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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

memories generated on World Sparrow Day

I was doing some random surfing, and came to know that today is World Sparrow Day. It is celebrated to raise awareness of the sparrow and other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations.

Although they say that Sparrows are the most ubiquitous birds on earthbut I have really missed them in last few years. We used to have so many in our balcony in Kanpur. We used to feed them everyday.  I loved their chirping, the noise they used to make. Everyone at home was fond of them.

There were some more regular companions as well, like jungle babbler, laughing dove, common myna, quarrelsome parrots, naughty but cute squirrels. 

We used to put variety of grains at least twice a day along with water. When we used to go out stations, I was always so worried about their food :-| When we moved to Bhopal it was a complete end of the story. Hardly any bird visits there.

I am really feeling nostalgic and I am almost teary now, remembering my dearest birdies. Thankfully we have some pictures of them as memories.. and there are so many small small incidences associated..

Jungle babbler
I was very fond of these guys. They used to come in groups and make lotsss of noise. But sometimes they used to shake or move so much that their feathers were all swollen, and they used to look like a feathery ball. Back then I didn't knew their name, so i used to call them  चूज़े वाली चिड़िया :P

Laughing Dove
This was the quietest bird in the balcony. We used to call it घुघ्घी. You might be able to relate if you know the famous song from Pinjar. They were only two of them.. used to sit for long, watch and observe the situation, and then delicately walk towards the plate and eat. They didn't like much of interference.

Lonesome Pigeon

Papa longed so much for pigeons, but they rarely visited. Here there are so many, but unwelcome :(

Here are some random pics from their usual gatherings..

And here is our favorite squirrel, doing some naughty, cute and funny acts. They were so brave and fearless, that if you sit and don't move for a while, they won't mind crossing over you. I remember once, in summer afternoon, mummy was lying on on a wooden takhat taking her afternoon nap, fully covered with shawl. And these kept on crossing her, even when they came to know after first time, that a human being is sleeping there :D They used to take panga with the parrots. One day they had a big fight, and the parrot lost the battle after having a severe injury that it bled. Actually both of them were fond of groundnuts..which made them bang their heads :P


And finally the parrots.. They were quite human friendly. Eventually they became so close, that they used to come and take groundnuts from our hand. I think my brother can provide you a better picture of them.

I know post has gone far too long, but I hope all those had patience to reach the end, enjoyed :P

PS: Sometime back I also wrote a kind of poem using these sparrows in the backdrop. 


Sid said...

Birds... specially sparrows make us all nostalgic for the childhood small town days :)
Nice captures... I've been thinking of putting up this daana-paani for so many days now in a campus full of birds. I think it is about time now.

Akanksha said...

Though the post is long, I actually enjoyed. :)
Through the cute and innocent way of writing, I could actually visualize the squirrels fighting with parrot and feathery balls and all others. Their actions and your emotions both are nicely captured, in pictures as well as words :)
I guess, if some day, you think of writing an autobiography, these childhood buddies can surely make up an entire chapter. ;)

I think my comment has become equally long :P

CYNOSURE said...

The first few lines of the post were enough to make someone like me feel nostalgic...This is one of the reasons I miss my KANPUR DAYS...Every day I used to wake up by the chirping of these birds...but everything's gone... :(

Nachiket said...

The post is filled with a warmth and nice clicks...Good read!

sp.ajay said...

it has been a long time since I saw sparrows (pigeons are common near my house), however I think it might be because I haven't given time to myself to sit on the terrace and enjoy them.

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