11 new migratory species at Najafgarh Jheel, greens call for more protection

GURUGRAM: The sighting of 11 new iciness migratory fowl species at Najafgarh Jheel, this month, led to an total build up of 145% in the selection of migratory birds and 84% in the selection of fowl species at the lake from 2016.
A complete of 3,231 birds were spotted, thus far, at Najafgarh Jheel, in the 2017 Census. The fowl depend was 1,317 in 2016. As many as 11 new species —six Mallards, two Western Marsh Harriers, 12 Curlew Sandpipers, four Little Stints, seven Temmincks’ Stints, 11 Ruffs, 5 Greylag Geeses, 15 Pied Avicets, 15 Whire-tailed Lawpwings, 20 gulls, 101 European Cranes and 14 Ruddy Shelducks — were spotted at Nahafgarh Jheel prior to now 20 days.

According to Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) of 2017, 40 species of iciness migratory birds have been reported from Najafgarh Jheel till January 20. Now, the selection of species has long past as much as 51. On the other hand, 33 species were reported in 2016 and 38 species in 2015.

“The selection of fowl species and birds reported at Najafgarh Jheel is definitely far more from previous years. Some species, equivalent to Curlew Sandpiper, are uncommon in NCR. Also, many species which were spotted in other portions of NCR at the moment are coming to Najafgarh. We are surprised to peer expanding fowl variety at Najafgarh Jheel, even in February, regardless of the wetland getting drier. This requires an urgent want to offer protection to the wetland,” mentioned T K Roy, AWC Delhi state coordinator and ecologist.

Some forest officials agreed that the fowl variety at Najafgarh Jheel was higher than at other wetlands in Delhi and NCR. “This yr, everyone is surprised to peer such a lot of fowl species at Najafgarh as compared to other wetlands, including Asola and Sultanpur. It is because of availability of food at the lake, particularly for carnivores,” mentioned a forest professional, requesting anonymity.

The 40 species recorded previous at the lake included Bar-headed Geese, Graylag Geese, Black-tailed Godwit, Greater Flamingo, Black-winged Stilt, Common Teal and Northern Shoveler. Some species indexed as threatened in the IUCN red-list were spotted at Najafgarh, including Wooly-necked Stork, Painted Stork, Black-headed Ibis and Black-necked Stork.

As part of the International Waterbird Census of Wetlands International, AWC carries out water fowl Census in 27 countries in Asia and Australasia, yearly in January. The Census is being performed at six important wetlands in NCR — Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Surajpur Wetland, the Najafgarh drain and jheel, the Yamuna river, the Sanjay Lake and National Zoological Park.

11 new migratory species at Najafgarh Jheel, greens call for more protection 11 new migratory species at Najafgarh Jheel, greens call for more protection Reviewed by kailash soni on February 13, 2018 Rating: 5
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