Sunday, June 6, 2010

Come Now, Let Us Reason Together




You may remember my post from a while back on the English, or House Sparrow, where I posted this first picture and wrote about how they are gregarious, chatty, and social. All true. But there is a dark side to this bird that is shocking. And shortly after my post, I found out the awful truth from Bird Girl. To see the specific post that she guided me to on her awesome blog, CLICK HERE. I warn you, it's not for the squeamish. Less than 200 years ago, there were no House Sparrows in America. They were brought here in the 1850's, but are now one of the most prevalent birds in the country. They are pretenders to the throne in more than one aspect. First, they are not native American birds, and they are not really a song sparrow at all, but a Weaver Finch. You can see that it has a thick, finch-like bill. For comparison, my picture below shows a real little song sparrow. The English House Sparrows in our yards are about 40th generation Americans, yet we still call them aliens, and they are not a protected species like our other songbirds. There's a reason for that. As I said before, I have been enchanted with their chatty, gossipy groups, and their communal dust baths. But the dark side to this bird is it's split personality. They are relentless killers, but that's not even the worst part. Most wild animals kill for food or self-preservation, but this English Sparrow kills for no reason. Yes, NO REASON. They will work relentlessy to destroy other baby birds and eggs, even when they have their own perfectly good nest. They do not kill for food or nests. They just seem to enjoy killing. They have been known to kill adult Bluebirds as they are sitting on their eggs, and they are partially responsible for the near extinction of bluebirds. The males and females will even kill their own babies. So I ask you this. Animals and people always do things for reason. Or do they? Perhaps even when there's no reason at all, there's a reason.


"But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their law: 'They hated me without reason.' John 15:24,25"

11 comments:

Bird Girl said...

Good info to get out there, Ginny! You took a great picture of this bad boy but I'm glad you exposed him for what he is ;-)

Bird Girl said...

Oh...forgot to say that your second picture is a 'white-throated' sparrow and one of my favorites!!!

Sandra said...

goodness gracious, your little killer bird is adorable and pretty. I can't think of a single reason they are like they are, but then i can't think of a reason humans are what they are and do. never heard of the bird or the story. maybe they were to control the bird population, there would be to many, all birds have to have predators, but now that we extreme predators are destroying all the wild life in one way or another, they are not as needed as when they were created. sign me shocked

Beverly said...

I've been loving your bird posts!

hip chick said...

I know that finches are very social. I had not known about the sport killing before.Very strange.

Together We Save said...

Very interesting post!! Really makes you think!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Wow..I new you would pick a suitable verse too! Good grief! You know..we are a parable and God's creatures/His creation just speaks volumes to us! I had a strawberry finch this lady gave me..the mate died so she replaced it with a white one. The Strawberry had the most beautiful long song I've ever heard. I tried googling it and looked on youtube but have never seen a match? Another interesting post but disturbing. Hey..no direct connection to your privious post other than the sea and it's creatures; just happen to read that in the news. Amazing in light of the fact there are only three countries that have been holding out? A movie should be out about Japan in particular and the dolphins too. I'll check her link out soon as I can- thanks

Kilauea Poetry said...

I didn't say I enjoyed your captures here as well Ginny!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I remember Barb's post about the House Sparrows. I'm glad that we don't have any House Sparrows here--or at least I don't think we have any. I certainly don't want any... They are MEAN.

Hope you are doing okay. I feel better today.
Hugs,
Betsy

From the Kitchen said...

I'm back! I realize that I'm addicted to blogging but it is a good addiction. I felt totally disconnected from all my cyber friends!

Best,
Bonnie

SquirrelQueen said...

It makes you wonder why on earth someone would think it was a good idea to bring them to this country. Maybe they just hitched a ride on a ship.

Great information Ginny, I did not know about the English Sparrow's dark side.