26 degrees!? This Song Sparrow seemed none too fond of the cold weather this morning. A gap in the thicket made a perfect perch, exposing itself to the sun's warming energy. Ground plants were covered with glistening frost crystals, but was soon to disappear along with sparrow's chill.
I can't recall ever seeing this before. The cold temperature caused many trees to shed a large portion of their leaves, though they were still green. The corridor trail was carpeted like this. I thought about staying home this morning because of the cold weather, but I would have missed out on so much! From my bedroom window, I could see sunlight hitting treetops in the woods across the courtyard, beckoning me to go explore sparrows in the light.
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)
Homo sapiens digiscopi (winter plumage)
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
-- Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Looks like someone is really upset about the paved trail along the creek corridor of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. I found several of these signs posted east of Park Street this morning. A few weeks ago someone spray painted similar sentiments directly on the asphalt. Middleton promptly covered it up.
Location: Pheasant Branch
Observation date: 10/11/09
Number of species: 56
© 2009 Mike McDowell