Migratory birds arrive at Salem lake

November 03, 2014 12:00 am | Updated 05:52 am IST - SALEM:

Arrival of migratory birds has surprised birdwatchers, and nature enthusiasts in the city.

Whiskered Tern, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Barn Swallow, and Brown Shrike have arrived at the Kannankurichi Lake.

Over 100 species of birds from Asian and European countries travel to various places in India during October-December in search of feeding grounds, and to keep away from the severe winter in their native habitat. Whiskered Tern, a seabird that breeds in warmer parts of Europe and Asia and the Sandpiper having dull plumages are the early visitors to the lake. Brown Shrike that often returns to the same locations during winter too was spotted on the lake.

Bird watcher and member of Tamil Nadu Science Forum S.V. Ganeshwar told The Hindu that more birds like Grey Wagtails, Verditer Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher and other Flycatcher species were expected to arrive in Yercaud.

“Threats to migratory birds have risen because of illegal hunting, and destruction of habitats. Steps must be taken to preserve nature,” he added.

Bird watchers said that recording the migrants every year will help identify the changes in the climate and environment. They felt that bird watching is yet to create interest among the people in the city, and wanted more public participation towards bird watching.

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