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Avian visitors keep their tryst with Kashmir
Over 7 lakh migratory birds arrive so far
SRINAGAR, Feb 16: Keeping up with their tryst with Kashmir valley, over 7 lakh migratory birds of different species have arrived at different wetlands of Kashmir valley this year so far.

The wildlife warden for wetlands Rauf Zargar said that the number of the migratory birds is expected to increase in coming days.

He said that Hokersar wetland had received the maximum number of birds.

"Above 7 lakh migratory birds from different countries have visited Kashmir wetlands and water bodies as of now. Majority of these birds have arrived at Hokersar wetland. We are expecting more in coming days as the weather conditions have been extremely favourable," Rouf Zargar said.

He said that more than 3.5 lakh birds were present at Hokersar wetland at present.

"Initially it was feared that the number of visiting birds may witness a decline and there was a dearth due to prolonged dry spell in the month of December last year. However, the valley received good amount of snowfall and weather remained favourable and good precipitation was witnessed. Therefore, the number is expected to go up further", wetland warden revealed.

Abdul Rauf said that all initiatives including feeding facilities were being taken into consideration to ensure an infrastructure for the avian guests besides checking on the poaching of the same.

"We provide the birds with artificial feeds during the core winter period. We take cognizance of every poaching report that is conveyed to us." Rouf Zargar said.

He added, "We try our best and take all measures to curtail the poaching of migratory birds."

He said that the species that had visited in huge numbers included Common Tailes, Pintailes and Mallards.

Every year with the onset of winter season, wetlands in Kashmir are flocked by migratory birds from several continents which include Central Asia, Siberia, Europe, Philippines and many other places to avoid the harsh winter across these continents.

The arrival of the birds indeed adds to the attraction and beauty of the wetlands.

The birds stay at the wetlands which include Hygam, Hokersar, Gangbug, Pampore, Munibugh and other water bodies of Dal lake, Wullar lake etc.

The birds start arriving in the month of October and stay at the wetlands till the month of March.

Scores of species which mostly include Mallards, Greyleg Geese Pintails, Gadwalls, Shovellers and Pigeons fly to Kashmir wetlands for their stay during winter season.

News Updated at : Friday, February 17, 2017
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