- Movement of people from one place to another stopped due to corona epidemic
- People stopped due to the closure of trains and flights, but the life of birds did not stop
- Even now the birds coming to India after traveling hundreds of miles from abroad
- At the same time, many birds of India were seen in Pakistan, China and Russia.
JP Dutta’s film Refugee’s song ‘Panakshi, Nadiya, Pawan Ke Jhojhe… Koi Sarhad Na Inse Roke…’ This line of the song appeared to be a reality in the Kovid-19 epidemic. When the flights between countries stopped in the pandemic. People stopped moving from one country to another, but no one could stop the birds. The birds that have been ringed by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) are flying across countries.
The BNHS has tagged over 700 birds in Gujarat in a collaborative project with the Forest Department. A Terek sandpiper was tagged in the Gulf of Kutch in February 2017. She was seen in Jandola, Pakistan in May 2021.
The tag is separated from the radio collar
The tagging program was stopped in March 2020 due to the corona virus. BNHS director Bivash Pandey said this re-sighting doesn’t tell us much because the tags are not like radio collars. Radio collars allow us to track the bird’s travels. He told that a bird tagged in Kamchatka in Russia was last seen on April 7, 2021 at Balachadi near Jamnagar.
Russian bird seen in Jamnagar
Yashodhan Bhatia of Jamnagar told that he first saw and documented the bird in Gujarat. He said the tagged bird code-named ‘6Z’ was first spotted by him and a few other birdwatchers on October 6, 2019. After that again three months later on January 2020, he saw the bird in Balachadi.
Birds reached India by this route
Yashodhan said that the Great Knot bird is commonly seen in Balachadi along with Bar-tailed Gadwits and Crab Plovers. Due to the fact that they migrated from Russia, the ‘6-Z’ arrived here, flying 7,700 km across the continent. He said the bird uses the East Asian-Australian Flyway and the Central Asia Flyway.
Bird tagged in Mumbai spotted in China
Other birds tagged by the BNHS in India and which have been observed in other countries in the current migratory season are the curlew sandpiper (a medium-sized wader bird native to the Arctic tundra of Russia), which was tagged in Navi Mumbai two years ago. it was done. It was recently sighted again in China’s Tianjin province 4,500 km away. MBNHS officials said, the bird was sighted on May 7 in Tangu Saltpan. This was the first time that a bird tagged off the Mumbai coast was confirmed to have returned abroad.
Hong Kong arrived from Tamil Nadu
A northern shoveler tagged in Odisha’s Chilika Lake in February 2018 was again spotted by birds in Uzbekistan in April this year. Similarly, the broad-billed sandpiper tagged in Tamil Nadu in October 2019 was spotted in Hong Kong in the same month. An Indian skimmer tagged in Chambal, Madhya Pradesh in June 2019 was similarly confirmed to be in Bangladesh in January.
The secret of birds will be exposed
BNHS scientist Dishant Parasaria said that Gujarat has coastal wetlands, which attract lakhs of migratory shorebirds. It is important to document such large migratory shorebird populations on a national and global scale. The Bird Ringing Program by BNHS across the country will surely help in unraveling the many mysteries of these migratory birds.
The bird that covers the distance of 22000 kms
In May last year, an Amur eagle, was tagged by the Wildlife Institute of India. That satellite, crossing Africa, fell back. The Amur Falcons have been included in the longest distance migratory birds in the state. It covered the longest migration route 22,000 km.