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Red-headed house sparrow

Amongst the dozens of sparrows and their babies around at the moment, I keep spotting this one which has a bright orange head.

It looks quite funny, and I’m not sure what’s happened to it, but most likely (according to a quick Google) it has had its feathers dyed as a consequence of feeding on phormium flowers: the orange colour being phormium pollen.


On good Phormium

There is a large, spiked-leaf plant in my garden. Its leaves grow up and out like a harvested sheaf of gold-green spears. It’s called a Phormium and it isn’t terribly pretty but its growing happily enough and requires little attention. 1,360 more words