Bird Visitor Log: House Sparrow
Back a few weeks ago, I posted a photo of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker that had visited us on our suet feeder as the first documented bird since I was gifted the Field Guide to Birds of Illinois by Nat and the kids for Christmas. When I posted that, I also created a new tag here on the blog [Bird Visitor Log]. That's now a *thing* here on the blog. And this, becomes the second entry.
I snapped that photo above through the kitchen windows (and screens) of what I'm pretty sure is a House Sparrow perched on our feeder. According to the Field Guide (which you can see below), this is the #1 bird to get to your feeders. So, that fact coupled with the feathers/patterns/colors make think that we're checking the "House Sparrow" box.
From the entry in the book: "When you put up a new bird feeder, there's a very good chance that the first bird to attend with be a House Sparrow."
Turns out, it was introduced to North America from Europe in the mid-1800's and sounds like it isn't all that awesome in that the House Sparrow has adapted well and competes for nest sites in bird houses/other cavities with much more desirable birds like Martins, Bluebirds and Woodpeckers. We're expecting to build out a few birdhouses this Spring, so we'll have to keep watch to see if the House Sparrow occupies them.