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Friday, May 23, 2014

The Duet


It seems my sweet American Tree Sparrow couple is really
a Chipping Sparrow couple!  I was looking up the difference
in markings for the female and discovered that the black
eye band and beak and light grey breast distinguish 
them from the Tree Sparrows (who have brown
eye bands, yellow beaks and speckled breasts).
So, now we all know!


66 comments:

  1. ha. they make for a cute couple...
    so is the one on the branch singing or
    yelling at the other to clean their mess up?
    ha.

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    1. oh yeah, waving to the cat and gloria from the top spot.

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    2. Look who's first...
      showing off that all are worst.
      ha.

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  2. So sweet! A couple lol
    And Brian ha!
    You are so proud to beat us lol

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    1. Brian must have been lurking. ha.

      Aren't they sweet?

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    2. Did you see on my sidebar that I left you in charge today while I was gone? haha.

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    3. What lovely Betsy!
      I dont see . I will know!
      I taked a picture of the mountains (cordillera) for you. I will put in my sidebar tomorrow:)

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    4. Oh, it's too late now! I'm here! haha. I thought you might have to control the rowdy ones. ha.
      ok..I'll look for the mountains!

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    5. Oh dear! I don't see before.I went to dentist with the twins:(
      Sorry.
      I don' t have any control sigh!

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    6. Oh, don't worry! I don't have any control of them, either! hahaha....

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  3. They sure looking to be yapping away
    Either lovey dovey or fighting at your bay
    An sadly I still won't remember at my sea
    I just say sparrow when in a tree lol

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    1. At least you say sparrow and not just bird
      so you know a little and don't look absurd.
      haha.

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    2. haha a lot about a little and a little about a lot
      Here at my plot

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    3. And then you just blabber us to death
      so we don't realize the breadth
      of what you don't know
      as we read at your show.
      lol!

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  4. I have a 'Chippy' in the vine out on the front porch. Love it!

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    1. The cheap ALL the time, don't they? I love how very tiny they are.
      House sparrows are double their size!

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    2. They ARE tiny! But did you notice how big their eggs are accordingly?! Wow!

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    3. I've never seen their eggs! I can't tell if these have a nest or not. It seems they are always in the feeder and not keeping any eggs warm!

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  5. Great shot of the pair. Betsy. Of course both varieties are not known here in UK
    but you do have some wonderful bird types there and you capture them so beautifully.
    Are you sure she has not given him a black eye for something he did wrong? :)

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    1. Only if she's the violent type. :)

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    2. Then he must be thankfull she isn't!
      Are these the two you have been trying to photo togther for a while?
      I think if I remember rightly she was a bit elusive!

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    3. Yes, these are the ones! She finally made an appearance!

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    4. He must have done some pretty slick talking to win her round
      He looks as if he is singing her an aria from a famous opera :)

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    5. They do look like they're hitting the high notes!

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    6. Hope he can sing in tune and she is not tone deaf!

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  6. Another excellent photo. I love how they're yappin' at each other.

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    1. I do, too...so funny I caught that moment. They were causing such a ruckus!

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  7. Well I'm glad that we have that all sorted out!! Gloria, are you watching to make sure that we are all behaving?! xx

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    1. Amy I was a disaster to be a charge lol
      Haha!

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    2. She has her eye on us all the time LOL
      Hi Gloria!! . . . . ok

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    3. No because I don't had idea Eddie.

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    4. Never mind Gloria, we seemed to have kept in line! xx

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  8. Looks at them talking to each other! Sweet!

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  9. Most times the birds are flying by so fast that subtle differences in their markings are hard to see. thank goodness we have you to take pictures and point them out to us :-)

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    1. Well, obviously, I'm having trouble identifying some of them correctly! ha.

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  10. Adorable....gosh I love birds!
    And what...pray tell...is Mexican Lasagna?

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Well, I didn't make it. The Mister brought it home from a business lunch. Instead of pasta, they used tortillas and the meat sauce had Mexican spices instead of Italian...kind of like taco filling. It actually wasn't very good. The quesadillas and churros, however, were really yummy.

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    2. Betsy I have a recipe similar with tortillas but with itslian filling:)

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    3. Yours is probably better! ha.

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    4. I will.to search Im not sure if I post lol

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    5. So that's Mexican Lasagna, Linda. ;)

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  11. They look quite operatic to me - singing their heads off. They are really going at it - makes me laugh! So does that mean there has to be a recount in the bird-identifying contest? :-) It's funny because when we did that contest I was looking at tons of different sparrow pics to try and ascertain which was which. Such variety. Very confusing... along with the clematis!!

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    1. I looked back at the contest and that one really was an American Tree Sparrow!

      http://myfivemen.blogspot.com/2014/01/some-randomness-and-winner.html Brown eye band and yellow beak.

      I do remember looking them up to make sure I had them correct at the time.

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    2. Oh, I believe you! I was just remembering that when we did that quiz I could not believe the variety there was - of a simple sparrow! And even then I didn't get it right - so much choice. And what is really curious is how they relate to each other in size. The sweet couple above look teeny tiny. Amazing.

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    3. I see. You said 'recount' so I thought you were thinking there was an error. Yep, lots of varieties!

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  12. They're cute, no matter what they're called!

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    1. I do agree...they are adorable and almost always just outside the feeder!

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  13. Ooooh - love the brass trinket boxes in the shop. That turtle is too cute!

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  14. Deep in conversation..lovely shot Betsy..

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    1. Thanks, dear! :) Now if they would just make a nest where I could see it! How fun would that be?

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  15. Sweet photo! God bless you all this weekend.
    We got moved yesterday!

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    1. Well, I know what you'll be doing this weekend! Have fun!

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  16. They sure do look like a married couple. :)

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    1. I thought so, too! ha. Maybe she's saying, "I thought you were going to take out the trash!" lol....

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  17. A Chipping Sparrow couple.... Would I be chipping too if I were a little bird, neighbor?

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    1. I don't know if you would! Should I know that? lol....

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  18. I have all but given up on identifying all the birds who visit me. My mom knew so many of them and I just don't.
    I like how yours are singing to each other. I wonder what song it was?
    :0)

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    1. It was loud, whatever it was. haha. It's almost easier to identify them by their song that by looking!

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  19. This has to be one of my favorites!

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    1. I spied on Robins for hours this week trying to capture a worm moment like you did. No luck! haha.

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