The population of birds at the Indawgyi Lake has registered an increase with flocks of winged visitors returning to the lake for the winter season, according to the Environment and Wildlife Conservation Department.
Every year, migratory birds from Russia, Siberia, and northern China flock to the freshwater lake, where there is abundant food, away from colder regions with frozen lakes and short food supply that make it difficult for them to survive.
Sarus cranes, ferruginous ducks, and black-headed gulls have mostly returned to the lake. The migratory birds usually arrive in October every year, and they leave the lake by April-end.
A variety of migratory birds can be seen in March, said U Tin Aung, a local resident.
In 2018, the migratory bird population at Indawgyi Lake was registered at over 20,000. This year, the number has reached 30,000. There are about 37-45 migratory bird species at the Indawgyi Wildlife sanctuary during the winter season, according to the department. —Win Naing (Kachin Myay)
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)