japonisme: the white-crowned sparrow sings

29 September 2010

the white-crowned sparrow sings

this is a photgraph from wikipedia that i played with. and regarding that song, the WCSs have regional dialects, sometimes drawing from a VERY small region, so in fact if you live anywhere other than my back yard, they might sound a little different.

also, regarding their coming and going, they don't actually go very far. they hang out all summer at the shore of the bay, where it never gets as warm as it occasionally can here only a mile inland.



Blogger izzieiambic said...

Hopi burrthday...let the jinnius flow where it will. The Chaffinches here

in Blighty speak with many different tongues too. Interesting!

30 September, 2010 14:00  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

minnie thanks, and i'm sorry that i must tell you that your pentameter is missing some of its feet!


30 September, 2010 15:51  
Anonymous evan said...

Happy Birthday! Critter visitors are a good way to weigh what's happening very locally to your environment. Grosbeaks last summer (first time in years), none this summer. As a child summer nights were punctuated by "whip-poor-will", a song I haven't heard in years. Makes you wonder- was it the three houses they squeezed into the cul-de-sac? Or just one important tree that came down in a storm? Summer was unusually hot & dry this year...maybe that put off a few visitors...

01 October, 2010 09:48  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i've been aware of trememdous species change both here in my yard and at the bay in the last 20 years. i'm certain much of it is due to habitat loss, but also possibly, like in my yard, because some have claimed it as territory and crowded others out.

check out my galleries (of other people's photos) chronicaling this:


01 October, 2010 14:10  

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