The good thing about this cold and, in some places, snowy start to May is the old saying: If May comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.
When it’s 32 degrees on May 3, I deal with it by putting on a warmer jacket, walking faster and spending more time in the Great Indoors.
This white-throated sparrow had another way of dealing with it:
My colleague Bob King, aka AstroBob, aka photo chief of the Duluth News Tribune, shared his picture of this pretty, puffed-up sparrow. He took it this morning in Lakewood Township.
I haven’t seen a white-throated sparrow yet, but I heard one the other day as I walked in my West Duluth neighborhood. (It was a much nicer day.) It’s one of the few birds I can identify with my ears.
By the way, we can watch birds even if we are in the Great Indoors. One way, of course, is to look out the window. Another is to check out Minnesota Power’s three falcon cams, one for each of three nesting boxes. You can get there by going here.
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