Feathered Friends: Sparrow

The little sparrow paid a visit to the back deck last week. It was a rather chilly morning and she has her feathers fluffed up to keep warm,

She was checking out what seeds I had thrown out for the birds. I hadn’t seen her all winter and sparrows are known to stay close by the same area all year.



A sparrow’s diet consists of insects, seeds and some fruit. They are often visitors to backyard feeder and like commercial birdseed such as millet and sunflower seeds. Later I saw the sparrow on the ground pecking at the birdseed I put out.

A photo from last May of a sparrow, on a branch of a young birch tree, by the edge of the forest. This one is probably a male with the brighter colors while the female is a a dusty brown.


There are many different types of sparrows. I believe these ones to be house sparrows as one built a nest in the eaves of the house last spring. The nest had to be removed once the babies were big enough and flew away.

The house sparrow is a small active bird that adapts well to living among human habitation. It frequently builds nests in the eaves and roofs of houses and even breeds indoors, especially in area that have factories, warehouses, food courts and zoos.

Edited photo of the sparrow


Interesting fact about the sparrow is it’s shape is used on Egyptian hieroglyphs.



I have heard that a sparrow coming into your life is a reminder to be happy. So let’s be happy!

Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada

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