During confinement, birds break human distance

As the city plunges into silence in this period of confinement, people wake up to the songs of birds and their joyous chatter. With normal daily routines reversed, many are discovering the joys of bird watching and identifying them by their trills and tweets.

The curfew has reduced the human distancing seen by birds, begins Dr. Vigneswaran, a bird watcher. “Deserted roads mean less air and noise pollution. Until now, we have been speculating that it is lack of food that keeps birds away from us. But it is now becoming quite clear that we have been committing a crime against birds by pestering them and invading their birds.

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Lalitha Sai, a Mandaveli resident, is thrilled to see so many birds at Adyar Creek. I have been living here for the past five years, but I have never come across so many birds. One of my favorite hobbies these days is observing these birds from the terrace of my apartment, she says.

Another enchanted resident is Sadhana Rajkumar, popularly known as the Sparrow Savior. From sunbirds and flycatchers to tailors, woodpeckers and parrots, it's been a great joy bringing them back to our neighborhood, she says. The closure has increased the sparrow count in the city, he says, adding: My mother's place in Besant Nagar has come alive with the sparrow symphony.

When S Kripa de Adyar saw a peacock strutting majestically on the terrace of his neighbor's apartment, he could hardly believe his eyes. We fed him grains and he stayed there for a few minutes before it flew off, he says, barely able to contain his excitement.

But as much as bird lovers are delighted to enjoy this return of birds, they are also concerned that once the enclosure is lifted, birds will once again withdraw from our lives. Sadhana suggests: “A closure of one day each week should be mandatory. That will not only reduce pollution, but will also restore the harmony that humans once shared with nature.