Friday, 7 June 2013

Sparrow Fledglings

By far the most prolific bird visitor to my garden at any time of the year is the Sparrow and this year in particular they are visiting in their droves.  I have in the past offered very little feed during the summer months but as we got off to a particularly bad start to the spring - I have not withdrawn any food except for suet and fat ball types (they would 'turn' very quickly in the heat we have been experiencing).

A distinct lack of Robins, Tits, finches and a sweet pair of Linnets, that had become regular, means there is more to go around for the sparrows.  Blue tits are nesting under the eaves of the house, they are there but only occasionally visit the feeders.  A lone male blackbird visits but never hangs around for long.  Of course, the Corvids, Magpies and Jackdaws bully their way into everything.  I distract them by putting bread and other kitchen scraps out for them before filling the feeders.  This seems to provide the smaller birds a bit of peace and quite to enjoy their food.

As I was sitting soaking up the early evening sun - a few young sparrows were finding their way around the garden, a few still being fed by their father and some venturing onto the feeders.  I could see that their confidence was growing and pretty soon were hopping around independently.

"Are you sure I'll be safe?" 

"I'm not ready yet"

"What's for dessert?"

"I'm right behind you!"
         

Over by the pond........  


"Do you promise I won't fall in"

"I'll keep watch!"

"Where did everyone go?"

"I can't!  I forgot my waterwings"

I'm joining in with Donna over at Gardens Eye View for the Seasonal Celebration Meme - please join us if you have something to share.

33 comments:

  1. An entertaining post about our most entertaining friends.

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    1. Thanks Ricki - you are right they are quite entertaining.

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  2. Very cute! And I was glad to see that your sparrows were not house sparrows, which are actually finches and a major pest here in North America. Do you know what species they are? In our garden we get the white crowned and white throated sparrows.

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    1. Jason, in answer to your question - as far as I'm aware these are house sparrows. We have 2 different sparrows species here in the UK - Passer domesticus (House Sparrow) and Passer montanus (Tree sparrow).
      They are, according to the RSBP not related to the birds you would know as a sparrow.

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  3. Cute little guys! I love watching birds, but I am awful at names for them. Maybe one day I will get it!

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    1. Erin - some names can be quite tricky, I'm getting the hang of identifying the different birds that visit my garden.

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  4. Hi Angie, what do you think is the reason for the lack of all the other birds?

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    1. Having been watching Springwatch on the BBC last week - the lack of other birds is normal for this time of year. The birds will be feeding their young on insects and others more healthier options than is available on the feeders. They will bring their fledglings apparently in a few weeks. We shall see!

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  5. Do you know I have all the other birds but no sparrows at all. In the past we used to have lots of sparrows in The Netherlands, but about the last 15 years their population went down. They look very cute!

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    1. Janneke - According to the RSBP, similar is happening in the south of England. They are actually on the RSPB 'Red Alert' list.
      Maybe one day they will return.

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  6. These birds are so cute Angie. I have a nest of the blackbird in my Hedera. They are so used to me being around in the garden it enters me closer and closer.
    Have a wonderful weekend Angie.

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    1. Marijke, wow, lucky you having blackbirds nesting in your garden. I doubt my cats would leave them at much peace.

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  7. Lovely photos of the birds; I'm glad the sparrows nested successfully this year. It's interesting to read about the other birds you see/don't see in your garden, too. I have to organise bird feeding here as well; the ducks all barge in together and eat everything on the ground feeder before the small birds can get a chance at any food.

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    1. Wendy the magpies and jackdaws are the worst, closely followed by the starlings!
      How lovely to have ducks in your garden. I'd love that. We do have a mating pair of ducks living on the river at the end of my road. There are 5 ducklings presently.

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  8. Angie how wonderful to have you join. I love your sparrow fledglings. All our nests have fledged and I hope to see the little ones around. And I just discovered our chipping sparrows have nested in a low bush in the front yard. Summer is a wonderful time to celebrate the new birds in our gardens.

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    1. Thanks Donna - I'm sure the parents will show them where to return too for goodies!
      I doubt very much my cats would allow birds to nest in the garden.

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  9. We've only had startling babes in the garden so far...their parents trying in vain to shove whole slices of bread in their faces. It's funny how they need to be fed when they're standing on the very food their parents are picking up.
    Hoping for more babes soon, Robin & Mr & Mrs Blackbird are still collecting nesting material. The 'Doves from Above' are still in that 'courting' mode....get a room!
    Beautiful photos Angie :-0

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    1. Jane, starling babies, that must be very noisy!! I have seen the blackbirds around here but not in the garden for weeks. We have the doves too - it can get a little 'dramatic' at times can't it!!

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  10. Lovely babies, I'm still waiting for all my babies to arrive at the bird table. The parents are frantically collecting food for them all, it won't be long now. You have managed some superb photos of your fledglings, they must keep you amused for ages!

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    1. Pauline, I do hope you don't have too long to wait until you see the babies. It was very amusing to watch them finding their way around.

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  11. Gorgeous Photo's and lovely post. I'm off to read a little more of your blog, I've just started gardening so hoping to pick up a few tips.

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    1. Joanne - I'm glad you enjoyed. Gardening is a great hobby to have, there are lots of tips and advice to be had around the web!

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  12. How sweet! I don't get any sparrows in my garden, I think they are crowded out by all the other birds that visit, but we've had a visit from near on a hundred starlings with their babies recently and a few families are still hanging around. I love watching the little chicks being fed :-)

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    1. Paula - shame you don't get the sparrows, they sure do entertain!
      Haven't had the starlings and their young yet - that pleasure is still to come ;)

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  13. oh how wonderful, thanks so much for sharing, hasn't the weather been nice, not as hot up here, Frances

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    1. Frances, thank you! Weather has been marvellous and good bit of rain during the night watered the garden for me, thankfully!

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  14. What beautiful conversations your sparrows have :-). Any frog there yet to start our dance? I have also joined Donna for her meme

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    1. Thanks KL, you had better get that kilt on!!!! Still no frogs :(

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  15. I am lucky as I have all the other birds and sparrows. They make me smile as one will appear on the feeder and then they all descend.They are such mucky little pups as well but I really don't mind.








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    1. Flowerlady, I do a specific whistle before I put the food out. It doesn't take long for the telephone wire to get full with queuing birds!! Yes, mucky they are!

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  16. Awwww, too cute! You do have a lot of Sparrows in your garden! So many birds have taken up residence in my yard this spring/summer--including the regulars and lots of new ones I don't remember seeing and hearing much in previous years: northern flickers, indigo buntings, and tufted titmouses, among others. Great shots--especially that last one!

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  17. Love it! We had a party of Great Tits come through a couple of days ago - SO LOUD but a joy to watch!

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  18. I have these little guys hanging around in my forsythia ever winter. Their chatter is always so cheerful.

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