On the wilder
reserved forest close-by has it's own ups and downs. Upside is
the fact that it's a good place to visit, and an especially
favourite haunt of Srikanth. On the downside is that we have
quite a few unwelcome visitors that are mostly nocturnal.
We have wild boars invading the farm quite often and they
consistently manage to eat up most of our produce including
ragi, groundnuts, maize, rice. Though we are wired for
decided against energizing the same...as we felt uncomfortable
about electric shock as a deterrent. It's been quite a
challenge to keep them off Vanashree and to be honest we have
not made any headway in this regard. We would welcome some
suggestions on how to discourage them from visiting our farm a
little too often! Jungle cat (Kaadu bekku), Foxes are some of
the other predators that manages to sneak in the night.
come to the neighbouring farm once but this is considered a
rare event. We have canal running on 2 sides of the farm and
hope that this'll keep them off our plot.
There are quite
a few black naped hares around and once Shanmukha came across a
small one which was tended to for couple months before it
decided to be back in the nature.
Some of the
feathered friends that we have come across in Vanashree are
kites, grey hornbill, wagtail, spotted owlet, nightjar, drongo,
munias, mynah, tree pie, bush chat, robins, sun birds, tailor
birds, weaver birds, swallow, egrets, shrikes, larks, warblers,
babblers, golden oriole, crows, bee-eaters, black winged kite
now have a quite a few nests in the farm....But
we have not had too many sparrows around. Detailed list of birds
spotted at Vanashree is provided here.
A brahminy kite
has discovered that we have poultry and regularly visits us as
population control patrol! We also have rose-ringed parakeets
visiting us often and they seem to know exactly when the tur
dhal is ripe to be eaten and gorge themselves on it. It is
treated as a major pest in the area around with people taking a
lot of trouble to keep them out of their farms. and is
always more than welcome at our place.
We have planted
quite a few trees that attract birds in the farm hoping that
they would feel at home in Vanashree as much as we do. Most of
the Ficus group of trees, have been planted just to attract
Detailed lists of butterflies
are given here
scorpions are also spotted quite often in Vanashree though
thankfully Priti hasn't come across them yet. It has been
a challenge convincing Sriram that snakes are not pets.
Since his first instinct to to catch it and hold it in his hand!
It's been a tough job trying to convince him that everything
that he comes across in the farm is not his pet!
additions to the farm were a kitten, a puppy and 5 chicks.....we
managed to get them all together and Shanmukha & Jaya
managed to tend to them together till each of them could take
care of themselves! The puppy named 'Rani' was adopted from CUPA
and is an adorable dog. She's about 2 years old and already had
a litter of 4 pups and finding good home for them was a daunting
task. The cat named 'Billi' and she spends all her time
either begging for food or sleeping.
the cows from Ramachandrapura Mutt. These are a native variety
of cattle very aptly called 'Malenad Gidda' and we discovered
that they make excellent pets. They are so responsive to humans
and very gentle too and has been very easy for us to get
adjusted to them.
Poultry has grown to 50+ in number
and have added couple of ducks