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Published on 13 March 2014 in Notes

All Notes submitted to British Birds are subject to independent review, either by the Notes Panel or by the BB Editorial Board.Those considered appropriate for BB will be published either here or on our website (www.britishbirds.co.uk) subject to the availability of space.migrating flocks were attracted down by the The Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis is an calls of local resident sparrows but, less than a abundant breeding resident in Malta (Sultana & minute after landing, they left to continue in the Gauci 1982) which appears to form separate same direction. No migrants were recorded in `town and country’ populations, each with its 2007, but the first records of migrating birds in own pattern of behaviour (Summers-Smith spring were made in 2008. These spring birds 1977­78). This species has a more obvious were migrating between NNW and NNE, in pattern of migratory behaviour than other moderate to fresh west to northeasterly winds. Passer species (Summers-Smith 1988) but there is little evidence that Maltese Table 1. Records of apparently migrating Spanish Sparrows sparrows are migratory. Of Passer hispaniolensis in the Maltese Islands. 25,459 Spanish Sparrows ringed in the Maltese Islands up to the Date Locality Numbers end of 1999, only 13 were recov(M)=Malta, (G)=Gozo ered beyond 5 km, while just two 22.10.2003 Ghadira (M) 4 flocks, largest c. 150 crossed from one island to the 23.10.2003 Ghadira (M) 2 flocks, each of c. 40 other (distances of c. 11 km and 22.10.2004 Ghadira (M) 1 flock, c. 60 23.10.2004 Qawra (M) 2 flocks,

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