Archive for March, 2013

Hagbourne sparrows

Posted in birds, garden, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , on 21 March 2013 by bramblejungle

House sparrows are doing well here, as usual – I’ve counted up to 20 in the garden at once. The males all have brown heads with a grey crown

House sparrows (Passer domesticus, m)

except this one with an all-brown head.
Chestnut-headed house sparrow
I think it’s just a unique individual, but I’ve posted it on Ispot just in case anyone can identify it as something else (so far there’s a suggestion of a house/tree sparrow hybrid, but most people seem to agree it’s just an odd house sparrow!)

PS 29 March – the bird returned and I posted some more shots (click through to my Flickr stream to see them), and it seems almost certain that it is a House Sparrow x Tree Sparrow hybrid. Thanks to Dave Appleton for the ID.

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A new garden visitor

Posted in birds, garden, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , on 10 March 2013 by bramblejungle

Cold, overcast weather and a biting north-easterly wind have encouraged the usual garden birds – house sparrows, greenfinches, goldfinches, chaffinches, blue and great tits, blackbirds, starlings, (resident?) blackcaps and a song thrush – to visit the feeders, and there’s evidence of a sparrowhawk attack. Today, they were joined by a Reed Bunting, the first I’ve seen here:

Reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), m

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