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Small Brown Birds [Jan. 26th, 2017|10:23 am]
Tony Grist
Looked out the window first thing and there was a crowd of small brown birds around the feeder on the front lawn. I fetched my glasses and sorted them into robins and others. There were two robins- not often that you see more than one at a time- and at least some of the others were sparrows. We had a panic a few years back about sparrows disappearing- and then for a while it was a red-letter day if you spotted one- but they do now seem to be picking up numbers again.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-01-26 03:10 pm (UTC)
The number of sparrows never diminished here in Spain as far as I know and I wonder why they did in England. Some years ago in the US, crows and Blue Jays almost disappeared due to the West Nile Virus but have since been making a comeback.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-26 04:12 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone ever explained our sudden shortage of sparrows.

I saw a couple of redwings today- not exactly rarities but uncommon in gardens.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-01-26 04:14 pm (UTC)
Redwing Blackbirds? They have the loveliest song.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-26 04:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. Redwings belong to the thrush family- and their song- according to my bird book- is a little hoarse.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-01-26 04:42 pm (UTC)
Male and female robins look identical, so if you've got two, perhaps they're a couple - despite which, you're right that you don't often see more than one!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-26 05:18 pm (UTC)
Could be a couple, who knows?

There's no shortage of robins round here, but it's rare to see them sharing the same immediate space.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-01-26 05:33 pm (UTC)
They are very territorial.
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