FW: Melbourne sparrows

In the 1990s I lived in the inner Melbourne suburb of Armadale. We had both House and Tree Sparrows more or less resident in our front garden.

The interesting thing about them was that the smaller Tree Sparrows were clearly higher in the pecking order than their larger cousins.




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course some mixed flocks). At any time there would be several flocks

occupying different sections of the campus and these were fairly stable.

Over a week or two, I trapped about 15 Tree Sparrows and about twice as many

House Sparrows. Sorry amazingly I don’t see these numbers in my thesis, nor

a lot of other stuff, (I paid my typist by the page and for now I can’t even

remember where I got the funds from). It should be somewhere in my notebook,

which I might still have somewhere.




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In Melbourne, there are plenty of House Sparrows in the CBD and around

shopping centres. Lots of food there.  But they have largely disappeared

from parks and house gardens.

Anthea Fleming




On 6/02/2019 9:37 AM, Michael Hunter wrote:

> Am briefly in downtown Melbourne, outside the Town Hall, and amazed at the

number of House Sparrows.


> None in Sydney or Brisbane .


> What has Melbourne got that they don’t ?


>                 Cheers.  Michael




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