Our neighbourhood sparrows

In Bangalore, we grew up with sparrows in our compound. We don’t find them around anymore.

In suburban Mumbai, sparrows are abundant. There is a certain area in our neighbourhood that the sparrows are particularly fond of – one with holes in the walls directly opposite a shrubby tree.

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Birds seen in Europe (Part 3)

Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

The most seen bird in Bangalore during our childhood was easily the sparrow.  They’d be all over the backyard, bathing in the open tank, picking at the sun-dried grain and nesting right in our house in-between the roof tiles. It seems that sparrows have vanished from our homes in Bangalore, so whenever I see them in other places, I always stop to watch (though I still have the pleasure of seeing them in Mumbai where I now live).

House Sparrow

The sparrows we saw in Denmark and Norway were much fluffier than the ones we have in India, overweight by our sparrow standards, and better equipped to tackle the low temperatures they encounter.

Sparrow female Tivoli
House Sparrow female, Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Celebrating the house sparrow and other common urban birds

Happy World Sparrow Day!

20th March, World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the house sparrow and other common urban birds that are integral to the biodiversity of our world. Thanks to the Nature Forever Society.

Despite living in a multi-storied building in Mumbai, a city that is generally perceived as a concrete jungle where humans have little space to breathe, we are fortunate to see other living species. The little sparrows are usually heard before we look up into the bushes to look for them. Their chirping is unmistakable. We haven’t seen them on the fourteenth floor, but several other birds visit our balcony. Some are good posers, probably oblivious to the camera while others are too quick to shoot. Continue reading