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Sunday, 24 February 2008

House Sparrow

Maybe its a sign of old age, but I can remember when these where everywhere
has a kid, now I get excited when I see one.

Although the house sparrow is brown and often thought of as a plain bird I think they are stunning, especially the grey crown on their heads.

You will see in the second photo the wonderful feather details, no choice really as it wouldn't turn around.

I also have a few more pics HERE



All photos taken in my garden this afternoon

5 comments:

  1. You got some nice detail on these. You're not the first person who has recently said there aren't as many of these little sparrows around. I think they all live in my garden in Connecticut. They love to hide in the bushes and then flock to the feeder all at once, and rush back into the bushes again. They sound really pretty in the early morning.

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  2. Even when they are made to look so beautiful, I still wish there were fewer of them where I live. Your photo of the male is very good and it does have a pretty head, but what I really like is the "white collar, black tie" look at the throat.

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  3. Mike, I wish we could send you some of these rascals from our garden. We have over 100 of the pesky little birds.

    I fight with them only because they chase off the native birds from our garden.

    They are doing so well here in the states that I am amazed if we go anyplace and not see them. They are so adaptable.

    I love to see them out in the country where they weave their nests in a tree. I have seen large colonies of them.

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  4. Very nice photos. I have seen very few House Sparrows, aka: English Sparrows, but when I do see them I enjoy the distinctive markings of the male. The House Sparrow is one of the few birds that I recognize on your blog though as the species on your side of the big pond are very different from those found here. A few years ago it was very exciting to see a Redwing in our area! This was a rare sighting for us!

    I enjoy viewing your very beautiful photos!

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  5. Hi Sandpiper, they do have a really nice call, thanks.

    Mary, have to agree I like the detail around the birds neck.

    Lisa, I suppose when you have so many they can become a bit of a pain and even more so when I see the other lovely birds you have photographed.

    Thanks, Mike.

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