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April 18, 2012 / Rae Spencer

From the Sparrow Archives

My day is too short, my list too long. Books and projects tug at my attention, while bills and guilt lurk in every shadow. I wonder if this is how sparrows feel as they forage and flirt, keeping their constant predator alert…


  1. Angela / Apr 19 2012 8:00 PM

    We had the rare treat of two blue jays in the yard this afternoon — I can’t imagine where they came from. But one sat high on the wire, on predator alert as you say, while the other foraged in the neighbor’s ding oleander for…what? Sparrows — we have loads, and they literally make my day. Thanks, Rae!

    • Rae Spencer / Apr 19 2012 8:05 PM

      Maybe the blue jays were looking for a place to nest! 🙂

      • Angela / Apr 19 2012 8:10 PM

        Perhaps — that would be lovely…..but they sure had the swarm of hummingbirds who frequent the nearby coral tree agitated, which made me wonder if they weren’t pilfering somebody else’s nest? I’ll let you know if they keep coming around.

        • Rae Spencer / Apr 19 2012 8:19 PM

          A swarm of hummingbirds!? Now I’m jealous! We don’t have them in our yard. We tried feeders, a few summers ago, and never saw a single one. Lots of ants and wasps, and a couple of clever house finches that learned how to get the nectar to spill (by hanging on one side of the feeder, so it tilted…), but no hummingbirds.

        • Angela / Apr 19 2012 8:32 PM

          Oh, we have loads…..they literally fill the sky around the yard in the evening with their chittering, jetting about and chasing one another. We do have a feeder, but they prefer the flowers and trees. They will come right up to me, not two feet from my face, when I’m out gardening. They seem to like to let me know they’re there… son loves to name them. Once I get my camera (soon, hopefully) I will try taking some pics for you. 🙂

        • Rae Spencer / Apr 19 2012 9:18 PM

          I would love to see some pictures! It sounds lovely!

  2. bardessdmdenton / Apr 24 2012 1:17 PM

    Love your thoughts on these resilient little birds!

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