Friday, March 24

Birds back in Lake as 105 trees restored

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Birds are chirping again at the Amphan-ravaged Rabindra Sarobar. KMDA, keepers of the 192-acre park and the 73-acre water body within it, transplanted 105 of the 160-odd trees uprooted by the cyclone.

The lungs of south Kolkata, popularly called “lake”, is home to several avian varieties. On Saturday, a team of birders led by Sudip Ghosh had surveyed the park and observed 34 species and listed them. “Rabindra Sarobar has had a thick tree cover, so seeing a bird is not easy. But we heard their sound once again that had disappeared after Amphan struck the city. We managed to spot a few birds too,” said Ghosh.

Saturday’s list included feral pigeon, spotted dove, yellow-footed green pigeon, Asian koel, little swift, Asian palm-swift, little cormorant, black-crowned night heron, black kite, shikra, stork-billed kingfisher, coppersmith barbet, Asian stubtail and others. The list is being uploaded by the 4,000-strong gang of birders who take to social media as “Biodiversity of Rabindra Sarobar Group”. The group has documented 110 species of rare and migratory birds in the lake area in the last three years.

Source:Times of India

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