Jul 09 2011
Sparrows are stripey, brown, boring little birds … right?
Not when you look closely.
At first they were confusing brown birds whose only distinguishing feature were their flat-topped heads and “Roman nose” beaks. But then one paused on top of a bush with the light just right.
His head and neck were washed in olive. His wings were pale chestnut. In that moment he was incredibly colorful.
Sparrows have a subtle beauty. It just takes time to see.
(Henslow’s sparrow photo taken at Piney Tract last Saturday by Steve Gosser)