Meet Me In St. Louie … Not!

I was able to photograph a new, Life bird yesterday … a Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus). My good friend Ginny invited me over to Pete/her’s rural home to photograph this “misplaced” bird. Arriving in the morning, it only took about 10 minutes for the bird to show up, courted by a whole flock of […]

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Snowy Sparrows

(Update:  As a couple of viewers note, this is not a Chipping Sparrow, but is an American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) … thanks for the ID assistance!) During my early morning hike into the fresh snowy woods on Tuesday morning, as I walked through a field to reach the woods, there were sparrows everywhere, mostly […]

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White-crowned Sparrow

While photographing Columbian Ground Squirrels, several White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) would frequently fly into the Glacier Lilies and search out seeds and insects: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon Canon EF100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6, IS lens Handheld, with IS “On” ISO 250 (top photo) and ISO 500 (bottom photo) Aperture f/5.6 Shutter 1/400 sec. and 1/800 sec.    

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Common Beauty

So often we refer to our really common birds, such as sparrows, as either “nuisance” birds or “nothing to crow about”, but these comments typically come from someone not too familiar with the sparrow family. But as any knowledgeable birder will tell you, the sparrow family has a lot of different species in the group, […]

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Another “Life” Bird

After yesterday’s sombering post, let’s get back to happier things! During my recent visit to Squaw Creek NWR (northwest Missouri), we also ran into (I’m pretty sure) a new life bird for me. As we made our way around the refuge, we stopped at a boardwalk that wound through some trees, to the large open waters of […]

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