Bird migration to Hokersar wetlands in Kashmir

This is a video about Eurasian wigeon and mallards.

From Daily India:

Hokersar Wetland (Srinagar), Dec.4 (ANI): Over five lakh winged foreign visitors have made the picturesque Kashmir Valley their residence this winter, as plunging temperatures and freezing lakes in their native lands have compelled them to visit other places for safety.

Abundance of natural food at the Hokersar wetlands, barely 17 kilometres from Srinagar, the State capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has been a favourite with migratory birds. …

The dozens of species of birds arriving this year include Grey-legged Geese, Grey Heron, Little Grebe and others.

But among the species that can fascinate nature lovers is the arrival of the Bar headed Geese, which had stopped coming to the Valley for the last few years.

However, the huge arrival of migratory birds is a big responsibility for wildlife officials who are ensuring that no poaching activity takes place.

The annual migration of the rare and exotic birds from the high altitudes of Siberia, Afghanistan, China, Central Asia and Northern Europe begins around September, with most birds nestling in the Valley till March every year.

Hokersar is a world-class wetland, spread over 13.75 kilometre area including lake and marshy area. It is the most accessible and well known of Kashmir’s wetlands, which include Hygam, Shalibug and Mirgund.

A record number of migratory birds have visited Hokersar in recent years.

An estimated quarter of a million birds have already been spotted at Hokersar in the current season.

Birds found in Hokersar – Migratory ducks and geese– include Brahminy Duck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal and Eurasian Wigeon.

Ferruginous duck in Wales: here.

Bharatpur birds in India: here.

5 thoughts on “Bird migration to Hokersar wetlands in Kashmir

  1. Rare bird flies back from the dead

    Last Updated(Beijing Time):2009-05-09 10:38

    The future of a rare species of bird that was once thought to be extinct got a huge lift this month when a chick was born at a zoo in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

    Rare bird flies back from the dead

    A caretaker feeds a white-eared night heron at the Nanning Zoo in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Friday May 8, 2009. [Asianewsphoto]

    Without feathers and barely able to walk, the 30-gram pink bird, a white-eared night-heron, is eating four small fish every one and a half hours and making great progress since it broke out of its shell on May 3 at Nanning Zoo, Nanning Evening News reported on Friday.

    The bird was hatched in an incubator and is being fed artificially but is 100 per cent real – one of only a handful of the species on the planet.

    The bird should be strong enough to walk in 20 days and ready to meet the public three months later.

    It is the offspring of two herons that were found in 2003, along with a third that subsequently died, by local people, who sent them to the zoo. The parents laid two eggs last April, which they broke accidentally, and two more on April 4, that they abandoned in the nest. Those eggs were put in an incubator and one hatched.

    White-eared night herons, or Gorsachius magnificus, are one of the most endangered species of birds in the world.

    They were thought to be extinct until some were found in mountainous areas of Zhejiang, Fujian and Hainan provinces in the 1920s.


  2. Waterfowl conservation stamp available July 1

    June 29, 2009 04:16 PM

    “Wigeon Trio,” the 2009 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on Wednesday.

    Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

    The acrylic portrait, which depicts a trio of beautifully patterned American wigeons resting among the cattails, was painted by Gerald Putt, a nationally renowned wildlife artist from Boiling Springs, Pa.

    “Wigeon Trio” marks Putt’s fifth honor as artist for the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, also known as the duck stamp. In addition to painting the Illinois State Duck Stamp three times and placing in the top 20 in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Federal Duck Stamp contest many times, Putt has won Pennsylvania’s prestigious duck stamp contest an unprecedented eight times, more than twice that of any other artist.

    Proceeds from sales of the print and stamps will go to the Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina. The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the international agreement helping restore waterfowl populations throughout the continent. In addition, funds have been used to support waterfowl research and to buy equipment used to manage wetlands.

    To purchase a print and mint stamp or for more information, call the Wildlife Resources Commission at 866-945-3746, or visit the agency’s online N.C. Wild Store,

    For more information about fish and wildlife conservation in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s Web site at


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