[CT Birds] lack of fear

David F Provencher (Generation - 4) david.f.provencher at dom.com
Thu Aug 1 10:25:19 EDT 2013

Paul I sometimes walk in the large cemetery across the street to put some miles on when I don't have time for a proper hike, and as you can imagine there is a plethora of Chipping Sparrows there. I've noticed as well how approachable the immature chippies are, often not flying away till I'm extremely close. The line from Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings first movie always pops into my head when I feel like I'm in danger of stepping on one, "Fly you fools!" Surely this behavior does lead to a higher mortality.


David Provencher

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Subject: [CT Birds] lack of fear

Yesterday, as I was pulling into my driveway next to the other car, Their was an Immature Chipping Sparrow perched on the cars roof. I have seen 3 all week in the yard. I opened the door, and it stayed there, 3 feet away. Was this intentional or was it hurt? As I slowly approached, it flew off as it should. Unfortunately the next day, i spotted breast feathers under the feeder. Seems this bird might have found its end from a predator who took advantage from that birds lack of fear for the world as it is. Maybe this is how that lack of fear gene gets eliminated?

Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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