The ...Building A House Sparrow

November 21, 2008

On the way back home from our Ragihalli trip, we stopped at what I call the Ragihalli Restaurant (no, you won’t find it unless I take you…the proprietrix wiped out her children’s homework being done (in chalk) on the table when we ordered “chai” for all of us!)

lady cleaning children's homework ragihalli village 171108

(Here’s a sample of the children’s schoolwork elsewhere on the walls)

children's homework ragihalli village

(That’s how homework is done, 20 km from the IT giants of the world….!)

and we noticed this little male HOUSE SPARROW:


He was on the basket that contained broken pieces of cement and granite, and it was obvious he was busy building up his nest! So we watched him….

He had a small piece of hay in his mouth at first:

male sparrow with nesting material 171108 ragihalli village

He apparently didn't, finally, want such a small piece of nesting material, so he dropped it. He then flew across the road to this little shop kept, probably, by these two people: two people at the shop they probably own ragihalli village 171108 You can see the two casuarina-and-palm-frond pillars that support the thatch that gives shade to the shopfront. From the thatch, he took a lot of effort to pull out some dried grass: 171108 sparrow taking material from thatch ragihalli village He brought it carefully down to near our feet: sparrow with hay piece 171108 He then wrestled it into position to be carried... sparrow wrestling with hay Off he went, to his little home in the rolling shutter of the building door: sparrow's nest ragihalli village

This sparrow has a great deal in common with my “sambandhi”…my son in law’s mother..both are architects who have designed and built their own homes!

Well satisfied with the delightful way the House Sparrow’s House was shaping up, we left; since many Bangaloreans are worried about the decline in sparrow populations, we are hoping that we will see more sparrows in Ragihalli, at least, in the near future!