Canadian Geographic Photo Club - Clay-Colored Sparrow

Clay-Colored Sparrow

by hmellon on 19 Jun 2017

If you hear a unique buzzing sound in the trees above it could well be one of these birds. They're hard to spot but I caught this one in my little tamarack tree hunting for lunch to take back to the nest.

  • Camera: NIKON D7100
  • Focal: 300 mm
  • Shutter speed: 0.001333333333 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 6.7
tagged: clay-colored sparrow in a tamarack tree


Sticks posted 2017-06-19 6:51pm

Too cool! Glad to hear the little fella is OK :) It is funny how we come across these little fellas when we least expect it. Last year Job accidentally stepped on a baby Killdeer when we were out for our daily walk. I could tell he was like, "What did I just step on?" The little chick was happily reunited with his gaurdians :) Hey - good thing you are a nice person who likes birds - it could have been worse for the little fella. You deserve a nice cup of tea...or something ;) Thanks for being a bird lover!

hmellon posted 2017-06-19 6:40pm

Thank you Sticks! A footnote to this photo.. I was cleaning grass out of a rosebush nearby this tamarack today and to my shock I had also pulled out a baby bird. It was a baby Clay-Colored Sparrow and fortunately not hurt but trying to run away. I managed to scoop him up and return him to the nest in the rosebush, gathered up some of the grass I had pulled and placed it back over the nest area.. then I went inside feeling just a bit shaken over the whole episode. When I looked out later he was out again and had four adult birds escorting him back to the nest. I checked again, much to the consternation of the adult birds, but all seems to be well now, thank goodness! Lesson learned, too.

Sticks posted 2017-06-19 4:06pm

Beautiful capture - cute little feller. I love the colours in your photograph :) All my chores are done, so it is time to celebrate with our daily walk. Thank you for the posts of your beautiful yard :)


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