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PostSubject: sparrow ....................   Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:18 pm

House Sparrows

Only 200 years ago, there were no house sparrows on the entire continent of North America. The large North American population is descended from birds deliberately importedFrom Britain in the late 19th century. They were introduced independently in a number of American cities in the years between 1850 and 1875 as a means of pest control.
House Sparrows are extremely adaptable. They have been found living in Death Valley, CA at 280 feet below sea level and in the Colorado Rocky Mountains at altitudes over 10,000 feet. Quite remarkably, House Sparrows are also known to live and breed in a Yorkshire, England coal mine, being fed by the miners over 700' below ground level.
Originally native to Eurasia and North Africa, House Sparrows have successfully followed man to all of the world's continents except Antarctica.
London's sparrow population has dropped by sixty percent during the past six years.
In the Netherlands, the House Sparrow is even considered an endangered species.
Sparrows' young are fed only on the larvae of insects and worms.
The House Sparrow has the shortest incubation period of all the birds: 10-12 days.a female can lay 25 eggs a summer.
Various causes for its dramatic decrease in population have been proposed, one of the more surprising being the introduction of unleaded petrol, the combustion of which produces highly toxic compounds such as methyl nitrite.
House Sparrows rarely occur very far from humans and our structures. A sparse House Sparrow population usually indicates a sparse human population too.
To move around on the ground, House Sparrows usually hop instead of walk
The House Sparrow can swim when it needs to for survival.They have even been observed swimming underwater when threatened.

Get Up Close & Personal With Your Favorite Birds
Window feeders are exciting feeders, because they attract the birds to within a few inches of you. Movement inside the house will scare the birds momentarily, but they soon come back. We recommend these feeders near your breakfast window so as you sip your coffee you have a "close encounter" with nature to start the day. Young children are especially thrilled to see birds so close, as are the aged or infirmed that cannot see birds at a distant feeder.
Another way to get a close up view of your favorite birds is by keeping a pair of binoculars handy. You'll be amazed at how binoculars can increase your enjoyment of birds by bringing the details up close. Whether it's identifying birds in the field or enjoying an afternoon of watching birds at your feeder
Provide fresh water and clean your birdbath regularly.
Place feeders 10 to 12 feet from bushes so cats and other predators can't surprise birds at the feeders
Birds do not have a true sense of smell, so the myth that birds will reject a baby bird if touched by a human is not true. A baby bird that has been touched by a human, however, does make it easier for a predator (cat, raccoon, etc.) to find
Treat your birds like family! If you love watching birds, then you want to make sure they return to your yard again and again! If they find a relatively safe habitat with fresh food and water, chances are they will come back - frequently. provide warmth to the baby bird. A hot water bottle or low heating pad or even hot water in a glass bottle will do.
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