Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Sparrow And A Little More

I used to think of all birds as nothing but brown. Brown was boring. Brown birds were something I would never care much about. I thought this way because all of the birds I noticed looked brown. Those birds I saw were probably house sparrows.

But then as I began to be interested in nature I saw something remarkable. It was a flash of yellow in the air in front of me. That yellow turned out to be a bird called an American goldfinch. Ever since that moment birds were never boring for me anymore, not even those brown little sparrows.

And as I looked closer at those sparrows, I discovered something very strange. Sure they were brown, but that was not all. Those little house sparrows were actually very colorful for someone who took the time to actually pay attention. This male house sparrow in my pictures, with his rust colored eye streaks, is a perfect example.

Now for something totally different. My last post was purely about editing my blog. I mentioned then that I might talk a little more about this kind of thing in future posts. Maybe I'd give a few tips here and there. That's what I'm going to do here. I have a good tip for those of you who use Blogger.

Have you ever wanted to add a gadget to your blog that only you can see? The reason for that doesn't matter. It only matters that the gadget is for your eyes only. All you have to do is go into your blog Layout section and add a HTML/JavaScript gadget. Then in your gadget window where you add the code, you put this code in.

<span class="item-control blog-admin">Add Your Code Here</span>

This is kind of simple for those of you who have been adding HTML/JavaScript gadgets for a while now. All you have to do is replace the red letters with your own code that you want to hide, and then put the whole thing into your HTML/JavaScript gadget.

For anyone who wants some easier tips, just give me a suggestion on what you might want to know about. I'll try to give answers to your suggestions in future posts. And don't worry, the majority of my posts will still be about just nature. I just thought I'd sometimes share some of the interesting blogger tricks I've learned. I'd just spin this stuff off into another blog, but I've already got my hands full with three.

And back to nature. I believe this last picture shows the mate of the male house sparrow in the first two pictures. I actually saw this one first. It was wandering around pecking at the ground. Maybe it was eating some of the pebbles. I know some birds need them to help grind up their food, or something like that.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot! I found out the real name of the place I've been calling Berry Lake Park. That's the right name for the lake, but the park is called Long Park. That's it in the Location marker below. See ya next time!

Nature Center Magazine - Your starting place for nature!


  1. I am mistaken to think that a sparrow has taught me how to add a gadget that is invisible to others.

    A sparrow may be a IT expert, like you.

  2. A often missed bird similar to this sparrow is a dicksissel. They have a melodic song and similar markings except some yellow on their breast.They were singing to me along a stretch yesterday so nice I had to stop and listen.

  3. Beautiful markings on this wonderful bird. And such a nice song too. Thanks for sharing this Ratty, these are some nice photographs!

  4. I never used to pay much attention to the birds until I got interested in learning a little about photography. Now I find all of them fascinating

  5. Thanks for all of your comments. I'm a little tired from my latest everyday adventure. It was a wonderful experience.

  6. You managed to make that sparrow look pretty.

  7. The Bird TV I see out my window is populated with those brown sparrows. I'd like to see more of their colorful mates.

  8. haha, yes, the sparrow is an IT expert :) beautiful shots though, and who knows, I may be able to use someday the html you shared.

  9. What an adorable little feathered friend. They are always a challenge for me to capture on camera.

  10. I actually never knew that sparrows had so many distinctive markings up close. They're very deceptive to the eye from far away.

    As for the blogging tips. Bring em on. I'm blogger obsessive, but I just recently decided to employ a webmaster. I will be transitioning to self hosting. I want even more control over meta descriptors and tags and I want more static pages.

  11. Beautiful bird photos, Ratty! The marking is fantastic, since I only see brown ones too.

    Thanks for sharing your HTML, and I'm now thinking which gadget to use!