In the past two weeks, since Spring started springing, I’ve been enjoying the harmonies of American Robins and male Red-winged Blackbirds on some of my morning walks. Yesterday, I got treated to some new tunes. Song sparrows! So many of them! It was a beautiful sunny morning along the Bow River at Bowmont Park. The leaf buds of the many, many balsam poplars have opened up recently and the glossy new leaves were reflecting the sunlight with vim and vigor.
The song sparrows tended to stay on their perch for a few minutes, so when I heard their song, I often had some time to locate their whereabouts. Most birds didn’t find me too scary and let me photograph them for a while. I photographed this bird’s head in almost every possible position.
And two other singers…
Since the song sparrows didn’t seem to mind performing for me, I decided to try a little video. Not the best sound, and my hands were not perfectly steady, but the video does capture more of the magic of their song than just a still photograph. Plus you get to see the little birdy moving around a bit!
And in case you are super curious about those shiny new balsam poplar leaves, here is a black-capped chickadee hanging out briefly on a balsam poplar branch. This little birdy seemed very curious about me (likely wondering if I was carrying some seeds). It perched on my bike a couple of times and on various branches on the trees all around me.