Not Seven Swans A Swimming

Just two of them. Quickly sharing my favorite set of photos from last Wednesday. Ironically, not of the eagles or geese I went to view. Rather this lucky collection of two swans arriving for the water landing as my camera clicked.

Not Calling Birds

And closer to home, we’ve had this odd little visitor. At first, I thought my white-crowned sparrow returned to visit. However, upon closer inspection and a bit of Internet research, I’ve determined it’s something called a leucistic house sparrow. Basically, a not quite albino variation of my house sparrows. 

(note: these photos were through the back door as my current birds like to take off the minute I attempt to ease the door open). 

My guess is he’s related to my other sparrow who sports a white tail feather.  Still not a common site in our backyard and an interesting looking bird.

By the way, I looked up calling birds out of curiosity. Thought to be blackbirds or at another time mockingbirds. I could spend way too much time researching the song, so I’m stopping with that thought.

Other Birds Spotted In The Backyard This Week

Not spotted by me but my younger son could hardly wait to tell me of his backyard sighting on Thursday afternoon as I walked in from work. Not one but two hawks in the tree in the backyard!  Apparently, after “rescuing” the cat from the deck where she lounged, he did at least think of trying to take the photos. Unfortunately, my bad habit of forgetting to replace the SD card after uploading photos did me in on that one. So no pictures.

I do have a photo of one of my work Secret Santa gifts, not quite the same but I do love the coffee cup (and despite my husband’s objections, I do not believe there is such a thing as too many coffee cups!):

Back to information about the pair of hawks. After listening to the descriptions provided by my son and husband and pulling up birds in my bird books and on-line, we’ve decided most likely it was a pair of red shouldered hawks!

Birds viewed with my own eyeballs this week: cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, tufted titmice, house finches, Carolina wrens, lots of sparrows including the one shown above, a blue jay, a few robins (on the way to work), a crow, and about 3 gulls flying overhead yesterday (on the way home from work).

What birds did you spot this week?


Joining in with Bird Depot, hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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12 thoughts on “Not Seven Swans A Swimming

  1. Rebecca L Knox

    Big news here on the prairie, Jean! We currently have a ferruginous hawk hanging around! Was first spotted on November 23rd and been spotted multiple times since then. I saw it myself Monday and Tuesday. It’s a big hawk…just a little bit smaller than an eagle. If you Google “ferruginous hawk prairie state park” there is an article about it online. I also posted my own story on Life on the Tallgrass Prairie on Blogspot. Normally this bird is found from western Kansas to California…not it’s a real treat! Happy Birding and Merry Christmas!
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    1. Jean Post author

      How exciting! I’ll have to come by your prairie blog to check out the pictures. Need to visit your regular blog as well to get the chocolate covered pretzel recipe. Hope you have a wonderful week and a very Merry Christmas!

  2. David Gascoigne

    The leucistic House Sparrow is very interesting, and I would have been exceptionally pleased to have seen it. I have personal experience of several leucistic birds of other species, but never a House Sparrow. Keep your eyes peeled for it and take lots more pictures!
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    1. Jean Post author

      It is a really interesting bird. Didn’t see it today but I’ll keep watching out for it. Hope you have a great new week!

  3. Eileen


    I love all the Snow Geese and the Swans, what a great sightings. The leucistic House Sparrow is pretty.
    I have not seen any new birds around here, just all my regulars. Thanks for visiting. Have a happy day. I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. He is an interesting little sparrow. I always enjoy my regular birds as much as any new visitors. Hope you have a Merry Christmas as well!

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