Sparrows and Wood Pigeons

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Jan 4, 2018
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Stornoway
#1
Early last year I wrote about the worrying scarcity of Sparrows, well it must have been a bumper breeding year, see the attached photo of feeding frenzy at my bird station! I get a different number every time I attempt to count them!
I also wrote about the large number of dead Wood Pigeons in Stornoway Castle grounds, I emailed the local veterinary practice but haven't received any response. I am seeing a few Wood Pigeons visiting my garden but not in the numbers I noted earlier in the year. We also experience a lot of Rock Doves who mop up the loose seed and bread that the Starlings, Sparrows, Tit's etc scatter under the feeding station.
GarryH

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YvonneB

OH Bird Recorder
Feb 5, 2017
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#2
Hi Garry, glad that your Sparrows had a good breeding year last year, great to see good numbers. Keep a look out for House sparrows with white colour rings - so far the furthest north they've been seen is RSPB Balranald in North uist and the furthest south is Barra. After they were seen on Barra our hopes were that one of these days they would also head north over the Sound of Harris.

That was very strange about the dead Woodpigeons and a shame there was no response from the local vet.
 
Likes: John Hansford