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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter visitors to the Native Place Garden






When i put in a birdbath some months ago i was expecting to attract a number of birds and have a chance to see them in action. Instead the only visitors / users were the crows. Now crows too can be very interesting to watch but I'm sure you won't blame me if i wanted more.

This made me realise that the number of crows had increased greatly and the sightings of smaller birds around were diminishing. That's when Sunita wrote in to tell me to check on the compost pit.

It took a while before i organised a covering over the pit and within a week I noticed a vast difference.

To my delight the number of leaf warblers, spider hunters, sun birds, ioras .... increased. Then we were graced with many sightings of the Goldfronted Chloropsis, a pair of noisy but endearing drongos but the highlight was a pair of grey hornbills that we saw just once (thanks to Doc's sharp ears) but i suspect will visit more often once the Umbar tree ( wild fig) is fruiting.

Cheers to the birds, butterflies, bees, wasps dragonflies and many more interesting creatures that make themselves at home in my garden thereby complementing me on my efforts to make them feel welcome.

Astrid Rao

7 comments:

kishor keley said...

Astrid your interest in nature , ecofriendly activities and amazing beautiful photographs are just breathtaking . Nature is so pure , so honest and so peaceful that if we spend a little time with it we become a part of it .You are fortunate that you sensed you are a part of it . Keep it up !

nativeplace gardener said...

Thanks Kishore,
It also pleases me that i can share the garden with so many of you. By the way the bird pix are taken by Hiren

Sunita said...

Fantastic photos, Astrid. Ohhh, I envy you so much right now. I'd love to see some of those Ioras and other birds . And a hornbill! I think I would've passed out with the excitement of the moment.
Have fun enjoying the bird show !

Chandramouli S said...

Aha! Lucky you, Astrid that you get to see that in your garden. Great photos. Wish I too were able to sight at least those warblers here!

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu visiting you

Rajee Sood said...

Astrid... loved to hit upon your blog ... I happen to have history with Pune ... and I love the area you have your home in. Kind of makes me nostalgic.Thanks.
Rajee

Patsi (Garden Endeavors) said...

Wow !!
You have some colorful birds.
I always find peace of mind in the garden. Will be back to visit more.
Thanks,
Patsi