One Photo A Day | Day 126 | White-Crowned Sparrow

One photo a day challenge: Day 126.

I most frequently do my birding from home. But today I wanted to make a concerted efort to go out birding someplace other than at my hosue. I wanted to go out and hopefully see some of the birds I am seeign people reporting.

I decided to visit one of our beautiful local parks, Sperr Memorial Park. This is not only a beautiful park, but a great place for birding.

The clouds hid the sun most of the time we were there, so it wasn’t great conditions for photography. But I was able to stand patiently and watch the bushes for birds long enough to see some. There were several different types of warblers moving through the bushes.

Some of the warblers even stayed still long enough for me to at least get a look for an ID and even a few photographs. There were Common Yellowthroats, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Palm Warblers, and an American Redstart.

The coolest part for me was the encounter with this small flock of White-crowned Sparrows. The sparrows were foraging on both sides of the path. We walked slowly and watched them as they moved along the trail. We eventually moved past them.

Then on our way back the flock of White-crowned Sparrows were still there adn we got another look at them from the other side as they moved through the bushes. This time we had the sun behind us and the sun even peaked out from behind the clouds a little.

I have never been fortunate enough to see this many White-crowned Sparrows before. And I have definitely not taken as many photographs of White-crowned Sparrows as I did today. Today I took nearly 400 photos. Most of those were White-crowned Sparrows. Previously I had 44 White-crowned Sparrow photos.

White-crowned Sparrow.

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