Weeds, less salinity affecting bird’s footfall at Chilka lake

New Delhi/May 28
Salinity level and growth of weeds in some parts of waterfowl habitat of Chilka Lake in India’s Odisha state is affecting bird count in summer season.
As per reports, the lake has recorded a drop of 18,000 migratory birds to 59,687 birds this year as compared to 77,609 various species birds in summer season last year.
Chilka lake’s Divisional Forest officer BP Acharya said that the lake’s mouth has reportedly shifted towards the outer channel that has resulted in the reduction in tidal water influx and salinity level, Moreover, growth of weeds in northern sector of the lake have also affected the bird population lagoon lake.
Presently, lesser whistling ducks, black-tailed godwits, little cormorant, Eurasian pigeon, gadwall, northern shoveller, greater flamingoes and grey pelicans are staying at the lake.
Chilka lake which is spread in 1100 sq km area in Puri, Ganjam and Khurda districts of Odisha attracts around 8.77 lakh winged guests of 180 bird from Northern Eurasia, Caspian region, Siberia, Lake Baikal and the remote areas of Russia and neighboring countries during winter season and they start their backward journey with the onset of summer.