It’s been really hot around here – the sun’s out all the time now, it’s about 78° F at the hottest. The bugs are loving it, especially the bees. (I’ve had more than one of them in my house in the past few days.)
Either the birds or the squirrels recently took my birdbath & knocked out the stone I had put in their so that it didn’t blow away. (It’s pretty light.) So now it is stuck under a bush in my yard. For some readon today the feeder was chock full of sparrows, which is pretty uncommon since sparrows usually prefer to feed on the ground. I have a new food in my feeder, which could be changing things. Instead of only Black Oil Sunflower Seed, I have a seed mix, which they seem to like just as well.
House sparrow eggs are hatching. House sparrows lay eggs April – June, & can have many broods of eggs in a season, so some of the eggs aren’t hatched yet. In fact, since it only takes 13 -16 days for a House sparrow egg to hatch, most of the eggs haven’t even been laid yet. It only takes a few weeks for the house sparrow chicks to mature. House sparrows live only about 1 – 2 years, & after a few months the young are old enough to nest themselves. A house sparrow can lay 25 eggs in a single season. House sparrows are monogamous, (they mate for life) & stay in their pairs throughout & in-between breeding seasons.