Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 October 2014
News updated at 8:24 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27°C
Min : 19.2°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Migratory birds flock to the Valley

Srinagar, Nov 18, 2012, PTI:

In a treat to bird-watchers, migratory birds from far away countries have started flocking to the Valley’s wetlands with over seven lakh of them expected to arrive this season on their annual sojourn.

“Over one lakh birds have already arrived from various places like Siberia, China and Japan as the temperature in these countries has fallen,” Abdul Rauf Zargar, Wildlife Warden at Hokersar wetland said.

He said the number of birds arriving this year is expected to cross the nearly seven lakh arrivals registered last year. He said the department is setting up over a dozen watch towers as there are apprehensions that poachers might target the birds.


Thousands of migratory birds from Russian Siberia, the Phillipines, eastern Europe, China and Japan fly long distances to escape extreme winter conditions in search for food. They stop in Kashmir for nearly a month before they fly further south in mid-December.

The birds start the return leg of their voyage by end of January. Besides Hokersar, the migratory birds flock the Wullar lake and other wetlands like Hygam, Shalibugh and Mirgund.
Brahminy Duck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal, and Eurasian Wigeon are some of the most sighted birds here.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
College students walk in drizzle in Srinagar…

College students walk in drizzle in Srinagar…

People wait as three wild elephants cross…

People wait as three wild elephants cross…

Army soldiers display arms and ammunition recovered…

Army soldiers display arms and ammunition recovered…

Army Personnel inspecting their damaged vehicle…

Army Personnel inspecting their damaged vehicle…

Army personnel take positions during an encounter…

Army personnel take positions during an encounter…

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting…

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting…

Residents look for their belongings after a fire…

Residents look for their belongings after a fire…

Rush at Moradabad Railway Station on the eve of Bhai Dooj…

Rush at Moradabad Railway Station on the eve of Bhai Dooj…

Devotees collecting Puja Pasadam during Govardhan Puja…

Devotees collecting Puja Pasadam during Govardhan Puja…

Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride…

Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride…

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523