[Tweeters] to boldly go where no sparrow has gone before

Joshua Glant josh.n.glant at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 10:25:58 PDT 2015

This reminds me of a similar experience I had last year while I was shopping in the Whole Foods Market in Bellevue. As I was browsing the cereal aisle, a rustling noise emerged from a large decorative potted plant atop one of the shelves.

I backed up to get a look inside the pot, and what else did I see but a Song Sparrow, poking around the base of the leafy shrub, on an island of dirt in the middle of the store! Surprised, I went to alert a store clerk. "Oh yeah," he said, "We get those little guys in here from time to time. They usually fly out after a few days." Whatever is in those pots must be pretty good! Though I can't imagine that anything in that store could be as fresh, local and organic as the seeds, fruits and insects they can find outside.

Later, I recall seeing the Song Sparrow perched atop one of the steel crossbars that hold up the lights, directly over my head, surveying his temporary kingdom.

I love Song Sparrows!

Good birding, and long live sparrows, Joshua Glant

Mercer Island, WA

Josh.n.glant at gmail.com

> On Jun 18, 2015, at 9:48 AM, Rob Sandelin <nwnature1 at gmail.com> wrote:


> I came upstairs to the main floor of my house and found a song sparrow calmly sitting on the couch. I had left the screen door open to the deck and it wandered in. I figured it would go out the same way so I left it to its own devices. I was tempted to turn on the tv to see its reaction but didn’t. Came back a hour later and it was on the kitchen counter eating bread crumbs I had left behind from lunch. I warned the sparrow that those crumbs were considered by the mice mafia in my house to be there property but the bird didn’t seem too concerned. Yet later the bird was in the bathroom, poking around the laundry basket. The bird spent most the day wandering around various rooms in the house, and finally at dusk, it flew back outside. As far as I have found so far, it only pooped twice, both on the bathroom tile, easy clean up. If all birds were this considerate I’d have them over all the time.


> Rob Sandelin

> In the forest and gardens

> Snohomish County

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