Friday, March 21, 2014

Fluffed Up

This white-throated sparrow was busy pecking underneath the feeders when all of a sudden he fluffed up and nestled into the ground. I have no idea what this behavior signifies, but it was interesting. The more I learn about birds and their behavior, the more fascinating they become. The white-throated sparrow's song sounds like "Oh-sweet-Canada-Canada" or "Old-Sam-Peabody-Peabody."




The last field trip for our birding class is at Lake Martin tomorrow and several of us have rented kayaks after birding. Thank you to sweet Suzzz at Tree Hugger for encouraging me! A rainy weekend is forecast which may put the kibosh on the whole thing. I'm going to remain positive though! Hope everyone has a great weekend. Catch up with you all on Monday, unless I'm rained in.

38 comments:

Andy said...

I know exactly why he fluffed up. It's his way of saying "Get that camera off me honey. Can't you see I'm eating!" :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Isn't it a pretty thing!!?!!!! Those bright eyes, and the little icing of yellow frosting near the beak.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, what a cutie. some how i got to click on your upper bar & had a look around your blog ... funny how things work out. i rather enjoyed my trip. have a lovely day. ( :

R. Mac Wheeler said...

There so sweet

Good shots!

Buttons said...

Oh kayaks sounds like fun I do hope it does not get cancelled. Awesome shots as usual. Have fun in the boat:) Hug B

Irma said...

Beautiful picture of this beautiful bird.
Perfectly sharp and full of details, and beautiful eyes.

Shug said...

I'm going to have positive thoughts right along with you!! No Rain!!
Happy that you are taking this adventure...and I know that the results of your photography time is going to certainly be worth waiting for. Have fun....stay in that kayak!! Enjoy!!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Maybe the fluffing up and settling in is a sign of contentment. This little bird certainly blends in with his surroundings, so maybe it's also a form of camouflage. Your photos are really great. Such detail, especially the eye and that little seed in the beak.

Barb Brookbank said...

Wonderful images of this sweet bird! I can't wait for their return. We say "dear sweet Canada Canada Canada" :)

Karen said...

Was there a female around? He's showing off! Gorgeous shots Gail!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful shots of this little cutie!

Charlotte Wilson said...

I love that you got "eye lights" in the eyes and so "tack" sharp. Lovely as always.
Suzz is a doll,isn't she?

Betty Manousos said...

gail wow! what a fantastic series of bird photos! great details, too.

happy spring! xo

TexWisGirl said...

he's very cute. :) good luck with the weekend plans!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Ohhh I hope you don't get rain out! Perhaps he like a chicken as they puff up for warmth and preening?

hootnonny said...

Maybe he sensed danger and was trying to blend into the ground. Excellent photos, as always! Have fun kayaking.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely pictures. It seems that he is warming up and relaxing. I have seen birds like this and they get into such a state of relaxation,they almost look dead.

Tante Mali said...

Hi Dear,
wonderful shot and - love sparrows - they are funny guys!
Thank you so much for your nice visit
all the best
Elisabeth

Wally Jones said...

Splendid images of the Sparrow!

Hope your kayaking goes well. Just remember the number one rule:

"Have Fun!"

LC said...

The details on this little fellow are so vibrant and sharp! Hope the weather cooperates for you and your fellow birders and kayackers (Is that a word?). For us, too, as Hubby and I will be heading to BR for a visit with family and our 6-year-old granddaughter's dance competition.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

He's a fluffy sweetie!

DeniseinVA said...

I love your photos, such a cute little sparrow. You're right, the more we want to learn, the more we open our eyes and see all kinds of behaviors. I hope the weather doesn't mess your plans up tomorrow. I'll be hoping for good weather for you.

Debbie said...

Gorgeous close ups of this sweet little bird!! Have fun on your weekend adventure!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have always wanted to go kayaking. Fingers crossed for the weather!

Anvilcloud said...

It must be Canada and not Peabody because we all know that Canada is for the birds.

BTW: I can say that, but you can't. ;)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Lovely shots. I hope you have a fun weekend. Take some pics for us!!

Linda R said...

What a little cutie! I hope you don't get rained out! Great photos my friend!

Hugs~

Willow said...

Such a cute little feathery umps lumpaa :)

barbara l. hale said...

He's adorable and those are fantastic photos!

Hilary said...

That second to last image is just perfect. I wanted to pick the little sweet up and give it a kiss.

Barbara said...

He is so precious and your photos truly capture the beautiful details of birds (and nature!)

Starla said...

Please, PLEASE tell me you are submitting your photos to a nature magazine!! Your shots are so crisp and full of detail!!
Just discovered a hawk (haven't gotten a close enough look to verify what species) is nesting at my kiddo's school. Hoping to get some shots this weekend!!

Evelyn S. said...

Such a close-up! Wonderful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Whatever his reasons for puffing up, it sure made him a cute subject for your photos...can't wait to hear how you liked kayaking (hope it comes/came off and didn't get rained out.)

rainfield61 said...

How perfectly you have interpreted what it has said.

eileeninmd said...

The WT Sparrow is a pretty bird. Your photos are lovely.. Happy Sunday!

Brian King said...

One of my favorite sparrows. We have quite a few at the feeders. Really nice photos!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Such a cutie!! They're ready for spring too :-}}
Sweet of you for your shout out :-}}