A few years ago we were really worried about our house sparrow population. Their numbers had dwindled drastically, and they seemed to be outcompeted at every turn by mobs of chaffinches.
That's all changed. The sparrows did quite well in the breeding stakes last year, and seem to have done even better this. Their current numbers may, in part, be due to the lack of a local sparrowhawk but, given the same freedom from predation, the chaffinches haven't done so well.
This group of sparrows lives around the Ferry Stores, and were caught having a dust bath in the road opposite the gas compound. That it was raining at the time seemed not to bother them: they were having fun.