Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rajnagar, Nov 2:
With the onset of winter, over 10, 000 migratory birds have arrived at the Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district in the last seven days, official sources said.
“The migratory birds have started arriving at the national park,” Forest Range officer Akshay Kumar Nayak said.
The winged guests include: pelican, small ducks, Buton Chaha, Chunchimunia Chaha, Kadua Khuchi, Chhataka Chaha, Dangua, Da Bentiya, Huruda, Kukuva, Pani Gunduri, Ghatuala, Tintiya, Seema, Chandana Hansa, Chatua Gendi, Gahirala, Chandana Patiya Gendi, Chitrakhandi Hansa, Duba Hansa, Panda Hansa, Matia Gendi and Hadagila among others varieties of birds are presently camping at the park.
“Anti-poaching squads and volunteers have been engaged in the park to protect the birds. They are carrying out regular patrol in the park area,” Nayak added.
The Bhitarkanika National Park, which is also a wildlife sanctuary, is home to over 200 species of birds, including about 100 species of migratory birds.
The sanctuary is also widely known as the world’s largest rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Every year, more than a million migratory birds from places as far as Siberia and Iraq flock to various sites of the state in October-November. Their numbers increase by the second week of December and return in February-March, often with their fledglings.