Paul McDonald wrote:
> At the place I stay while doing fieldwork in Newtown, Geelong, I
> have noticed a big increase in Tree Sparrow numbers this year.
> Last year I only saw 1 or2 at most every now and then, in the last
> two months or so I TS are nearly as common as House Sp in the
> back yard here. I commonly see 3-4 every time I walk out the back
> Perhaps they are the same individuals, but has anyone else in
> Melb noticed an increase in TS? I was told at one point that the
> only 'safe' place to see TS was Melbourne botanic gardens, any
The TS seems to fluctuate a bit in numbers. I was born & raised in Geelong,
and lived there again in the early 1990s. I grew up in Geelong West, and
lived in Newtown more recently. In those 2 suburbs and Geelong East, Tree
Sparrows have always existed in little enclaves all over the place. In my
parents street in Geelong West, they outnumber House Sparrows in just one
section. (I took Edwin Vella to this spot earlier in the year, where he
sheepishly ticked TS as a lifer) At all the places I've lived in Melbourne
(Armadale, Northcote, Fitzroy North, Pascoe Vale South, Ascot Vale), TS has
been present. At Pascoe Vale they far outnumbered House Sparrows.
The picture seems complicated, and probably shifts around between the two
species. TS are pretty common in Melbourne these days - I hear them most
places I go.
L A W R I E C O N O L E
2/37 Myrnong Crescent, Ascot Vale, Victoria 3032 AUSTRALIA.
Phone AH (03) 9370 3928; BH (03) 9510 5750; Mobile (0419) 588 993.
Web page: http://www.bluep.com/~oco/
Birding-Aus is on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message
"unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line)