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Bird Watching at Springhouse!

by / Tuesday, 19 July 2016 / Published in News/Blog

Thanks to some creative thinking by Thomas Crowe, Springhouse’s Maintenance Director, residents have been getting a front row seat to observe the inner workings of a sparrow’s nest!

On his daily rounds, Thomas discovered a mama sparrow had built her nest in a safe spot just outside our Ledgemont entrance.  In lieu of rent, Thomas jokes that he negotiated with the sparrow that she could stay at Springhouse, as long as he could put a camera in an unobtrusive nearby spot so that our residents could share in the excitement of waiting for her eggs to hatch and the baby birds to arrive.

For the past several weeks, we’ve been live streaming the action in the sparrow’s nest on to the large screen TV in the Springhouse Bistro to the delight of residents, staff and visitors!

While House Sparrows may or may not be the most loved birds, they certainly have enhanced our Springhouse bird watching experience!  Their nesting, feeding, and mating habits can be observed easily due to their long multiple breeding season.  These birds are monogamous, usually for life.  Through the spring and summer months the sparrows will raise up to four broods in their nest.  The female begins laying eggs about a week after nest building begins.  Typically 4 eggs are laid but some nests can have up to 7 eggs.

The eggs are white to dull brown and speckled with brown.  For the most part, incubation of the eggs is done by the female.  Incubation lasts for about 12 days and the young leave the nest in 15 to 17 days after hatching.

At the time of writing one brood has already flown the coop but there are currently six eggs in the nest waiting to hatch!  We hope you’ll get to see the baby birds on your next visit!