one two three

First there was one


then there were two


they hopped

and skipped

and chewed on grass

and flew around

as if the world was theirs

to control

sparrows sparrows sparrow sparrow sparroweach one had

different markings

sparrow sparrow

out of the blue

a third one flew

into the picture


and then back out of it


This time I made sure of what theses birds were before I wrote this blog. According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, they are American Tree Sparrows. (Thanks Melinda)

“Plump and long-tailed, American Tree Sparrows are busy visitors in winter backyards and weedy, snow-covered fields across southern Canada and the northern United States. Hopping up at bent weeds or even beating their wings to dislodge seeds from grass heads, they scratch and peck the ground in small flocks, trading soft, musical twitters. Come snowmelt, these small rusty-capped and smooth-breasted sparrows begin their long migrations to breeding grounds in the tundra of the far North.”

In other words, they have already flown north and won’t be back until next winter. I’ll be waiting for them…

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