“During the late 1970s, Kavadi, a village off the Pune-Solapur highway, 3 km from Loni, with its pollution free river was just right for migratory birds. Ornithologists say it had the makings of a bird sanctuary. However, rising pollution in the Mula-Mutha that flows through the village has led to a fall in the number of birds coming to Kavadiwith each passing year.
Ornithologist Kiran Purandare said the effluents in the river was keeping birds away now. “Kavadi is visited by painted storks, black-headed ibis, ducks including the ruddy shelduck, which migrates from Ladakh, common teal, garganey teal and northern shoveller. Other birds like woolly necked storks, egrets and Indian river tern can also be spotted here,” he said.
What brings them to Kavadi is its habitat — cultivated fields interspersed with vegetable plantations, scrub lands and human habitation. “These attract diverse species of birds. For instance, the pied buschat or common stone chat (from the Himalayas), red-throated fly catcher (from Kashmir), and pipits and larks frequent the cultivated fields in Kavadi. In winter, one can easily spot as many as 60-70 species of birds here,” said Purandare. ”
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