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Friday, September 24, 2010

A Stokes Moment, White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow, adult, just perched on our deck,

and caused me to drop the phone.

I was just on the phone with the publicist, from our publisher, Little, Brown & Co. (part of Hachette Publishing) looking out the glass door to our deck and bam! this drop-dead-gorgeous White-crowned Sparrow appears.

"Oh, there's a White-crowned Sparrow, hold on Brianne," I said as I dropped the phone and grabbed for my camera.

A moment later I picked up the phone, Brianne still on the line and said, "that was a Stokes moment." She understood.

House rules for birders, when a cool bird shows up, all conversations stop, cameras and binos come out. When the bird leaves, conversations are picked up, without skipping a beat.

Have a great weekend everyone and Go Birding!

Getting closer to when our new field guide comes out in Oct.!

photo taken with Canon 1D Mark IV camera, Canon 300 mm IS lens plus 1.4 teleconverter, ISO 1250, 1/1000 sec. f 5.6, aperture priority, hand held, yes, through the window.


Quodlibet said...

A handsome fellow! (or lady) I am on the lookout for these lovely sparrows - we see a few in CT each fall. Great photos!

I have put in a request for your new birding guide as a Christmas present. Can't wait to see and use it! I love having a selection of field guides; each one offers something important and unique.

Josee - @yankeebelle10 said...

Sweet sparrow...looks a little like my whiteface cinnamon cockatiel...

The Boisverts said...

haaaaa!!Love this! Great story and oh-so-true about the "rules" for friends and family when it comes to birding. :)
What a beautiful bird!

Joy K. said...

They're one of my favorite winter visitors.

Bird Feeders said...

Great photograph of a lovely sparrow! I think it's definitely worth the interrupted phone call!