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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 17:18   #1
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Hi can anybody help me ID this bird which was photographed on farmland near Marshfield Bristol
many thanks
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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 17:30   #2
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Hi Steve. It's a House Sparrow.

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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 17:46   #3
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Hi Steve. It's a House Sparrow.

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Old Monday 13th August 2018, 18:50   #5
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Had House Sparrows in trees, by rivers, in reed beds, in the countryside miles from any houses, in sand dunes, by lakes - is there nowhere this bird doesn't get ha ha
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Been there and done that

Had House Sparrows in trees, by rivers, in reed beds, in the countryside miles from any houses, in sand dunes, by lakes - is there nowhere this bird doesn't get ha ha
I was lucky enough to have a holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand earlier this year....25 hours on planes, 12,000 miles and what do I see???

A sparrow (British variety) introduced by Europeans in 1860's
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Interesting - that New Zealand sparrow looks distinctly "odd" for a (British) House Sp to me! Very clear white cheek, patchy bib, white above the eye, and that sharp dividing line between grey and chestnut on the head... makes me wonder if there might have been some Spanish or Italian Sparrows among the founder population?
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Been there and done that

Had House Sparrows in trees, by rivers, in reed beds, in the countryside miles from any houses, in sand dunes, by lakes - is there nowhere this bird doesn't get ha ha
Their numbers in recent times had a bit of a wobble but They,ve come back some what perhaps it was just more regional to where you lived that they were not seen so much, new builds or house,s don,t give the Sparrows the opportunitys they had before to nest in but they can adapt, I remember many years ago them building nests together in bushes alongside a zoo Either dudley or twycross but its the only time I,ve seen them do that but know doubt they,ll find other places to go, but again the habitat has had a effect on their numbers because how the land practices have changed somewhat, I missed the house sparrow when they were not around like they used To be pleased their back again here.
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I was lucky enough to have a holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand earlier this year....25 hours on planes, 12,000 miles and what do I see???

A sparrow (British variety) introduced by Europeans in 1860's
Ha ha - that's priceless!


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Their numbers in recent times had a bit of a wobble but They,ve come back some what perhaps it was just more regional to where you lived that they were not seen so much, new builds or house,s don,t give the Sparrows the opportunitys they had before to nest in but they can adapt, I remember many years ago them building nests together in bushes alongside a zoo Either dudley or twycross but its the only time I,ve seen them do that but know doubt they,ll find other places to go, but again the habitat has had a effect on their numbers because how the land practices have changed somewhat, I missed the house sparrow when they were not around like they used To be pleased their back again here.
Here in Liverpool they took a nose-dive throughout the late 80s to late 2000s, but now they're mostly everywhere. True, they're not everywhere here, but much much more than they used to be.

Magpies, Goldfinches and Carrion Crows seem to be the most common birds now alongside the House Sparrow.
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Old Tuesday 14th August 2018, 08:26   #10
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I was lucky enough to have a holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand earlier this year....25 hours on planes, 12,000 miles and what do I see???

A sparrow (British variety) introduced by Europeans in 1860's
Exactly what happened to me !!

This year (which can't really compete time wise but)

Manchester - London
London - Denver
Denver airport to car hire "village", first bird I hear/see - House Sparrow.
The cheeky little blighters are everywhere
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