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Sparrows in my Home

In the 21st Century, everything is Fast. Growth in Technology, Culture, People, Population,etc. Meanwhile, Human attains growth by destroying the Nature. In Cities, there are lots of High Rise Buildings & NO Trees. Not only Human Destroys the Trees to make way for him, but he destroys a Natural Ecosystem. Human beings to make a Home for himself, destroys Nests of Birds in the Trees. Due to lesser Trees, these Birds are unable to find a Home for themselves & their population goes down. Humans are directly destroying the Nature for his own requirement.

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Today, I am sharing Few Pictures on WORLD SPARROW DAY of Sparrows I took in my House. I am Feeding them Food, Keeping water for them to Drink & take Bath. I want to share the wonderful moments I see in my House daily. The Feeling of getting up daily in Morning listening to the Chirpy Sounds of these Small Birds is experience of its OWN. I just started a Year back when I saw in Facebook “Nature Forever Society” group which is an NGO Fighting to raise back Sparrows population. I got two Feeder boxes to feed the Birds. I read lots of people saying they had Birds coming after six months, but I was lucky birds started coming from the Sixth day.

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Birds are generally very Shy, Sensitive, so it all started with Few birds & soon daily around some Ten birds come here to Feed themselves. There are times when Birds have come inside my House.

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The Pictures will not only show how lovely, cute, interesting the Birds are but also create awareness as how we can Live with Nature.

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Note: None of the Birds are Caged. Birds come from nearby Trees to Feed themselves.

Vilvesh has a beautiful page called Vilvesh’s Click dedicated to his photography. 

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Missing the sparrows in Bangalore

Today, March 20, is World Sparrow Day.
 
During my childhood in Bangalore in the 1970s-80s, sparrows were a part of our everyday life, much the way rock pigeons just merge with the high-rise landscape today.
 
Scores of sparrows would be all over the backyard, chirping on the pomegranate and guava trees. Unafraid of humans, the sparrows hopped around on the ground whenever mom cleaned the rice, in expectation of falling grains. (Yes, the rice used to have stones that needed to be removed, and chaff that would blow away in the wind as the rice was tossed up and down on the “morram”.)
 
My friends and I would spend time counting the males and females, that are easily distinguishable. One of our story books had a tale about why the male has black marks on its neck while the female does not. I couldn’t remember the story, but after searching the internet, found a blog post on this that can be read here.
 
There were times when we would see the vagabond Tom cat sneakingly stalking the unsuspecting birds as they drank from the pond, and we would run to chase the fellow away with the satisfaction that we have saved them.
 
It was not uncommon to see sparrow nests between the inner and outer layers of our house’s tiled roof. After the babies were out, and the nest abandoned, we’d be fascinated by the intricate construction and warmth that enabled the propagation of the species.
 
 
Slowly, and rather surreptitiously, the sparrows vanished from Bangalore. Common people who may have hardly noticed their disappearance, would be reminded of them years later, only when they found the birds jump onto their tables at Bangalore’s Devanahalli airport.
 
There are many theories about why the sparrows may have left Bangalore. Over the last few years, several efforts have been made to bring them back. Last year, Gubbi Labs complied a small book “Of House Sparrows and Human Settlements”, that gives the distribution of House Sparrows in Bangalore. The book can be read/ downloaded here.
 
Sparrows have been conspicuous by their absence in the Puttenahalli Lake/ JP Nagar area. As urban house birds, the lake environment currently may not be conducive to house them. However, people in the neighbourhood can try to get them back into the area. To know how, please read here.
 
In Mumbai north suburbs, where I currently live, sparrows are abundantly found, and I’m happy that the children around here share some of my childhood sparrow joys. Wish the same for Bangalore too.
 
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Arathi Manay ಆರತಿ ಮಾನೆ
 
Arathi is a trustee of Puttenahalli Neighbourhood Lake Improvement Trust (PNLIT) that maintains Puttenahalli Lake, JP Nagar, Bangalore. She writes often on her blog http://arathimy.wordpress.com/ and contributes to many websites and dailies. She can be followed on twitter @arathimy.
 
Image: House Sparrow – Male, Bandipur, May 2009 Credits:Arathi Manay

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Be the author of change for the Sparrows!

If a man happened to come from the distant past into our present era, he would certainly be taken aback by the concrete jungle that has substituted the serene wilderness of the pre-globalization era. The cities and towns shriek the entire day through the noisy vehicles of the roads. So much so, that we have almost forgotten to listen to and enjoy the melodic chirpings of the birds around us. One such bird that has been nearly wiped off from the urban areas is the famous House Sparrow.

House sparrow has always been a very vital part of our civilization. Talking about religion and mythology, Aphrodite is said to have often perched on this bird. In contemporary era, Chairman Mao included them as part of his Four Pests Campaign in 1958, which helped lay the groundwork for China’s Great Famine. House sparrows have long been considered the barometer of human environments. But it is pitiable to find that their population in the last two decades has dipped sharply and unabatedly. The rise in vehicular pollution due to noise or toxic gases, along with soil pollution has said to have contributed the sparrow population to decline by 70% from 1977 to 2008 in UK.

So, who is the one that has to redress all the harm done to our avian companions? Well, it is none other than “us”. Yes, this is time to reflect on the possible measures to help the sparrows. Wondering where to take the first step? Nature Forever Society has come up with its unique initiative called World Sparrow Day, where all are asked to join the bandwagon to celebrate the beauty of the biodiversity along with conveyance of a strong message that of protection and conservation of House Sparrows.

World Sparrow Day has a much broader vision to provide a podium where people who are working on the conservation of the House Sparrow and other common birds can network, collaborate and exchange ideas for conservation, which will lead to improved results. It aims to bring about a confluence of people from different parts of the world and help them form a force that can play a significant role in advocating the need of conserving common biodiversity or species of lower conservation status.

This year, World Sparrow day will be celebrated over a week’s time in Mumbai via a myriad type of events; ranging from a presentation with students at Rachna Sansad College of Applied Art & Craft on 14th March to a conference at Godrej industries in Mumbai. The event will also have interactive activities for people of all ages at Oberoi Mall in Mumbai on the 15th and 16th of March. Besides, Sparrow walks in the Fort area, WSD would also hold organize a workshop on Environmental journalism, emerging media and policy at Press Club, Mumbai. The event will conclude on 20th march with Sparrow awards ceremony at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mahim.

You can celebrate WSD at your homes, offices and schools too. Check out, this page for some interesting ideas.

If you love Sparrows, lend a helping hand to WSD team. If you also like to engage with people, spread awareness or are good at public speaking and events management, then this is just the right opportunity for you. And you also get a chance to win experience certificates.

Time is running out! Be a part of the one of its kind event.

Earlier post on volunteering details: http://www.natureforever.org/blog/2014/02/20/world-sparrow-day-team-invites-volunteers-year/

To volunteer, shoot an email to arpita@natureforever.org with your area of interest, event, skills and contact number.

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The Healer called Sparrow

When I was young my mum had hung a mirror beside a window. A pair of House Sparrow used to come daily to inquire the obscurity of that mirror by pecking it, sometimes furiously, and at times lazily. It was a strange object to them that they could play with, without getting bored. And, it was not just the mirror that intrigued them so much, there was a treat to allure them too. We had come to love those birds so dearly that we used to sprinkle rice grains around the window sill every day. They used to come every morning, and if windows were latched they demanded us to open it by pecking it as if knocking a door to be opened with familiar authority, a thing we do so often when we return home. After some time, I don’t remember after how long, when a violent storm hit our hometown, that mirror fell and cracked. The birds still came often to pay us a visit, playing around ceiling fan or just flying around the room chirping in and out till evening (freaking my eldest sister with their sudden entrance and departure, much to our amusement) as if trying to tell us that they loved to be around us regardless of that worthless mirror.

Their memories are still fresh in my mind. Whenever I close my eyes to recall those birds I feel warm and love flowing through me. They remind me of home, of comfort. If you find a house echoing with chirps of House Sparrows and find their nest in one of its nooks or crannies, that place can suitably be called a home filled with love, warmth, comfort, peace and security because even after being not-so-afraid of humans sparrows do not trust us easily enough to build nest in our house. They are gregarious birds alright and a family of house sparrows can create a great commotion to your great annoyance, but you will bear with them and love them all the same; because they also know how to be mellow and sweet and simply keep you company when you want silence and peace. But, they can’t help tweeting or chirruping once or twice because it is as if they can’t refrain from asking you of your well-being. Once you are aware of their presence around you, whether it’s a nest in one of the mango trees near your veranda or their nestling twittering on top of one of your cupboards, you start getting amused with their activities. Soon your curiosity gets better of you, and you try to know more about them; you try to befriend them by littering broken rice or chapatti crumbs to attract them and see them peck ‘n play that you can easily watch for hours and hours. Personally, as I have spent so much of free, lousy childhood time watching these birds, I have come to believe that House Sparrows are healer. They pass on their vibrant, warm energy to you with their mere presence that can heal your heart of unknown ailments. All you have got to do is to realise their presence and that is all it takes to be loved, to be filled with warmth and to be healed.

–Fatima Humaira

Fatima blogs at http://pakshiblog.wordpress.com/

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Lessons in parenting from Sparrows

It was my father who bought a birdhouse from the NFS Exhibition Stall at the InOrbit Mall in Mumbai and we fixed it the very next day outside my bedroom window on the seventh floor.

To my surprise it hardly took a few hours for the sparrows to come checking out a brand new accommodation in a space starved city like Mumbai. It just goes to show that it is not only humans, but even birds need a roof over their heads in this city.

We were glad that our new ‘investment’ gave shelter to sparrow couples helping them in raising their little ones in a safe environment.

It was around the same time that we were expecting a baby and my husband and I would often watch how relentlessly the sparrow parents worked hard to first set up their new home and make it as  comfortable as possible before their young ones arrived – just like any ‘human’ parent would want for their newborn.

We were humbled, one worm at a time the parent sparrows took turns to feed their hungry babies. These parent sparrows made stories of ‘sleepless nights and nappy changing’ feel so petty and small to would be parents like us.

It didn’t matter to the sparrows whether they had a boy or a girl as they gave equal attention to both. As parents they were a perfect team working unanimously towards raising their children into fine young sparrows. The parents never cribbed or complained, took turns in feeding their children and protected their little ones against crows, pigeons and common mynahs who tried to bully them.

It just goes to show that no matter how big or small you are, being a parent makes you so brave and strong that you can take on any challenges in life to protect your family.

Finally when our little one arrived and we brought her home, we ‘introduced’ our newborn to the sparrow parents. We brought her to my windowsill while the couple sat perched watching the baby with great intent as if blessing our little one that she too grows up to be a fine offspring.

Tanya Munshi

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