We all ignore the over-familiar. Sparrows are one species which is often unfairly overlooked. This is despite them being beautiful, fascinating to watch and intellectually stimulating to learn about. Here in Italy Sparrows are still common and I’m always delighted to see them. Here’s an adult male:
I’ve seen Italian Sparrows before on the streets of Rome. They remind me of the Romans I’ve met: gritty; hard working; proud; and stylishly understated.
They are very wary here in the Lido di Tarquinia and this is as close as I get:
Seeing them is always pleasure. What’s the species you love which is often ignored by passers by?