Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Things I am grateful for today

The drab little brown female House Sparrow I just saw having a dust bath that could only be described as gleeful. / That there was a local family so generous that a hundred years ago they donated a tract of land near my apartment as a bird refuge. / The fact that robins sound like flutes, and are everywhere. / That there are people who care about baby birds that have fallen out of trees. / Northern Cardinals providing a vivid flash of red in the garden when you least expect it. / That Chickadees and Titmice always seem to go together as a package deal. / And that I just had to stop at an intersection in the middle of downtown to let geese cross the road.

(Drawing of female House Sparrow by Wilhelm von Wright, 1810 - 1887) 


  1. I also had observed similar sand bathing house sparrows during my visit. It is really a gleeful experience.

  2. Something I am grateful for today: My sparrow trap captured its first sparrow, meaning one fewer enemy of our bluebirds, tree swallows, and chickadees. May it be the first of many.

    Don't ever let a house sparrow (which is not even a sparrow, nor is it a native bird) convince you that it is "cute" or "gleeful."

  3. Anonymous, I am not a native bird, either. I flew here, a long way from another country.