Bird in Hand #2

Baby Sparrow, BlackBerry Z10 Photo by  © SCPotter

Baby Sparrow, BlackBerry Z10 Photo by © SCPotter

HumbleSparrowKnownByAll
HatchedAndFlippedAndTookAFall
ToMyYardAPlaceToLand
PhotoOpInMyLeftHand

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Today’s tweet poem.

Found this guy sprawled out in my back yard; Mom and Dad flittering about.

I gave him some water and a little nest made from an old cotton rag. Hope he survives.

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A Bird in Hand

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) in Algonquin Park, July 2012; Nikon D90 © SCPotter

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) in Algonquin Park, July 2012; Nikon D90 © SCPotter

Algonquin trails so green and deep,
Forest alive, its treasures keep,
Me holding camera ready snare,
For Grey Jay’s happy thankful stare.
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Today’s Tweetpoem.
Grey Jays are omnivorous and store food for the coming winter in bark crevices, under tufts of lichen, or among conifer needles. They quickly learn humans = food, and will take on bold behaviours when tempted. Wikipedia indicates they “cache thousands of food items every day during the summer for use the following winter”.

This particular guy must be a veteran of the Park, given his four leg bands. Perhaps a birder could comment on what the colours mean?