Jungle babblers find safe haven in Jagadeeshan's place again
Poinachi (Kasaragod): When the entire world is under threat of COVID-19, a pair of jungle babblers (locally called Kariyilakkili) returned to their safe haven here for the next breeding season. Surprisingly, the birds accurately found a similar place which they came to nest last year and laid eggs in the nest this time too. Two of the eggs hatched the other day and the birdlings started chirping. The mother bird is taking care of them. One of the egg has not hatched.
Mathrubhumi had reported the story of Karichery native V Jagadeeshan last year, as he decided to preserve the nest of jungle babblers on a ripe bunch of banana on his compound. On seeing the bird's eggs in the nest, he did not cut the ripe banana and protected the nest till the eggs hatched. Mathrubhumi published the news in August last year.
This time, the jungle babblers returned in June itself and nested on the banana tree in the areca nut plantation of Jagadeeshan's father Kunjiraman Nair. They nested three weeks ago and Jagadeeshan has been observing them since then. Last time, it took 40 days for the birdlings to leave nest after hatching eggs. Jagadeeshan is working as clerk in Manjeswaram Taluk Civil Supplies Office.