Tuesday, January 31, 2023

With nip in the air migratory birds flow in to Steel City

Jamshedpur: With the winter reaching its pinnacle the arrival of the migratory birds from off shore and foothills of Himalaya have got started in the Steel city with two thousand odd birds visiting the three popular lakes of the city, so far.

Although, a comparative study has found the migratory birds losing ground in the light of increased human activities in the lakes but the good part is that this year the strength of the migrating birds to the Industrial town is good.

The resident migratory birds from the north eastern part of India or to say foothills of Himalaya along with their counterpart from Baluchistan, Myanmar and Russia have flown to the Dimna Lake, Jubilee Lake and Works Lake (lake inside Tata Steel works) since early November and shall be camping here till end of February.

“This year I would say is better in the sense that the resident migratory birds have flown in good strength than
the previous year. In fact in the morning itself I spotted around 200 odd migratory birds including some rare
species on the Jubilee lake side,” said an official of Tata Steel Zoological Park.

Notably, it has been reported earlier that a number of aquatic birds—-Common Teal and Shoveller from Myanmar and Cotton Teal and Brahminy Duch (commonly known as Lalsar) from the foothills of Himalaya—migration to Jubilee Park began to diminish after the creation of zoo there.

According to K.K. Sharma, incharge of Jharkhand and Bihar chapter of Ornithology Society of India, birds are staying away from the city in the wake of increased human activities along water bodies in Jubilee Park.

Meanwhile, he informed that with the help of the keen bird watchers and members of the city based Nature’s
Trail the Ornithology Society will work out a broad guidelines to ensure secure and safe stay of the migratory
birds from October to February.

“Sure we can’t do much to keep their stay for long but again a coordinated approach between the bird lovers will bring some positive results I hope,” conceded Dr K K Sharma who however cleared that since last three years the city has not played host to Siberian birds.

Rakesh Sahu, 67, retired government employee and member of Nature’s Trail informed that Dimna Lake is relatively better location for the migratory birds than the Jubilee Park as the former provide better food to the birds than the latter in the midst of city.

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