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Tree Sparrow

Observed: 31st December 2008 By: geoffEinongeoffEinon’s reputation in BirdsgeoffEinon’s reputation in BirdsgeoffEinon’s reputation in Birds

The Martin Mere WWT Reserve has a small colony of tree sparrows that show quite readily. The brown rather than gray crown and black cheek spot confirn the ID

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Martin Harvey's picture

Tree Sparrow

We do well for House Sparrows where I live, but I haven't seen one of these for ages.

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Tree sparrows

We also do well for tree sparrows in North and East Yorkshire, they are locally very common - a friend of mine has two pairs regualrly nesting in his back garden. Every year tits start propecting his two nest boxes, then the tree sparrows turn up and forcably evict the blue tits. He has a video camera set up and playing on a TV in his dining room.

One of my students studied three colonies of tree sparrows for his dissertation and found that they will nest in one site for years then the whole colony will move to another nearby site. What he could not discover was why they should move.

Graham Banwell

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tree sparrows

These disappeared from Dorset dozens of years ago and are hardly found anywhere south of the Midlands now. But we don't need to be too afraid for their survival as they are one of the most widespread of all birds occurring all across Europe and Asia to Japan. In most of their range they are the standard sparrow of town centres.

There's an interesting issue to explore here - should we spend money and effort conserving species that are rare in this country but in no danger globally?

Bob Ford

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Conservation question

I would go further and ask whether we should spend money on saving a species which has disapeared from one region of England if it is common elsewhere. I think it depends on a case by case basis. The key question to be addressed would be "why". If we know why then we can avoid further losses. However, what I do not always agree with is re-introductions.

Graham Banwell

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