Winter guests arrive at D Ering sanctuary

From Maksam Tayeng

PASIGHAT, Nov 29: With the advent of winter, migratory birds have started coming to the water bodies of D Ering Wildlife sanctuary since second week of November, attracting wildlife officials and nature lovers as well.

Winter winged guests including, Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Common Merganser (Goosander), Indian Skimmer, White winged wood duck and many other avian species started coming to the sanctuary, forest officials said.

Though wildlife officials used to witness avian visitors to the area during December to early February each year, this time the winged guests have arrived early.

Several flocks of birds, most of which are migratory from Siberia and Mongolia, were seen in the various water bodies of the sanctuary from the second week of November.

Apart from migratory birds, a large number of grassland-dependent bird species such as Swamp Francolin (Francolinus gularis), Jerdon’s Babbler (Chryssoma altirostre), Swamp Prinia and Black-breasted Parrotbill (Paradoxornis flavirostris) are also found in the sanctuary’s grassland.

As per record, over 150 bird species have been reported, including endangered birds like the Bengal Florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis).

D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary which is located near Pasighat, the headquarters of the East Siang district, covers an area of 190 sq km and sandwiched between the Siang and Sibya rivers.

The sanctuary is known for its rich bio-diversity and is regaining its past glory in the last few years due to intensified round the clock patrolling and action against the hunters including, timber mafias by the authorities.

DFO Tasang Taga, who showed a strong and committed effort to secure the sanctuary from hunting and other illegal activities, informed that more than 20 guns were seized and around 30 hunters were arrested so far within four years of his tenure.

“Apart from intensified patrolling, our field staffs and officials including active Eco-Development Committee members are constantly mobilizing the people of the fringe areas to protect flora and fauna of this riverine island sanctuary,” Taga added.

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