South Brent "Italian Sparrow sp"

The male Italian Sparrow sp that visited my garden feed station throughout 2020 arrived back this afternoon, I last saw it in early October after it had been absent for several days, it appeared to have been mauled and I suspected that it had run foul of a cat.

I noticed it earlier this afternoon in what can only be described as a pitiful condition, most of its facial and head feathers are missing, and parts of its face and eye ring are swollen, but it's alive and despite its looks it is alert and feeding well, given its appearance and the recent spell of bitterly cold weather I am surprised its survived.

Italian Sparrow sp
Italian Sparrow sp
Italian Sparrow sp
Italian Sparrow sp

Posted January 11th at 4:12 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News