Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha played host to nearly 80,000 migrant water birds this monsoon, registering a substantial rise in the number of winged guests in comparison to the preceding year.
As against 70,105 visiting birds recorded last year, this season 79,548 avian species had made Bhitarkanika wetland spots their nesting sites.
With this, Bhitarkanika National Park has once again re-established its place in the state as one of the congenial heronries for migrant water birds.
There has been a steady rise in the number of local water-birds who thronged the heronry and wetland spots here for their seasonal sojourn.
The breakup of local migrant birds arriving here in past years is 2007- 52,096, 2008- 71,383, 2009-70,484, 2010- 41,168, 2011-59,973 and 2012- 70,105. (PTI)