Putting in feeders, chicken homes & water bowls pays off as Thane witnesses rise in sparrow inhabitants

THANE: The population that was on a decline a few years ago in the city has finally witnessed an increase in numbers. Thanks to the various initiatives taken up by residents and NGOs who put up nests and bird houses in their balconies and housing societies.
From making nests to installing bird feeders and water bowls for the petite winged beauties, Thaneites have gone out of their way to make the city more bird friendly. They have been stocking up food, creating shelter to attract birds.

Due to all these efforts, they have saved these birds from becoming extinct.

(20), a resident who had installed a sparrow house and feeder in his balcony in 2014, said, “We used to hardly see any sparrows in our vicinity four years ago. But now, the chirping of these birds has become prominent as many have put up sparrow homes in their balcony. In the first few months itself, sparrows used to come and feed on the grains. When we kept the feeder and house opposite each other and kept a few plants around it, we had more sparrows coming in and starting families in the sparrow house. While we see sparrows every day, it has been even more exciting watching the adult sparrow feeding their fledglings and leaving the house with their small families around three months later.”

Many housing societies who had started Sparrow-Vapsi projects have witnessed a rise in the number of sparrows is their gardens these days. “Over the past few years we have been reading a number of articles about the depleting sparrow population due to the rise in urbanisation and drop in tree count. We made sparrow nests and placed them in parts of the buildings that would attract these birds,” said , a resident of Neelkanth Heights society, where they have installed bird feeders. While residents have been doing their bit to conserve the sparrow population, many schools like Sankalp English School has also been enlightening their students about it by asking them to make sparrow houses and essays writting on the subject.

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