By Sumita Sarkar
NASHIK: Six species of migratory birds have been spotted this year for the first time at Nandur Madhyameshwar Bird Sanctuary, 40 kms from Nashik, by the forest department's wildlife section.
Birds migrate between October and February. But much of it takes place between December and January.
"We have seen these birds for the first time in the sanctuary. Spotted crake, baillon's crake, common pochard, painted stork, small pratincole and eurasian curlew were spotted this year," said conservator of forests (wildlife), Nashik Circle, S B Shelke.
"We had only two watch towers to view the birds, but built three new ones six days ago. We have also bought five new binoculars to add to the three we had. This has helped us show these birds to our visitors," said Shelke.
Apart from these, the railing at Karanjgaon, the railing and retaining wall at Khangaon Thari, two pagodas and a bird hide at Chapadgaon, an enclosed fabricated structure with windows and a net for visitors to watch the birds, have been constructed. There is an auditorium for screening films on the wildlife to visitors.
"We are also constructing a jetty - a raised structure in the lake for the birds to perch on," said Shelke.
Birds that had migrated from November 2013 are white ibis, black ibis, glossy ibis, flamingo, spoon bill, painted stork, white-necked stork, openbill stork, common crane, brahminy duck, shoveler, pintail vision gadwall, gargani, common pochard, black-winged stilt, common coot, black-tailed godwit, white-breasted kingfisher, pied kingfisher, small blue kingfisher, pigeon tailed zakana and purple moorhen, which is called the queen of Nandur Madhyameshwar bird sanctuary as it is spotted every year.
This sanctuary is one of the six wetlands that the state's ministry of environment and forests has decided to declare as a Ramsar site or a wetland of international importance. The forest department submitted an action plan for the same last year to the principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) at Nagpur, who in turn forwarded it to the government.