Since spring migration isn’t in full swing yet, I have been prompted to do this post about this common, seemingly boring species of birds. Sparrows are in huge abundance. In the Concho Valley birding check-list there are 27 species of sparrow and towhees, that can be found around this area in which I live. I am still learning to identify them individually, but it is not easy, as they each have their own individual field marks and nuances. I have to consult my guides quite frequently.
So, having said that, here are some notable photographs that I have taken of these birds that people mostly ignore. These are twenty-three of the most commonly seen here, albeit some are harder to find than others. There are a few not listed that are rareities and don’t appear in this area except for rare occasions or migration, such as the Olive Sparrow that I have included. Anyway, these photos show that all sparrows are not created equal. You will also see that the other sparrow relatives, ie. juncos and towhees are included.
I have included this photo of an Olive Sparrow. While not seen in the Concho Valley, it did appear just a few miles south at the South Llano River State Park.
So now you have seen my entire collection of sparrows that I have seen and photographed in my twelve years of birding around the the Concho Valley of west Texas.
By the way, in my quest to reach 200 different sightings for the year, as of today I have reached at total of 120. Eight months to go.
I hope you enjoy this collection that I have put together. Comments are welcome, and I would love to hear from you. It lets me know that there are a few readers out there. 🙂
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‘Til the next time, HAPPY BIRDING!!!!