New York City, June 2008

The title of this post pretty much says it all. A couple of weeks ago I watched and photographed a young House Sparrow getting fed by its mother. I also watched, but failed to get pictures of, the same young bird being fed by two different male House Sparrows. These particular birds were in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan, but the same story is taking place all over the world right now, as few species have successfully adapted to as many locations as the House Sparrow. Enjoy!

A fledgling House Sparrow begging for food

A fledgling House Sparrow getting fed

Fledgling House Sparrow being fed

Another angle of a feeding fledgling

fully sated fledgling House Sparrow

Though they are an invasive species here in North America they can still be pretty darn cute, though not as cute as baby raccoons!

(This post was first published in June 2008, but we’re sharing this tender moment to celebrate World Sparrow Day!)

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.