Date: 2/13/18 9:52 am
From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...>
Subject: Re: [GeneseeBirds-L] Weird House Sparrow Behavior
I suspect they were after bits of salt and/or sand in the treads of the tires.

Jay Greenberg
<conservationist...> <mailto:<conservationist...>
thegreenjay.com <http://thegreenjay.com/>Rochester, NY

> On Feb 12, 2018, at 3:00 AM, <geneseebirds-l-request...> <mailto:<geneseebirds-l-request...> wrote:
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> From: Bird observations from western New York <geneseebirds-l...> <mailto:<geneseebirds-l...>>
> Subject: [GeneseeBirds-L] Weird House Sparrow Behavior
> Date: February 11, 2018 at 8:49:30 PM EST
> To: <geneseebirds-l...> <mailto:<geneseebirds-l...>
> Reply-To: <geneseebirds-l...> <mailto:<geneseebirds-l...>
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> I was at the North Marina this morning. It was mostly frozen over, but there were some gulls and a few ducks so I got out of my car to scope.
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> I stood no more than 3 feet from my car for several minutes looking at the bay, and when I turned back around I discovered 20 House Sparrows had flown in behind me and were crouched on the tires of my Prius.
>
> Why would they defy their human-averse instincts on a perfectly warm day with plenty of brushy cover nearby, to come and sit just feet from me??? Enquiring minds want to know!!!
>
> Thanks all,
> Andrea Patterson
> <andrea.j.patterson...> <mailto:<andrea.j.patterson...>
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