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Thursday, June 15, 2017

House Sparrow facts

I thought the House Sparrow nest in our Wild Birds Unlimited sign had been abandoned because I didn’t see any activity. I was going to write a snide blog post about how some young hot shot couldn’t find a girlfriend to share his high-rise apartment. He was perched on “it” for two days singing his heart out at the end of May and then nothing.

Well I guess that’s all it took because for the past week I’ve been hearing baby peeps. Some bird watcher I am. Right under my nose the male and female sparrow (which I still haven’t seen) have started a family!

House Sparrow males claim their nest sites and chirp nearby to attract a female. Sometimes courtship includes a hop or wing quiver as a female passes by. House Sparrows are usually monogamous life partners. Mating occurs throughout the breeding season, (March through early August) near the nest site.

The nest is made of coarse straw, twigs, paper, leaves, grasses, and any other available material and lined with feathers, fine grasses, cotton or fur. In spring and summer the birds use the nest for raising young, up to four broods. In fall and winter it is used for roosting at night.

The female typically takes about a week to lay 5 eggs after lining the nest. The eggs are white to dull brown and speckled with brown. Both male and female incubate the eggs for short periods. The chicks hatch after about 11 days of incubation and then fledge about two weeks after that. Both the male and female feed the young. I'll keep an eye out for babies next week.

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The House Sparrow http://house-sparrow.html
Why should we care about birds? http://goo.gl/4iD8a
How to get rid of sparrows http://goo.gl/9tAwkY
Has your family lived in America longer than the House Sparrows? http://American dream.html
Photo Share: Fall Sparrow http://fall-sparrow.html

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