Tree sparrows in Calwell

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Subject: Tree sparrows in Calwell
From: strong.margaret strong.margaret <>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:29:16 +0000
Heard by me at varying times everyday on Loader Crescent Calwell, between Langlands and Samuel Close, as I&apos;ve been renovating my rental property nearby. The call is a musical whistle, quicker and more varied than house sparrows but with a recognisable sparrow tone. I&apos;ve seen them only occasionally as they are high up in the eucalyptus on Loader Crescent or tall shrubs in nearby gardens. They move very quickly through the foliage and in the air and are shy at being observed. Last Friday, in between rain showers, they were very vocal and I saw four together moving through my garden.
The most entertaining observations of the tree sparrows has been them mimicking the song of the resident blackbird. I&apos;ve heard this every day in the past week, always in the afternoon and usually between 3.30-4.30pm. The tree sparrow&apos;s rendition is faster paced, softer and shorter than the blackbird, but the mimicry can be clearly heard.
I don&apos;t have any photos or recordings to share, but if anyone in the vacinity with time to spare wants to try it would be an entertaining challenge. Even if I had the skills, I&apos;m hard pressed for time in my renovations - but I will put these observations onto eBird in the near future.
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