Weather is changing

It is not a new phenomena but eternal rule of the nature. Events continue to occur in periodic manner. There is the cycle of weathers and in between transition zones. Winter is knocking at the doors. The days are becoming shorter and nights longer.

Yet in Bombay, changes in weather go unnoticed because of the temperate nature of the annual weather. After the rainy season, whole of India except Bombay begins to become cooler. In Bombay, October and November are very hot and suffocating. The sky is generally overcast, clouds hang over all the time, trapping the intense heat from escape to outer atmosphere.

These days, there is lots of dew on the grass. Everywhere on the path, earthworms slither and despite your best efforts some of them get squashed under the shoes. As the surface begins to heat up, the earthworms are fried badly. It seems that they are there for dying only.

Lots of other insects are available in the grass. I have noticed that great white herons busily foraging in the grass ground. They stay in the boughs of big trees in the night, dart to ground in the early morning to grab the lots of insects and as soon the sun is up, they again hide themselves in the cool dense foliage of the trees around the ground. The road below the trees seems whitewashed with their plenty of droppings. They make very funny noises to register their presence.

There are lots of sparrows which sit and eat the grains my wife spreads generously along the ledges of windows. Lots of pigeons also come. Pigeons gobble the grains very briskly. Most of these pigeons belong to rock pigeon (Columba livia) kind and most of the time seen perched on the ledges of houses. They multiply very fast. Then there are crows but they seem to be not much interested in the grains, they look for insects, infants of smaller birds, morsels of poultry, bones etc. There is great cacophony of birds around our house in the morning. At least, it is happy augury that these birds are there and seem to be happy lot.

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