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 Post subject: His Eye Is On the Sparrow
PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2007 12:52 pm 
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Sad times at our house.

After forty years of service, the cedar shakes that have protected us from the elements had to go.
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Unfortunately, they were home to generations of little birds.
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This has been a hard week for the sparrows. I watched them cling to the insulation, looking for their homes. Most of them are still hanging around, maybe hoping their homes will turn up somewhere.
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I feel sorry for this little juvenile robin. I've seen him here and there around the house. He wasn't quite ready to leave the nest, but he has a chance if he can avoid the neighbor's cat and the hawks. I'm sure his mom is looking after him. I've seen robin mothers feed their fledglings for a while after they leave the nest.
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Ever resilient, sparrows are rebuilding and starting new families.
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I'm telling myself it's for their own good. Eventually it'll save a lot of baby sparrow lives. Really, the loose shingles were never really a good place to build. Every summer I've come across a dozen or so dead chicks that fell out of their nests. Their parents can't count, and so they probably never missed them.

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Love the birdy pix. Sad you lost your beautiful roof!


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I miss the cedar roof too. The new vinyl is much more practical, durable, less work and less expensive to maintain, but.........

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And by the way, I won't be in the market for new whistles or gadgets (or anything that's not free) for a while. :shock:

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ConnieS wrote:
And by the way, I won't be in the market for new whistles or gadgets (or anything that's not free) for a while. :shock:


We can send you a free whistle if you need one!


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Thanks, Adrian. :D I think with my flock of whistles I probably need to learn contentment.

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haha i KNOW that feeling.


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ConnieS wrote:
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I saw this little guy today! I was away from my camera, but he was hopping around in the backyard, all grown up. The pinfeathers are gone. The only way I recognized him was by a little bit of baby down. True to form, his mother was feeding nearby. :D

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Very pretty bird. What kind is it?


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That is a robin, with one "b". :mrgreen: That picture shows the sort of teenager version.

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KittyR wrote:
That is a robin, with one "b". :mrgreen: That picture shows the sort of teenager version.


Thanks. It's very different to the European robin, but that is nothing new. I wonder if they are related.


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This is what he looks like now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Amer ... n_2006.jpg

Please note: wikipedia link, not my photograph.

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ConnieS wrote:
This is what he looks like now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Amer ... n_2006.jpg

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Very colourful. What is it's song like? The European one has a wistful song that it sings in a minor key.


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It sounds like this:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sounds/Ro ... lliott.mp3

If they're threatened they chatter at you.

One year I fenced a small plot of beans to keep out the rabbits. It was a short fence, but a fledgling robin got in and couldn't get high enough to get out. It was in there with me, terrified and trying to squeeze through the wires. I grabbed a towel and gently put my hands around it and got it over the top. As soon as I grabbed it I heard this loud chattering of a tree full of birds. I looked up and the mulberry tree was full of robins who'd banded together to scare me away from their young. :shock:

Here's the warning sound (imagine a tree full of birds all warning you with this call)
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sounds/Ro ... lliott.mp3

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So...

What is the air speed of an unladen sparrow? :mrgreen:

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ConnieS wrote:
It sounds like this:
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sounds/Ro ... lliott.mp3

If they're threatened they chatter at you.

One year I fenced a small plot of beans to keep out the rabbits. It was a short fence, but a fledgling robin got in and couldn't get high enough to get out. It was in there with me, terrified and trying to squeeze through the wires. I grabbed a towel and gently put my hands around it and got it over the top. As soon as I grabbed it I heard this loud chattering of a tree full of birds. I looked up and the mulberry tree was full of robins who'd banded together to scare me away from their young. :shock:

Here's the warning sound (imagine a tree full of birds all warning you with this call)
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sounds/Ro ... lliott.mp3

(edited to add birdcall)


Thanks Connie for finding those clips.

The song and the warning cry tell me immediately that your robin is a member of the thrush family. What a super bird!


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jrc wrote:
So...

What is the air speed of an unladen sparrow? :mrgreen:


You mean swallow? African or European?

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I Googled the American robin and sure enough it is a thrush. I really must go the US sometime to check out the wildlife (and visit Jim).

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KittyR wrote:
jrc wrote:
So...

What is the air speed of an unladen sparrow? :mrgreen:


You mean swallow? African or European?


:thumbsup: :laughing:

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