Lowther, Peter E. and Calvin L. Cink. 2006. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/012
I was all set to learn some fascinating things to help me better appreciate House Sparrows when I came upon this little tidbit about sparrow diet:
Nestling diet almost all invertebrate prey, especially Diptera larvae
For those of you not up on your insect classification, Diptera are flies. Fly larvae are...maggots!
Baby sparrows are maggot eaters! Ugh!
House Sparrow Appreciation FAIL! Back to the article, and I vow to spend more time outside watching the birds tomorrow!