Thursday, May 05, 2011

Pale Male, White-crowned Sparrow vs Chipping Sparrow, the Mystery Bird with Mysterious Nesting Materials

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Pale Male takes off with focus. And so the days pass, food hunted, caught, eaten, turns taken on the nest, eyes alert for possible intruders- and days waiting on eggs.

Though both are sparrows there is a definite disparity between the sizes of White-crowned Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow. Of late White-crowned has been posturing at just about anything that moves. He exudes a physical challenge to all who walk by him. Often the song birds only challenge their own species but White-crown appears to feel the need to challenge everyone.

Chipping Sparrow avoids his challenges by just ignoring him. And if White-crowned makes a jump at him he takes off at speed. Chippy is far faster off the ground after all and then he just sets down in an area behind White-throats back and goes back to his business. It's obvious he feels his business if far more important than posturing.

A mystery bird with mystery nesting material.

Like a magic trick, it unfurls and the bird is gone.

Donegal Browne

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