Hand-feeding sparrows on the Java patio

Yes, they take food straight from your fingertips! These birds are in the know. But, actually, buttered toast and fried potato are not healthy for sparrows — or any birds, I think. Next time, I’ll arrive prepared with more wholesome options, like:

  • black sunflower seeds
  • white millet
  • oat groats
  • steel-cut oatmeal
  • wheat berries
  • cracked corn
  • crushed walnut
  • fresh berries

Sources:
BirdHouses 101 “The House Sparrow Feeding Preferences”
Attracting-Wildbirds.com “Feeding Wild Birds”
RSPB “Feeding birds: What food to provide”

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