speaking_treeCome October and a great many indistinct trees in the plains of India seem to start speaking! Warblers arrive from the hills and countries up north and set trees abuzz with their constant, muffled calls. One of the most common warblers to visit the plains of north India in winters is Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca, the call of which has been portrayed in this animated graphic. Lesser Whitethroats continuously move and hop around the trees they visit and while at it, utter their call incessantly. Listening to their soft calls in peaceful surroundings is an ethereal experience.


This graphic attempts to illustrate what can potentially be done with one (A4) sheet of paper. For most uses mentioned here, the available real estate is double (the other side as well). And we should remember that saving paper = saving trees 🙂

Come April and this Bougainvillea covered tree near our house would play host to some very special guests. Rosy Starlings (Sturnus roseus), birds that winter in India and go back to Eastern Europe in summer, pass through north and north west India on their way back to Europe. A few birds would stop by at this tree every year, entertain us with their constant ‘chatter’ and charm us with their beauty. So for a few days every year, this tree would take on the role of a Transit Lounge!