Monday, February 15, 2010

GBBC - A Wealth of Sparrows - 2-15-10

Sparrows...flocks of LBJs (Little Brown Jobs).  Hard to see, hard to ID.  But to a curious eye, patterns; rust and brown slashed in black, and the knowledge that  beauty is more than color and flash. 

We've seen four species of sparrows during this Great Backyard Bird Count, one new to us, a Lincoln's Sparrow.  If we hadn't been counting for GBBC, he would have gone unnoticed among the hundreds of Chipping Sparrows, just another LBJ. 

Lincoln Sparrow photo courtesy of poecile05's Flikr photostream.  For more of his beautiful images, click here.
The more we look, the more we see.  During this year's GBBC we've enjoyed Chipping Sparrows, a Dark-Eyed Junco, a Clay Colored Sparrow, a Song Sparrow and our new friend Lincoln. 

Hope your days have been birdy, with sightings of friends new and old.

Words and photos by Kathleen Scott,for her blog Hill Country Mysteries. Copyright 2009-2010.
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