Tree Sparrows and Spangled Drongo in Penrith

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Subject: Tree Sparrows and Spangled Drongo in Penrith
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2004 15:52:31 +1100
Had a great deal of twittering in the garden in Penrith this morning, and on
investigation there was a small flock of Eurasian Tree Sparrows on our
washing line and in the shrubs, about 10 birds in all, all males. I went to
get my camera, and as usual they all moved off as soon as I opened the door.
I put out some bread crumbs hoping to draw them back, but all I got were the
usual house sparrows and Spotted TurtleDoves.

How common are Tree Sparrows in the Sydney area? I can not remember noticing
any here in the past. Their nice brown heads were clearly visible as they
were only about 10ft from my window.

2. Went to Tench Reserve beside the river this morning and had a great view
of a Spangled Drongo,fairly close then it flew right overhead giving good
view of breast and big tail. First time I have seen one here.

Best regards - Mike
Penrith, NSW, Australia

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