Keeping their centuries-old tryst with Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, migratory birds have started arriving in the Kashmir valley with the onset of winter.
Traversing continents in flocks, some in parallel rows while others in wave shape, various species of birds arrive in IIOJK from Siberia, China, Philippines, Japan and Europe every year to spend the winter in the relatively less harsh weather in the waters of the picturesque valley.
The experts say that these migratory birds help a lot in maintaining the ecosystem and maintain the balance of the earth. Besides, they say, the presence of these different types and colourful migratory birds in the water bodies of the Kashmir Valley, their chirping and sweet dialects, create a distinct sweetness in the air.
With the arrival of these birds, wildlife enthusiasts traditionally visit the famous wetlands of Kashmir including Hokarsar, Wular Lake, Haigam and Shala Bugh.—KMS