House Sparrows at the Toronto Islands: Jan. 23, 2023

In 1899, there was a colony of eight summer tenants on Ward’s Island paying $10 rent for the season. At its peak in the 1950’s, the Island residential community extended from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point and was made up of some 630 cottages and homes, in addition to amenities including a movie theatre, a bowling alley, stores, hotels and dance halls.  Not long after its creation in 1953, Metropolitan Toronto Council undertook to remove the community and replace it with public parkland. (Wikipedia)

I imagine that a flock of House Sparrows arrived just when residents did and have been here ever since.

We saw their descendants this morning:

House Sparrows
House Sparrow (male)
House Sparrows
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow
House Sparrows
House Sparrows

Other birds:

Common Goldeneye (male), Greater Scaup (female) and Buffleheads
Northern Cardinal (female)
Canada Geese
Rock Pigeons
Common Goldeneyes
Mute Swans
Rock Pigeon
Black-capped Chickadee
Mute Swan
Northern Mockingbird
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)

Today’s group:


A man was out hunting geese around Lake Erie after the “big Christmas storm.” But he found some of them frozen in the lake – so he turned into a “rescuer” that day. 😊👍🏻

Close by the jolly fire I sit  
To warm my frozen bones a bit;
Or with a reindeer-sled, explore  
The colder countries round the door.   – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “House Sparrows at the Toronto Islands: Jan. 23, 2023

  1. Linda Barton

    what a wonderful day on the island miles!! great photo opportunities esp the cat greeter!! nice sighting of the mockingbird.


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