I'm currently in North Dakota at the Potholes and Prairie Bird Festival giving workshops and leading trips. Today was awesome, I did what I would call a slow and easy trip. It's intent is to be a digiscoping workshop, give people a chance to try and take some photo of birds without feeling rushed like you do on regular field trips, but it was just such a joy to have a chance to sit and spend an hour with a great bird like a Baird's sparrow (above), really get to know this elusive sparrow.
And yes, my darling husband who is reading this from home, that bird is different from all the sparrows you see at the feeder.
Also, on Twitter today, someone was passing around to a link to a disturbing set of photos. A bull frog eating a Eurasian tree sparrow. If you would like to see the disturbing set, click here. If you would like to avoid that image being burned into your brain, focus on the happy Baird's sparrow above.