Bhubaneswar: With the onset of monsoon, thousands of residential birds thronged the nesting site of Bhitarkanika National Park.
Last year 1,03,853 avian species were spotted at the park. The forest officials are hoping that the figure would rise this year.
Every year, thousands of residential birds throng the park for nesting and breeding. The nesting process gets over by September.
The Bhitarkanika Park, also a wildlife sanctuary, is home to over 200 species of birds, including 98 varieties of migratory ones.
The sanctuary is widely known as the world’s largest rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtles.
The sanctuary found a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2006 with its 23-foot saltwater crocodile listed as the largest in the world.
The park is also home to thousands of migratory birds during the winter and early summer months.