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house sparrows

Sparrow Haven

Tuesday 14th August 2001, West Yorkshire

sparrow NATIONALLY House Sparrows are in decline, but in our back garden every time I walk past the shed there's a soft whirr of wings as dozens of them fly up from the shrubs and hedge. this evening 30 or more take off, leaving as many more amongst the shrubs.

creeping thistle The thistles from our garden that I drew on Sunday are a little behind the majority in the valley. Low sun illuminates floating thistledown which eddies this way and that on a gentle breeze. But three unusually purposeful floating shapes turn out to be Large White butterflies chasing one another, then settling down on the blossoms of our garden Buddleia. next page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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