June 6th- marsh tit fledglings, house sparrow and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

Marsh tits have been bringing their fledglings to the garden several times a day. They are slightly smaller than their parents with dull sepia caps and much fluffier plumage. The parents don’t have a moment of peace as the fledglings follow them everywhere, begging constantly. It is great to see that they have bred successfully in the area. Gilling woods is a stronghold for this red listed species and in nine years of my BTO Breeding Birds Survey there I have seen them hold a good stable population.

I took time to admire a male house sparrow this morning. They are looking at their finest now. We are so used to seeing tree sparrows that a house sparrow comes as a surprise. The two species flock together and seem to live side by side very well but tree sparrows are far more numerous here. Seen side by side the house…

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