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House sparrows pecking away at juniper tree branches

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What was a juniper bush at the corner of my house in mid-Michigan decades ago has become a tree.  I was surprised to see house sparrows pecking away at its branches, and even its trunk, today.  Can't tell if the bird in this image has an insect.  Haven't read that house sparrows feed on insects.


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I have a juniper in my yard, and it's always full of birds.  The berries are popular with many of them, and maybe there are other reasons they're drawn to it.  I've only seen House Sparrows going for bugs during breeding season to feed their very young nestlings.  But, I've learned the hard way to always expect the unexpected with them.

I've seen them creep, crawl, cling, scratch, hover,  and do virtually anything and everything else they can to act out of character.  How many times I've noticed some 'unusual' bird behavior from the window, only to grab a pair of binos and discover it's yet another House Sparrow.

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