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3:11pm on Thursday, 3rd June, 2021:

Early Bird


I was awoken at 5:30am yesterday morning by a sparrow that had flown in through our bedroom window and become trapped between the curtain and the part of the window that wasn't open. My wife managed to coax it out, which was only fair because she'd opened the window in the first place.

Yesterday evening, she opened the window again. This time, the curtains were also open. So it was that when we went to bed we found an exhausted sparrow flying around in circles, landing on every surface in the bedroom except the one next to the open window. It must have taken 15 minutes to direct it to the exit.

This afternoon, I spotted a sparrow attacking its reflection in the wing mirror of next door's van. I don't know if it's the same sparrow as one or both of the ones that came in yesterday, because I'm insufficiently proficient at recognising sparrow faces, but I bet it was. That's not a normal sparrow.

My wife is now afraid to open the window in case a bird flies in. She is not heartened by my observation that if we lived in Australia, a lot worse things than birds can come in through a window.

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