I’m feeding birds as well as squirrels, and most of those birds turn out to be house sparrows (Passer domesticus). They’re skittish—far more so than the squirrels—so I have to hide a bit to watch them on the windowsill. And I think they’re gorgeous birds. The males are clad in different shades of brown, and the females are small and cute.
Reader Diana MacPherson obviously agrees, and she sent me some photos and commentary on a pair of juvenile sparrows pestering their dad for food. Her captions are indented:
Some more baby birds have emerged & I photographed some of the baby House Sparrows (or what I call English Sparrows – Passer domesticus) hanging around & also being fed by their dad. The last pictures are funny as only one baby gets fed & the one who doesn’t receive the seed is not impressed at all!
Two baby house sparrows huddling together on a chilly, rainy day.
A baby English Sparrow with her dad.
Baby English sparrow with dad [begging for noms]:
Baby English Sparrow being fed by dad while sibling is annoyed.
Baby that didn’t get the seed seems to say, “Hey, where’s MY seed?!”
Dad has had enough of these demanding babies!