One of my favourite birds is the Sparrow - I love watching them bathe in the soil that I have just turned over in the garden - watching them chase each other and then feed from the bird feeder on the apple tree. My neighbour, William, has all sorts of goodies in his garden to attract them plus a variety of nesting boxes which they do use. However, over the last few years we have sadly noticed their demise as less and less sparrows visit and nest in our gardens.
a pair of china sparrows Nigel & I received as a wedding present 28 years ago.
Now I know that it's all part of nature BUT it still churned my stomach to witness the catch.