As an Indian and especially from Goa, we are huge consumers of coconut in our family from ages. Once the coconuts have been completely used we do not through the shells we keep them aside to create holly fire rituals. As regular my wife had kept the remains of coconut shells on the window railings besides the bowl of water which is regularly kept for birds in the summer season. We have a tradition in our family that before starting the lunch or dinner a small portion of the food must first be offered to the birds or animals. It is meant that when we offer food and water to birds and animals they reach our ancestors which are hungry and thirsty.
Now to the main story our window glasses are coated with anti glare window film which avoids the direct sunlight into the house. The advantage of these glasses is that we can see through them but nobody from the outside can see the inside. Taking advantage of the anti glare windows I often watch birds sitting on our railing and watch them playing here and there drinking water, eating food offered and even leaves of the plants. It’s really a huge fun and relaxing to watch those sweet little birds having fun.
One day I realized that all the birds were busy as usual except for one bird. She was busy pulling the strings from the coconut shell which were kept near the water bowl besides the plants. She pulled one string with much exertion and flew away. Later she again came and again pulled one more string after two to three pulls she was able to break though a single string. This continued for a while, but later I got to my routine and that day was gone.
The next day I again went to the window as usual to watch the birds enjoy and to my amaze the little bird was again on what she was doing yesterday. I had a word with my wife about what actually this bird might be doing with those coconut strings as she might be having some idea. She said that the little bird is building her nest as it might time for to lay eggs and a reason of which she is pulling those strings. Those strings are very light yet very strong and can be easily bent to make a round and cozy nest for the eggs to be kept warm and safe. I was so amazed that I was witnessing a hardworking sparrow building her nest and soon to have a family like mine.
I was so happy and excited that wanted to help that little bird build her nest quickly, but how? I again asked my wife and she said see she is pulling those strings and it’s a tough job for her with that small beak of her. Now you do one thing when that bird is off with one string quickly pull out all the strings out of the coconut shell and spread them and again close the window and watch. I quickly did what my wife said and kept on watching the bird came and for a moment she was still and a little confused as to how the strings are off that shell. But suddenly she took 4 to 5 strings at once and flew away, now where she was carrying a single string in one trip now she was carrying 4 to 5. That small deed was saving much of her energy of pulling those strings off which was quite hard for that little sparrow.
Now again I wanted to help that pregnant little bird which was soon to lay eggs, question was what to? Quickly it came to my mind that I have some old cushions which we were suppose to dispose off. I ran inside and tore those cushions and removed a little bit of soft cotton and again spread them on the railing and waited for the bird to come. She again came and my excitement was about to burst waiting for her to carry those cushion balls which I had kept for her, as they will make her little home more cozy.
I almost jumped and hugged my wife as that little bird carried away my cushion ball with her. I don’t have words that will explain you the amount of happiness which was flowing though my veins at that moment. I don’t know how many of you would consider that a joyous moment but for me it was really a wonderful felling. I realized that there are so many things that might be worthless for us but they have a whole lot of meaning for someone. I remember telling these to my office colleagues and they all loved it and planned to the same at their places.
My request to all, to please keep some water and food for the birds in the summer as the temperature rises very high killing most of the birds around the world due to thirst. I never use to do it earlier until someone told us to and now I am requesting you all too. It could be a very little effort of yours but it could save many sweet little lives. Me and my wife have come with another plan as-well, we had some furniture work done in our house last week. And there are some wooden planks left over which also we were going to throw away. But my wife came up with a great plan why not build small bird houses and hang them on the nearby trees. Now I am not a carpenter expert that can build a house but we have asked the one who made our furniture to show us how to make one, the rest we will do on our own. Just realized that a house is just not always build with bricks and cements it can also built with things you won’t ever imagine.
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