House sparrows are by far the most numerous birds in my Calgary neighbourhood and these days, many of them are juveniles. Yesterday, I heard a house sparrow mega-choir and went to investigate. I saw a house with a roof covered in pigeons and a few magpies. The trees and bushes around the house were filled with house sparrows. A hole in the hedge revealed a yard crowded with house sparrows and pigeons. I thought this was one strange event, but today I found out this feeding frenzy has been happening twice a day for 7 years.
The two sparrows in the drawing were in front of another house, on another day, with twenty or so other house sparrows. I thought twenty was a big group but I suppose that is relative. Here is a little peek through the hedge at the sparrow and pigeon jamboree. The scattered green leaves are likely from the two ten-minute quarter-sized hailstorms that hit southwest Calgary this week.