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Kimberley Hancock

Winder, GA, United States


House Sparrow nesting attempt with three live young in a hanging basket on my front porch.


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House Sparrow Nest In My Hanging Basket On The Porch

Taken today (7/21/2014) - three House Sparrow eggs laid in the fern hanging on our front porch. One of the adults lost its tail (?) but is still feeding/caring for young just fine.

5 responses to “House Sparrow nest in my hanging basket on the porch”

  1. Kathy says:

    I have a similar situation – every year house sparrows build a nest in one of the hanging baskets outside my door. Any every year it’s a challenge to water the flowers – because if I can’t water the flowers, the nest would be exposed. Today for the first time, the slight jostle to the basket startled one of the chicks and it jumped out. I was able to put it back, and the parents are still bringing it insects, so perhaps it will survive.

  2. Barbara says:

    I have recently found a house sparrow nest in my hanging flower pot I hot for Mother’s Day from my youngest daughter. Hanging on my front porch of course. I love it . How long will it stay , do you know about how long.

  3. Texas Bird Family says:

    I love House Sparrows!

  4. That’s not a house sparrow nest, and those look more like song sparrow nestlings. House sparrows do not generally nest in hanging baskets–they prefer eaves and rotten soffits. They build a huge messy nest full of trash and feathers. House finches often nest in hanging baskets, but their young have long grayish white down and the nest is not twiggy like this one. Ergo: song sparrows.

  5. Texas Bird Family says:

    House Finches can nest in flower pots, wreaths, etc. Not sure about Song Sparrows but House Sparrows nest in cavities.

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