Proof that winter has arrived lies not just in the nippy mornings but in the sights and sounds of a variety of migratory birds that flock to the NCR every year. If you visit the capital’s wooded areas, chances are you will be treated to the lark’s or tree pipit’s sweet song or may even manage to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Verditer flycatcher.
Over the past week, a variety of migratory species riety of migratory species have arrived in the city, however, their numbers are not very big. The reason for this is the warm climate. The common arrivals include the Black-tailed godwit, sandpipers, wagtails and warblers.I also spotted a Steppe eagle recently. Basai wetland in Gurgaon already has a lot of variety.
At Aravalli Biodiversity Park, colourful terrestrial migratory species have become photographers’ delight. Eurasian hobby , Black redstarts, blue-tailed bee eaters, Verditer flycatchers, shrikes and Singing tree pipits. We are still waiting for the thrushes. They are largebodied birds that like a lot of litter of dry leaves, sticks, grasses and shrubs on the ground. Thrushes are very important because they signify that the forest cover is good and intact.
Birders said Mangar area along the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway and Asola Bhat ti sanctuary are also teeming with birds. It’s a very large number so I am optimistic about this year. I also saw more than eleven species of raptors like the Short-toed eagle, Crested serpent eagle, Common buzzard, etc,“ said Sharma, who also spotted water birds like pintails, shovelers and common teals.
Yamuna Biodiversity Park shows you how birds would have flocked to the river in its glory days. Scientists here have already spotted more than 200 Great cormorants and coots, about 20 to 30 Tufted ducks and four Common pochards.
The river doesn’t see these kind of biodiveristy anymore. I have seen some Ruddy Shelducks but that too only in the upper stretches the river. Ducks like phyto and zoo plankton are plantivorous so it’s important that our water bodies have that vegetation.
A guide at Sultanpur bird sanctuary, said they are already flooded with visitors. “I think we have the highest numbers. About 15 species of water fowls and 15-20 species of woodland birds have arrived.
Source : TOI