Delhi Spring: The Birds’ Cafeteria




“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.”
— Rabindranath Tagore


The featured tree with striking, fleshy, reddish orange flower is popularly known as Semal in Hindi, Shaalmala in Sanskrit, Red Silk Cotton in English and botanically Bombax Ceiba. It has a cute nickname too, ‘The Birds’ Cafeteria’, and this post will tell you why.

So while I nursed a severe throat infection,  I ‘felt’ the joy this lone Semal tree was spreading . For the first time in so many years I actually “noticed” the tree. This shows that we become “aware” of things when we are living in the “now”. 

From the comfort of the balcony I enjoyed, rather still enjoying, the birds and the blooms. The tree is at a distance and I have done my best to capture (sans telephoto lens) the flighty activities on this gorgeous flowering tree.

Yes …….. Delhi Spring is thriving! 

Now just sit back and enjoy the visual treat………

Rose-Ringed Parakeets (Psittacula Krameri)

Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula Eupatria)

Rufous Treepies (Dendrocitta Vagabunda)

Rufous Treepie

Brown-Headed Barbet (Psilopogon Zeylanicus)

Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon Haemacephalus)

Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird (Ardeola Grayii)

Red-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus Cafer)

Pied Mynas or Asian Pied Starlings (Gracupica Contra)

Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon (Treron Phoenicoptera)

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia Decaocto) & Common Myna (Acridotheres Tristis)

Black Kite (Milvus Migrans)

House Sparrow (Passer Domesticus)

House crow (Corvus Splendens) or Indian Greynecked crow

Oriental Magpie Robin – Male (Copsychus Saularis)

Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus Sutorius)

Brahminy Starling (Sturnia Pagodarum)

Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris Asiaticus) Male

Purple Sunbird Male

White-Throated Kingfisher (Halcyon Smyrnensis)

Indian White-Eye (Zosterops Palpebrosus)

Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia Asiatica) Female

Purple Sunbird Female

Black Drongo (Dicrurus Macrocercus)

Common Myna & Rufous Treepie

Brown Rock Chat (Oenanthe Fusca) or Indian Chat

Indian Palm Squirrel or 3-Striped Palm Squirrel (Funambulus Palmarum)

Brown Headed Barbet & Rose Ringed Parakeet


More birding experience from the comfort of home:
Pangot – A Birding Paradise!
Trivia: Whoosh of the Rosy Starlings
Trivia: Yellow Footed Green Pigeon
Trivia: Asiatic Parakeets

Stay on the Delhi Spring trail with: 
Delhi Spring: Tulips! Tulips! Tulips!
Delhi Spring: Daisy Dazzle



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Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe


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  6. Gosh! Monika. This is such a treat. So many fascinating winged visitors. I love the riot of colours the Silk Cotton strews our alleys with, this time of the year.

    Thank you so much for painstakingly putting this entire album together. I’m bowled over.

    Love and cheer!

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  7. These images are incredible! Beautiful natural ‘paintings’!
    Very generous in doing the mosaic. Everything can be seen just in a glance!
    Thank you for the colors and beauties!
    Happy WW!

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  8. Wow! What an awesome post, Monika! I so envy you—must be so wonderful bird watching from your balcony! Hope you are feeling better now! Such a wide variety of birds that come visiting on that Semal tree. It must be a very popular one with the feathered beauties, right?

    Thanks for sharing these fabulous pictures and for joining our blog hop this week, Monika.
    Happy #ww and a fantastic week ahead to you!

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  9. Ah, such lovely captures and the pretty chirpy friends… Awwww… You know Monica, I too love bird watching from my balcony and here I can feel how blessed you must be feeling to watch these fluttery creatures in the bright blooms of the spring flowers of Seemal.

    So how is your throat infection now? Take care, as the season brings a lot of such issues.

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    • The throat is much better now. The weather is very moody.

      Its a blessing Sarmistha ……. For so many years that tree has been there but I guess I noticed life on it this year, rather it has increased. Maybe just for me 😂😂

      Early in the morning such sights set a beautiful note to the day!

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