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Sparrows at Franklin Park Zoo really feathered their nest

Jef Taylor, who works at the Franklin Park Zoo, shows us the nest a pair of house sparrows built in a weed trimmer stored in a zoo tool cage:

Nest components: grasses, trash, flamingo feathers.

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Assuming they did, being animal folks. I had no idea sparrow eggs were so pretty.

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House sparrows are a scourge. They're invasive & outcompete our native species, like bluebirds, for nesting sites. I would sooner hope someone made a tiny omelette than that they put these pests in a safe place.

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I have a large bird feeder -- holds over a quart of seed. I used to put mixed seed in, but the sparrows would mob the thing and empty it in about 5 hours, while chasing all the other birds away. I switched to all sunflower seeds, which they apparently don't like as much. Now I get finches, cardinals and other more interesting birds. The sparrows occasionally get some kind of fixation where they have to empty the feeder, and then they do their mob thing, but it's not every day. Also, they are boring as individuals.

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The Massachusetts' Legislature originally set aside $6.5 million for the zoos, but funding was slashed to $2.5 million by Gov. Deval Patrick, the Boston Globe reported.

Who can forget when Deval threatened to have several zoo animals put down?

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So Charlie Baker is somehow responsible for the profligation of this invasive species? I never would have guessed.

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Who can forget how all those Republican governors kept funding the zoo through interest-bearing bonds, rather than appropriations, forcing it to spend more and more of its money just on debt repayment rather than keeping animals alive.

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That it's reassuring to see someone feathering his nest with public resources.

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