We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Diligent students of Maggie's Farm have had the chance, over the years, to become familiar with many of the common birds of North America - or at least of the Eastern US. The common winter sparrows around my parts (not including Junco, which is a sparrow):
Those house the Starlings are snatching the babies from are the ones the house sparrows stole from the bluebirds. I put up about eight bluebird houses and usually get one inhabited by bluebirds. Also have seen the house sparrows peck a female tree swallow to death because she refused to get off her nest and get out of the house.
Read somewhere a while back that the English sparrow is neither English nor a sparrow but a Mediterranean finch.
I extinguish as many as I can each spring along with starlings and cowbirds.
Two years ago I saw a loggerhead shrike attack another bird near one of our bluebird houses so I ran over there. I was sorry I broke up the fight 'cuz it turned out he was beating the snot out of an English sparrow.
The English House Sparrow is a very aggressive bird and will chase off the native species where ever they are. It is said that because of the design of their beaks they cannot easily eat sunflower seeds thus they avoid them when possible. Black sunflower oil seeds are also the most nutritious seeds you can feed the birds and should be what you use in cold winter months. For that reason black sunflower oil seeds were all that the wife and I put in our feeders. We never had many House Sparrows to our feeders but our neighbors did so I guess its true.