A Pleasant Guest on My Terrace—The House Sparrow
A Pleasant Guest? The Citizen Sparrow—Why?
One might wonder about the title of this hub.
A Sparrow!--A welcome guest. Why?
The reason is simple. We don't get to see, as many Sparrows these days, as earlier. Do we?
Some 40 years earlier:
When I was a little girl, I remember, we woke up in the morning, with the sweet chirping sound, of this charming, and active bird.
So many of them, sat in a row, in the garden, over the roof tops, in the backyard. Almost everywhere, their presence energized the whole atmosphere.
It‘s difficult to say, who was more delighted to see the other--Me or the Sparrows!
We used to watch them, feed their cute little ones, inside their nest. The mother sparrow would bring some food in her beak to the nest, and all the 3-4 little ones would start shouting--- Cheee-Cheee-Chee; from inside their nest, showing off their tender pink beaks and head. They seemed all eager, to have the food, from the mother sparrow, at the same time. It was such a refreshing and lovely sight,
This was our favourite pass time, as there were no T.V. or Internet, and we were not so much overburdened, or stressed, like today's children.
Just study, play around and be happy--Such a simple life!
Some 25 years earlier:
Even when my kids were younger, these beautiful birds were regular visitors, in my balcony. I have such pleasant memories, of a number of Sparrows, on my balcony wall, some two decades ago.
My kids used to love the sight. They would feed them with rice grains, or other grains, and pulses. And the sight of the grains disappearing within minutes, was so pleasing to my kids.
But the nests were not much visible around, and the numbers of the sparrows also was decreasing.
The House Sparrows: The Situation Now!
Sad but true!
These lovely Sparrows are the endangered one!
Some of the possible reasons, which come to my mind for this, can be listed as follows:---
- Not much greenery, whether small or big plants and trees, around our homes.
- Our homes, during our childhood, were surrounded with many fruit trees, such as the guava and the grape plants.
- Such trees attract birds, as their abode, and they make their nest, on them.
- Nowadays, these fruit plants are rarely found, around the residential areas.
- Many flowering plants, like the Jasmine, lily, Rose, Marigold, and so many of them, were planted in big homes.
- That was enough to keep the air, pollution free and the birds happy, and they used to keep coming in.
- Due to the urbanisatio, and the heavy doze of technology, this kind of vegetation can be found, in the society parks only, not at the individual residences, which have turned into apartments.
- Another very important reason, seems to be, the excessive use of the mobile phones. I don't know how, but they are responsible for the decreasing number of this charming bird.
- According to the environmental expert, this may be because of the electromagnetic radaition, emitted from the mobile towers.
Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone; He, just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me, He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be!
What Can Be Done To Protect The Sparrows?
Environmentalists, all over the World, are doing a lot of research, to find out the reasons, for the decreasing number of the House Sparrows, and also suggesting ways, which you and me can follow.
- Attract the bird, by means of enough vegetation, in your area.
- Keep wooden boxes on the tree branches, and on your terrace, so that they are able to make their nest.
- Spread some grains on your balcony wall, or the open spaces, and also keep some water, in a small container, suitable for their small beaks.
- Create awareness among the people, especially the younger generation.
- Buildings, apartments, skyscrapers everywhere; let’s create some green space, for the birds.
- Avoid cutting of the trees, unless necessary.
House Sparrow, source: You tube
Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.
~~~Alfred A. Montaper
How frequently do you see House Sparrows in your area?
One fact is very easy to understand even by common the people like us—
All the birds, including the Sparrows, are susceptible to the effects of the ever increasing pollution levels, in the air and the water.
Human beings may get sick, or develop diseases, because of the pollution, but the birds are more vulnerable, and sadly they seem to be dying, because of this.
Let us take a pledge, to do something, for this endangered bird, and create awareness among others as well, so that we have more and more pleasant and welcome visits, by this charming and active bird--The House Sparrow!
Most endangered birds, source: You tube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Chitrangada Sharan