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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday's Sequel: I've met my 14th bird!

This past Saturday while walking in Central Park and being memorized by the antics of a cinnamon colored squirrel (which I wrote about in Monday's post here in Blogger) I also encountered a bird type unfamiliar to me, making this my fourteenth new acquaintance in this Year of the Bird. I have since learned the creature who I noticed is a Song Sparrow and the little one can be seen in the image atop this entry where he/she is ignoring the fact that a fence had a padlock (although there seemed to be no reason for the lock — it wasn't securing anything).

If you'd like to read more about this bird type, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, among other sources (including Audubon and National Geographic) have useful information on their given web-pages.

As for yours truly, I don't feel qualified to say much about the Song Sparrow because my encounter with him/her was briefer than brief. However, if I happen to encounter this  creature again, I will discuss the creature in a subsequent blog post.

For now, my experience with sparrows in Central Park (and there are hundreds of varieties) has been with the House Sparrow as well as the White-Throated Sparrow (both seen respectively in the next images, which were taken in the park during bygone years).

A white-throated sparrow has visited my rooftop garden in the past, but house sparrows continue to be frequent visitors to my place. When I see them in Central Park, I think of E.B. White's essay, Interview With a Sparrow and when I observe them in the branches of Ailanthus Trees in my courtyard, I think of his mini-essay, Dressing Up, (a copy of it is posted below).

Sparrows are featured in all three volumes of my book series, Words In Our Beak

Moreover, interesting facts re Ailanthus Trees are included in volume three, which only recently (this past Monday) became available on Amazon!

Here's the purchase info for all the volumes:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC):

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:

Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
Just became available (10-15-2018) on Amazon @
Please stay tuned for details re this volume's availability in other venues.

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