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Sunday, February 1, 2015

5th time lucky, Northowram Tree Sparrows


  This is what all the fuss is about. Tree Sparrow
    Amazing to get this sp. on local records
              Well done to A.C. the original finder.

Late afternoon , sunny but icy cold so it was off down to Northowram C.C. for another try at the Tree Sparrows down there reported several times by Andy Cockroft.
On first sight the hedge was empty other than a Robin and a couple of Blue and Gt Tits but then a single sparrow could be seen moving deep in the hedge, TREE SPARROW !. This was soon joined by another 3 then several more flew in. Getting a photo was near impossible when they were moving through the hedge but briefly one came to the top giving me just enough time to snap it.
When the flock flew across to gardens there were 11 but could possibly have had some House Sparrows mixed in with them ?
Nice to meet the original founder down there A.C. who showed me the area and goes and no goes, thanks for that Andy.
This is my first local Tree Sparrow record ever, the nearest sightings I,ve had otherwise have been Knotford Nook and Fairburn donkeys years ago.
Also present were around 30 Redwing, 2 Stock Doves, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch + usual sp.
BS

10 comments:

AndyC said...

Nice one Bri , glad you got some photos, they are tricky in that hedge.....

Danny said...

Well done getting your local Tree Sparrows & Great pics too, your patience won out in the end.

Brian Sumner . said...

Its all down to you Andy.

You want some in your garden next Danny.

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Nice one Bri.
John.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Great stuff Bri - and Andy of course. ! They used to breed in the buildings at Coley garden centre not half mile away so there's a good chance they could return to breed nearby.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Well worth the fuss then!!!

Brian Sumner . said...

Absolutely Dave

Bob Filby said...

I'm a little surprised that this is your first local sighting. On 10th February last year I photographed tree sparrows in Jay House Lane, which to me in Brighouse is over in your neck of the woods.
I'm sure I drove over to that area after reading comments on the local forums

Bob Filby said...

Ignore my earlier post Brian, I'm getting old and becoming confused. I did photograph tree sparrows in Jay House Lane but that's in my local area not yours. I was thinking of Sykes Lane which is in your neck of the woods. I did take photos there as well but they were of a mistle thrush.
Regards,
Bob

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats right Bob, Jay House Lane is just out of my area even though its only about 25 minutes drive from Queensbury.
Thanks for the interest though.