Tree Sparrow – records

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDDScarce visitor, formerly bred

Given the increasing scarcity of this species in Pembrokeshire, all records since 2000 are given here.

2000 – Present in the Castle Morris nest box scheme area but no details of breeding available. Otherwise, singles Manorbier 18-19 March and Castell Malgwyn 11 June, 2 Skomer 8 May.

2001 – 5 nr Upper Haythog 3 Feb, singles Treleddyd fawr 11 Nov, Skomer 6 & 13 May, 9, 11 & 20 Sept, 2 there 1 Nov and 3 on 21 Sept.

2002 – One Mullock 23 Nov (SJS) was the only record

2003 – One Llawhaden 2-4 Jan. 3 birds present at one site 15 May and 4 June, 2 holding territory. Breeding occurred Ramsey for the first time, a pair nested and 2 young fledged 12 July.

2004 – Up to 6 were in the Castle Morris area Jan-Mar. One pair bred once again Ramsey rearing 6 young. In autumn, one was in the St David’s airfield area 15 Oct.

2005 – Nr Llandeloy 17 Mar, up to 7 St Florence 7 April to year’s end, 2 Skomer 25 Apr and a single 12 Nov and Traeth Llyfn 22 Sept.

2006 – Up to 15+ present St Florence Jan-Feb, singles Hubberston 14 Jan, Kilpaison 1 July. On Skomer: 2 on 10 May and one on 31st and present 3 Jun.

2007 – Only two records were received, firstly of a single at Llangloffan Fen on 3rd – 31st Jan. (BH) and three at Strumble Head on 24m Oct. (RW).

2008 – Singles Llangloffan 17th, 18th and 24th Jan, Grassholm 16th-1 7th July, two Newtown on 18th Apr and seven Treddiog Fach on 16th June. One on Skomer 12th May.

2009 – Five near Marros Mountain SN1809 on 26th Jan and two at Crow Hill on 4th-5th May were the only records received.

2010 – There were only two records this year both of singles, the first in the layby opposite Llangloffan Graveyard possibly bathing or collecting grit on 5th Aug (AR). The other was on Skomer on 9th to 11th Oct (DB).

2011 – The only record received was of a single at St.Davids Head on 21st Apr (MYP).

2012 – The only report of this species in 2012 was of two with Yellowhammers at Martletwy on 25th Dec (B & AH).

2013 – All records received were: one at Woodhouse 19th & 21st Feb, five at Caerfai 28th Apr, two at Abercastle 5th May & another single bird between Newton Cross & Mathry in December.

2014 – Up to two birds seen in the Treddiog/ Newton Cross area near Hayscastle between 2nd & 4th Jan then two at Trefeiddan on 22nd Apr. Later in the year, a juvenile at St. Davids Head on 15th Sept, then finally the amazing record of a bird on Grassholm on 14th Oct, the 2nd record for the island, the previous being another single bird on 16th & 17th July 2008.

2017 – The only records were of one at St. Davids Head on 8th Apr and one at the farm, Skomer 3rd – 5th May.

2018 – Singles Skokholm on 26th May and 29th Sept. Two Strumble Head 29th Sept

2019 – One Ramsey 22 – 23 April

2020 – One visited a garden in Furzy Park Estate, Haverfordwest, December 2019 – 5 Jan 2020. Singles at Little Haven 7 Feb, Pencarnan Camp, St. Davids on 4 Apr and Broad Haven – Haroldston 17 Oct. Three Skomer 16 May,

Source – Pembrokeshire Bird Reports

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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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Tree Sparrow – 1994

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

1984-88
Breeding confirmed3
Breeding probable1
Breeding possible2
No of tetrads occupied6 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads1.3%

Lockley et al. (1949) state that Tree Sparrows were first recorded at Marloes on 20 October 1933, and they also listed four other occurrences. Although increased observer cover has since shown them to be more frequent their full status is still not clear.

They bred at Skomer in 1964, near Houghton in 1966, at Templeton, Sandy Hill and Thornton in 1971, near Haverfordwest in 1987, at Pen Blewin and Pengawse in 1988 and at Marloes and Heathfield in 1990. They probably bred at Roch in 1988 and one was thought to have hybridised with a House Sparrow at Martin’s Haven in 1965 and 1966. Tree Sparrows kept occurring in the Croesgoch/Mathry/Castle Morris area throughout the 1970s and 1980s, making it seem likely that they also bred in that region, but despite much searching no nests were found.

Small numbers pass through, from March to June and again from August to November, when they appear briefly on the offshore islands, prominent headlands and in coastal stubbles. They are also occasionally found feeding with finch flocks during the winter, usually in ones and twos. Sometimes up to ten are seen, and larger flocks have occurred: 32 birds were seen at Pengawse in February 1988 and 40 at Ratford Bridge on 27 January 1990.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

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

Tree Sparrow – records

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDD – Scarce visitor, formerly bred Given the increasing scarcity of this species in Pembrokeshire, all records since 2000 are given here. 2000 – Present in the Castle Morris nest box scheme area but no details of breeding available. Otherwise, singles Manorbier 18-19 March and Castell Malgwyn 11 June, 2 Skomer […]

Tree Sparrow – 2003-07 breeding

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDD – Scarce breeding resident, winter visitor and passage migrant Comparison with previous atlas: 1984-88 2003-07 Breeding confirmed 3 1 Breeding probable 1 2 Breeding possible 2 No of tetrads occupied 6 (of 478) 3 (of 490) Percentage of tetrads 1.3% 0.6% The Tree Sparrow is like a House Sparrow but […]

Tree Sparrow – 1994

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDD – Scarce breeding resident, winter visitor and passage migrant 1984-88 Breeding confirmed 3 Breeding probable 1 Breeding possible 2 No of tetrads occupied 6 (of 478) Percentage of tetrads 1.3% Lockley et al. (1949) state that Tree Sparrows were first recorded at Marloes on 20 October 1933, and they also listed four […]

Tree Sparrow – 1980s winter

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDD – Scarce breeding resident, winter visitor and passage migrant One record of two birds was registered for the BTO winter atlas of 1981-82, 1982-82 and 1983-84. Graham Rees More about Tree Sparrows in Pembrokeshire

Tree Sparrow – 1968-72

Passer montanus – GOLFAN MYNYDD – Scarce breeding resident, winter visitor and passage migrant Red = breeding confirmed Yellow = breeding possible More about the Tree Sparrow in Pembrokeshire

Tree Sparrow – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.