“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)
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)
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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