Birds are major indicators of the health of our environment, which is why people spend so much time and energy monitoring, counting and ringing them. If a bird once so common is now in such serious trouble, something’s out of kilter out there. Their drastic decline has to have an impact on us.
|Male sparrow in the box on the end of my house|
I switch on my TV, not to see what comes out of the Chancellor's red box, but to see what’s going on in the bird box on the end of my house. The sparrows are busy. Their nest is coming along nicely. He flies in with a piece of dry grass, faffs and fiddles, pushing it into place with his beak.
She appears at the entrance with a feather and he flies off, squeezing past her. Sometimes they don’t bring any material into the nest, just fix and tidy what’s already there, forcing the scratchy grass into a soft circle by turning their plump bodies around and around.
|One in, one out|