ARAI or Vetal Tekdi need is more security guards on the hill, especially at night. These guards should be equipped with suitable deterrent devices, adequate authority, as well as mobile phones and walkie-talkies that have a hotline connection to the nearest police stations. Police stations also need to be geared suitably to take such calls and take immediate action at night. 

Why am I advocating all this?
Recent garbage collection drives on the Vetal tekdi reveal a large number of dirty plastic and paper plates, cups, bottles etc. Also many liquor bottles made of glass; some of them broken.  One of the photos below shows an open air chool or cooking fire made with three stones on the very top of the hill. 
If people need employment then this is where the forest department/ development funds need to go on a priority basis. Employment of well trained security guards. Towards protection and preservation of our natural environment, of what we already have.