Pledge Water for Birds and Animals this Summer

I bought clay bowls around 3-4 inches deep for Rs. 25/- each. Clay bowls are better than plastic or metal bowls because the water stays very cool even when temperature is touching 42 degrees Celsius.

Also clay pots are unlikely to be stolen if used in public places for stray animals.

When water puddles dry up during the summer –  birds are known to collapse from dehydration.

Some potted plants and a bird bath would have been cool and inviting. Birds are also attracted to the sound of water.

This sparrow chose to drink from the floor…

Sparrows should have a shallow bowl… I plan to get a 2 inches deep tray.

This Dove would have preferred a flat tray too  🙂

… found this more comfortable?  🙂

Pigeons try to bully sparrows. They also literally dive into the bowl when they drink water 🙂

Loved the droplets of water in this picture…

Doves seemed to visit more for bajra less for water 🙂

Or maybe it is testing the waters first…

Brahminy Starlings visited twice, both the times in pairs, I was too afraid of disturbing them, so didn’t take many pictures.

I just want them feel at home and visit more often.

The common Mynas chased away the Brahminy Starlings today. That was disappointing, because those two had looked like they meant to spend some time snacking and drinking 🙂

And finally…

This was an absolute surprise!

…a blurry shot from behind a curtain, I hope the Pariah Kite visits again too. I have heard of them dying of dehydration…

Do place bowls of water wherever possible. Even if you don’t like birds, this is the cheapest and most convenient way to do your bit for the environment.

If you find a bird fainted gently pick it up and keep it in shade, feed drops of water regularly. [Click for more information]


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A Dove who wasn’t a rust coloured butterfly ;)

In this post I had posted a shot of a cat stalking a DOVE.

I have to humbly and with great pleasure request all those who saw squirrels, rats, frogs, ‘keys to a brand new Mercedes‘, a clay or an earthen pigeon, a ‘rust coloured butterfly‘, a baby peacock ( 🙄 ) and a pigeon to please accept this surprise badge!! You deserve it! 😉

Heh heh Congratulations 😆 😈

Well, the cat was stalking a dove.

Here’s what happened next…

The dove had no plans to fly!

And then …


But the dove remained unaffected.

The dove did not seem to react to yelling and things being thrown his way. It started walking away.

The cat just sat and watched! And the dove walked away!

This is a much closer shot, it walked towards me, refused to fly… my kids reached the park by this time, hoping to chase the cat away, and seeing them, the dove flew away.

Smart dove! …knew who is the most dangerous of all.

I can only guess this cat is like mine, who loves to look at, not just birds, but also bird shadows, sometimes his entire days are spent bird-watching 😉 Take a look here.

The same drama was seen on the 10th morning also, this time the Dove made the effort to fly and land just a little away from the cat. And the cat didn’t do anything even when the dove came really close.