Serins like a banana toffee whirl
There’s a bird singing like a Canary at the top of a tree at Lago di Alviano. It has the colours of a banana toffee whirl. Do you remember those, or were they just a feature of my childhood?
Last time I saw a Serin I checked the RSPB’s website about them.
“There are 1-2 breeding pairs in the UK. And the number who pass through the UK in a year? Clickety click 66. That’s a tragically small number.”
I check their website again in 2023: UK breeding population: 0.
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