I might be thought of as a little bit crazy by some, and when I was sat yet again this morning, in my tiny little hide out on the moor, an hour had gone by and I hadn't even seen a bird, let alone taken any photos, I was beginning to agree. I had made the assumption that birdlife is more active in the morning and I expected that my early start would be well rewarded, but it simply didn't work out like that. Yes, there were birds, at one time what can only be described as a flock, landed in the gorse bush right next to the hide, but I couldn't see them. Birds flew over and I heard Redpoll repeatedly, but they didn't come down in front of me nor did they come to the seed that I had put down. Two hours with nothing happening is enough for even the most patient, so at just gone 1115, I gave up. What added insult to injury was the immediate sight of a Redpoll on nearby bushes and then a Yellowhammer in a nearby tree. With the threat of rain forecast and the appearance of thick, moisture laden clouds, I reluctantly made my way back to the car, honestly disappointed. So whats the Sparrow all about? Well, as I walked through the bracken and heather back to the road, I bumped in to a nice couple, Tom and Mary, a photographer and birdwatcher, in that order. Tom reads the Blog.....hello Tom....... and we swapped stories of Grasshopper Warbler, Jays with crossbills and Crossbills. we both agreed that we like even the humble House Sparrow so when I sat in my Kingfisher hide this evening, I thought of our conversation when a really colourful, well marked House Sparrow landed just opposite me. He needed his photograph taken, and here it is. You may notice that he has a Mayfly sp. in his beak. Sparrows, as we all know by now, are in serious decline all over Europe apparently. Various theories have been put forward as to the reason, the most likely is the absence of insects which are fed exclusively to chicks in the nest. it therefore stands to reason that a good supply of insects are required. But as a counter argument, why aren't all insect eaters in decline, and they are not.