Ever since moving to this new house, I’ve been seeing a few “chickens” in that secondary forest. Wild chicken, I thought, but found it strange that there would be wild chickens in that area.
As fate would have it, the very same week, the LSM2251 lecture I attended mentioned the Red Jungle Fowl. This was said to the wild ancestor of the domestic chicken. Amazing. I also knew that this was considered endangered in Singapore.
An endangered animal in my backyard? Now that was an interesting idea to explore. I learnt that one of the distinguishing factors of the Red Jungle Fowl was its truncated call. I listened out for it and eventually found that that it was really the case for those chickens in my backyard. I was extremely excited about that.
Then on one occasion, 10-April 2010, I was quietly studying in my room when I heard some rustling outside. I looked outside, only to find at least 10 of these Red Jungle Fowls foraging outside.
I tried to take a picture, but it didn’t turn out well.
Red Jungle Fowl in my Backyard?
So that, is the history of my UROPS project.
The honour of the very first post should go to my heroic save of a bird.
This happened sometime in the afternoon on 2-Jun 2010. I was sitting in the living room when I heard a bang, flutter flutter flutter then thud just outside my window. Curious what it was, I opened the door only to find a bird (I wasn’t sure what it was at that time) lying upside down on the floor and breathing very heavily.
I was sure it was going to die but I tried to save it anyway. I picked it up gently and brought it to a shadier place and offered it water to drink. I even smsed my TA for LSM2251 to ask what I should do. Paul said I should give it some fruits. I checked and found that my house did not have any fruits so I gave it some seeds instead. This bird was unappreciative and refused my seeds and water.
Checking on it every 5 minutes, this bird eventually was able to hop around the backyard, as seen in the picture below.
Juvenile Koel hopping around my backyard
Finally, after about 1.5 hours, the bird was finally strong enough and flew away.
I checked with Siva later and found that it was a juvenile koel.
Technically, I didn’t do much, but can’t help smiling to myself that I saved a bird!
14th December 2009, I moved to Upper Bukit Timah View.
My new house faced a patch of secondary forest which proved interesting. Almost immediately after shifting in, I began seeing different animals in the limited area I can see from my window. Nonetheless, I think even these are worth showing. Who else has a secondary forest in their backyard?