Waiting patiently in the willow tree were this mother House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)and baby. The young one’s long nails completely surround the willow branch appearing to ensure safety on this lofty perch. I’m unsure if this
fluffy fledgling was still being attended to or if it had achieved independence. Parent sparrows will continue to support fledglings for up to two weeks. This sight is the Chicago Botanic Garden, home to some of the one million plus House Sparrows populating Illinois. Seed and occasional insect eaters, these birds were waiting for dropped food at their relaxing outdoor Grill. Potato chips do not a healthy diet make for bird or person. Hopefully mom and child were here for a special treat, as we too opted to enjoy ourselves that early evening.