Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Plague

Our fat-ball feeder has been rather busy recently.  House Sparrows (Passer domesticus), are in serious decline in Britain, their numbers have dropped by about 71% since 1977.  But around our front garden and the hedgerows opposite, there seems to have been a resurgence in numbers.
Flying across the road in squadrons, plagues of these balls of feathered fury, spend their time squabbling, fighting, pecking and squawking at each other while demolishing the fat-balls at an alarming rate.
The Starlings come along for the food too, having worked out how to hang on to the feeder, they attack it with gusto while the Sparrows swirl about and try to get a look-in.  It all makes life rather interesting in our front garden.
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