After a period of four years this January, the bird migration in Tamil Nadu is at its peak and the harvesting season has brought the resident bird life active with more nesting sites in Chengalpet, Kancheepuram, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts in the State.
TN foresters are also now conducting bird watching sessions at Pallikaranai marshland. E-bird members have also begun their annual Pongal bird count along the protected forests in TN covering Theni, Coimbatore and the Nilgiris.
“The wetlands in Chengalpet and Kancheepuram are full after four years thus attracting large number of migratory birds, particularly ducks,” said KVRK Thirunaranan, founder, The Nature Trust, Chennai.
Throughout this month, the forest department organised morning bird watching sessions at Pallikaranai marshland. So far, Pallikaranai marshland has registered 178 bird species including 55 winter migrants.
The nesting of Vedanthangal birds have started and nearly 14 birds are nesting in the wetlands in Chengalpet and Kancheepuram districts. Common Teal, Garganey, Shoveller, Northern Pintail, Eurasian Wigeon and Gadwall throng in huge numbers.
“Thanjavaur, Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur now brim with egrets and herons, thanks to the recent showers. With paddy cultivation active in delta, the terrestrial birds like woodpecker, drongo, weaver and egrets are active this season,” said K Brinda of Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Tiruchy.
According to foresters, Vedanthangal bird sanctuary had attracted more than 12,000 migratory birds during this season compared to the previous years. The sanctuary had attracted more than ten thousand footfalls in the past one week, foresters said.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) ministry along with Wildlife Institute of India, Uttarakhand, had also planned a two-week course on basic bird identification and basic ornithology for public.
“The certificate course is sponsored as part of the green skill development programmes mooted by the Prime Minister Office. The course includes, theory, field visits, lab works, practical, boarding and lodging,” said a MoEF communication.
All the expenses will be sponsored by the ministry of environment and forests and the candidates will be assessed and shortlisted after exams. The applicants can download forms at http://wiienvis.nic.in. The course will commence on January 30, the release said.