Friday, April 16, 2010

For you, birdie

"Thousands of birds are dying", informed a mail in my inbox, "because of the heat wave"... and also asked us to leave some water in our balconies for the birds to stop by.

The ambient temperature during the day is really that harsh. Ten minutes of exposure to the sun can drain all energy out of healthy individuals.

We complied to the appeal of the mail, and placed a fairly large vessel full of water in a secluded corner of our terrace. It was a Saturday, and I was home. I even put ice cubes in the afternoon so that the water remains cool for a longer time.

The first day, strangely, not a single bird ventured.

"These creatures must be blind", I almost thought when I saw a wasp splashing in the water. I wondered if it could communicate to the birds... from the next day, the number of visitors in our bird-bath has shot up significantly.

Every morning, I pour out the water to the plants in my so called garden [so as not to waste the water], and fill the vessel with clean water. Throughout the day, the birds chirp, tweet and make merry in their exclusive corner on my terrace.


My Unfinished Life said...

my plants, poor souls, they droop at the end of the day, no matter how much water i put in the morning!!....
u got me inspired too, ill place a bowl for the birds too...if i can find an earthen bowl..

Deepak Acharya said...

Excellent ! I appreciate that :)

Anya said...

Touching story
very well written !!!!!!


Akanksha said...

Hi Anupama...I must say what a lovely view u see every morning by looking these birdies....their chirping gives an unique pleasure...great job