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Tree sparrows

Posted by Guy McClelland 
Tree sparrows
December 01, 2004 04:36PM
30 tree sparrows in the hedges on the stubble fields at Aldcliffe.
Re: Tree sparrows
December 02, 2004 08:47AM
a message to anyone looking at the tree sparrows at Aldcliffe

Fylde Ringing Group are currently involved in a colour ringing project to examine distribution etc

This years rings are red over BTO ring right leg and yellow/black on left leg.

Any records would be appreciated to either myself, Seamus Eaves or Bob Danson

Thank you

David Pollard
Jon Carter
Re: Tree sparrows
December 02, 2004 12:11PM
So far none of the tree sparrows that I have seen at Aldcliffe have been ringed. The core of the birds recently present are from a nearby 'resident', unringed, population, though the impressive count of 30 from yesterday implies an influx from further afield.
It would be very interesting to discover where these new birds have come from.
Re: Tree sparrows
December 02, 2004 09:55PM
Tree Sparrows
This is interesting. Two were seen on a bird feeder opposite the New Inn at Wray a few days ago by Gary Jones, this is presumably but not necessarily a winter range extension of the small Arkholme population..but a sign of movement.

As Jon has indicated, the Aldcliffe autumn/early winter population is thought to originate from a relic population (from a time when they used to be all over the Oxcliffe/Heaton/Middleton area) just over the river at Heaton village. Here they can often be seen on the feeders = very helpful on NYD circuits! Must check these to see if there are birds over there as well. Are you absolutely certain that all 30 birds, Guy, were Tree Sparrows - sorry but this has to be asked as it is a massive increase on the norm for this site?

Another winter site doing well is the maize field feeder near Borwick with 30+ attendees, again more than expected given recent population levels in that area.

Colour-ringed birds from the Fylde HAVE been seen in a Forton garden.

Away from the breeding sites, Tree Sparrow is a scarce but tolerably regular dispersive species at Heysham Obs. but 2004 records were nothing special, although neither was the vis coverage.

Pete Marsh
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