Sunday, February 17, 2008

White-crowned Sparrow

There's not a twitcher in the Queen's Realm who has not made a dash to the north Norfolk coast to see this unusual vagrant from North America. It turned up some weeks back and obligingly has not died. So, literally hundreds of telescopes have been focused on this bird, giving it a status that it definitely lacks in its homeland. Maybe that's why it emigrated: felt undervalued. I know how it feels, seeing the adulation my British accent brings me when I am in the States.
The sad thing is that, if you removed its beautifully patterned head, the rest of it is duller than a gravystain. So, its head and my accent are all that save us from the world's indifference. But we have to travel a bloody long way for the pay-off.

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