This morning amidst all the other birds I was hearing I thought I heard a white-crowned sparrow. When I came home this afternoon and took the trash out, my suspicions were confirmed when I found a white-crowned lurking on the ground under my bird feeder.
When I made it back upstairs to the apartment, it had started singing again. I stood in my tub, opened the bathroom window and screen, and could hear the sparrow singing below. I grabbed my spotting scope and digital camera and my ipod and speaker. I cued up white-crowned sparrow on the old birdJam, set it to repeat, pressed play, and within seconds:
And then he looked straight at me. He wasn't very close, he was in the noisy neighbor's tree next door and just happened to pop up on a perch between all the leaves. I snapped a few photos and then turned off the iPod. The white-throat continued to sing for the rest of the afternoon. I love these guys. That head looks so out of place--it's all dull browns and gray with a sassy little beret of bold black and white on top.