Wednesday, July 6, 2011

English Sparrows

Photo by D. Grant Haynes

I captured this fairly sharp image of an English Sparrow (Passer domesticus) pair (male on right) in my backyard today. English Sparrows (sometimes called House Sparrows) are natives of Eurasia, but were introduced in North America in 1858 when some pairs were released in Brooklyn, New York. They have more or less covered the Western Hemisphere since. Their cheery chirping was part of my childhood, as they nested in large numbers near my home. -- DGH