Saturday, 22 May 2010

Dusty Sparrows and Sheets of Silk

As we were returning from a gentle walk round the cricket field I saw the usual group of House Sparrows having a good old bathe in the dust.

Sparrows Dust Bathing

With the Lumix TZ7 I was able to get the above still shot and the following hand held video.

It had been a misty night and there was plenty of dew on the hedges this morning. On one particular hedge was a line of sheet webs. A type I had never really noticed before.

Sheet Web 2

Sheet Web 1

I wonder how long it takes a spider to construct these webs as they seem to have a lot more silk in their construction than in an orb web. A criss cross of single threads can be seen above the web. The idea being that a flying insect will bump into a thread and be knocked down to land in the sheet web. Fascinating how many different ways various species of spider have developed to catch their prey.


  1. I really miss seeing sparrows! Years ago they were all over the place, and now I don't think I've seen one in the garden for many years. Lots of tits, finches, blackbirds, magpies, starlings and lots of parrots!! but no sparrows. Shame.

  2. Can't say i've noticed webs that size. I wonder what sort of spider constructs them. I have noticed sparrows are on the increase again, or seem to be.

  3. Sometimes, Matron, I wish I could export a few from here, especially when they all start chattering at the same time. Mind you I think they are less raucous than your parrots so I'll put up with them for now.

  4. Hello Adrian. The webs are 9 to 10 inches long and I don't remember seeing them before. I must have a look for the spider another morning.

  5. Those mist-covered webs are gorgeous.

  6. Beautiful shots John! You are really doing a fantastic job at capturing nature at its best here on your blog - good work, keep it up!

  7. They are certainly different, Wilma. When I saw them they reminded me of a safety net under a trapeze act at the circus.

  8. Thank you for your kind comment Maree.

  9. Adrian - I am sure I saw one of the spiders this morning and it was tiny (less than 3mm), so small the camera couldn't focus on it unfortunately.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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