Let’s lay the table for our feathered friends
And see who flies in for lunch today!
What you need -
Empty bottle of water or soda
Enough birdseed (or bajra/kangini) to fill more than half a bottle
Old wooden spatula/spoon
• Begin by deciding exactly where your spatula will go, this will be the post for your bird to stand on while it eats.
• Mark where the holes are going to be – front and back.
• Use a craft knife to make slits in the form of an x on the bottle.
• Make a small circle with the craft knife ¬above the slits. This will be where the bird will get his food.
• Insert the wooden spoon.
• Plug the hole with a cotton ball to prevent the birdseed from spilling out. Fill the bottle with birdseed.
•Tie twine, ribbon, or wire around the top of the bottle and replace the cap. This is for hanging the bottle.
• Finally, hang it from a tree and remove the cotton ball so the birds can get to the seeds!
And voila! The refreshments are laid out and now all you have to do is wait for your merry gliding guests to pay you a visit!¬¬¬
The list of below of Common Garden Aves (scientific name for a bird!) may help you identify your lunch guests –
House Sparrow – fast disappearing from Indian cities due to pollution, habitat and food loss
Purple Sunbird – male has metallic purple body as if dipped in oil!
Tailorbird – pale mossy green upper feathers, light terracotta crown
Ashy Prinia – slate grey uppers, rose colored underbelly and red eyes
Oriental White-eye – neon green body with a white ring around their eyes
Coppersmith Barbet – metallic tuk tuk tuk call, juvenile bird lacks red feathering around eyes
Indian Myna – common sight in the city, brown & black with white under wings
Brahminy Starling – black crown, pale orange underbelly
Pied Starling – black and brown body, orange around eyes and bright yellow beak
Jungle Babbler – grey streaky body, ‘talks’ incessantly around company
Red-whiskered Bulbul – white & brown body, black crest, red around eyes & below tail
Red-vented Bulbul – white & brown body, red below tail
Laughing Dove – brownish-pink underparts, grey feathers, black tips and speckled neck
Black Drongo – glossy black body, long tail forked at end
Rose-ringed Parakeet – a parakeet with a rose ‘necklace’
Brown-headed Barbet – speckled brown head and green lower feathers
White-throated Kingfisher – brown body, blue streak, white breast
Black-rumped Flameback – white and black eye stripe
Spotted Owlet – speckled and spotted feathers, big eyes
House Crow – you know them when you see them!
Blue Rock Pigeon – common pigeon in our cities
Collared Dove – brownish-pink underparts, grey feathers, black tips, black collar
Yellow-footed Green Pigeon – large, olive yellow feathers, grey underparts
Asian Koel – blackish green feathers, yellow ring around the eyes
Black Kite – an acrobat of the sky! Large black and brown kite with large wingspan
Grey Hornbill – prominent base at the beak, yellow tipped beak
Red-wattled Lapwing – long yellow stilt like legs, red around eyes & beak, brown/black body
Indian Peafowl – the majestic peacock and peahen