Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Song Sparrow Wednesday

I went down to visit my Mom and Dad this morning and detoured down a couple back roads along the way looking for birds. Saw quite a few horned larks, but no other outstanding sightings (I was hoping to see some Tom Turkeys gobbling and displaying, but apparently they hadn't heard I was coming down for a visit and so remained conspicuously absent).

I did, however, find a nice area near an old quarry with several song sparrows singing their beautiful song in scrubby trees right along the road ditch. So without further delay, please enjoy these three short movies starring Song Sparrows (each featuring their own musical interpretation).


She sure is strange! said...

Awesome! I'm new to your blog and am enjoying your nature stuff. Especially the picture of Penny kitty with the tummy rolls(we have three here with that affliction) and even the possum. And your knitting and crochet, and quilting... very lovely work!

Molly(fellow nature lover and crafty person)

Anonymous said...

your movies don't show up on my computer.

Windyridge said...

The song sparrow, who has such a delightful call, is in a big delcline here in New York. It's very sad. So are several other bird species.

Mary C said...

I love listening to their song(s); it's so beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for sharing, Ruthie.

Mel said...

I like that song, one of the top ten!

Larry said...

Nice job ruthie! Song Sparrows sing a beautiful series of similar but distinct songs.I think we take them for granted some times because they are common.-One day they may not be-who knows-I hope they are always around to hear.

RuthieJ said...

Hi Molly,
Welcome & thanks for visiting my blog. Poor Penny always gets picked on for being a full-figured girl (my niece calls her Dollar). So far, she seems happy & healthy and keeps me warm at night under the covers because she covers a lot of area!

Hi Dad,
Not sure why the movies don't show up....does your internet provider limit the amount of data that can be sent?

Hi Windyridge,
So many birds on watch lists now....makes me sad. I had a song sparrow nesting in my yard last summer and the daily serenades were wonderful. Hopefully it will return this year--I just started hearing them in my neighborhood again today.

Hi Mary C,
I'm glad you enjoyed the song sparrows. They were ones I had the most trouble identifying when I first heard them because of so much variation in their songs.

Hi Mel,
Thanks! It's hard to believe that much sound can come out of such a small bird!

Hi Larry,
They're sure a welcome song to hear early in the spring. The ones I saw were really happy flitting about in the scrubby brush along this fence row. I imagine fencerows being removed (and other habitat destruction) is one of the main reasons for their decline. The ones I had last year loved hiding out in my red twig dogwood thicket.

me and my camera said...

Listening to the bird songs is a great way to start the day. It makes be eager to get outdoors and listen to see what I can hear.

Meggie said...

Oh Ruthie! Spring must be hear...I,too, can hear the birds in the morning. What a beautiful sound...long overdue. Loved hearing your song to my ears!

mon@rch said...

I love seeing and hearing the Song Sparrows! Thanks for sharing these videos with us!