The Travels of Tug 44

House Sparrow

The House Sparrow is called that, as it tends to associate with humans. They prefer your yard over a more natural setting, and the bird feeder is the center of their world, both seeds as well as suet feeders. They like insects too and will go so far as to pick dead ones from your car's windshield. This one is a male, as indicated by the reddish brown and the black marks on their heads.   high-res

This male House Sparrow shows off his pretty wings as he steadies himself in a wind.   high-res

This is a baby House Sparrow. Notice the bit of yellow in the corners of its mouth, the last remains of the "baby beak". They are fully capable of feeding themselves at this age but they still prefer to beg from the parents. To beg, they will slightly spread their wings and start to vibrate ... a very distinctive display. They also will beg from other species of bird such as Cardinals, but they are rewarded only by a peck on the head. They get the idea pretty quick though.   high-res

This is the female on the left, and a chick, begging, on the right.   high-res

This chick had no luck begging, so it grabs some seeds and has lunch all by itself.   high-res

The begging usually works, and here we see a female House Sparrow feeding her chick.   high-res

The House Sparrow, the first bird to find your new bird feeder.

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