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.
That's what our pal Roger's wife terms them. English Sparrow, aka House Sparrow, aka Dumpster Birds, were imported from England in the early 1800s to help clean the NYC streets of horse manure and other detritus.
Their population spread rapidly.
They are not sparrows, they are a sort of european finch. Like rats, they are highly adapted to live amongst civilization, and can never be found in woods or meadows but they like working barns.
This morning, I ripped up a large loaf of stale bread and tossed it in the driveway to do my version of Loaves and Fishes, without the fish. Within 15 minutes, the MacDonalds birds arrived. Their activity attracted a bunch of Grackles (native to North America), and then a handful of hungry Red Wing Blackbirds. A few chipmunks came out for breakfast, and finally a couple of Blue Jays. A Mourning Dove stopped by to have a taste. I fed multitudes. In 2 hours, it was all cleaned up.
Photo is a female. You can see that they have a finch bill, not a sparrow's.
We don't get these where I live, which is heavily wooded and with very little to scavenge. I do see them in great numbers in the bigger towns and cities.
I've recently had a small bird, chickadee size, that will lay out on the roof of the house in the sun, breast side down with its wings and tail extended and fanned out. It rests like that for 10 or 15 seconds and then pops up and flies into a nearby tree. Oddest thing I've seen a bird do.
They are trash birds that can be eradicated at will. For one example: They will attack an adult nesting Bluebird and kill the adult and/or chicks. Bird lovers need to research this and decide how to proceed. We have fledged near 150 new Blues on our property. A .177 air rifle with a good scope and/or traps are two good solutions.