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.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

This sanctuary in India houses some of the rarest species of migratory birds in winter

The Keetham Bird Sanctuary is the abode of hundreds of wild animals and birds throughout the year.

November 13, 2017 | UPDATED 18:56 IST

The Keetham Bird Sanctuary is one of the very few places left in North India, where the endangered Siberian Cranes come regularly to nest every year.

Spread in 2.25 sq km, the Keetham lake and its surrounding 7.97 sq km sanctuary area is the abode of hundreds of wild animals and birds throughout the year, but the months of October to February are special, as this is the time when migratory birds from far north come to spend the winters at this lake.

However, this year, the prospects of these birds arriving to the lake anytime soon appear bleak, with the weather in Agra still quite warm and the high pollution levels with increased construction activity around the sanctuary also acting as deterrents for the migratory birds. Midway into November, the lake still awaits the arrival of its annual guests and bird-watchers arriving here to see these rare birds, are getting disappointed.

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