I spotted these three juvenile house sparrows sitting on some branches of a bush in my yard.  They were sunning and preening and eagerly awaiting their mothers return.

Her arrival caused quite a flurry of activity as each juvenile vied to get the next morsel of food that she brought.

After feeding time, her departure left the juveniles looking a little lost and forlorn.

Here is a short video of the mother sparrow feeding the juveniles.

“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that’s the only shift they offer.” ~Jodi Picoult