Strictly Sparrows


This is not meant to be an extension of my recent post on photographing tiny birds.  It just happened that way.  Ann and I recently spent a couple of days birding at both Spring Creek Park and San Angelo State Park. What I came away with in the photograph department were several of the sparrow species.  One was a lifer, number 300 on my life list.  I never thought that I would ever reach that number.  That bird happened to be a Swamp Sparrow, that is an uncommon visitor to the Concho Valley.

We were watching over a small, wet area, bordered by reeds, etc.  After observing othere small birds, sparrows, wrens, etc., the Swamp Sparrow suddenly made an appearance, but only for about 25 seconds.  I was able to get a few shots, then it was gone.

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Swamp Sparrow

Another specie is the Fox Sparrow.  It, too, is on that uncommon list.  We saw this bird at San Angelo State Park.  We have several favorite brushy areas that we favor for watching for birds.  At one of these areas, this bird also made a quick appearance.  I was quite surprised and delighted.  The Fox Sparrow is one of my favorite sparrows that I get to see only rarely.

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Fox Sparrow

The following are a few of the more common sparrows seen in this area.

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Lincoln’s Sparrow

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White-crowned Sparrow

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Field Sparrow

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Song Sparrow

But we also saw a few more tiny birds that I was able to photograph………

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Dark-eyed Junco

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White-breasted Nuthatch

………a few birds that are not so tiny.

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American Pipit

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Pyrrhuloxia

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Spotted Towhee.

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Red-winged Blackbird, female

That is all for this post, and I hope you enjoyed these photographs.  Please comment if you like.  It’s always nice to hear from my readers.

 

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18 thoughts on “Strictly Sparrows

  1. Merry Christmas Bob and Ann. Delightful little, and not so little, birds! Your photos and comments are always a bright spot in my day. I have been under the weather since Thanksgiving. Seems that creeping crud just kept hanging around. Spent a few days in the hospital with pneumonia and am starting to feel better. I think this recovery thing is going to take some time. So as I take my time to heal I will used your blogs a positive medicine. hugs

    • Thank you, Beth for that nice comment. Sorry to hear abour your health issues. I can sympathize with you. As you know I had my share this past year. However, I am in tip-top shape now. I hope you recover soon. Merry Christmas. Hugs back at ya. 🙂

  2. What a way to start this day, (after prayers! lol): accompanying you to the marsh by way of these exquisite photos of yours, Bob! Who can say, “just a sparrow!” any more once these are seen? These would be our common wintering over birds here in Wisconsin, and we must give them their due status as heroes!

    • Thank you so much, Charlotte (?) for that very nice comment. I appreciate very much you writing. By the way, I am originally from across the lake from you….Muskegon Michigan. However, that was a long time ago. Merry Christmas to you.

  3. Wonderful captures! I am glad you got to add a few more to your list because I get to add one to mine : The Pyrrhuloxia is stunning! I may never see one in person but because of you I have seen it if only though your lens. May You and Yours have a Lovely and Peace filled Holidays! Peace~ John

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