Rush to Okhla: Migratory birds to stay only 2 weeks

  • | Wednesday | 13th March, 2019

Even now at the end of season, we are left with a good number of migratory birds. Noida: The next two weeks are all that is left for bird lovers of NCR to catch sight of the annual visitors at Okhla Bird Sanctuary before they start their homeward flight. Some are still there for last-minute visitors to catch a glimpse of them. Only 4,000-5,000 birds are now left in the sanctuary, including some flamingos.Noida’s Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Surajpur wetland in Dadri and Dankaur are some of the major hubs of migratory birds during the winter months in Gautam Budh Nagar.Starting October, the birding season peaks during January — this year, there were some 20,000 winged visitors — with most beginning to leave from March.“This year with our effort at habitat building, we saw at least 4,000-5,000 more birds visiting and staying back in the park through the migratory season. Some of the bird varieties to look for at the sanctuary now are, European Hobby, Pelicans, Falcons, Greater Spotted Eagle, Lapwigs, Pochjards, Pelicans and Flamingos.Other species which can be spotted at this time are Marsh Harriers, Gull-billed Terns, Pied Avocats, Common Teals, Comb Ducks, Gadwalls, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintails, Brown-headed Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Peregrine Falcons, Black Kites, Indian Pond Herons, Common Kingfishers, and Purple Herons.

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