When I was self-isolating at my parents home in Gujarat, this picture of a female House Sparrow is taken at our home. My parents provide plenty of food and protection from predators to many House Sparrow families. And, as the day starts, they start chirping, taking shower in water bowls, eating wheat or rice or pearl millet or sorghum. Funny thing is they keep knocking on the glass of kitchen window and bike mirrors. This picture was clicked when a sparrow was sitting in our lime tree. Sometimes, shikra or outside cats or snakes try to raid this small colony, however, my parents have placed cardboard boxes in such a way that sparrows can be safe. Even sparrows start chirping so loudly which my parents take as an alarm to check the trouble. Within this small colony, many generations of house sparrows have been protected and fed. It requires a time to time effort to change the cardboard boxes, but their presence makes the whole surrounding merry. Aren't these sparrows resemble our situation of lockdown? Both have food, and both have protection inside the home!
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