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A Feather for the Nest

A Feather for the Nest
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-06
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 10:49
Viewed: 2377
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although they often nest in tree branches or limbs, House Sparrows prefer to nest in natural tree cavities at the edges of forests. They will also nest in building crevices, and in nest boxes located in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Sparrows begin building their nests as early as February. The male selects the nest site and builds the nest, but the female may help. The nest is dome-shaped and has a side entrance. It is a messy collection of grass, weeds, paper, and string, lined with hair and feathers.

The female lays four to six whitish to greenish white eggs. The eggs are smooth, slightly glossy, and blotched or spotted with gray, bluish gray, black, and brown marks. These marks are evenly distributed over the entire egg, often forming a wreath at the larger end.

Both sexes incubate the eggs, beginning the day the penultimate, or next-to-last, egg is laid. Incubation lasts 10 to 13 days.

After the eggs hatch, the female primarily broods the nestlings, although the male helps. Brooding time decreases as the young grow older. Both adults feed insects to the young and remove fecal sacs from the nest. Additional adults, or helpers, may aid the breeding pair in raising the young, but this is rare. The young fledge after 14 to 17 days, but they remain dependent on their parents for approximately 10 days.
House Sparrows can have up to four broods per breeding season, and pairs often reuse a nest site, both within a season and in subsequent seasons.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-07 11:15]

selam jane; excellent shot of this lovely bird,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with beautiful blue colours TFS

Hello Jane
Excellent shot of this Sparrow,
Great pose and lighting,
Perfect compo,Welldone.


A well timed shot, Jane. The bird looks quite busy, waiting a moment in that seemingly uncomfortable position to deposit the feather in its beak at the "construction site" :-).
Well done and TFS.

hi jane!
great photo, excellent catch of this nest builder.
very nice compo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-07 13:01]

Hi Jane,
Great lighting, colors and pose of your subject. Thanks for sharing this nice composition Jane.

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-05-07 14:03]

Hi Jayne
Another good capture.Sharp image with excellent POV.Loke your BG colors.
TFS Michel

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-07 14:26]

Hello Jane, what a lovely shot.. The collors and deatails are fantastic, very good POV and composition..congrats

Hello Jane, a wonderfull pose captured with the feather, nice blue sky, good note also tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Jane, lovely bird with feather, splendid colors and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-07 23:30]

Hello Jane

Another beautiful capture .Great timing to get it with the nesting material in it's beak.Wonderful colours and well composed in the frame.TFS


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-08 5:42]

Hello Jane,
very nice capture with a superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, composition, everything is very good ! TFS

belle composition malgré un peu de flou dans ce petit oiseau, mais bravo, malgré tout
bonne couleurs

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-08 8:24]

Hi Jane. What a nice shot . the timing to get the bird with the fether great, good deatil and colour. well done.Nick. TFS

Magnifique avec ce Bg superbe et l'oiseau qui construit son nid.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-04-04 9:11]

Hi Jane! Superb shot of this beauty in all aspects! TFS.

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