Sunday, July 17, 2011

House Sparrows Nesting in Backyard Birdhouse

Birdhouse hidden by vines - photo by Shelley Banks
Birdhouse nestled
in high vines © SB
A pair of house sparrows has taken over one of our birdhouses. (Or all? I've only staked out this one.)

I first realized they had moved in when I heard their hatchlings' incessant, non-musical, meal-time cheeps.

It would have been lovely to have native songbirds — or any songbirds at all. But I'm not about to climb up and dispose of the sparrows — and they are entertaining.

They are also distracting. When I sit outside in the evenings, it's like being in the middle of a busy airport runway.

Swoosh! Incoming on the right. Swish! Landing on the left. Cheep-cheep-cheep-cheep!!!

Female House Sparrow beside birdhouse - photo by Shelley Banks
Female house sparrow, with grubs in her mouth © SB


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