Cotswold Wild Life
Number 17 in a series about a range of wild life that inhabits the Cotswolds, by Paul Davies
Greater and Lesser Sheddist (Creasote Creasotis)
Rarely seen anywhere outside the confines of allotments and some less formal gardens (formal gardens have them but they are secreted behind screening and can be difficult to find). Breeds: there is some dispute which is the greater and which is the lesser – the male or the female. The female nest tends to be cleaner and more organised, the males nest is never painted in any other colour other than black or brown.
Plumage: Both have a tendency to bobbly hats.
Call: A contented low-volume whistle. You can buy prints of this at www.pauldaviescartoons.online