Last Sunday I happened to stumble upon a flock of sparrows working their way through the brush of a local stream. I knew they were up ahead because I heard the songs of both White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows. When I came around the bend there was a mad scramble from the grass back into the brush telling me there was a good number of sparrows.
I tried to observe as many of the sparrows as I could. It paid off with a good view of a Lincoln’s Sparrow back a few feet in the brush. Even though I haven’t seen very many Lincoln’s Sparrows it was obvious with it’s smaller size than a Song Sparrow, plainer face, and buffy breast with thin stripes.
I watched the White-throated Sparrows fly out of the brush to feed on the grass and then fly back in. I finally decided to try to photograph one since they were all showing some of the brightest colors I have seen.
I have watched American Goldfinch eat dandelions but never sparrows.