Sambalpur: As per the report of annual migratory bird census, around 98 species of birds have visited to the Hirakud Dam situated in Sambalpur district of Odisha this winter. A total of 1,24,864 birds arrived at the reservoir. Out of these, there were 41 species of migratory birds.
About 25,000 more numbers of birds visited this year to the Dam as compared to the number of birds visited in 2020. This is as per the bird counting report provided by the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Hirakud Wildlife Division.
Among the migratory birds this year, most of them were Common Coot, Lesser Whistling Duck, Great Crested Grebe and Red Headed Pochard.
This group of birds migrate from Siberia, Himalaya, Caspian Sea, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Iraq in the month of November, and return back to their origin places in the month of March.