Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

April 25, 2012

House Sparrows

Filed under: Birds, comparisons, favorite places, Gilbert Water Ranch, light — richditch @ 10:10 am
House Sparrow male

House Sparrow male

Nikon D300, 300/2.8 AF-S Nikkor plus TC20E III (2x), ISO 400, 1/100th second @ f/8, spot meter, 4/4/12 8:32 am

House Sparrows are not native to the United States, but they’ve been here so long that they are part of our ecosystem and are seen in most places. They are a pest to native species because they displace them from scarce nesting cavities – the lead image shows a male House Sparrow that has moved into a Saguaro cactus cavity excavated by a Gila Woodpecker at the Gilbert Water Ranch.

House Sparrow female

House Sparrow female

Nikon D300, 300/2.8 AF-S Nikkor plus TC20E III (2x), ISO 400, 1/100th second @ f/8, matrix meter, 4/10/12 6:44 am

House Sparrows have am affinity for humans and are most often encountered around buildings or other places frequented by people such as parks. This female is perching on a bench overlooking one of the ponds at the Gilbert Water Ranch.

House Sparrow at water

House Sparrow at water

Nikon D200, 300/2.8 AF-S Nikkor plus TC20E (2x), ISO 800, 1/60th second @ f/8, spot meter, 3/14/06 5:29 pm

House Sparrows can be confusing for novice birders. Although they are named as sparrows they aren’t really related to the native sparrows of North America and are more closely related tot he weaver finches of Africa. Following normal classifications they are located at the back of field guides rather than with the real sparrows and can be hard to locate for someone not knowing this.. More experienced birders tend to ignore them as too common and uninteresting. But they can make interesting photo subjects given their availability.



  1. These are delightful images Rich, the first one really grabbed my eye. It is lovely.

    Comment by Mia McPherson — April 27, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

  2. I am delighted that I just found your blog, Rich. I enjoy your NPN posts, but I don’t go into the Bird forum much any more. so I’ve been missing your photo posts.
    Your mention of b&w leaped out in “About Me.” I recently started doing b&w conversion of some of my bird shots. It’s been a joy. If you’re interested, you can see them here: with comments about them here: . I’m sure your bird images would look great in b&w if you were so inclined.
    Do you offer an RSS feed for your blog? My bad, because I can’t find it. If not, I’ll subscribe by email.

    Comment by Lance Warley — April 29, 2012 @ 5:06 am

  3. Awesome shots.

    Comment by rupam — May 5, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

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