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03-20-2018, 02:00 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Save sparrows...World sparrow day

Today is the world sparrow day. Due to urbanization their population is decreasing drastically.

Luckily couple of them are building nest at my garden. I shot them about 4-5 days back.

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I have a small flock of about 15 use my swimming pool

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A young Sparrow?

I am not sure if this is a Sparrow but it was quite calm having a bloke with a camera a few feet away. Maybe it was confident in merging with the background.
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I never heard of that day before.But i like it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Skodadriver Quote
I am not sure if this is a Sparrow but it was quite calm having a bloke with a camera a few feet away. Maybe it was confident in merging with the background.
Well there's sparrows and sparrows, then there's sparrows. I used to call that one a hedge sparrow when I was growing up in Hampshire but now it's officially called a Dunnock. They're not related to House Sparrows which have spread to many parts of the world, and neither of them are related to the North American sparrows, whose relatives in Europe are often called Buntings. I know, it's confusing, but the people who first named them thought they were doing the right thing at the time.

Here's a very handsome North American sparrow, the White-Crowned.

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Well there's sparrows and sparrows, then there's sparrows. I used to call that one a hedge sparrow when I was growing up in Hampshire but now it's officially called a Dunnock. They're not related to House Sparrows which have spread to many parts of the world, and neither of them are related to the North American sparrows, whose relatives in Europe are often called Buntings. I know, it's confusing, but the people who first named them thought they were doing the right thing at the time.

Here's a very handsome North American sparrow, the White-Crowned.


Thank you for the identification, I shall call them Hedge Sparrows or Dunnocks from now on. I did have a pair regularly visit the garden to complement a pair of Robins and a pair of Blackbirds that used my birdfeeder. For some reason they seem to not be fazed by my presence, unlike the others, and ignore me. The recent snow and cold weather may have taken it's toll here as for the past 3 days I have only seen one of each of the pairs. Today I have had a Magpie pair on the bird feeder, hopefully they will not be keeping others from the feeder.
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I am not sure if this is a Sparrow but it was quite calm having a bloke with a camera a few feet away. Maybe it was confident in merging with the background.
Dunnock (Prunella modularis). Although it's also colloquially known as hedge sparrow, it's in the family Prunellidae, whereas true sparrows are in the Passeridae.
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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...

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QuoteOriginally posted by jacamar Quote
Well there's sparrows and sparrows, then there's sparrows. I used to call that one a hedge sparrow when I was growing up in Hampshire but now it's officially called a Dunnock. They're not related to House Sparrows which have spread to many parts of the world, and neither of them are related to the North American sparrows, whose relatives in Europe are often called Buntings. I know, it's confusing, but the people who first named them thought they were doing the right thing at the time.
Then there are the Java sparrow, which is in yet another family: the waxbill family (Estrildidae), sparrow-weavers (Ploceidae), and sparrow-larks (Alaudidae).
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QuoteOriginally posted by boriscleto Quote
A few more North American sparrows..
Harris's Sparrow



Grasshopper Sparrow



Brewer's Sparrow



American Tree Sparrow

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Borisccleto has more sparrows than I do....and all the ones that I could post,
I should just do a plu "+1^".

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Then there are the Java sparrow, which is in yet another family: the waxbill family (Estrildidae), sparrow-weavers (Ploceidae), and sparrow-larks (Alaudidae).
And in birding, being first is often better than being right.
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South African Sparrow?

I am probably wrong again but I believe these are South African Sparrows, male and two females along with some sort of weaver bird eating a fruit scone I kindly provided.
Cape Sparrow?
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Unfortunately I just have sparrows and sparrows not the same colour



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I am probably wrong again but I believe these are South African Sparrows, male and two females along with some sort of weaver bird eating a fruit scone I kindly provided.
Cape Sparrow?
Yes, Cape Sparrow and one of the weavers, perhaps Cape Weaver.
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