I had a picnic lunch in Brooklyn Bridge Park this afternoon. House sparrows, Passer domesticus, were watching and hoping for crumbs. A female sparrow had just picked up a tidbit when suddenly another, apparently one of her chicks, rushed over and assumed a begging position -- crouching, mewing, fluttering its wings, and gaping its beak. What parent could resist that? The bird with the crumb handed it over. Summer is still a month away and the baby sparrows are already as big as adults and learning to pick up a free lunch in the park.
I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I live in Brooklyn. Most mornings I walk a few blocks to the subway station. I get off the train at 59th street in Manhattan and walk a mile along Central Park West through one of the most urban settings in the world. I see a nonhuman mammal or two, a few dozen birds, and a variety of intriguing insects every day; this blog is a collection of stories about them.
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