Monthly Archives: March 2013

HOUSE SPARROW PURSUES AND KILLS ANOTHER HOUSE SPARROW!

A chilling story from Denise –

 

I have many feeders & nest boxes in my back yard. Many bird species , squirrels, chipmunks etc. I have tree swallows nesting yearly, and am hoping for bluebirds. But, I must be a good landlord and keep out the murderous house sparrows! I also see their aggressive attitudes, yesterday I witnessed a male pursue & kill another male. Couldn’t believe my eyes! I guess it’s true “only the strong survive”

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Can I ask where you live?

Fancy that! I wonder how often it happens. I wonder if this happens all year round. We do think of these small sparrows as needing our protection, but we don’t know half of what goes on in bird world do we?  Thank you very much for getting in touch

COULD IT BE A REED BUNTING

 

Good morning, can you help. I have an LBJ (little brown job) in my garden, the size of a dunnock, and looks like one, except it has a white collar, that goes up to a point under the beak. Any suggestions.

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ANSWER FROM SANDY

Could be a reed bunting?   I have quite a few in my garden, in fact more reed buntings than sparrows these days

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Glad readers are helping each other out

A Blue Tit spends 85% of every winter’s day looking for food

A BLUE TIT SPENDS 85% OF EVERY DAY IN WINTER LOOKING FOR FOOD

So when you see a Blue Tit flitting about remember that fact and keep (or start) putting bird food out.

Imagine if we had to spend 85% of every winter’s day looking for food.  We can’t imagine it can we?

If food is available on a bird table, a hanging feeder or on the ground the birds will have more energy to see them through the freezing night.  This applies to many birds not just Blue Tits.

Lack of food can made a bird less alert and so more likely to be caught by predators, or if it does not get enough fat to last through the night it may die

Sometimes winter weather looks beautiful, but it hides the harshness of winter