Flowers Birds Butterflies etc in my terrace garden
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Also included are some wild orchids of this region which Ive collected from a forest which is now destroyed - a dam site in progress - The Middle Vaitarna. Pleased to say that they are happy and thriving.
The baby tailorbird was born in a nest stitched out of our avocado tree leaves. It fell out one day and we picked him up and cuddled him before returning him to his nest.
The red whiskered bulbul laid three eggs, two hatched but were suffocated by the mother as she attempted to hatch the third obviously infertile egg. Read about it in a separate post below.
Sunbirds and rose ringed parakeets are regulars. Sparrows virtually live here especially after we installed a couple of bird feeders for them. Munias sometimes come by.
Pigeons and crows are unwanted visitors, they know they are unwelcome and push off when they see us, but Im sure they visit when we are not around!
Several other birds, butterflies and other insects visit sporadically, some pose for photos, some do not linger long enough.
In the first week of March 2009, I noticed a developing colony of small honey bees. I was advised to remove it but I have decided to let them be[e] as they will probably fly away when the monsoons begin in June.
Update: The bees suddenly disappeared in the week commencing 14 September 2009. They are all gone as of today 22 September. I shall miss them, I hope they return. In the same week, the tailor bird stitched another nest out of mussaenda leaves. Will update as it progresses.
Will keep adding photos by and by.