Saturday, April 4, 2009

Black-throated Sparrow

Continuing the photos from Palm Springs, here we have Black-throated Sparrow. This was a life bird for me.

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18 comments:

The Early Birder said...

Another new one for me Steve - Thanks.

Eve said...

It would be a way to go for me to get to see one of these too Steve, but it's almost like I'm seeing it in person here!
Thanks!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Gosh but you do have a large variety of sparrows there. Here we only have 2.

Kelly said...

...these photos are gorgeous (but then again, yours always are!). The first photo is especially so with the yellow in the background. I like seeing the nesting material too... We don't have them in Cincy either...

Arija said...

Obviously nesting season. Beautiful photos.

Steve B said...

Hi Arija, Yes, while I was out there I saw this bird nesting, Verdin, Anna's Hummingbird, Long-eared owl, Great Horned Owl, American Kestrel, and Vermillion Flycatchers all nesting. I’m sure there are more. The Spring migration was just starting.

Steve B said...

Hi Kelly, Nope, we will never see this bird on the east coast. I'm particularly pleased with these images. The birds were not overly approachable, yet not skittish like a Lincoln's Sparrow or Common Titmouse, so it was fun to shoot. I had to contend with shooting into the bush, so the first two photos could be better.

Hi Joan, We do have our sparrows, this one is 3000 miles from home. Sparrows are fun and can be challenging. Some look quite alike.

Hi Eve, A week in the desert in the spring is highly recommended for birding. I've still have lots to report on. In 'bama, you're going to have lots and lots of birding.

Hi Frank, I didn't travel with my field guides so I had no clue as to what this was. I didn't see this one, even when I lived in coastal Southern California and birded in this area.

Stacey Huston said...

Perfect. love the nest building material he was carrying..

Michele said...

Fantastic! He looks as if he's concentrating really hard in collecting the necessary materials for the nest.
It's almost as if he's made of clay, the details are outstanding!

Kallen305 said...

Great pictures of a lovely sparrow. You struck birding gold in CA. I am happy you can share it with us as I am not familiar with any of them.

Roy said...

Wow. That's a special bird and some special photographs Steve.

Jenny said...

Fabulous! How close were you???
Is that one pooping in the last photo? Can't quite make it out! (-:

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
wow, the two first pictures are gorgeous. I love the first one with his mustache!!! And the second for the compo. Like Frank, I did not know this bird, so thanks for sharing...

Steve B said...

Hi Chris, These little guys were fairly cooperative. Just a joy to work with.

Hi Jenny Wren, I would say about 30 to 50 feet. It seems like a mile when you're trying to photograph a life bird!

Thanks Roy, I'm really in love with this species. I want to go back and work with them again.

Kim, you just gotta go to the desert in April. You just gotta go.

Howdy Michele, good to have you posting again! I've been keeping an eye on your blog. He just has those lovely blue-grey colors, buff on the sides and that smart face.

Hi Stacey. Getting birds doing stuff just makes my day. I used to do breeding bird blocks in Colorado and would document this kind of behavior.

VALKYRIEN said...

What a qute fellow! And as others, I don't believe I have seen that one. The sparrows in Norway are brown.

The first shot is really funny!

Salty said...

Great shots Steve! Its always a joy to get good photos of a life bird, congratulations!

Natural Moments said...

Absolutely great photos Steve. I love how you have captured important aspects of their life showing in good detail the desert environment that they live in. The colours are awesome.

Steve B said...

Hi Natural Moments and Salty. I wish I could shoot like this all the time. I found a few more pictures of the Black-throated Sparrow that I'll publish soon.

Hi Valkyrien, This little guy is strictly a west coast desert sparrow. Sorry, you'll never see on unless you come on over, which we would love to have you do!

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