Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring 3: A Sparrow A Day

7:20am-8:00am, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
crisp, shifting clouds

Both the sun and I took our time getting up this morning (sun: clouds; me: sleep).

The day had a fresh, post-rain feeling to it. I should say, "post-snow" but I am a little bit in denial. Yup, we got fresh snow on the second official day of spring. I can't keep switching seasons like this!

I've seen beautiful golden sunlight streaming through trees in the Arboretum before, I know I have. But something about the elusive nature of this morning's light, which would emerge from behind clouds for a few glorious moments, then dim again, made it feel like the first time.

Also, I think I'm usually out earlier, so I don't get the same angle of light as I was seeing today.

More song sparrows today - they really are remarkable singers - and so inventive! I thought for sure I was hearing a new species today when I tracked my bird of the day down:

My version:


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