Birds that we see and those we don’t

By , January 4, 2012 7:46 pm

American Tree Sparrow 1/4/12

American Tree Sparrow 1/4/12

We have been seeing Tree Sparrows for the last few days. Yesterday we saw one just before sunset and today we saw them in the morning. We had decent sunshine and I was able to get a fairly good photo. Sparrows can be skittish and even when they are not they often blend into the vegetation. Looking at my records, this is first time we have seen them in January in Minnesota. When we were in Randall we would see them in from late February to April. Given our short experience in the Long Prairie area we don’t know if this is unusual or not but even if not we welcome any Sparrow to our backyard.

About things we don’t see. Both Shawnne and I have been hearing a bird (or a group of birds) making a noise a bit like an old car horn in the next property a few hundred feet to our East. Finally 2 days ago when I was walking Sierra, I actually saw the birds, a pair of Pheasants, flying from that property to a nearby field. I have a decent recorder and should have taken it with me so I could compare what we heard to the possible species. But lazy is as lazy does and I had to wait until I saw them.

3 Responses to “Birds that we see and those we don’t”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I also saw the Tree Sparrows this morning. They are so pretty! They remind me of the Chipping Sparrows we get during summer, but there are differences. In general, I am a huge fan of most sparrows, except for the evil, unmentionable ones! (House Sparrows) Now we are starting to focus on Spring migration. I hope it is as good as last Spring was. We will be very vigilant for all migratory birds!

  2. Bill A. says:

    Jerry,
    Nice picture of a sparrow, especially considering how small
    and skittish they are!
    Bill A

    • Jerry says:

      Thanks, between the unfocused ones and those in the weeds it takes dozens to get one halfway decent one.

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