Friday, 6 July 2012

Common as Muck

That cheeky chappie the House Sparrow is in decline in some parts and it brings home to me just how the commonplace suddenly becomes very important when we realise that something taken for granted could be lost forever. With its rather monotonous cheep cheep and somewhat dull colour scheme this bird is often overlooked, but on closer inspection its subtle browns, greys and various shades in between have a beauty all of their own.
Oxfordshire is successfully operating a rescue plan for its cousin the Tree Sparrow although this horrendously wet summer is proving a most difficult time and its looking as though this year is going to be our first real disappoinment in some six seasons of a steady upward trend in breeding numbers, of course many other species are also struggling and we are in the hands of an unseasonal season.

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