Passer domesticus Archive

Our birdy feeders have been seemingly sparse lately, or so we thought but then we realized we have attracted bully birds to our porch. The crows have always been a welcome bird. For the most part they do not harm or disturb the other little birds. We began feeding them and then branched out to other birds. Soon, we had many birds and the pigeon showed up. Again, they came but did not disturb the other birds. They ate and left. So, we did not fret about them. But now a host of House Sparrows and a chattering of European Starlings have showed up and well, these birds are menacing. They swoop in and frighten off the small birds. They even chased off our frequenter [&hellip

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The Peregrine falcon is NOT the fastest bird in the world. Some believe the fastest bird is the Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus, which supposedly flies between 124 – 175 mph. They actually fly around at about 40 to 60 mph (64 to 100 km/h) but are reported to be capable of reaching 175 mph (282 km/h) in a dive. The peregrine must not go this fast in an attack or it would smash into the ground at that dangerous speed, can you imagine?1 Other birds cruise around at faster speeds of 55 to 70 mph (89 to 113 km/h) such as the waterfowls and shorebirds or the Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator who sustains a cool 80 mph (129 km/h) for long distances. Even if you include [&hellip

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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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