Tree Sparrow – 2003-07 breeding

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDDScarce breeding resident, winter visitor and passage migrant

Comparison with previous atlas:

1984-882003-07
Breeding confirmed31
Breeding probable12
Breeding possible2
No of tetrads occupied6 (of 478)3 (of 490)
Percentage of tetrads1.3% 0.6%

The Tree Sparrow is like a House Sparrow but is slightly smaller and has a chestnut coloured crown and dark cheek patches, the sexes being alike. It nests in holes in trees and buildings.

Historically this species has always been a sporadic breeder in Pembrokeshire. During the 1984-88 survey breeding was confirmed at Dreenhill, Penblewin and Pengawse. During the 2003–07 survey just one pair was confirmed as breeding, at Ramsey Island.

The Tree Sparrow has suffered long term decline across northern Europe, including Britain, probably as a result of changing agricultural practices.

Graham Rees. Pembrokeshire County Bird Recorder 1981-2007

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports, which may contain more detail than shown here.

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