Sunday, December 12, 2010

Spugsy, or Spurling

From Birds Britannica:
House Sparrow, Passer domesticus. VN: Spadge, Spug, Spuggy, Sprog, Sparrer, Spadgick, Squidgie, Speug, Spyug, Sparrag, Sporrow, Sparky, Spjugg, Sporra.

Centuries ago in England, householders used to put out "sparrow pots" for birds to nest in. During breeding season, their eggs (and nestlings) could be harvested as a source of protein.

In six years (1994-2000) London sparrows declined by 75%. In eastern England, the decline was 90% over thirty years.

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