There are more and more young House Sparrows appearing in the garden, this morning some newly fledged babies were being fed by the parents.
How many of these young House Sparrows are around at the moment I could not hazard a guess at. I have managed to count up to 15 at one go but there were more of them at the time hidden in the pear tree. Where they are all nesting I do not know, they seem to fledge from somewhere near and head straight for our food supply. They are coming and going all day long as are numerous young Starlings. I saw the first young Blackbird this morning and there were 2 young Wood pigeons last night.
I was disappointed at the weekend to have missed the fledging of a nest of House Sparrows that I did know the location of. The pair had found a small gap between the UPVC soffit board under the eaves at the corner of the house and immediately above the window of the small front bedroom that I use as my office. Somewhere inside the void they had decided to build a nest and I had watched them flying to and fro with the nest building materials.
I was expecting that the eggs would hatch when we were away in Devon and this was indeed the case. On our return noticed that the adults were flying to and fro but now their beaks carried food for the youngsters. On one occasion as I got out of my car the male sparrow cried out to me from the edge of the roof where he hopped around feigning distress, a distraction technique employed to entice me away from the nest site.
The young birds flew the nest last weekend at a time when I was not at home, I missed the moment. What's more, the young birds first flight was onto the sill of my office window, what a close up treat that would have been.
There are many squabbles on and around the feeders: