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This morning…

Went for a walk, didn’t take the camera along, but then used it at home 🙂

A cup of green tea with these cookies baked yesterday.

Apple, almonds, oats and raisins. No sugar. No butter 🙂 and in my case… No shape 🙄

(Thanks for the recipe Sangeeta.)

Some sparrows in the balcony clamoured for attention.

Finally I decided they deserved to be shot 😡

And they turned their back on me!

Caught this one though…

For breakfast, made this omelette with broccoli, cheese and fresh coriander.

(Sangeeta’s combination. She forbade spring onions and tomatoes 😛 ).

..on my favorite cast iron tawa.

The tawa is non stick (without any teflon coating) but very heavy, it hasn’t been used for a while, because I am the only one at home who used to use it.

If used regularly, it looks smoother and blacker.

Looks colourful?

We aren’t the only ones who like pretty colors in our breakfast 🙂

Wish they’d eat a little slowly…

Can you spot the pink in her beak? That’s a pink petal she is eating.


Edited to add: Another beautiful day two years ago on June 8, 2008… I am glad I wrote that post.

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]