SPARROWS GALORE

The two common sparrows appeared to be inseparable. Though they were about the same size as each other, one had slightly fluffier feathers. I watched their interaction for a bit. The neat one picked at bits on the pavement (probably crumbs, or maybe leftovers from a candy floss stall from the night before). The other sparrow looked on. The moment the neat one turned towards the other, its mouth opened wide and the beaked cornucopia entered. This feeding process occurred several times and when it was deemed that enough was eaten, both birds flew up to a ledge on a nearby building.

This was obviously mum with her fledgling, possibly a late and second hatching of baby birds. We have heard much about there being a dearth of sparrows. I have seen plenty of hedge sparrows in my garden and other varieties of small birds. In the town precinct, here was the proof that more sparrow life was developing. I think there is time for the young birds to strengthen up for the Winter, and if it is not a long harsh one like the last one, perhaps they will survive in number.

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0 thoughts on “SPARROWS GALORE

  1. What a lovely thing to watch. We get magpies and pigeons in our garden, and the occasional robin – nothing very exciting. Suspect the neighbourhood cats might be the reason!

  2. Hi Gilly,

    We get wood pigeons, common pigeons, collared doves,doves, blackbirds, hooded crows (they are so clever), dunnocks, and some greenfinches at this time of year. Later they’ll be joined by sea gulls and herring gulls if they are particularly hungry. It’s too early for robins, they left a little while ago. The garden cats still wander in, the current batch, don’t seem to be too clever.

  3. The nearest wood is about 5-7 miles away. There has been heavy pruning of trees for a while. Much more pruning and a new description will have to be found for it. I have a bush nearby and one of my neighbours planted Leylandii. I have noticed a lot of birds shelter in the foliage when the weather is horrid. The sea is not far away. I have some views of it from various windows at home.

  4. sparrows are a rare sight here, though blue tits, great tits, finches and dunnocks are regulars at the feeding station, with an occasional visit from a woodpecker or two.

  5. We see greenfinches, some of the other birds like dunnocks, which belong to the family of sparrows, hooded crows,sometimes sea gulls, herring gulls, blackbirds and some others. Later on, there will be robins.

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