Delhi’s chill and fog has brought great cheer for the city’s bird watchers as over 237 species were recorded in one day, which included three species seen for the first time in the Capital.
On February 13, the Big Bird Day, bird lovers from around the city gathered at the Yamuna and Aravalli Biodiversity Parks to spot the rare birds, most of who had gone missing from the city’s concrete habitat.
“An unprecedented number of birds were recorded in a day,” said Faiyaz A Khudsar, scientist in charge at the Yamuna Biodiversity park in north Delhi’s Wazirabad.
As many as 85 birds species have been recorded at the park in just two years. The Red-crested Pochard returned to the Yamuna Biodiversity Park this year too. Since 2005, the park has become the only winter home for the bird in the city and this year their number has gone up to 150.
And in the Aravalli Biodiversity Park, 67 species of birds were seen within three hours. What surprised the bird watchers were the three new species seen in NCR for the first time—the Sirkeer Malkoha, Rufous-fronted Prinia and the Long-legged Buzzard.
“The unique biodiversity of the Aravalli Park is attracting birds from far-off places and has become their natural winter home,” said Dr Shah Hussain, the scientist-in-charge of the park, which has so far recorded 182 bird species compared to just 48 species in its first year in 2005.
The Yamuna Biodiversity Park recorded a total of 190 bird species compared to just 27 in 2003.