Last Saturday (23rd Jul 2011) saw so many adult and child volunteers at the Puttenahalli lake that they spread from the gazebo to near the viewing deck. It began with the early birds starting from 6 a.m.! Despite the soil hardened by dry weather making deweeding a little difficult, the volunteers put their heart and soul into the work. They were amply rewarded with the presence of many new birds. We saw a white breasted kingfisher, brahminy kite, regular kite, a pair of ducks, purple heron (four flew above the lake together). Also a snake that crossed our track! Photos below.
Sunday saw a fewer number of volunteers but their enthusiasm was in no way less! This initiative has another positive side - we get to make new friends in Brigade Millennium, Oak Tree Place, Elita and quite a few of the residential complexes in the area.
Here's what one enthusiast had to say about his experience as a weekend gardener at Puttenahalli Lake,
"We were all inspired and happy to do our bit on both Saturday and Sunday, saw a lot of people having fun and getting their hands dirty.
It was a great feeling for me and took me back to days when we had a yard to tend - living in an apartment robs our kids the opportunity to work in gardens and get a real feel for nature!
And last but not least, this is simply great exercise! I haven't sweated like this in a long time!
Oh yes - lest I forget - we also sighted some rare birds - they seem to be coming back already!"
You are most welcome to join in the fun and work this weekend at Puttenahalli Lake. As before - 9 to 11 a.m., water bottle, gloves, cap and camera. And bring your children along! Thanks to the intermittent rain this week, the soil will give up weeds more easily!