On Aug 14, 2012, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
We were pretty excited to see this bird for the first time. He sounded like a House Sparrow, so didn't notice him right away. The time we found him was a double dose of goodness being outside of our favorite bakery. He was not shy so remained long enough so my husband could see him. He was seen in this same spot a week or more later when some friends of ours went up to see and photograph him.
This bird is not native to the United States. It was brought over for the same reasons as the House sparrow. It has similar nesting habits of the HOSP, but its range has remained severely limited, so it is not the same pest. At least at this time.