Backyard Birding: A Swarm of Sparrows

I’ve got sparrows coming out of my… trees! The level of activity around the bird-feeder is absolutely out of control. There will consistently be four or five sparrows on the feeder and many down in the grass and garden at any given moment. I do enjoy having all the little fellows out there, but I am beginning to think they will chase off everything but that angry red finch who visits periodically.

After doing a little reading about House Sparrows, I have come to learn that they are oftentimes mistaken for Tree Sparrows. The difference is apparently subtle, but oftentimes the species can be identified based upon the color of the crown or nape. According to Google;

“The simplest way to tell the difference between house sparrows and tree sparrows is to look at their crown! Tree sparrows have a solid chestnut-brown head and nape, whilst house sparrows (males at least) have a light grey crown.”

Either way, I suspect I have both types in the yard at the moment.

I should also mention that sparrows are a portend of good luck in many cultures while also symbolizing companionship, happiness and hope (thank-you insomnia). Maybe it isn’t such a bad thing to be swarming with companionship, happiness, good luck and hope!?!

Anyway, the House Sparrow associates with humans and is one of the most widespread and abundant songbirds in the world. I suspect that this may be the primary reason that I have so many. Not to mention since the feeder and sanctuary are in full effect it could only serve as a multiplier. Don’t get me wrong, I love having all these little songbirds around, but I would like more of a variety. I have not changed up the food yet as I have quite a bit and do not want to waste it or have six or seven types opened up at once. 

I think I will be moving to more of a sunflower seed mix next and hope to begin to attract some warblers and swallows, but we will see. Anyway, there is no shortage of photo-ops of the sparrows, enjoy!

Published by DW

Freelance writer, photographer and traveler who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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