TREE SPARROWS IN LEICESTERSHIRE?
We are fortunate to have Tree Sparrows regularly visiting our garden feeders this winter. They obviously love suet pellets and often arrive in parties of up to eight, taking priority over other small birds. In view of the recent decline in Tree Sparrow populations, is this unusual for north-west Leicestershire?
QTree Sparrows are one of the UK’S fastest declining species, and are becoming an unusual sight almost everywhere. However, according to data from the BTO’S Garden Bird Feeding Survey, Tree Sparrows are increasingly likely to be found using garden feeding stations. They seem to be mainly attracted by seeds of various types, suet, and mealworms, mirroring their ‘wild’ diet. Tree Sparrows are notoriously fickle, though, and often abandon seemingly perfect habitat. If you want to try to keep these birds coming back, carry on feeding, and think about erecting several nest boxes for them; It could play a part in helping this species recover.