Monday, May 19, 2008

Old World Birds Of A Feather

Early settlers from Europe brought some species of sparrows with them, which quickly naturalized and are now found throughout the Americas. Ours are small and plump, well fed on seeds and small insects. They flock together by the score and mix casually with the doves and mockingbirds. The ravens, not so much. The sparrows spend most of their days, when not foraging, occupied with song, or hopping from branch to branch in the massive carrotwood tree next door. It's just a glide from there to the bird bath outside the living room window, and up to a dozen will splash together at one time. Yesterday, in the golden glow of a hot Sunday afternoon, these three House Sparrows waited their turn to get wet.

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