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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.


Birds feeding on a tatty old bird table – A Video




It’s an old tatty bird table, but what a lot of birds got some benefit from it! 

I don’t have this birdtable any more but it was a good birdtable as the tray was deep and so the bird food did not blow off.  It also gave shelter to birds when they were feeding.

Excuse the background noise – I am not sure what it is. 

How many different birds can you see. I saw 3, but if I watch it again I’m sure I’ll see more


Again I can’t see exactly when I recorded this video, but I’m enjoying myself going back over some of the videos I took.  Three cheers for RIVA Encoder!

sparrows plotting against other birds

Sparrows wrecking a  jenny wrens nest! 

Jeannie sent a really interesting bird watching observation about sparrows trying to stop a jenny wren nesting.  I’ve put her comment below my notes. Read it it’s really interesting.

A while ago I read about  Sparrows evicting a martin in 1912.  The sparrows took over the martins nest.  If you read the article  that I have put at the end of this post you will see that the martins got their own back.

I’m glad Jennie sent this as information because  when I put it with my 1912 story it shows that sparrows must often take over other nests and maybe have been doing it for years.   Bird against bird again!

Here is Jeannie’s birdwatching note –

a pair of sparrows have sabotaged my nesting box which had little jenny wrens in there. 

The hole is too small for them but they poked their heads in and dragged out bits of nest. 

Now one of them is sitting as though ‘on guard’ on the box ledge.  why have they done this, your quess is as good as mine.


 Click the link below to read how martins got their own back when sparrows evicted them

Story of a sparrow evicting a martin in 1912


What do you think.  Do you think it shows birds have brains and can think things through.

Have a good day


House Sparrow Diet

An interesting and worrying fact about the house sparrows has again been brought to my notice.

Kate Vincent who was a student at Leicester De Montford University made a detailed survey of house sparrows as part of her Univeristy Degree. 

After further study Kate found  shrubs which are not native to Britain are one of the reasons why house sparrows are declining.


HERE IS THE LINK TO MY BIRD FRIENDLY PLANT LIST –  it has a list of some of the plants, trees and shrubs that are good for birds.  If it is not clear I can email you a copy.

In 2007 Kate realised there are not enough insects for the parent birds to bring to the chicks and fledglings so the young starve in the nests.

A pair of house sparrows need to raise at least 5 chicks to keep the house sparrow population on an even keel. 

Many chicks die in the first week of their life.  When fledgelings fly the nest, they are sometimes undernourished and die soon after leaving the nest.  Isn’t that sad? 

In hedgerows and nest boxes all over England are parent birds unable to feed their young.

While we are sat in the sun enjoying our gardens or our local parks young birds could be starving nearby.

We are planting foreign plants in our garden which our native insects cannot survive in.  So there are less insects for the sparrows to feed their young.


A lot of people are also concreting over their gardens.  Maybe they do it because they do not like gardening.  If only people  realised an untidy garden is a haven for wildlife they may stop concreting their gardens.


We can help by planting native plants, shrubs in the garden so insects can survive and sparrows can survive too.

I cannot imagine Britain without the House Sparrow.  They have always been here.  I think I have seen a sparrow nearly every day.

When I was young, many years ago, sparrows were so common, but then again when I was young there were not so many cars and all the shrubs, trees, plants in the garden were good, solid British plants.

This morning I was wondering what would it be like for us if we had to go out and forage for our breakfast and could not just pour some milk over our cornflakes when ever we were hungry.

I have done a Bird Friendly Plant List which you could print off or, if you sent me your email address, I can email it to you.  HERE IS THE LINK TO MY BIRD FRIENDLY PLANT LIST

If you do print it off and take it to a garden centre, could you ask if you could leave a copy for other customers?  We should try and spread the word.  Kate did her survey in 2007 and sparrows are still in decline.

I am trying to make the list reader friendly and turn it into a leaflet,  so I hope you will be patient and use the list as it is for now. 

Or else buy Bird Friendly Plants there are plenty of them.

I will always put bird food out, but plants can help such a lot.

Have just put out cheese, birdfood and bread coated in lard before I wrote this.  Have a good day. Trisha