Readers’ wildlife photos

June 9, 2015 • 9:15 am

As I’m rushing to get ready to leave, we’ll have a truncated version of the RWPs today.

First, from Stephen Barnard, a female northern harrier (Circus cyaneus):

Northern harrier

Three of his resident bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), a parent and the two rapidly-growing chicks:



And baby birds from Diana MacPherson:

Here is a cute photo of a couple of English Sparrow fledglings (Passer domesticus) waiting for their parents to feed them. They fly quite well, even with their stubby little tails, so I think they are spoiled!



12 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. This is exactly what I needed to see this morning! On my third week travelling for work and haven’t had the time to look at WEIT (or the albatross, for that meatter).

    Majestic Idahoan birds of prey and cute Canadian birdies (shot by a cute Canadian, no less) almost make me feel at home.

  2. I am not fond of house sparrows, no matter how cute. An introduced species in the US. You would understand if you saw a nest full of bluebird or tree swallow eggs pierced by house sparrows. Even more disheartening to see a house sparrow invade a nest box, puncture the heads of the baby blue birds and scatter them about the yard. Maybe the native birds will evolve to fend off these non-natives. In the meantime I only like seeing them across the pond.

    1. There’s nothing we can do about it now, Amy. Except patrol our nestboxes, etc. On my property the bluebirds and other hole-nesters are more than holding their own against the sparrows, thank goodness (also against the starlings). And it is a phenomenon that’s increased over the years, so perhaps, as you suggest, our native spp are indeed adapting to the HOSP presence.

      I watch a lot of international webcams, and so far I’ve seen House Sparrows on every continent but Antarctica. I believe it’s time for a new UK motto–the sun never sets on the English House Sparrow! 🙂

      1. My sparrows don’t do any harm to my blue birds which I have nest boxes for. A couple days ago I remarked that I hadn’t seen the blue birds and I know song birds have been harmed by pesticide use so I wondered if that was why I hadn’t seen them. As soon as I said that, a male blue bird showed up right outside my window. Must’ve been God.

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