I was watering my garden when I saw a dead baby sparrow, as I continued to water, I saw another baby sparrow alive. I put on my garden gloves and picked it up.
My husband got the ladder out and climed up the side of the house and put the baby back in the nest. My husband went back in the house and I stayed out in the yard but backed up far enough away and watched. The nest was empty except for the baby we placed back in the nest.
A male sparrow came back to the nest and killed the baby, then through it out of the nest. I was heart broken.
Two female sparrows were on the ground churping at the dead baby sparrow. After a while they left.
The next day I was going to water the garden again and there were two more baby sparrows, but these were alive, I gave them dropes of water and some worms. I don’t know what to do with them. Do I let nature take its course or do I take care of them.
How can these little tiny things pull on my heart strings so so bad. I know this happens all the time with birds killing other birds and I guess it’s no different than humans at war killing each other, but it makes a different when you see it happen, weather its a bird or a human. Male lions kill baby cubs when they enter a new pride. Why is this an instinct with animals & humans. The only thing is Humans have a belief system and a consious but animals don’t.
Hello and thank you for getting in touch
I would say you will have to let nature take its course. On saying that, I don’t know what I would do if I was in your shoes and the sparrows were there in front of me.
But really the only way is to let nature take its course.
I know how this can pull at our heart strings. I saw a sparrowhawk with its talons in a blackbird and the blackbird was so shocked and frightened I was caught up in the moment and so wanted the blackbird to live.
The only thing I can think of is that the male sparrow maybe was not the father of the chicks and wanted to make room for his own young.
There is such a lot we don’t know about our wild birds. As you can see from the orher comments from people – this is not just a one off. It must be part of their nature and all we can do is accept it!!
Thank you for getting in touch. Let me know what you decide to do.
I have witnessed on two separate occasions this week a magpie kill a female blackbird.
One was in my garden and another at the top of my road. It had grabbed the blackbird by the neck and shook it like a terrier dog would.
It then flew into nearby trees and a pigeon flew straight at the magpie and had a bit of a dingdong.
When I went back indoors the magpie came back and retrieved the dead bird and flew off with it.
It feels like all out war between the birds around our area. I wish I could deter the magpies as they are scaring the smaller birds from out garden.
WHY NOT JOIN SONGBIRD SURVIVAL. I HAVE JOINED
It is doing such a lot of good work – trying to save our songbirds by scientific study.
Predator birds are killing our songbirds, but no one seems to be talking about it
I hung my feeder inside 2 large hanging baskets held together with a wire to form a globe
The pigeons become unstable and can’t feed but small birds can get through
People have such wonderful ways of helping our garden birds. Thank you Anne for sending this.
If anyone uses this idea could you let me know. I’d love to know.
I think this is a great idea.
Anne wrote in reply to this article I wrote in 2009. It’s still an important issue.
Hi. it’s may 2012 now and we have not had a return of our swifts this year.
We had about 8 nesting last year and around 30 flying every day.
This year we have been eagerly waiting because surely summer can’t start without them but they havn’t arrived yet – and only about 4 pairs flying about.
What a sad loss
Hi Enid, I agree it is a sad loss.
It’s something that is out of our control. We can only watch and hope they return.
We are the same here in Yorkshire, but more so with swallows for us. Over the years the numbers have dropped.
Is it the change in weather? Is it people catching the birds? Is it a lack of insects for them to eat? Is it that there are more predator birds about?
I only know that we miss them arriving and the sky is so bare without them flitting about so expertly
Enid got in touch through this article. I wrote it in 2011 and it seems things are still the same.
My squirrels just bite through the twine and run off with the feeder! I find empty feeders all round the garden weeks after they first vanish! Kat
Are your bird feeders squirrel proof. I had to buy a hanging caged feeder and it really worked.
Why not hang the feeders from a wire or a hook instead of string.
If you go into my Amazon shop you will be able to search for caged hanging bird feeders
Give it a try. It will be worth it. I think we all know it helps the garden birds when we put bird food out – that is unless the squirrels, rooks, pigeons and even partridges don’t get the food.
The amazon shop is in the right side bar
I’ve had a lot of trouble with squirrels in the past. The grey squirrel is a pest.
I have just started feeding the birds and a blackbird has become very friendly towards me.
He loves apples,but I have been leaving the skin on,so now Iv’e seen how difficult it is for them I will peel them in future.
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Amazing. I have received the comment above and a few minutes ago my previous short article was about a blackbird attacking a martin and in the process killing 3 martin chicks
I have now got this news about a friendly blackbird!
What a range of feelings blackbirds must have (as everything / everyone does)
I’m so pleased I took the video of the robin trying to eat an apple and amazed that a few years later it is helping another person who likes feeding birds
It’s really good to connect to other people who like birds and bird feeding and to see the high and lows of being connected to our garden birds
This is what Cathy saw:
There are house martin’s nesting at our house and a black bird came along fighting with the Martin knocked 3 baby’s out of their nest, sad but true.
I never cease to be amazed at what birds do to other birds. I have a few blackbirds in my garden and they are one of my favourite birds. I would never ever have thought they they would fight with a house martin.
Does this happen often in the wild?