When did you last see a flock of Tree Sparrows Passer montanus? For us, the last time was during a trip to a stake-out site where the species could be guaranteed for bird races and the like. This is unfortunately a common story, when the sight of a singing Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra, or even a large flock of wintering Linnets Carduelis cannabina, becomes notable news. But how many of us stop t


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