It’s been awhile since I added a new post to my blog and that is primarily because I was in Florida visiting family (without my camera gear). It was a quick trip and photography was not the purpose of the trip. However, I am back and anxious to get out again especially because spring is exploding here in northern Virginia.
After returning from Florida, I set up my Nikon D700 camera and 600mm lens to photograph a new visitor to the trees behind the house–a White-throated Sparrow. I have seen many sparrows around the house, but this was the first time I saw a White-throated Sparrow. As can be seen by the images, it is a pretty sparrow with very distinctive white and yellow markings.
White-throated Sparrows migrate to the mid-Atlantic and southern states from Canada and northeastern and northwestern states, where they spend the summer and breed. They eat mainly the seeds of grasses and weeds, including ragweed and buckwheat, as well as fruits of sumac, grape, cranberry, mountain ash, rose, blueberry, blackberry, and dogwood. In the summer, they eat large numbers of insects.
I enjoyed seeing and photographing this White-throated Sparrow and hope to see more around the house next winter.
If this bird could speak he/she would say….It’s about time you returned..I have been waiting to show everyone my beautiful plumage. And I would say these photographs are up close and extraordinarily beautiful. One rarely gets to see the beauty of nature as depicted by this one.
What a lovely little bird! You truly have a wonderful backyard. Welcome back home … missed your blog updates.
It’s good to be back, and spring is exploding around us! Everything is blooming early. Tomorrow I am heading to Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area to do some macro photography of some blooms. It’s the beginning of the short Bluebell season.
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He/she really is a beautiful little bird. As Mac said, “we do get to see many of natures most beautiful little birds in detail”, thanks to you and your sharp eye, AND superb camera.
Looking forward to seeing again, the beauty of Merrimac Farm Wildlife, through your camera.
I don’t think I’ve see this kind of sparrow, so thanks for sharing your photos and knowledge! The photos are beautiful!
Thank you for reading my blog, and your positive feedback. Apparently, the sparrow has moved on because I have not seen it again other than that one day last week.
The White-Throated Sparrow is one of my faves! These are great pics. I’m continually amazed at how wonderful your pictures are. Can’t wait until I’m this good.
Donnie–I appreciate your very positive comments and feedback. Hope you also are enjoying spring and getting out with your camera.