Harry The Mythical Sparrow AKA “Bigfoot”

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Harry The Mythical Sparrow AKA “Bigfoot”

Harry The Mythical Sparrow AKA "Bigfoot"

The epic tale of strategy and wits.

"Bigfoot" engaged our Safe Haven Rescue Specialists in a week-long test of strategy and wits.  

Sparrows have always found their way into folklore and myth, from being seen as the bird of Aphrodite by greek mythology to the European and other Folklore. The sparrow that enters your house is a bad omen, but in other culture's it is seen as a good omen.  Fortunately, our specialists are brave. Brave enough to face these threats of omens and myth, leading them to the successful capture and release of one of our most difficult rescues.

"Bigfoot" The Mythical Sparrow

  Three attempts over a week period, and Safe Haven Specialists were able to rescue "Bigfoot," The Mythical Sparrow from a supermarkets facilities. The use of nets or common bird deterrents are less effective than with most avian species since sparrows like to forage for their food along the ground often hiding their selves under the cover of grass and objects, flying from bush to bush, this makes sparrows especially difficult to catch.  To ensure their survival sparrows rely on their photographic memories and expert hiding skills, helping them avoid predators and Safe Haven specialist... for a brief time.

After the first encounter with one of our Safe Haven specialists, "Bigfoot"  instinctively fled the scenes and hid for a day or two every time a specialist would be spotted. Patiently waiting and watching the Safe Haven specialist till they left his sight before abandoning his hideouts.  Knowing that "Bigfoot" was seeing the Safe Haven specialists as predators and that the sparrow remembered their uniforms, the specialist had to devise a plan to blend into their environment with stealth and precision to coax the bird into re-appearing. Resulting in a successful and well-deserved rescue and removal of The mythical Sparrow



Nests are usually found near the ground in brush or in bushes, Males will defend only a small territory area allowing other sparrows to neighbor close.  Males will sometimes chase a female he is seeking and even flutters during flight as to impress courting females. Nests are normally constructed by the female. 



Sparrows consume mostly seed and insects like wasps, ants, spiders, grasshopper, beetles. During the winter months, sparrows tend to feed mostly on seed from grass and weeds.



Sparrows live in a vast variety of areas and conditions, one common theme you find with sparrows is they need places to hide out and eat. Sparrows seem to trend toward human populated areas with an abundance of water and shelter be it man-made structures, lawns, even shingles, and gutters. Sparrows will often look for water and shelter in supermarkets and a variety of facilities, with easy access to a wide range of hiding spots, food and since sparrows especially love standing water quarter of an inch deep the back rooms of many facilities that have water access are ideal for the sparrow. 

As stealthy and hidden as sparrows try to be they still are a major threat to any facility and public areas, with the threat of mites and zoonotic disease. Just because you can't see or hear them doesn't mean they are not a threat to public safety and health