Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A new feathered friend

I made a list of birds residing in or visiting our housing society last year. So I'm glad to notice that this year the catalogue has grown.

The crow-pheasant (Centropus sinensis parroti) is now a resident, a pair nesting in our great jamun tree. Their morning wook-wook-wook is now a frequent performance in our avian symphony.



A bird we see everyday is the house swift (Apus nipalensis), but I keep forgetting to put it in my records. Perhaps because the bird is almost never stationary.



The rose-ringed parakeets (Psittacula krameri manillensis) too, are regular visitors. I'm sure they live somewhere in the neighbourhood, ever since they were evicted from their palm tree by a pair of pariah kites.



The high point this year was when a Red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) pair showed up for the soaked bread (which we put out for sparrows) at our balcony. The low point was that they flew off before we could get the camera from the wardrobe, load the battery, switch it on and sneak up to them.



We finally identified the little bird that comes for the nectar from the Shoeflowers (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) in the garden hedge.



Or rather, managed to know whether it's a munia or a sunbird. It's a sunbird, but we're not sure which of two species. It's either the purple-rumped sunbird(Leptocoma zeylonica) or the crimson-backed sunbird (Leptocoma minima). Hard to guess which, but doesn't matter too badly, since it's a delight to watch anyway. If only the older society members would refrain from stripping the hedge bare. What god would like wilting flowers?

or

And we now have the tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius guzuratus) as another sporadic visitor. There's a nest being built (just outside the society gates), so one guesses a pair.



So now the bird checklist extends to:-


  1. House Crow

  2. Jungle Crow

  3. House Sparrow

  4. feral Blue Rock Pigeon

  5. Indian Myna

  6. Pied Myna

  7. Red-vented Bulbul

  8. Red-whiskered Bulbul

  9. Black Drongo

  10. Pariah Kite

  11. Magpie-Robin

  12. Pied Bushchat / Indian Robin (this doubt still stands, as sightings are very rare)

  13. Koel

  14. Rose-ringed parakeet

  15. Crow pheasant

  16. Sunbird (purple-rumped or crimson-backed)

  17. Barn owl

  18. Tailorbird

  19. House Swift


What joy! What joy!


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