Bhubaneswar, Jan 12:
According to Sunday’s census data, about 7,19,262 winged visitors belonging to 150 species were sighted this year as compared to 8,77,322 last year.
The census was carried out by 20 teams across five range areas of the lagoon.
According to forest officials, the arrival of these birds this year was delayed by a month due to Cyclone Phailin in October last year.
Normally, the migratory birds land in Chilika during October-November every year.