sparrows

Not sure what you're asking - it's well known that the numbers of house sparrows have been declining recently, mainly due to the lack of suitable nest sites because of 'improvements' in building styles, and a lack of the sort of untidiness that sparrows need to live their lives.

Are you saying that you used to have house sparrows nesting around where you are and now they've gone?  If so can you identify what's changed, what's different?  Have you or your neighbours had some roofing work done and now they can't find their way under the tiles to nest.  If so you can get some colony nest boxes to put on your house wall (out of strong sunlight).

If you're  referring to the fact that there were sparrows around earlier in the year and you've not seen any lately, that's likely to be due to the fact that lots of birds head for the bushes, fields and hedgerows in late summer, feeding on the grains and seeds in arable and wild scrubby areas, only returning to gardens when wild food is scarce.

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  • diggingdorisdiggingdoris Posts: 501

    I've lived in the same house for 41 years and we used to have hundreds of sparrows visiting the garden. But over the years there have been fewer each year. Now it is a momentous event if I see a sparrow at all! I contacted RSPB and asked them if it had anything to do with the magpies that nest in nearby hedges. They told me that they are devils for robbing the sparrows nests so the sparrows have probably moved away. I know they are in general decline but would love them back as they are such cheerful little things.

  • We heard about this problem a few years ago so we now have eight bird boxes and have opened up the plastic grilles to help the nesting process.  Around the house we also have five feeders costing a small fortune but we love to hear and see the 422 squadron which at its peak must have forty birds, all in a 60 foot garden 

  • I had a lot of sparrows who feed in my front garden and for twenty years they came and fed and brought their young but now they come to the back garden to feed.They have declined in numbers and this I think is because people have re-roofed(or loft extensions) their properties and they have to find other places to nest.

  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    This all sounds sadly familiar but on a positive note our garden sparrow population has started to increase over the past 2-3 years so fingers crossed it will continue.

       

  • There's nothing more cheerful than a hedgeful of sparrows chirping away.

  • I must admit to the fact that I think my 2 cats have not helped at all, it always seems to be sparrows that they catch, not that they have single handedly caused the downfall of the humble sparrow. It's just the one bird they catch most often. We have tits,pidgeons,magpies and a small bird with a long tail(wagtail?) but the poor little sparrow lucks out image I do feed my cats so it must just be their nature.

  • It is indeed their nature, but most cat-owners are not prepared to admit it, or else excuse it by saying that other predators are far worse. During visits to my gardens it is only too obvious what a sad and unecessary toll cats take on birds. There are many countries where cats (and of course other predators) have been introduced and wreaked havoc on native species; David Attenborough referred to one of these cases last week on his 'Attenborough's Ark' programme.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,650

    When we moved to this ex farmhouse there was no garden and about 3 sparrows.   We have turned the surrounding cow pasture into a garden, erected a feeding station out of reach of our cats and a ground feeding site away from pouncing cover, feed the birds all year round, sectioned off the ends of our attics so the birds can nest safely in the eaves and bingo, we now have about 30 or so nesting pairs who live in the eaves and produce 2 or 3 clutches each summer as well as others who nest elsewhere but feed and play in our garden.

    We also have assorted tits and finches as well as seasonal dunnocks, wrens, and woodpeckers plus pheasants, jays, corws, magpies and so on.

    I never spray against pests and diseases and find the birds hoover up caterpilars and aphids to feed their young.   A case of give and take that works for us.   

    The cats have never caught one and the sparrowhawk has only caught one pigeon and one sparrow that I've ever seen. 

     

     

     

    The Vendée, France
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,715

    That sounds wonderful obelixx image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Is that Obelixx the Ghost?

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