Spanish Sparrow

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Subject: Spanish Sparrow
From: Patrick Scully <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:19:59 -1000
Hello fellow birders.
I am grateful to Michael for raising questions about Spanish Sparrow.  I too 
have been in Sicily, in Pozzallo, near to Ragusa and Siracusa in the last few 
weeks and was perplexed by the sparrows I was seeing as so much seemed 
different from the Australian sparrows I am familiar with.  And yet the online 
field guides (some are a bit useless) I referred to shed no light.

It has given me considerable pleasure reading the erudite feedback given by 
Nicholas and others and shows that sharing what one might consider ordinary 
sightings is valuable.

I too spent ages looking at the ever present swifts and from the guides it 
seemed they were described as the  Common Swift Apus apus.  Rob Morris's 
comment about the possibility of some being Pallid Swifts I found very 
Best wishes,
Patrick Scully
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