Date: 11/5/21 4:51 pm From: Dennis Paulson <dennispaulson...> Subject: [Tweeters] A Tale of Two Sparrows, or what the Dickens!
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.