Every time I go to buy fruit, I make it a point to request the shopkeeper for some fruit that he can spare (happily), that are slightly damaged yet edible, and otherwise won’t sell. These are for the birds and squirrels that live in trees near my home. By now, the shopkeeper too knew very well that I would require such fruit also, and his staff sorts out some good ones for my extended family. I keep them out for the myna (starling), bulbul (Persian nightingale), and the squirrels.
The sparrows and kabootars (doves) on the other hand, prefer grains. So I spread grains for them. They have started recognising me now. When they see me with a container of grain, they come fluttering. Squirrels also delightedly partake of the grain and so enjoy both the cuisines!
I am blessed to be living in government accommodation, that has some open space. I have kept two shallow earthen pots of water in my tiny garden, where birds quench their thirst and also bathe to their heart’s content. Mynas enjoy bathing in the winter afternoons, while bulbuls enter the water after much of contemplation, and come out even faster, just as we would if we have to bathe with cold water on a cold day!
Its bliss to see them eating, chirping, fluttering, and also fighting for the same bite (despite there being no shortage).
The image is of a starling who has come to the rim of the pot after her bath.
There is great joy hidden in small things around us.