Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sparrows


Scatter a handful of grain and the sparrows are the first to arrive. Sparrows and crows are the only birds that we see (in our backyards) in flocks unlike the others who are seen in pairs or alone. Today's papers carried articles about the decline in the population of the sparrow. I did look up online about World Sparrow Day. It's disturbing to read about the decline of the sparrow population in several parts of the world.



The tender branches of a young mango tree is a favourite perch.

I'm glad to say that nearly all the trees and shrubs in our area has a few or several sparrows sitting on them at some point of the day. These are the images that I see every time I look out or step out of the house. And I hope it remains so for a long, long time.


To see more of our feathered friends visit Springman at http://pineriverreview.blogspot.in/

 Enjoy and Participate!

19 comments:

HansHB said...

A good post for WBW!
I wish you a happy evening!

Carletta said...

I think I have seen one in the past few weeks.
I think they are such a sweet little bird. So glad you get to enjoy them.

Ginny said...

This post is showing me something very familiar for the first time ever!!! These are sparrows we have here, and lots of them. They kill the baby bluebirds and for no reason, not even because they want their nest. They just kill because they like it. Why are they declining??

Nature Rambles said...

Ginny, some of the reasons given in the article are due to various reasons ranging from destruction of its habitat to lack of insect food for the young, and the increasing microwave pollution from mobile phone towers.

Gary said...

Especially the house sparrow!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NewMexiKen said...

When I started keeping a life list oh so many years ago, the "English Sparrow" was one of the first recorded. My grandmother called them "Chippies," and they thrived on horse droppings. We don't have them in the neighborhood where I live now, in South Florida.

mick said...

They are fun to watch but we don't have them around my place. Great photos.

Andrew said...

Wonderful little birds to see...

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the House Sparrows. They seem to be pretty common birds around here. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

I didn't know about the decline in sparrows -- I've always thought of them as a common backyard bird (in Oregon, not so much here in Florida where we spend winters now)....but I can't imagine not having them there... I will go check out the link. Thank you.

Rambling Woods said...

It is ironic as they are in decline in your area and a problem here in the US as they compete for nesting areas with our native birds especially blue birds...I have a flock of 25 at any given time...Michelle

heyBJK said...

Nice shots! We certainly have plenty of House Sparrows here.

lotusleaf said...

Sparrows have disappeared from these parts ten years ago:( Nice to know that they are doing well in your state.

joo said...

Sparrows are so lovely to watch!

Springman said...

I have heard the house sparrow is in decline in the UK. Strange. Your love of the LBJ's is shared!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Sweet sparrows.

Regards and best wishes

Pat said...

I love the little resident flock of House Sparrows we have here. They get rather tame in the summer when the young ones can be coaxed closer with a scattering of seeds.

Kathie Brown said...

My local population of house sparrows rises and falls with the seasons. It's bursting by the end of summer and has dwindled by the end of winter.

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