introduced species Archive

After doing research yesterday on the House Sparrows, I have decided I do not like them anymore. They are bad for local birds and I do not want them at the feeders. So, I read online a way to try to deter them. I got rid of the seed I bought which had millet and corn and seeds. I sprinkled that all over the forest edge. Then, I replaced it with premium black oil sunfloweer seeds. And every time the house sparrows have come by since — I chase them away. I simply do not want to facilitate their misbehavior. I know crows eat other little birds too but they do not decimate populations of local birds. I just do not want the house sparrows [&hellip

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The House Sparrow or Passer domesticus is the only Old World Sparrow (meaning it was brought over by Europe — the old world…) we have in Washington State and they come in abundance to my porch. They are also known as English Sparrow because they were brought over to Central Park in the 1850’s in an effort to populate the park with every bird mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays. What a sweet sentiment but how it was not such an intelligent idea. They were also re-introduced in the 1870’s to “control pests”. This did not work. Too bad they flourished at the expense of many native birds, such as the Bluebirds and other native cavity-dwelling birds. Now they are one of the most abundant birds found [&hellip

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