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More thoughts on disappearing sparrows

The sparrows are still missing from the garden. I've done a bit of browsing and came across an article on the Discover Wildlife site. With regard to sparrows, this is what it says:


Summer holiday


Another bird that seems to disappear in the month of August is the house sparrow, an absence you are especially likely to notice if you live close to a farming area.
This desertion would seem to be out of character, because sparrows are usually the most sedentary of birds, remaining faithful to their colony and to their colony’s turf for the whole of their lives.
But in August they are seized by a collective tendency to wander to farmland fields and hedges to take advantage of ripening grain and the farmers’ harvest, much as shoppers may be gripped by the fever of high-street sales.
They don’t wander far, but they do wander en masse, and so in the madness of summer, all the local flocks come to feast on the plenty. They will scoff, drink and bicker in a striking parallel with holidaying Britons during an overheated August.


Let's hope they're right, as I'm already missing the little blighters.


Sparrows have vanished

I've been feeding birds in the garden for years and have attracted a large number of sparrows to the exclusion of almost everything else. They cost me a small fortune in bird seed devouring three large feeders full every two days. Then, on Wednesday, they suddenly stopped coming. The seed wasn't touched and the two bowls of water that are usually splashed dry by the end of the day were still full.


This is a mystery. There have always been a lot of cats around so I can't believe that this is the cause. Perhaps a sparrow hawk? Or perhaps it is because on Tuesday I trimmed back the ivy that grows up the corner of the house, and which had already enveloped our external light and a cctv camera. I know that the sparrows enjoyed flying up to the ivy from the feeders, and I'm sure that there may be a nest or two deep inside. But I only trimmed the edges where it was encroaching and left the bulk of the growth intact. Maybe they are super-sensitive to such things. I'll be sad if I've inadvertently caused them to leave, and even more so if they don't come back!


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