Harris’s Sparrow


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1 Sanuel 16:
7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
I am not one to really gush over how cute something is, but I sure make an exception for these little guys.

Synchronized Harris’s Sparrows


Doesn’t the young one have an adorable little face as he looks toward the adult?

I apologize for not posting in a few days.  I am pondering what to do about this website.  WordPress is continually changing, some of which has been difficult to live with.  I would like to continue sharing photos and our experiences, but not sure I wish to continue here.  No, I am not about to move to another blogging site.  Not again… I could learn yet another, but do not wish to take the time to do this.

Would any of my regular readers want to receive posts in emails?   For my email subscribers, not much would change for you, but for the size of the emails you receive.  They also would come from me, rather than WordPress.   Those of you with WordPress accounts that use the Reader, this would be a big change for you.  I would no longer be on the Reader or any type of “feed”.  You will only hear from me via email.

I have no intention of deleting this site, not with all the work and information placed on it.  I may even link to past writings from time to time.   If I have photos too large for email, I still have plenty of storage here to use.  I would just link to the images.

Let me know what you think.  Would you be willing to receive updates in this manner?

Comments have been disabled from this post. I believe I have heard from all who wish to receive my emails.  This is the route I am choosing to use for now, but intend to post to the site serious issues regarding the birds.   If you miss seeing the posts but wish to, just fill in a comment on the page, “Why This Site?” I will use discretion on whether or not you will be added to the mailing list. Choice for the author is a comforting thing. ;)

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Big and Small

Ephesians 3:
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
A monster sized Harris’s Sparrow with a wee little Chipping Sparrow

No problem is too big for the Lord to handle.  Along side that, there is no problem too small in the eyes of the Lord.  He will carry us through and love us no matter what we are facing.

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A Favorite Darling

James 4:
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Harris’s Sparrow
Latin name- Zonotrichia querula

This bird was named after Edward Harris, though I really do not see much of a resemblance.  :D

The genus name Zonotrichia means “bird with bands” and the species name, querula, means “a mournful sound”. Personally, I think it is beautiful song, but I didn’t discover the bird.  I really enjoy the winter attire of this sparrow, it’s just so cute.  They are nice in spring, but not really cute.

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2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Some birds really like nuts. The Harris’s Sparrow chose this over the little millet seeds.

Other birds seem absolutely terrified of them.

What you do not see is a hanging nut feeder I had just put out.  This poor Baltimore Oriole didn’t know what to do with that new contraption in his space. This is the closest he ever got to the orange. Most often he just hovered then settled on the ground. As soon as the big beast was moved to a different part of the yard, he went back to his jelly.

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Emberizidae Family

Ephesians 3:
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
In common language, this is the Sparrow family.  But that is misleading.  Not all are named Sparrow.  You have Juncos, Longspurs, a Bunting, and Towhees.  In Iowa, there have been seen 26 of these birds.  Also, a couple of birds that are named Sparrow are not true sparrows.  A list  of Emberizids can be found here.

Our Lincoln’s Sparrow has returned!

This has been the time for sparrows.  In the last week, we’ve seen in our yard this fellow, Swamp, White-crowned, White-throated, and our beloved Harris’s Sparrows.  And this batch of Harris’s is feisty!  They want no one eating their food.   It was funny watching them charge after the HOSP!

Talking about House Sparrows, you may know their numbers are decreasing in their native land over in Europe.   People here  joke about wanting to ship them back.  I have to wonder how would the Americanized HOSP  handle life across the big pond?  Would they be the same aggressive bird as here and then become a pest?  Or would they struggle to survive as their relatives?

Not sure if I am happy or not.  We got our first of the year House Wren in the yard today (29 April).  They are cute little things with a perky song.  But the males get bored and cause some ugly trouble for other birds.  He is fairly early this year compared to last.

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Miss My Little Buddy

And all his/her friends. We had a brief encounter last week, when a little one saw one at the feeders.   I questioned him, not being sure if he really saw a Harris’s sparrow.  Do I put it on the year list?? As we were leaving that day, I heard the unmistakeable song of a Harris’s. That was all the proof I needed. I never did see the little dear as we were gone much of the day. So here is an older picture until they come back again to rest and fatten up for the long journey to their up-near-the-tundra home.

Harris's Sparrow eating seed from the porch.

Matthew 6:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

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