21st February 2018

The lovely Tree Sparrow is making a slow recovery after a catastrophic decline of 93% between 1970 and 2008. Both male and female Tree Sparrows have a brown cap and a dark spot on their pale cheek, compared to the grey cap of the male House Sparrow. Both birds can be encouraged to nest by putting up groups of boxes. It is nest- box time, and you can look up various birds’ needs on the BTO site. I watched these at Druridge Bay on the NE coast where they use simple bird feeders made from plastic bottles. Conditions: some sunny intervals amid the cloudy skies. Temperature:Max 7- Min 2c.

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

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31st May 2017

Tree Sparrow- These beautifully marked birds used to be seen in many places, but their population dramatically crashed by a devastating 93% between 1970 and 2008. Concentrated conservation efforts have led to a slight rise since. Best seen along hedgerows and wood margins, they have a brown cap, unlike the House Sparrows grey cap, and a black spot on their cheeks. You can see them in South Yorkshire, at Old Moor- there is a colony in the aptly named Tree Sparrow Farm area there, and at other reserves. Conditions: Hot and still. Temperature: Max 20- Min 15 C

Tree Sparrow, Lynn’s photo

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow