Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Feeling!

I notice some positive changes in many places now! New trees/saplings are planted in many places (though many avenue trees also are going down).  And I was told that the people in the houses near the new trees are taking care of them nowadays, which was not there earlier.  If corporation plants the saplings, it was expected of them to water them everyday by our people!  Now, it is changing.  Feel happy!

I see waste bins in many places on some roads (it should spread to more roadsides).  Water for animals is kept by people and by the Blue Cross.

We saw this during our morning walk.  Dogs, cats and birds were drinking water from this bowl!

Our street corner was always stinking with overflowing garbage bins. The corporation lorry personnel who were coming to clear the garbage bin used to just drop it haphazardly on the road, nearly in the middle of the road after clearing them.   People too used to throw garbage around them.  Now, the corporation has made platforms with borders and a man comes to pick up the overflowing garbage and dump it inside the bins and spray DDT powder around it. The lorry comes, clears the bins and places them inside the specified area! It looks neat now.  This has been happening for the past 3-4 months.  It is still clean! I am not covering my nose while crossing the area! Feel very happy!

Clean garbage bins and clean surrounding area! Bin is kept inside the specified area nowadays!
Many birds have started looking for nesting places and some have babies already! Some new birds are coming to our area nowadays. Feel so happy, looking at them chirping all the time!

Our home bird, Crow! Looking for a nesting place?! He seems to be roaming here all the time!

Shikra, a new bird in the neighbourhood.
 Oriental Magpie Robin...these birds are nesting inside a pipe on the terrace! I love their sounds!
Myna also is building its nest on the roof of our building!

Rufous treepie...these birds are roaming here! My husband and son also have started roaming with the camera now! The bug has caught them too!

 Music used to make me happy in the mornings, now, these birds have also joined in! This is the main reason I wanted to write this post...the sparrows have come back.  Do you remember my earlier post on them? Here it is! The crows shooed them off later.  That was in March.  After a few days, I saw only the male sparrow.  Never saw his family.  So, I stopped feeding curd rice to the crows which I had been doing for years now.  Suddenly I saw the male and female sparrows back again.  Felt so happy! So, this is a happy post!

Female sparrow in our balcony...Son clicked this beautiful picture!

Male sparrow! Don't know if he is the same sparrow which came here earlier but feel happy to see him with his wife! Waiting for their babies now!



SG said...

Hope you have fully recovered. I am glad things are changing around for good and you feel happy. May this happiness grow more.

Sandhya said...

SG: Yours is the first comment here, SG! Thank you!

I am nearly back to normal now. Started going for walks and yoga class too! Though I walk for half the distance I was doing earlier and no Surya namaskaras! Still, I feel happy and it is visible in the post!

In some areas things are we have to feel happy about it. It is not Govt.'s policy alone, esp. about using chemicals, but people should also change. Let us hope for the best.

Shail said...

I am happy too to see so many birds and also to note sparrows have made a return! :)
It is good to see the care for saplings and also animals. We still have garbage problem. The Corporation does not have anything in place to collect, we don't have designated place. We are somehow supposed to deal with it all magically. :(

Sandhya said...

SHAIL MOHAN: One organization is very active in preserving trees. They are taking lot of efforts to save trees. A friend of mine went on a 'tree walk' with them. They are removing the nails on existing huge tree, which people use for advertising the placards of their business. Many trees are full of hanging advertisements.

Yes, sparrows are back to make me happy!

It is a few months since the garbage bins are kept inside the specific area and it is still active! Hope it continues. In our complex, we are collecting green garbage for composting (we are doing it in pots inside the complex). Other plastics and bottles are collected by a person and he pays a nominal amount for that too! So, the area is clean.

Destination Infinity said...

Glad to see sparrows back! I am not familiar with the names of other birds, must learn them sometime. Great news about trees being taken care of. In our area, except a park where they are growing many new plants, trees are being felled at many places.

Destination Infinity

Jeevan said...

You sound like standing on happy feet :) Very delightful post on birds and beautiful captures! Love the last two frames and focus point on the sweet little house sparrows. I too noticed the platform built for public bins... Good for environment

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: I notice many new trees in the Perungudi area. They had planted like this a few years back too, but the plants were falling down while digging for cables or something very close to the plants. I used to water it every morning while watering my plants inside. Hmmm...hope the new plants survive. At least some areas have nice parks.

JEEVAN: Yes, the surrounding areas of the garbage bins are clean nowadays! I get upset easily and come out of it and be happy too, in a jet speed, I think! Thank you, Jeevan!

Swaram said...

Sparrow pics bahaLa channagive Sandhya :)

Anonymous said...

Wishing more happy moments !
Love the birds pics, esp the last one :)

Rama Ananth said...

It is indeed a Happy post. We all feel so happy when things automatically fall in place. The birds are all very cute and it is indeed a pleasure to hear them chirp and sing in the early hours of the mornings. I am glad to note that you too are feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Such a happy-wappy post. I am so so happy! Lovely to see these creatures among us...hope we can keep doing our bit for nature!

ashok said...

Nice to see this post ! cheers!

Sandhya said...

SWARAM: Innoo swalpa chandada pictures ive! Sparrow day dina post maadthene!

UMSREFLECTIONS: I love that too! Thank you, Uma!

RAMA Ananth: I feel happy physically and mentally, now after a small break because of the foot. I am back to normal, nearly! Thank you, Rama!

SINGHALOK: Welcome to my space, Alok! Thanks for the comment! Yes, we have to take lot of care to keep them among us!

ASHOK: Thank you, Ashok!

Rahul Bhatia said...

Wishingt you the very best and the positivity is reflected in the beautiful post!

Locomente said...

Looks so-so beautiful... Nature at its best!

Christy said...

Lovely photos! Especially the one of the Rufous Treepie <3

Sandhya said...

RAHUL BHATIA: Thank you, Rahulji!

LOCOMENTE: Thank you, Locomente!

CHRISTY: That tree is my favourite one! Looks different in different seasons. I have posted a few more birds sitting on this tree! The tag is 'birds and butterflies'!

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