Wednesday, June 13, 2007

English Sparrow - First Time Visitor to Colvin Run Habitat

While the English (or House) Sparrow is the most common song bird in the world, today represented the first time that one was observed in the Colvin Run Habitat. This male is quite distinctive with his white wing bar and white submustache.
Like the starling, this is an old world (that is, European native) bird first introduced into North American by a release in New York's Central Park in the 19th century. Recently, the daily number of starlings has decreased (thankfully!) in the Habitat. Let's hope that the starling is not replaced by a large number of English Sparrows.

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