I wonder if Jimi Hendrix was a birder?.....
Aren't Fox Sparrows amazing? Like some fairy waved her magic wand and out pops a bird that's a combination of a Song Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, and Towhee. I'll never forget seeing my first one. I had been feeding and studying birds in my backyard for awhile, when late one fall I noticed a bird scratching on the ground and thought, Oh cool, a thrush! I grabbed the bins and was shocked to see that, no, it wasn't a thrush. It was some super-sized sparrow and it was rusty red, red, red, all over. It was a life bird for me, right there in my own backyard. I really love when that happens!
Gratuitous Fox Sparrow Photo
Here's another shot of the same bird. There have been two hanging around the feeders at BSBO for a couple of days now. Note the poor, sad looking American Goldfinch in the bottom left corner of the photo. Wouldn't it just suck to be a winter-plumaged goldfinch when the Fox Sparrows are around?
That is one beautiful bird.ReplyDelete
I KNOW!! I hardly got any work done yesterday, because I kept running back and forth from my desk to our window on wildlife to see if they were still there.ReplyDelete
They are neat birds. I just saw my first Fox Sparrow the other day pecking around in the leaves below the feeder. That's #25 on my very short life list!ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Mark! What a great bird to mark as #25!ReplyDelete
Remember, once you've had the joy of seeing a bird for the first time, the best way to capture that feeling again is to show the bird to a kid and enjoy their reaction!
Can't wait to hear what #26 turns out to be!
How about that "Chipper" looking up at his big cousin....ReplyDelete