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.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Fewer migratory birds reported at Vaduvoor bird sanctuary post cyclone Gaja

TIRUCHI: , FEBRUARY 17, 2019 21:56 IST
UPDATED: FEBRUARY 18, 2019 09:11 IST
The number of migratory birds, especially flamingos and painted storks, visiting Vaduvoor bird sanctuary in Tiruvarur district, has come down post cyclone Gaja.
According to the recent census carried out by the Forest Department, conservationists and volunteers recorded 114 species of birds in the sanctuary as against 138 last year.
As many as 23,687 birds were counted during the annual synchronized bird census recently. It was 29,284 last year.
Ruff, spot billed duck, pin tailed duck, cotton teal and black headed ibis were among the migratory birds recorded during the census. Several of them had flown down to Vaduvoor from far away countries and continents including Siberia, Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries.
But, the species and bird count is less than the last year.
Ecosystem disturbed
Flamingos, painted storks and bar headed goose would never miss the nesting season to visit Vaduvoor sanctuary. It was during the same period in the last year, conservationists recorded about 300 flamingos and 500 painted storks. The current season, which began in the last week of November, is about to come to an end. But, not even a single flamingo has come to the sanctuary still now

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