Five days ago I took pictures of this female House Sparrow and I’ve been worried about her ever since and been observing my Sparrows more intently since.
Poorly House Sparrow in my gardenAlthough we have been blessed with fantastic and healthy Fluffers this year, after the disaster of Trichomoniasis, in autumn and winter2007/2008, I have spotted this female Sparrow which acted suspiciously. Photos showed a wart like growth above the week and between the eyes.
At first I thought it to be feather mite, but I am still not happy with that either. I’ve had a Robin with what looked feather mite and the Robin lost feathers around the eyes not like this at all. Yet is it a growth?
Whatever it is, it causes the bird much discomfort, it seems itchy if this picture is anything to go by and also it had trouble calculating its flight path around the Fennel to the feeding trays in the planter. And less lethargic than I had expected.
Although there are no more birds with similar growths, I do have one or two which do behave a little out of the ordinary. It is difficult to tell really; the cold spell and strong wind conditions of this past week, or so, means that fluffed up birds do not necessarily have to be sick or poorly. It looks like it feels itchy around the eyes too?
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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