Today we honour the humble sparrow – these ubiquitous birds that are so often dismissed or taken for granted. The Cape Sparrow is near-endemic to South Africa. Here is one in the Addo Elephant National Park:

The Southern Grey-headed Sparrow is fairly common in our garden – at least one pair visits the feeders on an off throughout the year – and House Sparrows are commonly found looking for food in the car-park of our local shopping mall.

This lovely poem comes from a delightful book entitled Flights of Imagination: an illustrated anthology of bird poetry compiled by Mike Mockler.


11 thoughts on “WORLD SPARROW DAY 2018

  1. Die vers is ongelooflik goed geskryf. Dis voorwaar ‘n sterk voëltjie wat orals aanpas. Ek is mal oor hulle. Daar is ‘n paartjie wat al jare lank nesmaak onder ons dak. Hierdie is ‘n pragtige blog ter ere van hulle, dankie Anne.

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    • House Sparrows are also declining in Europe. I have read that there was up to 70% decline in the population of these birds in Greater London between 1994 and 2001. Declining numbers have also been recorded in India and Australia as well as here. Some reasons put forward for this include the presence of cats in urban areas, air pollution, and widespread use of pesticides. This affects the availability of food sources, such as insects, which are important for feeding the chicks.

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