Wednesday, January 25, 2017


"Spatzie" is a nickname used by some people for House sparrows.  These busy little sparrows always make me smile.  They always seem busy and cheerful.  This one was bouncing about in a blackberry bush while I was sketching.  Fortunately for me, this sparrow and his buddies kept coming back to the same bush so I had a lovely opportunity to sit in my car and sketch him on a winter day.


  1. Thank you for the happy memory, my Dad called sparrows 'spatzies' and I had totally forgot that. His parents spoke German mixed with English.
    Your spatzie is just like the ones I used to see in the city where I grew up. Now living in the country, I never see that type of sparrow, haven't in years.

    1. My mother had a German governess. Perhaps she learned the term from 'Frauta' and I learned it from her. I really don't know. I am surprised you don't see them. They are pretty ubiquitous in the United states now.

  2. This is so adorable! I'd never heard them called that...I love my little flock.


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