Kendrapara, March 13 (LocalWire): Large numbers of migratory birds have started their homeward journey from Bhitarkanika national park after staying about four winter months.
They flew thousands of miles to the water bodies and the forest cover in November to avoid the winter in far-off places beyond the Himalayas, northern Asia and some central European countries.
Abundant fish in the river and creeks and distance from human habitation made it suitable for the temporary abode for winter birds.
A large number had already flown out, while wader birds were preparing to leave, divisional forest officer Bikash Ranjan Dash told LocalWire.
The birds who had reached here from countries like Siberia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Himalayan region and central Europe are leaving almost every day.
In this winter 1,1,8326 birds of 115 species had arrived in the park as per the avian census report.
The most important birds spotted include the Black-winged Stilt, Avocet, Yellow- Lapwing, Spoonbill, Large Whistling duck, Bare-headed goose, Black-headed Gull, Godwit, Marsh Sandpiper, Open billed stork, Little Cormorant, Median Egret, Large Egret, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Grey Heron, Darter, White Ibis and Cattle Egret, Blue-Winged Leaf-bird, Great Thick-knee, Great Knot, Tawny Pipit, Goliath Heron.
1,09,059 birds had arrived in Bhitarkanika in 2019.
In 2018, the population of 83 species of migratory bird was estimated at 1,12,937. However in 2017, the forest officials counted only 76,268.