Monday, July 09, 2007

"Bird Habitat, Aisles 1 Through 8"

Did you see the Washington Post article about House Sparrows taking up residence in big box stores that sell birdseed and gardening supplies?

Like any discerning shopper, the common house sparrow knows where to go for a good deal in the suburbs. At Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other keepers of vast birdseed stockpiles, the only thing standing between worry-free opulence and the travails of outdoor living is an automatic door.

Not that it's much of an obstacle. Thanks to the leafy, well-watered garden center -- now a standard appendage of the large retail layout -- clever birds are finding a niche in the big-box ecosystem, much to the chagrin of store managers. Check the ceiling of any large store with a high roof and a birdseed aisle, and there's likely to be more than a few of the feathery critters frolicking in the rafters.
Then it quotes Rob Fergus aka The Birdchaser. Go read!


Blogger birdchaser said...

Hey Amy, thanks for posting this. I hadn't seen the article yet. Interestingly, on Saturday I was watching House Sparrows in my very own neighborhood Home Depot. Too bad most of us are pretty prejudiced against House Sparrows--they really are fascinating birds in and of themselves.

July 10, 2007 3:21 PM  

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