Photographer's Note

This is a wood sparrow (Passer Montanus) caught yesterday morning sitting on a rooftop singing so loud that you could hear it for almost miles around ;-).
Length 12-14 cm, weight 19-25 gram, wingspan a grand total of 20-22 cm. These sparrows are slightly smaller than the more common house sparrows and may be identified by the brown top of the head and the black spot on the white cheek.
Wood sparrows prefer parks, gardens, arable land and wood edges for their habitat. They feed on seeds, insects and spiders.
Wood sparrows breed from April to August. Both male and female build the nest, which consists of straws and feathers. The female will lay some 4-6 eggs which hatch after some 11-14 days. The eggs are white with brown or redbrown flecks on them. Both parents take turns sitting on the eggs and feeding the chicks. The chicks will leave the nest after some 12-14 days and stay with the parents for an additional 13-16 days.
Treatment: Crop, contrast +10, saturation +10, USM and resize.

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