There were ten little sparrows
Inside a shady hedge
But one remembered tasty crumbs
Upon a window ledge:
“Yes” thought that little bird:
“Those will suit me fine,”
And off he flew to find the crumbs
So that left only - - - - NINE
NINE noisy house sparrows
Were chattering in the sun
But one took off across the field
To have a bit of fun.
He watched the farmer working hard
Whilst he sat on his gate.
So how many stayed in that hedge?
That’s right, exactly - - - EIGHT.
EIGHT sparrows loudly chirped,
With lots to talk about,
But two boys passing by their hedge
Began to loudly shout:
“Oh dear” exclaimed one tiny bird:
“Well I’m off right away”
So how many stayed behind
When he had flown away? - - - - SEVEN
Seven sparrows in the hedge,
And all had gone to sleep,
But they hadn’t slept for very long
When they heard beep, beep, beep!
A lorry stopped beside their hedge.
Some men unloaded bricks.
One sparrow quickly flew away,
So that left only - - - - SIX.
Six sparrows chattering,
And what a noise they made,
But a shadow passed across their hedge
And they became afraid.
A sparrow hawk was overhead,
And sparrows they will kill,
So the hedge went strangely silent,
And also very still.
If you should walk along the road,
And hear a chattering sound,
I think that you will surely know
That sparrows are around.
Hedgerows are important homes
To these cheeky little clowns,
But many lose their habitat
When humans cut them down.