Gunjan Ecological Park- a new address for Migratory Birds

Now it is time for Gunjan Ecological Park of Asansol which also slowly including its name in the favorite list of Migratory birds.  Previous year, near about 2000 migratory birds came in Gunjan. This year the number is more or less same.

Now, for last few years, this water body of Gunjan becomes the attraction of the birds. The water body and the dense trees and bushes beside the lake make a home for near about 3000 resident and migratory birds.

The major ducks which is found here comprises of Red crested Pochard, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Tufted Duck. Lesser Whistling Duck and Cotton Pygmy Goose are the residents. In 2015, the local ornithologist Ajoy kr Dawn found a Baikal Teal and recorded a shot.

The entire park is enchanted by the chirping, quaks, tweets and sings. Apart from the birds mentioned above, other birds are Lesser Flameback, Lineated Barbet, Coppersmith Barbet, Common Hoopoe, Indian Roller, Common Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-breasted Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Green Bee-eater, Brainfever Bird, Greater Coucal, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Spotted Owlet, Spotted Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, White-breasted Water hen, Purple Moorhen, Phesant-tailed Jacana, Bronje-winged Jacana, Water cock, Blck-winged Kite, Black-eared Kite, Shikra, Little Grebe, Little Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Rufous Tree pie, Black-hooded Oriole, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Ashy wood Swallow, Black Drongo, Common Iora, Verditer Flycatcher, Oriental magpie Robin, Taiga Flycatcher, Pied Starling, Common Mayna, Chesnut-tailed Starling, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Tailor Bird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Jungle Baabler, Olive-backed Pipit, White Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Paddy field Pipit, Baya Weaver, Red Advadat, Spotted Munia, Tricolored Munia, Sulphur-bellied Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Greenish Warbler etc.

Now, if you have already thought that this is enough, the list is half completed. From reptiles, one can find here Oriental Garden Lizard, Checkered Keelback, Spectacled Cobra, Monocled Cobra, Russle’s Viper, Rat Snake. The list of Mammals includes Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal, Indian palm squirrel.

And now comes the turn of Butterfly. Plain Tiger, Striped Tiger, Tawny Coster, Greay Pansy, Lemon Pansy, Blue Pansy, Peacock Pansy, Chocolate Pansy, Great Eggfly, Common Rose, Lime Swallowtail, Psyche, Yellow Orange Tip, Mottled Emigrant, Small Grass Yellow, Common Grass Yellow, Common Pierrot, Pale Grass Blue, Gram Blue, Common Crow, Common Evening Brown, Common Sailor and some other species of butterfly are common here. Their number is numerous. And this clearly indicates the strong ecosystem of the area.

Saptarshi Mukherjee
Saptarshi Mukherjee
M.Sc. Zoology; Asstt Acctt in State Bank of India; Amateur Wildlife Photographer & Wildlife Enthusiast from Asansol
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