The watering-hole gang


Although they don’t look exotic, house sparrows are considered an exotic species. They are non-native birds that were introduced into North America in the mid-ninteenth century, and to say they have thrived is putting it mildly. Currently they are thriving in my backyard, and I am not thrilled! Before the big oak tree on the back of our property fell in November and we ended up with a large brush pile in our backyard, flocks of these sparrows were happy inhabitants of a large shrub at the corner of our neighbor’s driveway. Now they have relocated from the overgrown shrub to the brush pile. To say they are happy is an understatement, but me…not so much! Currently the tufted titmice, nuthatches, chickadees, downy woodpeckers, and blue jays are coexisting with the sparrows, but I am concerned that they will drive away the little bluebirds and other migratory songbirds with their noisy behavior, overwhelming presence, and tendency to take over nesting boxes. As the proprietor of the backyard bird buffet, that would make me a very unhappy home owner.

At the moment I am somewhat entertained by their antics at the “watering hole” as evidenced by these pictures of the male and female house sparrows:

…but this gang is aggressive and wearing out their welcome with me!  As winter wanes and the migratory warblers reappear on the annual return journey from their winter homes in warmer climates, I am hoping to offer them a safe haven in my backyard buffet. Unfortunately, the presence of a noisy flock  gang of house sparrows is definitely less than welcoming.

If any of you bird lovers have suggestions for how to discourage these invaders, please pass along what you know. I don’t want to play host to unfriendly invaders that are detrimental to all the beautiful songbirds that could find a happy home here. Meanwhile I am using the power of google to learn what I can before the time arrives for the spring migration.


That’s the latest update from Skip’s Backyard Buffet.
Thanks for visiting! See you soon with another report.
Trail Walker (aka Skip)

4 thoughts on “The watering-hole gang

Add yours

  1. No help here Skip. We have are own swarm of sparrows and wrens that take over the jungle. They don’t seem to bother the titmouse, cardinals or jays but as I’ve said haven’t seen any Bluebirds. Good luck!!

    Liked by 1 person

LET'S TALK! ----It’s your turn now.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Start a Blog at

Up ↑

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

2 Old Guys Walking

Exploring the Walking Trails and History of South - Central Ontario, Canada

Foggy Point Light Blog

Jeff Burns - Author


Strolling around SE Michigan & sending joy in the journey.

Back Porch Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to Our Home

45 Degrees North

Adventures at the Polar Equator and Beyond


putting down roots in Maine

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature as Art

Nature & Wildlife Photography

Cynthia Reyes

The blog of Canadian author Cynthia Reyes

Eliza Waters

My Own Paradise: Life on Seven and a Half Acres

Notes From the Hinterland

A blog about nature, home, community, books, writing, the environment, food, and rural life.

Weekly Fifty

Exploring the wonders of creation through a 50mm lens...and other lenses too.



Journeys with Johnbo

Reflections on places traveled and photos taken.

breezes at dawn

the breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you... ~ Rumi

Backyard Bird Nerd

"Consider the birds of the air...."

%d bloggers like this: