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The Odd Sparrow

(1) Sparrow going Cheap Cheap
(1) Sparrow going Cheap Cheap
(2) Sparrow
(2) Sparrow
(3) Sparrow
(3) Sparrow
(4) Sparrow
(4) Sparrow
(5) Sparrow
(5) Sparrow
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(6) Sparrow
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(7) Sparrow
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(8) Sparrow

 


The Odd Sparrow.
There I was at Home having a nice quiet evening watching the telly, when I got a call from a friend saying that they had Sparrows with a lot of white on their wings in their garden.


Well, too late to do anything at that time.
Next morning off I went to see them. Got there to be greeted with a Tiger! Yes a Tiger. It seemed to be okay with me, and soon settled down. Well I waited for about an hour, but no sign of our feathered friends, so off I went home.
Back again two days later, to be greeted again with the Tiger. It was prowling around the garden, which I was told that it spent most days doing that. It then sat down beside me, and I was not the least bit scared, but glad that I was wearing brown trousers. Got cup of coffee and biscuits from the home owners.
Well I did not have to wait long till ‘Whitey ‘the first Sparrow appeared. Well what else would you call it? As you can see it was a lot different from your usual Sparrow. It was a bit wary at first, and kept a good distance from me, or maybe it was the Tiger that frightened it, but no, it was used to it, so I was the problem with me having my camera and pointing it at it. It eventually came very close and allowed me to get some good shots. I am showing you my favourite, with the price tag below it. A very cheap bird indeed. There were three of them with the white on their wings, and maybe their rump, but I was unable to see that area, and I only saw two.
Over joyed that I had at last seen them. But, why is it when a bird has a change of colour it has to be white? I have seen many birds with white on their wings or completely white, Carrion Crows, Jackdaws, Sparrows, Oyster Catchers, and there was a Robin all white at Mountstuart many years ago. I first wrote about and Albino Sparrow that was around Kingarth and Kilcahttan Bay on 05-12-2003. I say Albino, but I am led to believe that the pigmentation that affects the feathers also affects their eyes making the pinkish in colour, and I was not close enough to see that. It did not last long, as a white bird finds it very hard to find a safe place to hide , but years later there were three of them flying about the same area, and lasted a couple of years, and now these at the other end of the island, is a bonus.
I know that if you throw bread to a Sparrow it will eat it, as do Carrion Crows, Rooks Swans, Seagulls etc., and if we throw white bread every day to them, I don’t think that it would affect them one bit. Just think that if we stopped feeding the Castle Swans with white bread what colour would they end up with? Once again no difference. So that’s it and I will ‘WIND UP FOR TONIGHT’.

Oh! I Nearly forgot to say that the tigers name is James Robertson, more commonly known as ,


Tiger Robertson,   from Cnoc An Raer


Norrie Mulholland
First Published in the Buteman . 12-07-2013

 

 

 


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