January 26th   Leave a comment

There is a cheerful flock of house sparrows that use the gardens and bushes north of the High Street by the roundabout, through to the front gardens of the opposite side of the road (my front garden and the Honeypot) and then over my house into the back garden behind. They divide their time between all the various garden bird feeders, my pond and the thick bushes (for rest and relaxation) that are available there. The last thing is perhaps the most crucial. Sparrows can make a living in most urban areas but they need good thick bushes to retreat into from hawks and cats. Many urban gardens have lost their bushes and particularly in front gardens which have been mostly turned into car parks. Drive through any town (and particularly any southern English town) and you will just see paving and cars in front of the houses. The increase in traffic has also had a more direct effect on sparrow numbers – they are very vulnerable to getting hit by cars as they zoom low over the roads between gardens. My garden sparrows seem an experienced lot (one has a yellow ring I put on it 6 years ago) but lots of the new fledglings every summer do get hit.

A Crail house sparrow

A Crail house sparrow

Posted January 26, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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