Friday, November 19, 2010

Bird Banding Sketches--Savannah Sparrow

This is the time of year when sparrows move south and settle into wintering territories, Tennessee among them.  The Savannah Sparrow is one of those beautiful birds, often blending right into the pale dried grasses in its habitat and appearing "brown" at first glance.
But when you see sparrows up-close at the banding table or even with good binoculars or camera, you find that instead of being non-impressive gray or brown, their back and wing feathers are exquisitely beautiful with contrasting patterns of black, white, cream, brown and rust.    
The sketchbook page above is one that I created in preparation for my bird banding article published in Nov/Dec issues of the TN Conservationist magazine.  This month I also created an article on sparrows published on the Knoxville's Wild Birds Unlimited website.  Visit the article to see the beautiful wing colors in the overall grayish Swamp Sparrow and the exquisite maroon-like reds in the Fox Sparrow.  

All of these birds were new to me last fall.  All of them are now imprinted in my mind through close-up views, photography and sketching.  Sweet, sweet sparrows!

Links:
Wild Birds Unlimited--Arrival of Wintering Birds 
More on my experiences with bird banding, truly a matter of the heart

4 comments:

  1. Aren't they just truly wonderful close-up Vickie? And the sketch for your article is just WONDERFUL!

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  2. Thank you, Maree! Wonderful is a good word for it. I am always stunned by their beauty when I see those colorful patterns.

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  3. Your sparrow banding sketches are great ... and bring back many memories for me.

    And your sandhill crane is lovely. I agree whole heartedly that they shouldn't be hunted and have voiced my opinion.

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  4. Hi Elva,
    Thank you! I love sparrows. Their beauty is so under-stated and exquisite. And thank you on behalf of our eastern sandhills!

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Welcome! I am glad to hear your comments, questions and feedback! Vickie

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