I’ve put a bird feeder outside my front window in Devon. It’s buzzing with activity, with House Sparrows, Robins, Dunnocks, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Wood Pigeons, Collared Doves, Carrion Crows, Jackdaws and Blackbirds. It’s been a real success, although I worry about all the habitat destroyed to grow the bird seed so I can have them entertain me outside my window.
One thing I hadn’t considered about the feeder was just how noisy it would be. There’s the constant chirp of sparrows from the surrounding bushes. They are really, really noisy. Disturbingly noisy. Noisy like you wouldn’t imagine. So noisy I have to get up from my desk to go and see what all the fuss is about and see just how many of them there are out there.
I’m at RSPB Lodmoor in Weymouth when I hear a familiar sound coming from the bushes and this female is clearly visible for a few seconds.
That really is a beak and a half, isn’t it?