Saturday, June 11, 2011

Baby sparrows in the backyard.

Female house sparrow sitting on our dock.

The male in a nearby tree.

The tiny nest in the cavity of our boat lift.

Dad feeding the babies.

One of the babies looking out.

More food.

We had a house sparrow family living in our dock. I should call them dock sparrows. I say had because I took these 2 weekends ago and by the middle of the week, the babies were fledging and gone. I still see them flying around the grapefruit tree and staying close to the nest. All of the above were taken through the sliding glass door and screened in porch. Any time I tried to go outside to take pictures, the parents fled and the babies hid in the back of the silver box that their nest was in. I tried sneaking out the side door and going around and peeking out the side of the house and they still fled. I told my husband he needed to build me a bird blind in the backyard. He said "Yea, I want to see you sit in a wooden box in 90 degree weather." So, the living room became my blind. The babies were extremely loud for a couple of weekends. They would start screaming outside our bedroom window at 6:30am on the weekend. They are pretty cute though with those bright yellow beaks.


  1. Baby bird are so cute, even the house sparrows. They seem to find the oddest places for their nest.

  2. SO cute! love the spread of the tail feathers you were able to capture!

    my hubby has offered to build me a camo chair blind but i told him no, that i'm not sitting outside in 100 degree heat with mosquitos when I can shoot from my office window! ha!!!

  3. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  4. It's a good thing you weren't doing any boat-lifting during the time they were in there, because they sure are little cuties! Good work photographing them at all.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel