Author: John Cammidge

Roman Coin for a “Butcher Bird”

Roman Coin for a “Butcher Bird”

Eurasian Red-Backed Shrike   I must have been aged 10 at the time, looking down near the blade of the spade I was using, when I spotted a large round object in the soil. It was dirty black, except for a distinctive blue-green patina caused […]

Which bird is supposedly colored by the blood of Jesus?

Which bird is supposedly colored by the blood of Jesus?

The European goldfinch, a native of Europe, North Africa and western and central Asia, is honored for its bright red face that extends from just behind the eye to the beak. Legend has it that the bird came across a suffering Jesus carrying his cross […]