Forest officials have spotted 28 species so far
It is a sight to behold during dawn and dusk, as birds chirp and flap their wings, signalling a happy welcome and warm send off to the day, at Vaduvur Birds Sanctuary in Tiruvarur district.
The northeast monsoon heralds the arrival of the winged visitors in large numbers. At the break of the dawn, and as the dusk falls every day, it is the chirping of birds at Vaduvur Birds Sanctuary that can be heard. Thousands of birds have arrived at the sanctuary this year.
With north east monsoon setting the right environment for the birds, the winged visitors have come in large numbers. The birds include Common Teal which have come from Europe and Northern Shovler, which have come from Russia.
Other domestic birds which have come from various parts of the country are Large egret, Little egret, Cattle egret, Open bill stork, River tern, Night heron, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Pond heron, Grey Pelican, Little cormorant, Dabchick, Darter, Common coot, pied large fisher, purple moorhen etc.
“We have spotted 28 species of birds so far this year. Among them on Tuesday morning, 2550 White ibis, 1550 Glossy ibis, 1,150 night heron, 350 little cormorant were counted” forest officials said.
Forest department has made elaborate arrangements for bird watchers. There are two watch towers. There are rooms to stay and see the birds in the morning. Binoculars are provided.
The officials are very keen in preventing poaching of birds.
Two persons were arrested, remanded to custody for catching birds and selling them at Vaduvur market and released later, the officials said.
Birds have started arriving at Udhayamarthandapuram birds sanctuary near Muthupettai.