Arrival of a large number of migrant birds, to the water spread area of Mettur Dam at Pannavadi has brought more birders and tourists to the spot here.
Recently, V. Kalaiselvan and Senthilkumar, members of Salem Ornithological foundation, carried out a survey at Pannavadi during which they recorded 50 species of birds.
Mr. Kalaiselvan said that as the water level in the dam dropped, migrant birds from Himalayan Ranges, Central Asia, and Europe started flocking the area in the past few days. Shortage of food due to winter season in their place forced them to flock the area, he added. He said that they travel a long distance in search of food and not to breed.
They sighted Bar-headed Goose, Northern Shoveler, Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Brown-headed Gull, Northern Pintail, Garganey, European Bee-eater, Common Kestrel , Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Little Stint, Temminck’s Stint, Whiskered Tern, Caspian Tern, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit.
Other native species sighted are Painted Stork, Asian Open-billed Stork, Little Cormorants, Egrets, Indian Spot-billed Duck, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-headed Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Grey Heron, Woolly-necked Stork, Little Ringed Plover, Black–winged Stilt and small Pratincole.