As winter approaches, sparrows tend to disappear at night. These birds, quarrelsome and often noisy, help control pest populations and spread seeds that promote plant growth. They are a vital part of the ecosystem and their absence at night may leave many wondering, where do sparrows sleep at night in the winter?
Most sparrows roost in trees, natural cavities and other places that offer warmth and protection. Several species, such as chickadees, woodpeckers, nuthatches and bluebirds, use old nests for their winter roosts. Other birds, such as tits, kinglets and buntings, excavate caves to roost. Sparrows roost in dense foliage, such as thorny bushes and hedgerows, or tuck themselves into crevices under bark for protection.
During the day, sparrows are most likely to be seen in fields and on farmland, where they graze on various types of seeds, grains, fruit and agricultural crops. They are omnivores and will also eat insects and other small animals.
The sparrows that live in urban areas are more likely to roost in manmade structures, including awnings, street signs and eaves on buildings. They may even usurp other bird’s nests, as house sparrows do in the United States.
If you want to provide a warm and safe place for sparrows to roost at night, consider leaving an area of no-mow native grasses in your yard or refraining from using chemical lawn care products. You can also attract sparrows to your backyard by providing food. Ensure that you are offering a variety of foods, from nuts and seeds to suet blocks. If you have a bird feeder, be sure to keep it filled with both sunflower and millet seeds and a variety of fruits.