Migratory birds flock to wetlands in Uttarakhand

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Dehradun, Dec 5 (ANI): With the onset of winter, exotic migratory birds from the Pacific region and European countries are making their way to the Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary in Uttarakhand for their annual sojourn.

These birds from various parts of the world nest here during winter season as their home grounds freeze.

From early November onwards, these migratory birds keep arriving till December and later return during the spring season.

According to Vinod Payal, Manager of Garwal Division Development Authority, the number of birds is less this year because of the chilly weather but are hopeful that this number will increase in December.

"There are many birds, which visited this year. Though they are less in number than last year because of the cold weather. But we are hoping that by the month of December, more migratory birds will be visiting this wetland," said Vinod Payal.

The exquisite Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary has become one of the most favoured destinations for these birds and consequently, for the tourists it is a memorable experience to watch these winged beauties.

"Many types of birds can be seen here, like ...The environment of this place is also very nice. They also have the provision for peddle boats so that the tourists can have a closer view of the birds. The overall arrangement is also very nice," said D K Chakravarty, a tourist.

Among the popular varieties of migratory birds visiting the Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary are the Ruddy shellduck, Great crested grebe, Gadwal, Coot, Tufted pochard, Pintail, Common pochard, Red crested pochard, Gargeny, Bar headed gees and Mallard. (ANI)

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