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.


  1. Sparrows, now THOSE are birdies I'm familiar with - though not all the various types of sparrows. . .Love the expression "LBJs" Too cute! We've been tossing seeds out onto our sidewalk (the only place we can SEE ground right now) but so far the little guys have been sneaky and getting it when we're not around. Smart little birdies!

    Happy watching!

  2. One sweet darked-eyed Junco visited me on my front porch yesterday! They are beautiful birds, all puffed out! :) Happy Birding!

  3. I'm pretty sure my "LBB's" (Little Broon Birds, said with a Scottish accent like my grandmother :-) are Chipping Sparrows. I'm not sure if I'd be able to pick out and identify other types of sparrow. However, a few weeks ago, my husband and I were walking in Kleb Woods and a little bird hopped on the ground in front of us. It stayed there long enough for us to lean over and get a closer look. I noticed it's overall round shape and the shape of its bill and my husband noticed a little red dot on the top of its head. When we got home, we think we managed to identify it as a Ruby crowned kinglet, which I had never heard of before then. Later on that day, I saw the same type of bird on the feeder in the front garden.

  4. It's been a true pleasure reading these posts, Kathleen.
    My husband and I bought a coffee table like book on birds for Xmas, hoping to start being able to identify them more. When he returned from Florida he was so excited to show me the pic of some burrowing owls protected from the users of a the park where they had the soccer tournament.
    I can't wait to have more time to devote to things like this.
    For now.. you are a treasured visit.


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