Yummy – Taraxacum!

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.

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Here is the White-throated Sparrow I ended up getting a chance to photograph. It flew out from a bush to feed in the grass. Franklin HS 05/03/15

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Next it is looking around to see if the coast is clear to make its move. Franklin HS 05/03/15

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And finally it springs up and takes a bite of the Taraxacum, commonly known as dandelion. (didn’t know that until today)  Franklin HS 05/03/15

WTSP - dandelion

I cropped the last photo to show how the White-throated stretched up to take a bite. Franklin HS 05/03/15

I have watched American Goldfinch eat dandelions but never sparrows.

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An American Goldfinch watched the sparrows eating before it joined in. Franklin HS 05/03/15

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One Response to Yummy – Taraxacum!

  1. Mike says:

    Dandelion comes from french “dent de lion” tooth of the lion, for it’s jagged leaf. The seeds are probably quite nutritious.

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