Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Melting Pot

For a few weeks three White-Crowned sparrows have been hanging out in the Desert Willow observing the Juncos feeding on bread which they showed no interest. Once Tom started putting seed out they became on the ground participants. A little bit taller, little slimmer (for the moment), distinctive head markings. The thing that first attracted Tom, they scratch the ground for seed. Juncos never do (did). But after weeks of White Crowned sparrows feeding with Juncos, Tom took the binoculars focused across the driveway and the Juncos were scratching for seed, on one foot, whereas the White-Crowned sparrows scratch with two feet simultaneously in little hops, but still, for the first time, scratching.

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