So what was that? I'm pretty sure it wasn't any kind of sparrow. Too slim, bill the wrong shape. I flick through the pages of my bird book and find the closest match. Speckledy, pale brown with an even paler stripe across the eye. If I'm right that was a twite. Wow! But there are so many species of approximately the same size and approximately the same colouring. Charlotte Bronte was talking the other day about a hedge full of "small brown birds". That sort of amused me. So, you weren't sure either, were you, Charlotte?