House Sparrow with Tick

House Sparrow with Tick

Observation - House Sparrow with Tick - UK and Ireland. Description: Last year at about this time I spotted several birds carrying ticks on their faces. There was a Greenfinch, a Collared Dove, and a Sparrow, over the period late August-first half September. Here's another Sparrow this year. Is this something that happe

Last year at about this time I spotted several birds carrying ticks on their faces. There was a Greenfinch, a Collared Dove, and a Sparrow, over the period late August-first half September.
Here's another Sparrow this year. Is this something that happens every year, I wonder, or just coincidence? If it's common this time of year, then why?