As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 2 September 2013

Barmer refinery poses threat to Kurja bird

Vimal Bhatia, TNN Aug 29, 2013, 07.06AM IST
JAISALMER: Pachpadra in Barmer that plays host to thousands of Kurja birds especially during winter will become a thing of the past with the construction of refinery here. Once the refinery work starts from August, these birds will be hardly seen. Besides, many rare varieties of birds and plants will also become extinct. Looking to these issues, whether the environment ministry will give clearance to the refinery or not is still uncertain.

Demoiselle cranes are called Kurja in local language. According to bird experts, thousands of kurja birds come for a sojourn to Pachpadra every year in the month of September from cold countries. The atmosphere of Pachpadra is conducive to these migratory birds. They stay at Talar Maidan, Harji, Imartia Chidhani, Navoda, Lyanadi pond and in the Magra area. During their six-month stay, they breed and then fly back in February. There is a lot of excitement among the locals to get a glimpse of their disciplined flight.

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