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cuckoo chick query

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Re: cuckoo chick query

Post by FrankS » 19 Jun 2012, 21:08

Sorry, should i be speaking about cuckoos?

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Re: cuckoo chick query

Post by MisterT » 19 Jun 2012, 22:47

My childhood days were spent in Essex where house sparrow would regularly nest in hedgerows in large numbers. Thinking back, it would appear to be the height of the hedge that seemed to be the governing factor. Anything between 12 – 15 foot would contain scruffy domed nests made mainly of dried grass and lined with feathers somewhere near the tops of trees. Even when dutch elm disease devastated the hedgerows, these nests were still to be seen in the dead trees in large numbers.

Now when I return, none are to be found. :(

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Re: cuckoo chick query

Post by Ashley_Jackson » 20 Jun 2012, 08:50

Interesting to hear about these tree nests - I suppose House Sparrows were vastly more numerous in the past and birds therefore more likely to "overflow" into nesting in trees ...

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Re: cuckoo chick query

Post by BrianR » 21 Jun 2012, 09:47

Ashley, Not much to add to Frank's description of nests of House Sparrows. On North Uist nests in a Claddach-vallay garden have been in a thick bushy conifer and quite well hidden but those in the garden at Callernish much more exposed and could be seen at some distance.

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