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The joy of sparrows

I doubt I'm the only one who could watch sparrows all day; there's about 20+ in our little flock, they flit in and out of the shrubs and feeders, I adore the sound of their little wings fluttering! 
The entire starling family come and have a bath, and the sparrows stand on the edge to get a shower. 😄


  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,249
    I love them too ,we named our house Sparrow House as we have so many ,they come inside if I forget and leave the sitting room window open too far .I love it when they play on our window sill .Wish I had a camera and could show you all .
  • Slow-wormSlow-worm Posts: 1,576
    That's a beautiful photo Sheps! 
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 2,104
    Thanks @Slow-worm
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,190
    I love them!  Just down the road from us is a hedge they particularly love - I can hear them chattering away as I approach.  Then it all goes quiet as I walk past, as if they don't want me to overhear, and they start up again once I've passed them!
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • Lots of sparrows here in the garden but I notice they are rather indiscriminate drinkers/bathers.
    Blue Tits OTOH tend to be into synchronised drinking .  5 or 6 around the water bowl.  If you take time to watch, No. 1 will sip, then No. 2 and so on - all carefully taking their turn.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,626
    We've got lots of sparrows too, I can watch them from my chair in the sitting room. The tiny ones are gorgeous.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • tui34tui34 Posts: 3,204
    My wee sparrows et al enjoy a dust bath in my garden to clean up their mites.  There are little holes in the soil everywhere!
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • FireFire Posts: 17,324
    We have three nesting sites this year in the garden - one in a swift box. I have noticed they went completely absent with the heatwave. Perhaps they do tend to disappear from gardens more in the summer. I am been a bit concerned. Down here in London the aphids have disappeared with the heat and insects on the whole have had a hard year, which will impact the birds.

    I have to say that I have over looked my sparrows a bit, hoping for other species to come in, like greenfinch, chaffinch or bull finch, which I have never seen, in ten years in the garden. But the sparrows are special too, as you say, and their numbers are in steep decline.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,433
    They'd be a joy a few gardens away but they use my garden as a toilet. My cherry plum is white with shttt and the bay tree isn't faring much better. The ground underneath looks like it's been snowing.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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