I was reading yesterday that huge flocks of starlings are becoming a rarity in the UK. I didn't realise this, I thought that they were still very common.
Starlings make me remember when I worked in the city of Birmingham in a very big bank. In the winter when I left to take the train home, the noise in the streets was incredible. The starlings settled on the huge Victorian building opposite and also in a few trees, yes trees!. I think that many people regarded them as a pest like pigeons.
Now my favorite birdsong is probably the Skylark, which I used to hear occasionally in Dorset, where I lived for many years. My favorite piece of classical music is the Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams. Well Skylarks are very rare too. Link here about the music, and here.
When we lived in Dorset we spent several years living in a cottage, and the chimney pots along this lane were very popular with Jackdaws, I love em they are so funny and get up to all sorts of nonsense. In fact the garden was always full of different types of birds, and we often heard woodpeckers.
It would seem that even the humble sparrow has declined in numbers, that I find very hard to understand because I would have thought that they didn't need a special habitat, just shows what I know.
I love to see the big birds of prey here in Brittany, they swoop the fields, and annoy the crows.
Yes I even like crows, am I the only person who does? The garden here has wrens, blackbirds, finches, the odd thrush and the territorial robin. I will keep a look out for any sparrows.
Here is a picture that I took last year, one evening, it is a grey heron in a tree down yonder, the heron is a symbol for this village along with three golden tree stumps.
Grey Heron takes a rest
Let me know if you see any sparrows today!
The French word for nonsense (well one of them) is billevesée
Etymology for the word common.