Another make of bird to visit my feeders. Much overlooked for being common.
No interactions present.
I took this photo and one of tree sparrow because a pal of mine wasn't sure waht was visiting her table.
Not everyone is an expert and it is important to the likes of me and other newcomers that folk still post pictures of the common birds as well as the more exotic.
They are not common in my garden!! We have masses of blue tits, but hardly any house sparrows visit. Lovely to see.
I seem to be fortunate in that I have several individuals visiting my feeding station. They are very attractive and I'm certainly glad to have them.
Bill, the humble house sparrow is in severe decline in many parts of the country. You may be surprised to learn they are now red listed http://blx1.bto.org/birdfacts/results/bob15910.htm.
A couple of weeks ago I came up to Fife (from London) to attend a BTO course and was amazed at the number of sparrows (of both types) there were around. It was really great to see numbers of these charismatic little birds.
Incidentally I absolutely agree; iSpot is not just about the rare and exotic, or another way of looking at it, if you do not get tree sparrows round your way then they are exotic. We have zillions of ring-necked parakeets in London, we hardly consider them exotic these days but I’m sure you would have a picture on here in five minutes if one turned up in your back yard. All things are relative.
What a fantastic source of data. Thanks for directing me there.
I remember a programme on TV, when I was a boy, called Magpie: "One for sorrow, two for joy...........". I thought that they were a mythical beasts because we didn't ever see them. It was only when I travelled south to visit relatives that I first saw one and then scores of them.
I'd still like to see your ring necked parakeets.
I have to admit to being quite schizophrenic about them. Intellectually I view them as a none native that are probably (the evidence is still in the balance) out competing our own hole nesting natives and they are undoubtedly very very noisy. See 3000 of them coming into roost, I have one of London’s larger roosts practically on my doorstep, however and it is truly spectacular and I cannot help but admire them.
Glade you found the BTO site interesting, have a good explore there is tones of stuff on it. As your interest develops have a look at the survey section; there are lots of different types of survey a volunteer can join in with. There is something for people of all abilities and levels of interest and they are a great way to develop your skills.
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