One fine evening, when I was sitting in my room completing my pending work. I saw a tiny sparrow fluttering over the LED tube light, struggling to perch on it. Upon noticing, I found out there were two lady sparrows, quarrelling with each other to own the spot. Because they wanted to roost there.
The cheepy verbal fight took place for about twenty minutes, after which one amongst them, got the victory. So the winner mounted on the tube light lifted her bottom and squeezed her body to fit in the bar. She shoved her puffy pumpkin bottom and made herself comfortable.
The bird, who lost the fight, saw her with mercy in her eyes. Begging her to allow her to roost on the tube light. But the tiny ferocious bird didn’t give her a green flag, to snuggle inside her tube light bed.
Since sparrows are monogamous, male and female sparrows can be often seen accompanying each other. But this lady sparrow seemed to be single, with no male partner around. She didn’t want someone to put a ring on it!
At most times, she was accompanied by another female sparrow, who wanted to steal her spot. Like other animals, birds are also possessive about their territory and they safeguard it. So no other bird could trespass their boundary. Which means this little birdie wasn’t an exception.
Timid by nature, sparrows fly away easily, if you try to come close to them. Therefore, the lady sparrow is always aware, if there’s any human activity going on in her frontier.
She comes to her roosting place at 5 in the evening and leaves early in the dawn. If someone is walking around the periphery of her roost, she peeps like a child to check– what the alien members are doing. But stays in her place, undisturbed by the activity of others.
One day, my friends and I were sitting on the stairs of the porch, talking about the weather of Doon. The lady bird flew above our heads to sleep in her place. At first, she gracefully sat there. But soon after, she hopped from one window to the other.
Since she does that sometimes, I thought, she might be getting comfortable before crashing into bed. But the bird was savage, she actually wished that we’d leave. As she was feeling threatened by seeing new alien species around, new faces and a new crowd.
So we decided to move; when she saw this from afar. She quickly slipped on to her place, jumping hither and thither on the tube light, before finding her favourite corner to snuggle in. She does that every time.
Ever wondered how does a sparrow sleep? You must have, even I was curious to know this. Thankfully, I got the opportunity to see it live. Birds roosting in trees might sleep in another fashion.
But the one, that built its haven on the tube light, slept with its bill facing downwards. And her head tucked under her bosom, partially fluffing up her body to keep it warm. Sometimes, struggling to balance her head, as she was in deep slumber.
Despite this, she was always alert even in sleep. A little movement or noise of human or animal activity could wake her up. All in all, it was lovely to watch a little sparrow lost in midnight memories, travelling in the kingdom of dreams.
The tiny sparrow stayed with us for over a month, visiting daily in the evening for a goodnight’s sleep. Then one day, when I was opening the door below her roost, the little bird got startled.
Though, she never bothered to pay heed other times, as she roosts high on the tube light. But that day, she got scared and flew away. I instantly regretted to have opened the door, as the bird didn’t return that evening. And neither the other day and the day after.
I felt bad for her, thinking if there were more trees around, she wouldn’t have to struggle, trying to fit in here. The trees that are planted in the backyard are already nursing a bulbul, who has built its nest.
And the vegetation around has been cleared to make houses. Maybe the poor bird has lost her house or she wants to take refuge here. So she can be marked safe from the heavy rains.
Soon a week flew by but the sparrow didn’t come to her old spot. Then today out of the blue, I heard wild chirps of two sparrows echoing in the porch.
They were none other than the two female fighter jets, fighting again to own the spot. I felt happy to see them back. Especially the early bird, who sleeps like a child on her LED tube light bed.
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