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Tree Sparrow & Chick

Observed: 8th June 2012 By: Bill HendersonBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in Birds
tree_sparrow_with Chick
Description:

Another georgeous bird.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

moongirl01's picture

That's a lovely photo!

That's a lovely photo! Although I've seen the odd Tree Sparrow in the garden, I've never seen a chick before.

jw33's picture

Yep - lovely photo!

I've never been able to get this close. Well done!

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Photo

Hi

I've been feeding the birds for months and they are now quite tame. It also helps that the feeders are only about 12 or 15 feet from my window:-)

I am new to photography and very very new to birding so your very kind words are very encouraging.

Thanks

Bill

Bill Henderson

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Hi Bill, It's great to hear

Hi Bill,

It's great to hear that you feed the birds. The birds in my garden are also very tame but as I said earlier, I don't see that many Tree Sparrows. I've been birding for as long as I can remember and I'm sure your hobby will give you a lot of pleasure - bird behaviour never fails to fascinate me.

You said you're new to photography so I think you can be very proud of your Tree Sparrow picture. I've won some amateur competitions locally and I think your photo is of a high standard.

I'll be looking out for more of your photos.

Best wishes,
Annabelle

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TS & Chick

Hi Annabelle

Up until about 6 months ago, I had never really paid any attention to birds. I never even noticed them in the background. Now, with the help of a few snaps, I have become aware of their variety and beauty. All of these years wasted.

As for your comments on my photo; I'm stunned; pleased, but stunned. I am just a happy snapper.

Thanks

Bill

Bill Henderson

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TS & Chick

Hi Bill,

You're welcome for my previous comments on your photo!

Do you get a lot of Tree Sparrows visiting your garden? Have you had any further sightings of the chick?

Annabelle

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Re TS & Chick

Annabelle

I only ever see about 3 or 4 at a time. I think that this is function of how many feeding places there are rather than the total population of TS.

I certainly seen chicks since publishing the photo but I'm not sure if they include the same one. I like to think that it has survived but I suppose predation rates are high for such vulnerable that spend a lot of time on the ground.

Bill

Bill Henderson

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Re TS & Chick

Bill,

3 or 4 at a time is still a good number as the Tree Sparrow population has declined over the years.

It's good to hear you've seen chicks since publishing the photo! I'm still waiting to see my first House Sparrow chicks of the year. Parent birds have been collecting lots of food so hopefully it won't be long now.

Annabelle