The Bird in your Backyard: The Common Sandpiper
August 17, 2014

We have for over two and a half decades mapped the birds of the Western Ghats. The idea is to create an awe inspiring record of wild life on earth, such that people can have the benefit of watching wildlife from the comforts of their smart phones and tabs. For the past many years, we have tried to enlighten people from all walks of life on the pressing need to protect the dwindling wildlife resources by posting actual on site wildlife pictures of birds and mammals of the Western Ghats in their respective habitat, accompanied by a simple article highlighting the ways and means as to how individuals can contribute to wildlife conservation. The archives in Daijiworld and Ecofriendly are freely accessible to everyone and preserved for the benefit of future generations.

This practical approach is much more efficient than the school or college model of learning. It enriches the learning experiences of people cutting across all barriers. The idea stems from the fact that this type of approach focuses on student structured learning as opposed to teacher transmitted information. This is evident from the fact that we have been approached by children, youngsters, students, adults and senior citizens writing to us as to how they could contribute towards protecting or safeguarding wildlife. May be; this straightforward approach stimulates the power of inquiry of the young minds, searching for answers that will ultimately impact our present and future lifestyles.

We have posted pictures of yet another bird commonly observed in our backyard. The Common Sandpiper merits undivided attention for the simple reason that after all, such unique bird species deserves to live and prosper for all future generations to see.

To give you a clue, the common sandpiper is found in all concrete drains and ditches within the heart of the city; Kadri, Falnir, Bejai, Kankanady, Jeppu, Nantoor , and probably in every nook and corner of the city in drains which has either stagnant or flowing water. The bird is very easy to photograph and stands still when approached at close quarters. It appears to be the least specialized and scavenges food from food scraps thrown out by people.

We are unaware of the population statistics but are of the view that over the years there may be a serious decline, due to increased human development in coastal areas. We say this with confidence because, the primary habitat of the Common Sandpiper which includes all low-lying and wet land areas, all along the coast are coming up with mega housing projects and malls.

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Just for information...A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a “Cluster”, “Contradiction”, “Fling", and “Hill” of Sandpipers.

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