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Monday, 19 May 2014

Island Bay Saturday 19 May - a Ton of Sparrows

Annette and I had a session at our Island Bay site this morning.  The place is absolutely teaming with House Sparrows but there are very few other species about. This is probably due to the mild weather and the abundance of natural food at the moment.

We caught 110 new Sparrows and 8 recaps with the only other bird being a Blackbird.

This female Sparrow had several white feathers on the right wing (top) but only partially white on left

Almost all birds caught have completed primary wing moult, with only 6 still to finish.

Although finished their moult there is still big variations in plumage. The bird on the top in the top photo is the one on the right in the bottom one.

This male although in good condition has a very long bottom bill.

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