Kendrapara, March 9 (LocalWire): Summer may have come early for the migratory birds at Bhitarkanika, which perhaps forced them to leave their wintery abode, said an official.
Thousands of migratory birds descend at the preserve to spend their winter every year to escape the icy cold in the northern Asian and central European countries.
While many birds have already left the sanctuary, others were preparing to leave, the divisional forest officer of the park, Bimal Prasan Acharya said.
During winters, the park transforms into a spectacular sight. All kinds of birds from Shoveller, Pintail, Gadwall, Wigen, Common Pochard, Garganey, Tuffed Duck to Common Teal and Coot, all make it their home. Wader species like Curlew, Pipit and White Eye were also spotted.
Abundant fish in river and creeks make it a safe abode for these birds. According to a recent census, more than 1 lakh birds of 74 different species had congregated in the park.
In the past, avian species used to leave Bhitarkanika in April. But this year they are leaving in March because of the effects of the climate change, said Hemanta Rout of Marine Turtle and Mangrove Conservation Society (MTMCS), an NGO based in Rajnagar.