Every evening near dusk, hundreds of sparrows come to spend the night in the bamboo. They are all around all day, eating seeds I put out on the patio for them and the other birds.
Sometimes something scares them and I can watch a huge flock of them fly out of the bamboo, go somewhere for just a minute or two, and come right back.
There is always a lot of chirping going on just before dark. It’s neat to go over near the bamboo and either clap or whistle, and all the chirping stops for maybe 10 seconds, but they don’t fly out. Then, they must figure it’s all safe, and the chirping starts up again.
They’ve been doing this for years in the winter. The bamboo stays green in the winter, while most of the other trees around here lose their leaves and the birds wouldn’t have any kind of cover from weather. The leaves do provide some protection from rain and snow, as well as safety from hawks, owls, etc. It’s nice to know I can provide a safe haven for them to sleep for the night. Our little wild friends have a good home around here.