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sparrow behaviour

Was watching a couple of female house sparrows this morning. One was sitting on a branch of the lime tree, plump but with mangy plumage. The other was flying back and forth from the feeders about 5m away, then flying back and either feeding or preening the first sparrow, it was difficult to be sure. After about three minutes of this both birds flew off in different directions.

It looked like a mother was feeding a fledgling, but it seems early in the season for a fledgling to be at this stage when most mating behaviour this year has been late.

Having said that there were no bluebells in the Paddock/New Croft Meadow a couple of weeks ago it was good to notice a clump of hybrids in the eastern side of the meadow. Raspberry leaves are regrowing on the stems, the fruit here is usually the first week of July to coincide with the school holidays.

Noticed lots of wavy bittercress on the lane (where it is welcome) and in the garden (where it is less welcome) this week. The ferns are also becoming obvious - probably male fern but not had a chance to look at it yet.

wavy bittercress:

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male fern (probably)

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