While I agree in principle with your sentiments, there is justification
for a more tolerant viewpoint.
1. The ID was not certain when the RFI was sent.
2. Some-one relatively new to birding, as I think the sender must be,
deserves encouragement and a more informative reply, not a knock-back.
3. Info on rearing young birds is somewhat generic, so practise gained
with a sparrow (which, arguably is expendable) may one day be useful for
a native bird in trouble.
4. Birds and other creatures in trouble elicit, in many of us, a
protective, nurturing instinct which, even if sometimes mis-directed,
is, I feel, better encouraged than discouraged.
5. One sparrow, more or less, in an area where they already exist, isn't
going to make any difference to the balance of nature.
(PS I did reply directly to the sender of the original message, but
we've just changed computers and I don't know if my message got sent. If
not, I apologise. If you contact me again I'll be happy to give you info
on rearing young birds.)
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