[Tweeters] A Tale of Two Sparrows, or what the Dickens!

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Fri Nov 5 16:45:59 PDT 2021

Hello, tweets.

I was pleased to see and photograph an immature White-throated Sparrow in our Seattle yard on 4 November. Yesterday, 5 November, I got a glimpse of it again. But wait—was that the same bird? It really looked brighter to me, but as I grabbed the camera, it disappeared into the bushes and never came out during a lengthy vigilance. I figured I must have not seen it well enough, as surely it was the same bird, but I held out hope that I would see it again.

And sure enough, this afternoon Netta called out “here it is again,” and again it left the yard just as I got to the dining room. But this time I stood there with the camera, willing it to come back, and finally it did, a brightly marked adult bird with a few lost tail feathers growing in (cats all over the neighborhood), easily distinguishing it from the previous bird. So two different White-throated Sparrows in the yard over a three-day period, pretty cool. In 30 years of living here, we have seen seven of them in the yard, one in spring (6 May) and six in fall (22 Sep-5 Nov).

As always, I’m sorry there is no way to attach photos of these neat birds! This is surely one of the reasons so many people have migrated from listservs to Facebook groups.

Dennis Paulson

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