The Early House Sparrow Gets The Worm

I went out onto the property shortly after dawn for my usual morning walk-around with the dogs. It didn’t take long to hear some House Sparrows making noise up in the Pecan Tree.

The female seemed to be wrestling with a leaf or the branch it was on. I thought it a little odd that she should be pulling on it so fervently. She didn’t seem to be eating at the leaf like, being a newbie bird watcher, I would have assumed.

Then she hopped over onto the roof of the house and then I understood. She had been having a bit of difficulty nabbing her prey. But she persevered and won out.

She immediately began chowing down on the thing and had it eaten up within about 15 seconds.

Then she hopped, jumped and fluttered back into a spot in the tree.

What was her male companion doing all this time? Just sitting there.

Maybe he fancies himself a birdwatcher too, rather than a bird doer.

House Sparrow (Passer Domesticus)

– Non-Migrator, but moves around a bit to find food
– Found throughout the United States, part of Canada and most of Mexico
– Not true sparrows, members of the Weaver Finch Family
– Eats seeds, insects and fruit
– Similar to a Chipping Sparrow, but without the rusty crown on the head
– Large, over-sized nests made from scraps of paper, plastic, or whatever available
– 3-7 blue or green eggs spotted with gray and brown
– Gets along well in large numbers but can be aggressive to other birds in taking over a cavity
– A group can be referred to collectively as a ‘blight’

Resources:

“Birds of Texas” Field Guide by Stan Tekiela

“iBird Explorer South” iPhone app

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