To: Bob Forsyth <>
Subject: sparrows
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 17:58:08 +1100
Hi all - House Sparrows seem to be doing very well here in Gloucester NSW, particularly around the Take-away Chicken shop. Most days I see them flying back and forth across my back garden and using the bird bath, and each breeding season I have been here (from Sept 2002) adults have been followed by begging juveniles.

However, they certainly declined in Darlington, Sydney, during the 22 years I lived there, as did the Bulbuls and Blue Wrens, the latter two I think due to the influx of Currawongs over that period. The decline mainly due to the gentrification of the area and grubbing out of tangled undergrowth in back yards, in which they all hid and bred, and Sydney University campus where the only shelter the little birds had was in thick shrubbery but this was deemed unsafe for students at night as it could conceal thieves and rapists, and hence it was cleaned out.

Bob Forsyth wrote:

G'day all,
A year or so the number of sparrows in my territory seriously declined but
about 6 months ago the numbers returned to the more recent normal
They arrived here 1966

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