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Water birds counted : Drop in number of migratory birds noted

 Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 21 2016: Wild birds which are found in and around Loktak Lake were counted today from 50 vantage points.

The bird count carried out by Forest Department, Wild- life Wing together with NGOs was directly supervised by DFO (Park and Sanctuary) Arun RS, Range Forest Of- ficers L Biramangol and Kh Hitler.

Experts and officials who took part in the bird count opined that the number and species of birds which come to Loktak and surrounding areas this season are lower than the previous year.

Arun RS said that the number of migratory birds which are taking temporary shelter at Loktak and adjoining areas this year is lesser as compared to the previous year.

Large flocks of birds were seen in November and December.

Perhaps, many of these birds went to other places either due to shortage of food or because of the lake's high water surface, Arun said.

Environmentalist Dr Kh Shamungou said that it would take some days to tally the total number of birds counted today.

He said that the lesser number and species of wild birds seen this year may be attributed to climatic changes of the State and decline in the growth of water weeds (charang) in the lake.

Tingi Macha (Lesser Whistling Teal) and Thoidingam (Gadwal) which were seen in large number in the preceding years are not seen much this year.

Nonetheless, Porom (Coot) is still seen in large numbers like in the preceding years.

Some Nganu Mitngoubi (White eye Pochard) which are listed in Schedule I are also seen near Toubul.

DFO Arun said that the population of Sangai in Keibul Lamjao National Park would be counted in March this year.