Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bachman's Sparrows

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Bachman's Sparrow
Call 'em brown, drab and boring.  I don't care; I love these sparrows. In Florida, we get to enjoy them all year round, especially if you know where to look.  They are a "near threatened" species, though, with the leading causes being both habitat loss and degradation.  But you can still find them in open pine forests in the southeastern United States.  There are a few places near my home where they breed, and so they are also my favorite places to visit.

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Bachman's Sparrow

They breed here from April to August, and I love hearing their songs, often heard with Eastern Towhees. They can be shy and secretive, but occasionally you can see them singing on a low tree branch.

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Bachman's Sparrow
The more I spend  time observing them and enjoying them, they are really handsome creatures. There's beauty in brown.

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Bachman's Sparrow

10 comments:

  1. Great post and photos Scott - a bird I have yet to see.

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    1. Thanks, Dan! I hope you get your chance!

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  2. I have come to enjoy sparrows.....over time. No matter how drab, they are still cool birds. I hope that we can do something to prevent anymore loss down the road.

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    1. Thanks! I agree. I had thought they would be a challenge for me, since I have red-green color blindness, and I have real trouble with browns. But I've found that I love the added challenge, and they're now some of my favorite birds.

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  3. Excellent photographs of this beautiful sparrow! I hope to see one someday.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you get your chance soon!

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  4. Nice post and lovely pictures of an often overlooked bird. Thanks for bringing them to our attention.

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