The House Sparrow

Today Ruth shared this on Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog:

“Writing allows me to notice the world, and writing gives me pause to appreciate the world.”

I have a love-hate relationship with the house sparrows that nest in the bushes under my kitchen window. “Love,” because they are birds. “Hate,” because they are not always kind to my beloved bluebirds. The house sparrows will claim a nesting box as their own with little regard as to who is already setting up house there. In the world of birds, house sparrows are bullies.

But this morning, the chubby sparrow perched on the snow-capped branch of the rhododendron gave me pause. He sat, observing, taking in the world, as his head moved in tiny jerks back and forth, back and forth. I wondered what he might be thinking. Maybe he was chuckling at the humans dashing by in their cars, refusing to pause to appreciate nature’s beauty. Maybe he was searching for a friend, hoping they could spend the day together. Or maybe he was planning his next takeover. I watched for a while until suddenly, he was gone.

For some reason, this morning I felt a kinship with this feathered friend who gave me “pause to appreciate the world.”

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

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13 Responses to The House Sparrow

  1. Nanc says:

    I loved when you got into the chubby sparrow’s tiny little mind. Glad that you took a pause and wrote about the kinship you felt. XO

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  2. Mandy Robek says:

    Oh the house sparrow! We have a bluebird trail and bluebird monitor at my school – constantly chasing them out. I then added a box to our home yard at the start of covid and began chasing them out my yard too. I’m glad you were able to pause today and think about their perspective, I’ve never done that.

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  3. Terje says:

    What a lovely piece about the house sparrow. I like how you speculate about his thoughts.

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  4. Fran Haley says:

    I’ve so enjoyed watching the birds recently – spring is on the move. It is the first year I’ve seen bluebirds so close to the house. Yesterday one stayed on the back deck railing for the longest time. I, too, felt a kinship – and he certainly made me “pause to appreciate the world.”

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  5. elsie says:

    Birds are fascinating to watch and wonder what they are thinking/feeling. I had no idea that this sparrow was such a bully!


    • rosecappelli says:

      They are especially devastating to bluebirds. Most websites where I read about bluebirds advocate doing everything possible to get rid of house sparrows. They are not native to the U.S.
      Thanks for reading!


  6. Ramona says:

    I spent the morning watching the birds in the snow outside my kitchen window. I don’t know all their names, but am working on it. I like how you spent some time in chubby sparrow’s head.


  7. Ruth Ayres says:

    I am glad for the way this slowed me down. Nature is amazing, really. I’m glad you chose these words: “perched on the snow-capped branch of the rhododendron.” Thanks for writing.

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  8. Loralee says:

    Thank you for sharing how you paused and wondered.

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  9. Julie says:

    I love these moments, when we stop to notice our lives!

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