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House Sparrow with attitude

House Sparrow with attitude (Passer domesticus)

Salty's photo reminded me of this one on Lundy back in May. All the sparrows on the island are colour ringed and the population dynamics studied. Been going on for years I understand.
Wooded valley
Lundy Is., Devon, UK
Date taken
May 2017
Scientific name
Passer domesticus
Equipment used
Canon 7D2
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Opus Editor
That's a super sparrow picture you've taken Mick. It's great they've got a good population of them on Lundy.

....now that's an island I've never managed to get to.
No wonder he doesn't look happy.Would you like to have someone put bands on your legs?However,we know that banding is a great tool for studying birds,but looking from the bird's perspective-not wanted!
This comes up pretty much every time a photo of a ringed (banded) bird appears and I am genuinely puzzled and bemused as to why. There is no evidence whatsoever that the bird is impacted in any way, and many carry them for decades with no visible effect. The outcome is that we can amass information on longevity, mortality, breeding success, migration routes - and from that provide hard data and evidence to support conservation efforts and prevent developments that would adversely affect the birds far more than any (if there is any) discomfort for each individual. Should we stop doing this? If we do what then?
A tad anthropomorphic a perspective, I think.
As for the bird in the photo, I think he's very happy - he lives and breeds in one of the most successful HS colonies I've seen in years.
A lovely pose and interesting narratives, Mick.
"What do you mean 'femi'?!? These are MAN bracelets!"

Oh, and before I forget: Thanks for the info about Curlew bills growing. Someone else mentioned that males also have shorter bills than females. So could have been a young one, could have been a male, could have been a young male.

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