July 21st- problematic tree sparrows and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

We have with a very large population of tree sparrows in Gilling. Now don’t get me wrong, I love tree sparrows and they are a favourite sketching subject. We were lucky to have a pair nest in our garden in Hungerford when I was a child. I remember realising one day with my new binoculars that they were tree sparrows, not house sparrows and felt so privileged to have them in our nest box. I would hazard a guess that having a tree sparrow nesting in a Berkshire garden now would be something of a mega sighting. But here in Gilling we have had an unpaired male in the garden throughout spring and summer that has caused almost constant hassle to other species.

In May it sat on top of the blue tit’s nest box relentlessly, stopping the parents from feeding their young. They only fledged three in the end…

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