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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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sparrow Safari

House Sparrow, Passer domesticus.
Very young Juvenile.
Here are some pictures of the young House Sparrows. These are from a few days ago as I have not had much time to keep watch at my window.

Female/Mother. Right: Juvenile.

I'm still hungry..

Elsewhere in the garden:
Great Tit, Parus major

Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus

Robin, Erithacus rubecula

Dunnock, Prunella modularis

Jackdaw, Corvus monedula


  1. Hi Yoke

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I love your photos. You might like to advertise here - another blogger friend of mine, Andy (the Daft Hermit), created this place.


    I wondered about your name. The last Yoke I knew was from Holland too, so for a moment I wondered if you were her, but she lived in South Africa for about 30 years. I actually took over her job when she left to go back to Europe - librarian post.

    Sparrows are still one of my most favourite birds. In South Africa they were brought in by the English settlers and are called "mossies" in local slang. No idea why. :-\

  2. PS... I moved to Scotland in 2003 and the first thing I needed to do was learn bird calls and names. I felt deaf not knowing what birds I was hearing.

    There are some African birds I still miss, but the birds here are lovely.

  3. It's been a while since i have seen sparrows in India, a common sight in my childhood.

    Here's a rare one that i captured some time back:

  4. Thank you both for visiting and leaving your comments.

    Michelle, I think that Mossies is slang for Mussen or Musjes (Sparrows & Little Sparrows in the Dutch language)

    Shastrix, lovely picture of the Sparrow.
    The Brits brought the Sparrow to every continent, it seems!

  5. Hi Yoke

    Michelle sent me your blog links and i am so gald she has

    wonderful photos my friend

    i see Michelle invited you to my wee fesyival and would be so happy if you popped over

    peace and light from the wee tin can in the highlands

  6. Mussen! Thank you Yoke. I never guessed since I first learnt the word in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia, where I was born.

    Being a British colony so didn't make the Dutch connection. Silly really as there were Dutch settlers in Zimbabwe. Enkeldoorn was 90% Dutch/Afrikaans.

  7. I like bird names and their origins, and the names in different languages.

    You now have a new name to call your Sparrows, be they Scottish, Dutch or African.

  8. I love the photo of the Great Tit!

  9. Hi Siobhan.
    The birdseeds do germinate from time to time. The birds will then dig into the soil to uncover the germinated seed.
    The Tits, lacking a strong beak to dig, will take a shortcut and get to the seed from the side.


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