Saturday, February 03, 2007

I Think Phil Is Right :)

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."

-Henry David Thoreau

More pictures of what I saw in San Francisco last Thursday. While I was there, I paid a visit to Ft. Point and Chrissy Field, where there is usually a nice variety of birds to enjoy watching. It was really cold however, so there just wasn't as many different types as I would have liked to have seen that day, but there was a nice group of sparrows happily searching for food. I am thrilled with each new bird species that I can add to my library. This little guy was a new one for me, it is called a, "White-crowned Sparrow." According to my, National Audubon Society Field Bird Guide, this type of sparrow is one of the most studied birds of the western United States. I had a good time watching him look for food, and enjoying his soft little chirp.

White-Crowned Sparrow

There are little glimpses of spring everywhere. I know it is a little early to be looking for blossoms on the trees, but to my delight, I am seeing deep pink blossoms here and there, so I think Punxutawney Phil's prediction might be right, I think we will be seeing signs of spring early this year, which is fine by me. I am looking forward to the flowers this year. I have some seed packets on my desk right now, just waiting for a warm day for planting. I have Cosmos, 4 O' Clocks, Sunflowers, Mini Carnations, which will hopefully bring me some butterflies and bees through the summer and autumn. Tee Hee. I am already looking forward to autumn. :)

So tell me, what are you looking forward to this year? A special holiday or birthday? The flowers blooming in spring? Summer at the beach? Share if you want to, in the comment thread for this entry. :)

"White-crowned Sparrow"
Chrissy Field
San Francisco, California
February 1, 2007


Karen Funk Blocher said...

We had white-crowned sparrows at our feeder a lot when we lived at the other end of town 20 years ago. I like to call them "melon-heads."

GLendaRs said...

Spring always is something to look forward to, when the birdsongs waken up in the morning and the buds burst forth on the trees and through the ground (ah choo) and we get spring fever and all the excitement that comes along with that - This summer I have turning the big five oh(no) to look forward to - and afterall 50 is the new 30 right?!!

Suzanne R said...

I am looking forward to my beach trip in April, which is always my birthday gift to me. ;-) More than that, though, I am getting excited about the card shower I am planning for my mother's 80th birthday in June. I really hope it will turn out to be something special for her!