Bird lovers in for a treat as migrants flock Rift Valley
SEE ALSO :Tour vehicles customisation comes of ageThe birds include the Madagasgar pond-heron, African skimmer, the ruff, common sandpiper, wood sandpiper, and common greenshank. Mr Kimaru said there were an estimated one million greater flamingos in Lake Bogoria while lesser flamingos numbered fewer than 2,000. Another group of birds called little grebe were a little over 1,000. These birds are among dozens of species expected to grace major wetlands in the country in a phenomenon expected to last through to December. Enthusiasts have taken to an online forum known as Spring Alive, which is a platform that brings together residents of several counties as they track and document the various birds sighted. Spring Alive began as a European project and was extended to Africa in 2010, where from September onwards enthusiasts look out for the return of bird species from their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia.
SEE ALSO :Balala slams anti-SGR demosNature Kenya communication officer John Mwacharo said this season’s Afro-Eurasian migration came earlier than expected with several regions across the country recording sightings in the just concluded water-bird counts. “Water-bird counts are usually conducted during January and July/August just after the migration. This month, we have started receiving recordings which we are updating in Spring Alive where citizens record birds they have spotted to allow for data analysis and tracking,” Mr Mwacharo said. A peek into Spring Alive under the Kenyan category reveals several sightings of white storks spotted in Rift Valley, Eurasian bee-eaters spotted in Mount Kenya and barn swallows spotted in parts of northern Kenya. The birds make the journey despite the growing environmental pressures arising from deforestation and pollution. On October 12, bird lovers celebrated World Migratory Bird Day whose theme this year was “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” The event highlighted the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats. [email protected]
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