During last year, 2015, there is a spike in uncommon bird sightings in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore, bird watchers are delighted over it. However, the cause behind this rare encounters is serious.
As mentioned by the National Park Board (NParks). The haze around our regions such as across Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand could be the reason why uncommon birds seek refuge in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Haze have caused serious problems in Singapore, affecting the health and daily activities for people living in Singapore. If you are living in your house, always engage in regular aircon servicing Singapore for your home or office air-conditioner. This will improve your air quality in your house and let you breathe in fresher air.
Since Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a protected area in Singapore, it could be one of the reasons why the uncommon birds that do not visit here have decided to stop at Sungei Buloh as it gives them a better environment and habitat as compared to other regions due to the haze.
One of the uncommon bird species that appears more frequently than usual is the black-tailed Godwit. Normally in each year, the most is at least 2 black-tailed Godwit, bird species appeared on Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. However, last year September, there is a total of 32 black-tailed Godwit spotted in Sungei Buloh. It is the highest number in twenty years in Singapore.
Other than that, other bird species such as 7 Asian Dowitchers and 3 Eurasian Curlews were spotted in the Wetland Reserve in September. It is the highest number over the past decade.
Countries such as Indonesia and East Malaysia where it is the bird’s favourite spots were hit hardly by the haze, Singapore was not spared by the haze crisis as well. During last year October where the haze was at its peak, the total amount of emissions from the fire was around 1.3 billion tonnes.
An ecologist at an Australian National University and also a member of the Nature Society (Singapore) Bird Group, mentioned that one of the reasons that could cause the uncommon birds sightings could be due to the haze as the shorebirds would disperse to look for foods.
As these bird species are normally around the coastal mudflats looking for foods, the haze which result in pollution may significantly reduce the amount of animals or insects they eat.
During the bird’s migratory season, many birds will pass through the west of the Malay Peninsula and East of Sumatra.
Along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, Singapore is part of it.
Hence, some birds may fly pass Singapore, however, there is not much spots for them to habitat and hunt for foods. However, despite that, thousands of birds landed at the Wetland Reserve during August and September to take a break from the harsh winters.
Over the years, there could be events where cause certain parts of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway to be in an condition that is less ideal for the birds. However, this is where the purpose of the Flyway are put to use. Since the flyway is spread across more than 20 countries, the birds are able to fly to another location if they feel that their current condition is not ideal for them.
It is crucial for the birds to have multiple choices of sites to ensure the continuity and survival and conservation of the birds.
On the other hand, a bird researcher from NUS, mentioned that it may be tough to have a direct linkage between the haze and the increase in uncommon birds sightings in Sungei Buloh.
He also mentioned that the reasons could be due to many such as increase in observers or other factors related to environmental and many more. Hence, in order for us to know the actual reason that cause the surge, actual study needs to be done.
Other reason is the wind or weather conditions, where it could force some birds to fly to the direction of Singapore.
Just based on from one-year data, it is tough to make any inferences on the cause of it. Since there will be development projects going on in different sites and wintering grounds in other different parts of Asia. Sungei Buloh will still plays an important part for the migratory birds that will fly through Singapore.
On the other hand, the haze has caused more than environmental harm to Singapore where it has seriously affected the lives of the people. When haze comes, the only environment that is the best is stay in indoor, in your house or office. The best appliances, that can give you fresher air is air-conditioner, and air purifier. Hence, always get your air-conditioner serviced regularly by aircon servicing Singapore to ensure your air-conditioning is in good working condition and produce fresh air for you and your family.