Berhampur, Jan 8 (LocalWire) Several wetlands in Ganjam district hosted migratory birds, who winged their way to Chilika Lake, the biggest waterfowl habitat of the country.
Wetlands like Gada Humma near Prayagi, and Bada Bandha near Berhampur have hosted more birds, mostly migratory ones, than other major wetlands.
This was revealed during the bird census conducted by forest officials in all major water bodies in the district.
In Berhampur forest division, as many as 11,911 birds of 92 different species were counted in 38 various water bodies.
Highest number of 2677 birds were found in a salt pan, near Gada Humma near Prayagi, followed by Mukundapur pond near Samantarapalli (777) and Bada Bandha (677).
Tampara and Baghua dam, which attract tourists for their picturesque beauty, however, did not attract too many birds this time.
At Tampara lake, the enumerating team sighted only 374 birds of different species this time, said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) AK Behera.
Last year, it had hosted as many as 1391 birds of 23 different species, sources said.
Boating activities in the lake might have prevented birds to take shelter in Tampara in more numbers, said Behera.
The 5.8 km-long and 670-meter wide Tampra wetland, located on the side of National Highway (NH)-16, has been developed for water-sports.
Forest officials have conduced bird census across 38 water bodies in Berhampur forest division, while at 22 sites under Buguda forest range in Ghumusara South forest division.
Ornithologists said the waterfowls might be swooped down to some of the water bodies in the district while on their way to Chilika Lake due to availability of foods.
As many as 10,47,968 birds of 181 species were counted in the Chilika Lake during the annual bird census held on Jan 4.
Population of birds in the Chilika was around 1.55 lakh higher than the previous winter, sources said.
Last winter, as many as 8,93,390 birds of 147 different species were counted in the lake, official sources said