Tag: sparrow

A Little Bird Story

A Little Bird Story

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Magpies are a familiar sight hereabouts. Seeing them always reminds me of a funny incident that took place when our youngest daughter was about five years old. She was interested in knowing the names of the various birds and animals she saw. One day, when she spied a magpie, she exclaimed, “Look! A cake bird.” That memory always brings me a smile. The magpie image above is by TheOtherKev from Pixabay, and it’s much better than my blurry, distant, shot to the left.

 

Other birds are prevalent too. Sparrows find the most unusual places to build their nests. I’ve posted about some of their chosen locations before. Here’s a new one to me: the opening to a dryer vent of an apartment building.sparrow2
The resident I was visiting assured me that there is a nest in there.

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Some birds like to survey their world from the highest available spot. This dead tree provided a nice vantage point for this red winged black bird.
Have you ever spotted a crow, swaying atop the uppermost branch of a fir tree? It seems they’d rather struggle to keep their high perch than sit on a lower, more stable branch.

Bird behaviour is interesting to observe. I’m glad many bloggers make them the subject of their posts.

Nesting under the Eaves

Nesting under the Eaves

A family of sparrows found this cozy spot to build, under the south facing eaves of this garage. I can only imagine how warm it gets in the continual sunshine. I saw the birds come and go, but every time I got close, they flew away, probably to draw me away from the nest. Here’s a very unprofessional picture taken from a distance while the bird was at home.
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And one that shows the convenient opening under the eaves.
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These clever little creatures can find the most unusual places to call home, and take advantage of the spots we unintentionally create for them.

 

Pipe Dream Home

Pipe Dream Home

I don’t know if this sparrow is actually living inside this pipe, or if it’s just a rest spot. I’m one of the few people I know that likes sparrows. So many others view them as pests. The fact that they don’t fly south and are able to survive our extreme winter weather makes me admire their power of endurance. They are amazing little birds!