Sparrows - what are they after?

B3B3 Posts: 10,532
edited 30 May in Wildlife gardening
The sparrows regularly eat all my cherry plum buds - I never see more than one or  two they've missed. I'd rather have the sparrows.
They're fossicking about in my shrubs now. Are they after insects or buds?
In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,637
    This time of year I think they’re after insects, aphids and grubs for their nestlings. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • B3B3 Posts: 10,532
    Oh good. They're repaying me for my lost blossom then😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,637
    😃 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 480
    I saw a sparrow this morning perched on my Kew Gardens rose pecking at the aphids. 
    Always welcome!
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 2,118
    The poor sparrows can't keep up with aphids in my garden, there are some very fat birds around here.
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    I had a lupin once that was covered in aphids after i had a week away. I only noticed them because all the leaves were broken on the lupin then I saw the sparrows diving in
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Bruges, BelgiumPosts: 792
    I wish the birds here would get 'fossiking', I'm over run with green and black fly. Waiting for more ladybirds and the larvae of soldier beetles to get munching. 
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