Familiar beauty…

Resting amongst the prairie setting in a male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). Look closely on the bottom right and you’ll see its less colorful mate coming in for a landing. House Sparrows seldom choose dense prairies and woodlands preferring more human rurual and urban settings; hence the name “House” Sparrow. This restored prairie setting in the midst of Chicago, so human spaces are abundant for habitation. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg
Females of species are frequently less brilliantly colored than their male mates. The House Sparrow follows in this pattern helping to ensure safety as it nests with its young. Here you can see how easily she is camoflaged. So delicate and beautiful, their abundance has appreciation of them often dismissed. Perhaps similar to the abundant appearance of other European immigrants, plants known as weeds, they too often are seen as unwanted. Today I appreaciate them. Their design and patterning is unique and should be appreciated. And yes, I have been known to sneak some bits of seeds to them when dining outdoors. Copyright 2023 Pamela Breitberg

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