I saw one of these birds fly out of a bush, across the trail, and into a tree. I stopped. I waited. I looked, but couldn’t spot it.

Close-up of a small light brown bird with black wings, a white head with black stripes on it, and a yellow beak, perched in a sparse, dry bush.

I saw one of these #birds fly out of a bush, across the trail, and into a tree. I stopped. I waited. I looked, but couldn’t spot it. I took another, slow, careful step. Another #sparrow flew out of the bush, across the path, and into the tree. I stopped again.

This went on for about FIVE MORE ROUNDS before a couple of them flew into another bush and stopped where I could SEE them!

Then one of them flew off while I was aiming. 🤦

#nature #persistence #WhiteCrownedSparrow

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About as many monarch butterflies in one photo as I’ve seen in the last few years!

From this afternoon’s walk along the greenbelt: About as many monarch butterflies in one photo than I’ve seen in the last few years!

There were a whole bunch of them clustered on a pine branch above the path. I wouldn’t have even seen them, but other people out walking had stopped to check them out.

I was just reading that this year’s overwintering monarch count is up to over 200,000 – a huge improvement over last year’s count of, I kid you not, 1,914. Though still not up to the millions that were regularly seen as recently as the 1990s.

Blog entry at https://hyperborea.org/journal/2022/01/monarchs/ including links to articles about the monarch count and ways to help the iconic species rebound.

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