There are still plenty of House Sparrows in Altona, and a few Tree Sparrows if
you know where to look. I've had eastern suburbs visitors tell me that they
don't see either very often now.
While it's probably a good thing that a feral species is reduced in numbers,
it's a bit disconcerting to have them reduced without any apparent effort on
our part. Hopefully it's all about habitat, and the different kinds of trees
people plant these days. Not that many trees over this way, so it mightn't
have much effect if they're different now.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of brian fleming
> Sent: Friday, 26 February 2010 10:37 AM
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Fwd: [OB] World House Sparrow Day
> One can only congratulate the organizers on "support for
> biodiversity throughout the world" in general and promoting
> interest in common neighbourhood birds in particular.
> The fact that House Sparrows in Australia happen to be
> introduced ferals is not relevant to the general intention.
> Incidentally we no longer see House or Tree Sparrows in our
> part of Ivanhoe - only a few round the shopping centre.
> When we were in London in 2000, there seemed to be none in
> the inner city - partly because all older buildings had their
> ledges andcrannies screened with fine netting, denying
> nest-sites. We were told that Sparrows were much rarer in
> Britain than formerly.
> Anthea Fleming
> Carl Clifford wrote:
> > Dear All,
> > It seems that there are some out there who actually love the old
> > spadgers. Feel free to celebrate WHSD, or not.
> > Cheers,
> > Carl Clifford
> > Begin forwarded message:
> > From: Mohammed Dilawar <>
> > Date: 25 February 2010 4:21:24 AM
> > To: orientalbirding <>
> > Subject: [OB] World House Sparrow Day (www.worldhousesparrowday.org)
> > The world House Sparrow Day is an international initiative
> by Nature
> > Forever Society in colabration with Bombay Natural History Society,
> > Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) Avon Wildlife Trust (UK) and
> > numerous other national and international organisation across the
> > world.
> > The World House Sparrow Day will be celebrated on 20th
> March 2010 and
> > will be an annual event not only to celebrate the beauty of House
> > Sparrows but all the common birds and biodiversity found in
> and around us.
> > The event will be promoted by a dedicated interactive website
> > www.worldhousesparrowday.org which will be the nerve centre of the
> > whole event. Organisation and individuals from across the
> world will
> > be able to register their events and activities on this website.
> > The website is having all information related to the event
> like, press
> > resources, logos, posters, images and press releases. The
> website will
> > also be useful for organisation's and individuals as they
> will be able
> > to download posters, logos and activity ideas which they can use to
> > promote the event in their region or country.
> > The World House Sparrow Day will promote events like common bird
> > watching trips, public discussions, exhibitions,
> presentations, bird
> > rallies, art competitions, educational and public events
> all aimed at
> > paying more attention to the birds in their neighborhood
> and their conservation.
> > All the events which will be carried out throughout the
> world will be
> > uploaded on the website.
> > Apart from this regular updates in regard to the event will be
> > circulated on national and international bird groups which have
> > thousands of members.
> > What will the World House Sparrow Day achieve?
> > The rationale of having this day is not only to celebrate the event
> > for a day but to use the day to bring together all the
> individuals and
> > organisation working on the conservation of House Sparrows
> and urban
> > biodiversity on a common platform. With the help of the
> website we aim
> > to build a network which can result in better linkages of
> like minded people.
> > In the long term it's an effective way to carry out advocacy, do
> > collaborative research and form national and international linkages.
> > It will also help in getting the attention of government
> agencies and
> > the scientific community on a whole for more conservation
> measures and
> > research on the common bird species and urban biodiversity.
> > We request you all to please celebrate this day in your
> > locality, school, we have uploaded a number of event ideas on the
> > website for more information please write to us on
> > To register a event that you will be carrying out please send us an
> > email at
> > -
> > We would also like to that all the people who generously
> > photos of house Sparrows after we made a appeal. We hope the day is
> > also celebrated with equal enthusiasm.
> > You can also join the World House Sparrow Day and World
> House Sparrow
> > Group on Facebook to keep your self updated. You can invite your
> > freinds to join the group share ideas, photos and celebrate
> this 20th
> > March as World House Sparrow Day.
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