Spice Finches in my garden

I surprised, and was surprised by, a small flock of Spice Finches (Lonchura punctulata) on my lawn yesterday. They are timid little birds. We see them often enough on the nature strip across the road but rarely see them closer than that, and I suspect they usually wait until the house is empty before they visit us.

Spice Finches (Lonchura punctulata)
Spice Finches

I wrote about them at some length three years ago so there’s no need to say any more today except that if I hadn’t allowed the lawn to grow so long, the grass they are feeding on wouldn’t have flowered and seeded. I wonder how many other animals would benefit if I allowed it to grow even longer?

Spice Finch (Lonchura punctulata)
Spice Finch

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