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. 🤦
A male and female house sparrow hopped across the street together, then stopped in the middle of the bike path and started mating. A second male sparrow showed up and the two males fought briefly. I think it was the second one that flew away. Then the female sparrow flew to the grass at the side of the path and they picked up where they left off.
This weekend, try to observe as many wild plants and animals in your neighborhood as you can, especially in urban areas.
Here are some #birds I spotted on a late afternoon walk today, including a sparrow, one of many many finches, two doves, and what I think might be two blackbirds (yes, including the gray one).
More info: City Nature Challenge
House Sparrow on iNaturalist
Eurasian Collared-Dove (on post) on iNaturalist
Eurasian Collared-Dove (on cable) On iNaturalist
Brewer’s Blackbird (on post) on iNaturalist
Brewer’s Blackbird (on cable) on iNaturalist
There were about four of these sparrows walking around the ground in the shelter of a bush and pecking at the ground.
A white-crowned sparrow, spotted in the brush at the top of the bluffs at Point Vicente.
These birds *really* blend in well with the dry brush and dirt – it was really hard to see them except when they stopped somewhere with contrast like this.
I can hear these sparrows all day. There are a few nests around in bushes and possibly in roofs. But this year’s generation is also really good at hiding and dodging cameras, so I don’t often get them on camera.