Bird Advent calendar – Day 22

Only 2 days to go till my countdown to Christmas is over.

Day 22 of my countdown to Christmas is the House sparrow.

House Sparrows used to be very common in the UK, we trapped them, shot them and even ate them. House Sparrow went in to decline and are now are unfortunately on the Red status on the RSPB website.

There are two possible reasons that House sparrows are in decline, one of them is that there is not enough insects, the other reason is lack of nesting places.

House Sparrow nest under house eaves or in hedges but with new houses and less hedgerows there are less places to nest.

House Sparrow nest in groups so need a group of nest boxes together or a special House Sparrow box like we have that has a 4 boxes in a row. Unfortunately our next box hasn’t been used for a while but over the last few months I have noticed House Sparrows coming back in to our garden so hopefully they might nest in the spring.

House sparrowHouse sparrow 2

The weather is still very mild for December and I spotted this bee on a wall


I put the trail camera out again last night and we had a visitor to the bottom of the garden. I can’t tell which Badger this is but I like the way it lies down on the grass.

I have had three suggestions as to why Badgers do this. They sometimes do it when it is windy and it was very windy last night. It could be the Badger trying to get a low profile so it isn’t seen, or it could be just resting.

I have quite a few film clips of my local Badgers lying down while eating, I wonder if it is just one particular Badger that does it.

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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