Back when I was a child and a young adult I used to enjoy watching them chasing each other – especially in the spring when large groups of males would chase a single female seeking her favours! I refer, of course, to the humble House Sparrow. We used to have a chain link fence on one side of our garden and I can remember the adept way that they flew straight through it as if it wasn’t there šŸ™‚ Then, almost without any warning, they disappeared. The factory behind our houses was demolished and a new housing estate was built. But the Sparrows had gone, and with them the Starlings too šŸ˜¦ I missed them – small insignificant brown birds… They can’t even sing!!! (I remember the film and a BBC documentary that used the song)

My Son arrived in 2001 and there were no Sparrows performing aero/acrobatics in the garden to amuse him. But we kept putting out the food and the RSPB were busy doing their best to encourage investigation into the cause of the falling numbers and to raise public awareness of their plight. The Sparrow became an officially endangered species in the UK because of the rapid fall in its population – there may be only a couple of hundred Golden Eagles but their population is stable.

Three years ago I noticed a small group passing through – they didn’t stay – a male and a couple of females. Then slowly they started to appear, a couple at a time and never for more than 2 to 3 days. It grew from there – I now have 15 to 20 in my Rowan tree every day and they squabble over the food on my office window-sill. The gradual resurgence in my garden of the humble House Sparrow gives me hope for all the endangered species of the world…

Juvenile House Sparrow
Juvenile House Sparrow

Adult Male House Sparrow
Adult Male House Sparrow