The hate mail is really piling up now. Apparently the teeming millions of readers out there are a little tired of the recent focus on bird posts over the last couple of months. You can’t say I didn’t warn you they were coming and if there was any way I could circumvent the birding rules (link here), trust me, I would. But rules are rules and without them… well you would have what I affectionately refer to as a mime school zombie attack – SHUDDER. This will not appease the author of “STOP POSTING BIRDS. I’m absolutely sick of it. I sit down at my computer, place my drink up on the stand, nestle into my comfy den chair and start to tickle the keys in eager anticipation of something new and exciting on the blog. BUT NOOOOOOoooo, all I get is another damn bird!” Or the most hurtful email of all “I’d rather listen to Hillary stumble through another woe is poor me stump calamity in her best I’m a robot impersonation than have to look at ANOTHER old bat … I mean bird”. Harsh. At least they didn’t threaten to vote for her if I didn’t cease feature birds here…. and because of that I can safely bring out another bird post. Seriously, this is all my brother’s (aka Mr. Competitive) fault.. blame him, I’m just trying to stay up with him on the counts.
That would be a bird count that just had another increment thanks to today’s feathered friend.
Normally I refer to the entire family as Just Another Sparrow or JASs because it is so damn hard to identify these birds. Every once in a while I shoot a variety that has some unique enough feature that I can pick it out in the reference guides. Previous to this post I was able to identify the White-Crowned variety (link here). Adding to that a House and a Chipping (link here). That was probably a good 4 hours of research I’ll never get back. As luck would have it, Ron and I were able to shoot another uniquely featured Sparrow while birding at Allerton Park in Monticello IL.
Hit the jump to see a couple more pictures and learn what this bird is