244 species spotted on Big Bird Day

At the very least 244 fowl species have been recorded from Delhi and the Nationwide Capital Area on the Huge Chicken Day 2021 held on February 21, the results of which was launched on Thursday.

Final 12 months, birders recorded 253 species from Delhi-NCR. In 2019, 247 species have been sighted whereas in 2018 the rely was 237.

Huge Chicken Day is an annual occasion, organised on the onset of spring when birders observe and report completely different species. The occasion began in 2004.

This 12 months, the Gray-headed fish eagle was noticed on the Okhla Chicken Sanctuary, making it the fourth sighting ever of this fowl in NCR. In keeping with the report, another attention-grabbing sightings from NCR included Gray-winged blackbird, Tickell’s thrush, Nice crested grebe, Larger White-fronted Goose and Noticed crake amongst others.

Talking on the marginal lower within the variety of fowl species recorded this 12 months, Nikhil Devasar, founding father of Delhi Chicken Basis which organised the Huge Chicken Day, stated, “One of many causes for the low rely this 12 months may very well be as a result of we’re nonetheless in a pandemic and lesser variety of individuals have been capable of come out this 12 months to report birds.”

Chicken species rely over time.

He added that unusually excessive temperatures throughout the previous few days may additionally have precipitated the decrease species rely this 12 months.

On Wednesday, Delhi recorded a most temperature of 32.5 levels Celsius — the warmest day in February up to now 15 years. On Thursday, it was 33 levels with meteorological scientists predicting additional enhance on Friday.

Birds reminiscent of Purple-crested pochard, Dunlin, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-necked Stork, Gray-headed fish eagle, Peregrine falcon have been sighted on the Okhla Chicken Sanctuary. On the Budhera Water Remedy Plant in Gurugram, birds reminiscent of Nice crested grebe, Black-necked grebe, Noticed crake, Eurasian Curlew, Jack Snipe and Nice Bittern have been noticed.

At Dhanauri Wetlands close to Noida, birders noticed Purple-crested Pochard, Black-necked Stork; Desert Wheatear was sighted at Mangar Bani in Faridabad and at Kheda Jhanjhrola. Hume’s Lark (Hume’s Quick-toed Lark) was additionally sighted at Kheda Jhanjhrola in Haryana.

Pankaj Gupta, a birder from Delhi Chicken Group stated, “We recorded fewer species of birds this 12 months, however the variety of birds was not much less as in comparison with earlier years. The dip within the variety of species may very well be attributable to varied causes reminiscent of lack of water close to Sultanpur and Nafajgarh, prime areas for fowl sighting. This 12 months, the Sultanpur Chicken Sanctuary was additionally closed on the day of the rely attributable to Covid-19 protocols, so we couldn’t go there.”

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