Thursday, October 25, 2007
(photo from NCbirds.com)
The English Sparrow
So dainty in plumage and hue,
A study in grey and in brown,
How little, how little we knew
The pest he would prove to the town!
From dawn until daylight grows dim,
Perpetual chatter and scold.
No winter migration for him,
Not even afraid of the cold!
Scarce a song-bird he fails to molest,
Belligerent, meddlesome thing!
Wherever he goes as a guest
He is sure to remain as a King.
~ Mary Isabeela Forsyth
dictation by Will, age 9
They are pushy birds.
They are the "Goops" among other birds. ;o)
They are one inch longer than the chipping sparrow.
The male has reddish-brown on either side of the head.
They like to eat grain, rice, oats, barley,
ripening fruit and more.
It does not fly south for the winter.
They are chatterboxes.
"Yea, the sparrow hath found an house,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young, even thine altars,
O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house:
they will be still praising thee. Selah."
~ Psalm 84:3-4