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03-20-2018, 09:31 AM   #16
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Amazing collection of shots.

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I have to say......this is perhaps the most appealing thread I have ever seen on Pentaxforums.
My congratulations to all who have contributed photos of sparrows. They have been uplifting indeed!
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A quick internet search indicates that World Sparrow Day is mostly about declining House Sparrow populations in India, but I think that they originally spread there from Europe. The population in Canada seems to be healthy though I have heard that populations in Britain have gone down. Here's a female House Sparrow from Saskatchewan.



CORRECTION - pete-tarmigan has identified this as a first winter Chipping or Clay-colored Sparrow (see below)

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Falling numbers on the UK but always awelcome sight at my feeders





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They are declining across their range in North America, but most species in North America are in decline. Most people in North America see them as an invasive pest so aren't particularly concerned, they do compete with native cavity nesting birds after all. But the fact that 1/3 of all North American bird species need urgent conservation action is a concern...
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Zoos are another great location to get close to sparrows. Gotta love them little critters:
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The House Sparrows introduced to Canada push Tree Swallows out of their nests, Let's see, birds the eat bugs or birds that eat bread crumbs and such.. I think I'd like to see a little more decline. I always see flocks of 60-70 birds by the Tim Horton's in Niagara Falls, pigeon out on the bits of donut thrown by patrons. How can they be in decline if they aren't even supposed to be here. A decline to zero would put thing's right.

But hey, I digress.
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
A few more North American sparrows...

Song Sparrow


White-throated Sparrow


Chipping Sparrow


Fox Sparrow


Field Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Lincoln's Sparrow


Swamp Sparrow


There are so many more that I don't have photos of...

Then there are the sparrows that aren't called sparrows...

Eastern Towhee


Dark-eyed Junco


Etc...
I have a love/hate feeling toward sparrows.

Love: Great pictures of all of these North American native sparrows (Passerellidae). I welcome all of these to my back yard with all they can eat sunflower seeds and Nyjer (thistle) seeds. Nothing like a warm spring morning sitting out on my patio, having my morning coffee and the eastern Towhee serenading me with his drink your teaaaaa! song. Now the dark eyed juncos and white throated sparrows are busy at my feeders and will soon depart, They delighted us all fall and winter and will soon be gone with mixed feelings. We will miss them but their departure means the end of winter to be followed by the arrival of the chipping, song, and fox sparrows along with the eastern towhees.

Hate: The invasive House sparrow, fortunately I do not get many of them and my bluebirds can nest in peace in their little bird house. I realize they are getting rarer in their native homes, but here they are proliferating much to the detriment of our native tree swallows, purple martins and eastern bluebirds.

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The House Sparrows introduced to Canada push Tree Swallows out of their nests, Let's see, birds the eat bugs or birds that eat bread crumbs and such.. I think I'd like to see a little more decline. I always see flocks of 60-70 birds by the Tim Horton's in Niagara Falls, pigeon out on the bits of donut thrown by patrons. How can they be in decline if they aren't even supposed to be here. A decline to zero would put thing's right.

But hey, I digress.
But Hey, I agree with you 100%

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Another shot of a white-crowned sparrow, relaxing on the sand dunes of Asilomar on the coast of California:

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OK, you twisted my arm, here we go....

White throated


White crowned


Evil murdering invasive House Sparrow. It even looks evil. Honest birds don't need to wear a mask.


American Tree Sparrow


Song Sparrow, I've see this bird only once on a dog walk and I actually had a long lens with me, how weird is that?


Fox Sparrow


Dark Eyed Junco


Chipping Sparrow

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Just thought I would add this Rufous-collared Sparrow. They are common across South America north to Mexico.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
A quick internet search indicates that World Sparrow Day is mostly about declining House Sparrow populations in India, but I think that they originally spread there from Europe. The population in Canada seems to be healthy though I have heard that populations in Britain have gone down. Here's a female House Sparrow from Saskatchewan.
This is a first-winter Spizella, either Chipping or Clay-colored Sparrow, in wolf willow (silver buffaloberry Shepherdia argentea. Because of its posture it is hard to see the throat and uppertail coverts, but I lean towards Chipping.
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This is a first-winter Spizella, either Chipping or Clay-colored Sparrow,
Well that's embarrassing - I went through a number of options at the time.
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Well that's embarrassing - I went through a number of options at the time.
Those drab immature birds are always a challenge, so don't feel badly.
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