Often, when I go to the back of yard to scatter seed, any birds there will dart off to the shrubs and branches, returning only when I leave. The other day, I noticed a small flock of birds actually flying my way when I opened the seed can. It was my small flock of song sparrows. They flew to within about 10 feet, beneath the forsythia branches, and waited because they have come to know that I will toss some goodies their way. I did of course and they immediately flew in even closer to take advantage.
I have two types of sparrows – song sparrows and house sparrows, though I occasionally see a chipping sparrow, but not regularly. Both the song sparrows and house sparrows are regulars. They never leave. They nest close by and stay year round. As best I know, we had two families of song sparrows that nested in or near our yard last summer. Seeing the parents feed the little ones perched side by side on a limb was warm and comforting.
Among the native sparrows in North America, the song sparrow is easily one of the most abundant, variable and adaptable species. Song sparrows are thus named because of their repertoire of lovely songs, with as many as 20 different tunes. The male is especially vocal to attract lady sparrows and let others know that this is his turf.
I enjoy all my backyard birds, but to be able to establish a relationship with them– such as I have with my song sparrows – is a special treat. I look forward to seeing them each day.