Birds to look for in July — House Sparrow


House Sparrow

Where to look

They can be found almost everywhere where people live, from cities to farmland.

Description

The house sparrow (Passer domesticus) was top in the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch 2018 (in Gloucestershire and the country as a whole).  They are so close to people because we provide them with food, either through the crops we grow for our food or the waste we leave behind. It is believed that this relationship with humans has lasted for around 10,000 years! House sparrows have been introduced by people to many parts of the world, including parts of Australia, Africa, and the Americas, making them the most widely distributed wild bird in the world. However, there has been a severe drop in UK house sparrow numbers, with sparrows now being on the UK Red List needing urgent conservation action.
 
They show sexual dimorphism (where the males and females look very different). Females and young birds are coloured pale brown and grey while the males have brighter black, white, and brown markings.

Tweet of the Day
To hear the House Sparrow’s song follow the link below to the BBC’s Tweet of the Day
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0378srp

For more info see https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/house-sparrow/



Where we've found House Sparrows


House Sparrow spottings journal (6 seen)

Last seen Location Spotted by Group Notes
23 Jul 2020 Home Darcy Milestones
1 Jul 2020 stroud Stroud Valley Community School so many living the houses opposite. Babies coming to the bird table. Noisy
6 May 2020 Stroudwater Canal Amélie Cooks&Co Multiple sparrows in canal side hedgerow
15 Apr 2020 Garden Jo The Weaver's
30 Mar 2020 House Ella The Weaver's
25 Mar 2020 Tamsin Stroud Valleys Project The sparrows were chattering in my forsythia hedge. I think they may have been getting ready to nest as I found an old nest there last year

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