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Returning from breakfast this morning we noticed a whole lot of commotion on our roof. About 7 sparrows were flying from the wire, to the trough and to the tree and chirping loudly to one another. Since there is a sparrow nest in the trough and they have often had very loud "arguments" I thought nothing of it.

Later, as I was cutting the grass, I was getting close to the fence when something on the grass caught my attention. Looking closely I saw it was a bird that did not fly away. Getting closer I discovered it was a baby sparrow. I moved my hand almost to touching it, being careful not to get my scent on it, and still it did not fly.

Then after watching this one I saw another one in the backyard, beyond the fence. My father went by that one and it hopped into some thicker grass where it didn't move. So I figured in the morning the sparrows were all urging the two babies out to learn to fly and now they were both on the ground.

I continued mowing, avoiding the area where the two babies were. Then I carefully surveyed the ground to make sure no other babies were hiding and found one of the birds gone. I finished cutting with the one under the fence watching me carefully every time I passed by.

After I finished I saw the other bird hop out of our flowers with one of the parents urging it to fly. Hopping around it tried but couldn't make it quite high enough. Eventually the other sparrow also was urged out by the other parent and was hopping around neighbor's yard.

I don't know how it ended but it was interesting to watch them have their first adventure outside the nest. I just wonder how they were going to get them to fly high enough to get them back up to my trough some 25 feet above the ground.

Mike Chachich also recently posted an even better shot of another young bird on its first adventure.

His sibling is in the workshop

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 164 N: 2696] (7296)
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