Four extra birds, together with one waterfowl, have been discovered lifeless in Sukhna Lake and surrounding areas on Wednesday. The 4 birds comprised cormorant, little egret, crow and pigeon.
An Eurasian Coot, also referred to as Common Coot, a winter customer, was discovered lifeless within the lake on Tuesday. Two carcasses out of 5 have been despatched for examination to the Regional Diseases Diagnosis Laboratory (RDDL), Jalandhar. A supply stated, “The death of Common Coot is a matter of concern. Common Coot falls in the category of migratory birds. But it is found in and around Sukhna Lake in adequate numbers.”
Rima Dhillon, an avid birder settled in Chandigarh, stated, “Common Coot is a migratory bird. Some species of the Cormorant have also migrated to Chandigarh from faraway places. Little egret, crow and pigeon are residential birds.”
UT forest division officers maintained that unnatural behaviour was not noticed among the many migratory birds, that are current at Sukhna Lake and Dhanas Lake in regular numbers. The lifeless crow and pigeon have been recovered on Wednesday morning. Pigeon was present in Sector 4. The Cormorant and Little Egret have been discovered lifeless in Sukhna Lake close to Regulatory End within the afternoon.
Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW), Debendra Dalai, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) Abdul Qayum together with different forest area employees visited Sukhna Lake.
They carried out an in depth survey of the essential places by way of migratory birds. The carcasses of cormorant and little egret have been fetched out from the lake by boats. The carcasses have been floating within the water far-off from the shore.
CWW Dalai stated, “So far, no unnatural behaviour was found among migratory birds. The five birds, which were found dead in the last two days, were residential birds. We are taking all precautions in the wake of bird flu among migratory birds in Himachal Pradesh and two other states.”
Dr Kanwarjit Singh, joint director of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department, stated, “We are on alert. We do collect samples of birds’ dropping, water every month. We have been following this practice since the previous reported outbreak of bird flu in 2014. Till now, we have not received any positive report about any kind of flu from RDDL, Jalandhar.”