Forum > Identifying Birds > What Are These Little Chubby Birds?

Kay123 Posted 03-Oct-2017 11:19
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I get quite a few of these and was wondering what they are, I’m sure they are very common.

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Kay123 Posted 03-Oct-2017 11:24
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I was thinking they are house sparrows is that right?

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Mickc Posted 03-Oct-2017 15:55
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Hi Kay. I am afraid I cannot enlarge the photo to get a close look at the birds but the one on the fence appears to have a mottled chest whereas the house sparrow has a plain grey chest. The markings on the back of the bird on the feeder is similar to a number of birds.  Male sparrows have very dark heads although the females are lighter.  It is also hard to make out the exact shape of the beak on the bird facing us but it appears quite chunky.
I suspect these may be Dunnocks, which are very similar in some ways to sparrows but have a mottled chest.  They are regularly seen in gardens and in numbers, particularly at this time of year when there are plenty of young around.  The back markings are similar to sparrows.  They are generally ground feeders but we do get Dunnocks on our feeders and they will occasionally sit on a fence.  If you generally see them on the ground then it is more possible.  My concern is that Dunnocks have dark beaks, sharper than a sparrow, which seems to argue against.
Would it be possible to crop the photo and re-post, please?  

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Handicap15 Posted 05-Oct-2017 11:17
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The bird on the feeder looks like a tree sparrow to me. I've just been watching some on the feeders out the back. Looking at your photo I think I can just make out a hint of the red brown head cap ( house sparrows have a dark brown cap).
 

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Kay123 Posted 06-Oct-2017 13:31
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I can but I’m not sure how to add more photos, if it helps one or two are usually on the feeder while maybe 5-6 are in the floor looking for the seeds that drop.

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Kay123 Posted 06-Oct-2017 13:32
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Oh and thanks for helping to identify these

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