Srinagar: As the wetlands in Kashmir valley are witnessing arrival of Migratory Birds, it is expected that these water bodies are going to host nearly 9 lakh migratory birds this year. The number is more than double what Kashmir wetlands hosted in the year 2021. Kashmir water bodies hosted more than 4 lakh these birds last year and in 2022 up to 9 lakh different and rare bird species are expected to visit here.
Since the winter is coming, migratory birds have started arriving in the Kashmir valley this season. Also this year, dozens of rare species would here since in 2021 more than 20 rare bird species visited. These birds visit Kashmir every year and enjoy the moderate climate here.
From the month of October every year, these birds migrate from other countries including Siberia, China, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Japan to Kashmir and stay here for nearly five months.
Among other Tufted Duck, Greyleg Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Gudwal, Brahminy Duck, Gargantuan,Red Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal and Eurasian Wagtail bird species visit the valley every year.
Among nearly 400 water bodies but not all these witness the arrival of migratory birds, in fact nearly 30 water bodies host these visiting birds. UT of Jammu and Kashmir has about 13 wetlands including 9 in Kashmir and four in Jammu. Every year these migratory birds enjoy the moderate climate till March. Wetlands/ water bodies including Hokarsar, Wolar Lake, Hegam, Shala Bug and others host these birds.
These birds are generally more attracted to northern regions, but sometimes they change their decision as needed. These birds use a natural skill called ‘aviation’ in modern aviation to make long journeys comfortable. This skill is a type of their sixth sense in which birds have been found to be more intelligent and intelligent than humans, according to a report by Eurasia Rewarblers.
Moreover, unfortunately these beauty adding migratory birds are at times hunted down by the poachers which eventually results in decline in their migration towards the Valley. However, this act has been stopped to a large extent by the concerned department.