Back in Saiha

I’m back at my window, gazing at not so far away Lawngtlai, feeling the peace and content associated with this space I’ve come to call as home. We’ve spent some beautiful days with my sister here. Watching Saiha and Lawngtlai play hide and seek with the sometimes fluffy and often misty clouds as aides. 

The three of us decided to work around the rains and pay a visit to the Kolodyne and its faithful refill Kao. A walk on the banks saw many a frog leap away for the cover of muddy pools. Unable to resist anymore we splashed around in Kao as the tiny but enthusiastic rivulet threatened to push us  into the more intimidating Kaladan. Many a stumbles and mild panics later, we wedged ourselves between stones and rocks and tried a hand at our long forgotten childhood water games.

What the monsoons do to some people and rivers? They make some of us and most rivers decidedly younger and enthused. Like Nimesh’s Ma wanting to sit out on the verandah and get drenched; me wanting to just spread out my arms and soak; the swishing sway in the Kolodyne’s flow; or filling out the youthful Kao’ s rush.

In still some other’s it brings back murky remains of a path that was once crossed, very akin to the muddy waters gushing in the Kolodyne from  banks it had left behind and of the banks of its now that it threatens to break. Our connections reactions to the monsoons are mirrored by all around.

What the monsoons do to the children in the neighborhood is great. Siesta’s break to the sound of shrieking laughter. The group is out playing making most of the while that the sun is out and humouring the light drizzles. 

I’m back home and so are the rains and yes it can’t be said enough ……I’m loving it!

A walk around the campus - II

Found myself at home once again and enjoyed the brief walks around the campus. 

The Spotted Owlets

Grey Hornbill

Golden Oriole

Am reminded of my last trip where my nieces caught a bit of the birding fever with us. Mansi and Mahi  accompanied us on some walks around the campus. The herbarium of the hospital seemed like a little treasure chest for them with a couple of white mice, white pigeons and parakeets as pets and whole lot of others free. The sight of their jaws dropping on seeing the dance of peacock on the terrace of a water works building was priceless. They squatted pretty on the boundary wall of the herbarium and watched some sparrows play in a puddle. Thats probably the longest happy silence I've seen the two in.

Very soon, we had Mansi shrieking ...."Maasi ....woh dekho Kauwe  jaisa hai"  sending an unsuspecting coucal into a startled flight! The younger of the two had us rolling with laughter while she tried to quieten the elder one's banter with ssh's sharper than our pressure cooker whistle!  For some reason , they felt that the paths we were walking were also frequented by snakes and that pretty much put a temporary halt to our watching for the day. 

The campus where our home is offers such bounty and I say this with a tinge of regret that I never got around to exploring much of it during my college days. Well, better late than never here's starting with a bird list 

In our visits between March 2010 to July 2010 we were able to identify these birds inside the Holy family Hospital Campus in Delhi. There are plenty more that we have not seen yet or identified and hopefully in the time to come we'll get to see more
  1. Black Drongo
  2. Brown Headed Barbet
  3. Common Hoppoe
  4. Common Maina
  5. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  6. Greater Coucal
  7. Green Bee eater
  8. Grey Hornbill
  9. House Crow
  10. Indian Cuckoo
  11. Indian Koel
  12. Laughing Dove
  13. Oriental Magpie Robin
  14. Peacocks
  15. Purple Sunbird
  16. Red Vented Bulbul
  17. Rock Pigeons
  18. Rose ringed Parakeet
  19. Spotted Owlet
  20. Tawny Eagle
  21. White Breasted Kingfisher
  22. Yellow Footed Green Pigeon

..... to be continued