Oblivious to Passerine genealogy
or the proud lineage of kinglet,
bushtit, fairywren and raven,
my little immigrant Tree Sparrow
faithfully tucks seed in the open
maw of her fluttering young.
The Eurasian Tree Sparrow was brought to St. Louis from Europe by German immigrants in 1870. They took hold in this area, the only place in the U. S., tho they were nearly crowded out by a horde of other sorts of sparrows mainly the House Sparrow. They have spread sparsely to the suburbs and further into rural fields and have become rare in the city. The mixed flock in my back yard includes a pair of this little black-cheeked Tree Sparrow and, this spring, one fledgling still begging to be fed.