Poor sparrows


This afternoon, I noticed two sparrows caught in the netting over my strawberries. It looked like they had been trying to get underneath to eat the strawberries and they seemed quite distressed. One of them was particularly tangled up in it – possibly had got in that state in trying to get out again and then gone into panic.

Fortunately, I was able to untangle them without too much difficulty, which was a relief. As well as being upset on their behalf, it was touching that I had been able to get so close to them. Overall, though, I wonder how long they had been in there and if they would have been able to untangle themselves, had I not come along to help. And I am now asking myself if there is anything I can do to prevent this happening again…. hopefully, these birds have learned not to attempt to go under the netting but there are plenty more who could give it a go.

On a happier note, my daughter didn’t want to eat her garlic bread for tea but said that she thought it would be better being feed to the birds, so that they didn’t have to risk the netting anymore. What a love she is!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Poor sparrows

  1. Cozycakes Cottage says:

    What a sweetie she is!

  2. mybrightlife says:

    Oh dear. Poor sparrows. We miss having them around this time of year and it is always fun watching them gather to head up to your side! Strawberries must be a real treat for them – they don’t get any out of my garden!

    • I never thought of sparrows heading south! Of all the birds, they are the ones I’ve seen most keen on my fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video recorder at hand yesterday but they also gave me a fun show while feeding on some bread I had left out for them 🙂

  3. Bridget says:

    I plant lots of fruit so I can afford to let the birds have some and don’t have to use netting.

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