[Tweeters] Chickadees versus House Sparrow

Gary Bletsch garybletsch at yahoo.com
Fri May 17 07:44:29 PDT 2013


Dear Tweeters,
 
Yesterday at my place (near Lyman, Skagit County) I walked by a birdhouse that I thought was unoccupied. To my surprise, I heard Black-capped Chickadee voices coming from within it.
 
On March 31, I had seen a pair of Black-capped Chickadees doing battle with a male House Sparrow over this birdhouse. Every time the sparrow landed on the box, the two chickadees would fly at him, pecking furiously. Then all three birds flew off. I had figured the box had been deemed unsatisfactory by all concerned, but now it seems that, after all, the chickadees have won the day.
 
Yours truly,

Gary Bletsch

Near Lyman, Washington (Skagit County), USA

garybletsch at yahoo.com

"Nun," sagte ich, "wenn ich ein Taugenichts bin, so ist's gut, so will ich in die Welt gehen, und mein Glueck machen." Und eigentlich war mir das recht lieb, denn es war mir kurz vorher selber eingefallen, auf Reisen zu gehen, da ich die Goldammer, welche im Herbst und Winter immer betruebt an unserm Fenster sang: "Bauer, miet' mich, Bauer, miet' mich!" nun in der schoenen Fruehlingszeit wieder ganz stolz und lustig vom Baume rufen hoerte: "Bauer, behalt' deinen Dienst!"


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