Looking down my garden I see blackbirds, thrushes, blue tits, finches of various denominations, wood pigeons, collared doves, and sparrows. Occasionally a green woodpecker drops by to prod at the lawn. Several times a day red kites circle overhead looking for roadkill to gobble. Rooks dispute the tops of the copper beeches opposite. Sometimes at night I hear an owl; and the dawns are filled with chirpings and chirrupings.
In short, there is plenty of bird life around to satisfy me. Although I prefer fish, I like birds well enough, with certain exceptions. But I do not share Michael McCarthy’s righteous passion for them, or his sense of outrage at their fate in this beastly modern world.