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Delhi-NCR: Despite fog, birders find more species

NEW DELHI: There is reason to cheer for birders across NCR this year with the results of the Big Bird Day 2019 revealing a slight build up within the selection of bird species as compared to final year. While the overall count of species final year was once 238, the quantity has swollen to 247 species this year with Dighal in NCR recording the perfect range of species when it comes to numbers.

“The reaction has been nice this year. Wetlands across NCR saw low numbers first of all in November and December, but maximum locations are flourishing now. Dighal recorded 165 species, the fourth perfect in India,” mentioned Nikhil Devasar, organiser of the event.

The team at Dighal was once led through Maitreya Sukumar, whilst Sultanpur in Gurugram was once the second perfect when it comes to species at 162 and led through birder Kavi Nanda. North Delhi’s Sunderpur had the third perfect count with 141 species, led through team captain Akash Gulalia.

Over 35 groups took phase in this year’s count, protecting fashionable locations like Sultanpur, Dighal, Dhanauri, Asola Bhatti, Okhla, Yamuna Khadar and biodiversity parks. Devasar mentioned for this primary time ever, two groups – Dighal and Sultanpur — were additionally led through school-children.

The vital sightings made this year include Hume’s short-toed lark, Syke’s lark and Greater white-fronted goose at Sultanpur, a Painted sandgrouse at Asola, Black-headed cuckoo shrike at Mangar Bani, a Spotted dove and Orphean warbler at Dighal and a Bengal bushlark at Dhanauri among others.

Kavi Nanda, captain for the team in Sultanpur outskirts says the rarest sighting made within the house is bigger white-fronted goose — a bird usually seen as soon as in two years in NCR.

Faiyaz Khudsar, scientist in-charge at the Yamuna Biodiversity Park (YBP) in north Delhi mentioned that whilst visibility was once hampered due to the fog, the rise in total numbers is a superb sign. “A healthy setting brings extra birds to the realm. We recorded a taiga flycatcher there and at Tilpath valley, which was once no longer seen previous within the house,” mentioned Khudsar.

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