Friday, 21st October 2005


A botany lesson, sparrow style: those twiglets on the stag-horn sumac: they're not branches, as they might appear to be; they're the stems of the compound leaves of this garden shrub.

It's turning colour and the leaves are falling one by one, so these sparrows are chancing it when they perch there in the morning sun, especially as all four of them squeeze together, chatting and jostling with each other, on the same slender twiglet.

Down they all go, like a sight-gag in a Looney Tunes cartoon. Next Page


Richard Bell,