At least 50% migratory birds have left Sultanpur National Park, located 15 kms from Gurgaon, for their respective destinations across the globe as winter came to an end.
At present, the park has around 120-130 species of birds out of 260 species which were spotted in winter, said a forest official.
Birds from Europe, Russia, China and Gulf countries were also spotted in the park. They have already started migrating. The entire process of migration will take one more month. Birds which had to cover longer distances have already left the area. However, some birds are in the process of preparing themselves before a long journey.
The park is undergoing a huge change which is an annual feature. Currently, many native birds are being spotted in the park and in the periphery areas.
“Spotbill, bee-eater, heron are spotted preparing their nests in the park as they are ready for breeding. These are the changing elements and the parameters which clearly show the changes that are taking shape slowly in the atmosphere,” said an official.
More domestic birds will arrive in the park in the coming few days to secure a place for breeding and to gather nesting material. Every year, the park witnesses more than 200 species of domestic birds during summer. These birds fly from southern part of the country to breed.
Even birders said this is a good time to look for local birds. “A large number of native birds can be spotted on trees and it can be a delight for any bird watcher. Till May, sightings of both winter and summer birds can be recorded from various places of the region,” said Pankaj Gupta, a birder.
This season, more than 300 species, which include both domestic and international migratory birds, were spotted in Delhi-NCR.