All puffed up in the cold

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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6 thoughts on “All puffed up in the cold

  1. These little guys swarmed in last weekend in Superior. We have a lot on Hammond, and they’ve looked just like this! But they’re singing away every morning.

  2. Here in the deep South (aka Todd County MN) we’ve been seeing these for 8 days now. We also have just sighted the White-crowned Sparrow 2 days ago. Those don’t seem to be coming your way yet.

  3. I was wrong, reports sightings of the White-crowned Sparrow at the Shopko pond yesterday and near Cloquet on Thursday.

    • I find white-crowned sparrows to be a lot harder to spot than white-throated sparrows, even when the white-crowned sparrows are around.

      • We’ve been lucky in that the White-crowned Sparrows have been coming to our feeders the same time each year for 3 years, so they are easy to pick out. I’ve been birding for 25 years now, so to me they are pretty easy to ID but that wasn’t always so. My wife and I want to get a ‘welcome zonotrichia’ banner made and hang it off our deck much like the welcome hunters banners on the bars. (Zonotrichia is the genus for the White-crowned, White-Throated and Harris’s Sparrows if you didn’t already guess that).

      • We have had the White-Crowned ones here in Superior also.

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