Pleasant surprise


Driving about the city this weekend, I saw the Rose & Jasmine Garden sign and decided to take that road. It turned out to be a good decision, as not only is the park very pleasing to the eye  (despite the absence of flora),  I witnessed one of the two animals I noticed missing in Islamabad:  squirrels!

Vive la CDA!

23 Comments so far

  1. crazymonkey on February 23rd, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

    I have always wanted to squeeze a squirrel.

  2. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on February 23rd, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

    That’s a cutie pie! Though i have fed em from my hands but wish some day i could hold one too. :-D


  3. crazymonkey on February 23rd, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    You sure you don’t want to squeeze it Monazza?

  4. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on February 23rd, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    @ crazymonkey
    LOL Yeah i am pretty sure i don’t want to squeeze or squash any living beings, especially cute squirrels.


  5. sufiblade on February 24th, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    Fed em by hand? so that is why they’re becoming extinct

  6. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on February 24th, 2009 @ 10:06 am

    @ sufiblade
    hehe That could be one of the reasons, but i fed them only peanuts, that too unsalted ones, promise. :-D


  7. TNT (ifti) on February 24th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    Last time i saw one of those was under my car’s Tyre. squished. couldn’t save it. poor little soul.

  8. kabirdas on February 24th, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

    @ sufiblade

    Sir, what is the other animal which have noticed missing in Islamabad??

  9. crazymonkey on February 25th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    @ TNT

    Ready made squirrel qeema… what else could one ask for.

  10. sufiblade on February 25th, 2009 @ 9:10 am


  11. oozerkhan on February 25th, 2009 @ 4:20 pm


    gee social Animal ?

  12. kabirdas on February 25th, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

    Can any one tell me where do the sparrow go during winter? They are not migratory birds. Are they?

  13. crazymonkey on February 26th, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    kabirdas sahib, the sparrows are consumed by the residents of Gujrwanwala. It is said that a sparrow’s meat is quite energizing.

  14. sufiblade on February 26th, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    That’s one possible explanation. Because all we see now are kites, crows and ‘maena’ (translation pending).

  15. crazymonkey on February 26th, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    I live in a sort of tropical rainforest type area of Islamabad and I see many different types of birds every morning here. I think the birds are here, they have just relocated from the places where concrete jungles are being erected to the few more naturally natural places left in the city. Mind you, natural nature is different from the nature we usually see in Islamabad.

  16. kabirdas on February 26th, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    I don’t think I have received a satisfactory answer to my question. My question was where do these sparrow and some other birds as well disappear during the winter and then reappear as the weather turns bit mild? The concrete jungle and their being eaten has nothing to do with their disappearance during winter months only. If that was the case they would not be found around Islamabad during summer either. Come on guys; think before you express your opinion !

  17. crazymonkey on February 26th, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    kabirdas pa jee, doesn’t my answer seem logical enough? The Gujranwalers eat the birds in the winter season because they are said to provide warmth. And they cease eating the bird or reduce its consumption during the other seasons, thus bringing the sparrow population back to normal.

  18. kabirdas on February 26th, 2009 @ 10:40 am

    So do you mean to say that the sparrows move to Gujranwala during winter months to be eaten up and provide warmth to people there. And by the same token if we decide to eat them up for warmth in Islamabad they will stay back in Islamabad :-) Come on sir, have a heart and be logical.

  19. sufiblade on February 26th, 2009 @ 10:43 am

    I don’t see the lil gray sparrow even in summer anymore

  20. kabirdas on February 26th, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

    I am talking of ordinary sparrow which you see lot of them during summer.

  21. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on March 3rd, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    it’s a white squirrel or my eyes are blurry?

    BTW I’ve rarely witnessed any squirrel in islamabad. I always thought Lahore’s full of ’em ~

    Nice captcha too !

  22. crazymonkey on March 3rd, 2009 @ 11:50 am

    You sure you don’t want to squeeze it Asma?

  23. kabirdas on March 3rd, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

    @ sufiblade on February 26th

    Meena is called ‘Myna’ in English.

    The other day I asked a friend of mine about the disappearance of sparrows during winter. He is a sort of bird watcher. He told me during winter sparrows stay put in Islamabad as in summer. They dont go to Gujranwala during winter to be eaten up there:-)

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