House Wren Plus Clay-coloured and Field Sparrows: July 2021

I went to Forks of the Credit Park hoping to find the Bluebirds that I saw here in spring.

Eastern Bluebird (female)
Eastern Bluebird (male)

No sign of them though at least one of their boxes had occupants.

House Wren

Many people put out boxes hoping to attract bluebirds and end up with House Wrens instead.

House Wren
House Wren
House Wren
House Wren
House Wren
House Wren
House Wren

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

The Clay-coloured Sparrow is not common in our area but I did find some.

Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow
Clay-coloured Sparrow

Field Sparrows were also about:

Field Sparrow
Field Sparrows
Field Sparrow
Field Sparrow

and Goldfinches:

American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (female)

Park views:

Northern Pearly Eye
Pearl Crescent Butterfly
Common Whitetail (male)

Some botany:

Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepela)
Water Smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)
Pond-lily (Splatterdock) Nuphar variegata
White Bedstraw (Geum album)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Wild-basil (Clinopodium vulgare)
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Foxglove – Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Foxglove – Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)

MYSTERY BIRD

I heard their drink-your-teeee call throughout my visit. The rufous sides identify this as an Eastern Towhee.

Eastern Towhee (male)

NATURE POETRY

The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies.
What is this world’s delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
Brief even as bright. – Percy Shelley (1792 – 1823)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “House Wren Plus Clay-coloured and Field Sparrows: July 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Such charming and delightful bird pictures! You really capture the sense of (carefree?–they are working!) “whimsy” and feelings of joy that birds can inspire. Or is that too “romantic/”anthropomorphic” of me? If so, I am in good company when it comes to birds of a certain feather, anyway. Guess you should have included a hawk killing something–House Wrens taking homes away from Bluebirds doesn’t quite cut it when I know what their singing is like, disappointing/unfair as it may be. (Sorry! I know you wanted to see them! Thanks for including previous pictures.)
    Well, Shelly’s beautiful, bittersweet poem restores perspective where nature, even as metaphor, is concerned.
    The botanicals and scenery are also a pleasure. Thanks, Miles!

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  2. Lisa Volkov

    I mean SHELLEY! (I’m a terrible speller!) He died tragically young at Nature’s hands. But then, don’t we all? (Not all young, but ultimately as a result of Nature’s Imperative)

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