I have put a little bird feeder out at our new place in Rybotycze. We get a lot of traffic during the day. Usually the birds come in small groups or alone but my sparrow friends always come in flocks. Did you know that a group of birds is called flocks but a group of crows is called a “murder of crow“? Never mind, lets talk about sparrows.
The genus sparrows includes many species wheres the most common ones are the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) and the Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus). At my place I see both whereas the Eurasian tree sparrow is more common here I would think. Males are pretty easy to distinguish whereas juveniles and females are a bit trickier. Our feeder mainly is being visited by the tree sparrows.
My sparrow friends
I consider them as my new friends. They are always carefully watching what I am doing. In the morning when I clean the feeder and bring new food one can put money on the table that my sparrow friends are the first ones that visit the feeder. There is currently one hawfinch that usually arrives at the same time and he always chases my sparrow friends away from the feeder. But they are clever enough so that one bird distracts the hawfinch and the others steal the freshly prepared breakfast.
Sparrows might not be the most clever birds (those for sure are crows and ravens) but they are very cheeky and curios. Sometimes I observe them how they chase tits or other small birds and sometimes I think they chase our dogs. I very much enjoy watching these little guys. Recently they started using our gutter as drinking and bathing facility. So I will need to wait to clean it from leaves for the time being not to interfere with my sparrow friends personal spa.
Thanks for reading
I hope you enjoyed a little side story of my new sparrow friends. I am working to photo trap a thief in our barn at the moment that started secretly stealing our soy beans. I will hopefully soon know who constantly is crossing the line. No worries, of course I share my beans with whoever is stealing it. Sharing is caring they say. I keep you posted on that. On my new sparrow friends, here some photos I manage to take. I hope you enjoy them.