Last March I was going for my morning walk when I spotted a medium sized bird lying dead on the pavement alongside one of the science buildings. People were walking past, but also stopping to look at it. I really wanted to get to that bird before it was picked up by one of the cleaners and thrown away. I managed to get there in time – it was beautiful and with no external damage – it didn’t appear to have been dead long.
I brought it home to photograph and pass on to David Tan. I had vague thoughts of drawing the bird but for some reason was really pressed for time.

Not being any sort of bird specialist, I didn’t realise it was an owl species, and definitely didn’t realise how special it was. Here are a couple of photos of the bird. It had come a long way from home…

Source: Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch Facebook

This carcass has been identified as that of a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), the first official record of this species from Singapore.

Found this morning. 😦 Distinctive red marking on its beak. Looks like an injury to its neck.

Source: Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch Facebook

Today we picked up a gorgeous female Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra) from around the one-north area that died of as-yet undetermined causes.

Although usually found in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Thick-billed Green Pigeons often forage for fruits in the fringing woodlands outside the central forests as well.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Very sad discovery. Heard a dreadful screaming last night. Feared the cats had caught a baby squirrel. I went out to look but couldn’t find the creature. Then just now I discovered this baby civet. We had cleared a bit of the garden before new year. Perhaps this little guy couldn’t manage to jump like before. So very upsetting!

Source: Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch Facebook

On the first day of 2014, we received news about an unfortunate Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) kitten that had probably fallen off from a roof from the Taglin Halt area. The kitten had no erupted teeth, which indicates that it is still suckling from its mother.

This civet carcass would be added as a specimen to a zoological collection that would be used for scientific research and education.

We thank Lucy Davis, who is part of the Tanglin Halt Wildlife Watch for the call.

Source: Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) Facebook