July 24-14

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2014: July: July 24-14
Golden Beard Chipping Sparrow    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Liz Siivola
Male Cardinal    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Bob Gilreath

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:21 pm:

When Liz Siivola sent me the first photo of what she called a Golden Beard Chipping Sparrow, she had me, hook line and sinker, until I read her email. It's really a Chipping Sparrow, with a beak full of Liz's Golden Retriever's hair. She said it flitted back and forth most of the morning, collecting the hair to pad its nest and she thought it would fun to send it as a "rare bird sighting", for the rest of us to enjoy!

While Cardinals aren't really rare, they are more uncommon in the Keweenaw, but Bob Gilreath said this male Cardinal and its mate visit their feeders daily, singing and dining. I can't say I've seen very many this far north, so spotting one is always a treat. I can only imagine how fun it is to see one at your feeder daily!

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:25 pm:

Have never seen a sparrow like that! Great

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:32 pm:

cute bird in the first photo.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:36 pm:


By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:47 pm:

Love the Cardinal. But then, I love Cardinals.
Birds are just so beautiful.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:54 pm:

Good thing I read your commentary, Mary!

By Just me (Jaby) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:06 pm:

Had me for a moment there ,too,Mary! both pics are
great! I wish i would get a Cardinal at my feeder!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 07:12 am:

That bird had me wondering: Was I naughty or nice?" And I was ready to make out my Xmas list.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:13 am:

Just love that 'Golden Beard Chipping Sparrow'. Many
years ago we had a pair of Tufted Titmice that
gathered hair from our dog. (We had thrown it off
the deck as we brushed her.) We always wondered if
those babies barked instead of sang! LOL!

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:17 am:

Interesting bit of trivia: Chipping Sparrows were
once called Hair Birds as they lined their nests
with horse hair, back in the days when horses were a
common means of transportation, and therefore there
were more of them around. I have found nests lined
with horse hair in the vicinity of modern-day horse

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 09:10 am:

We have lotsa cardinals down my way, but no 'bearded' chipping sparrows.;> However, if we did, they could build a whole condo with the hair my kitty sheds!

By Donna (Donna) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 01:03 pm:

LOLOL!!! I was had. Totally believed the bearded
bird! Till I read! LOL! Thanks!

By philip odum (Phishinfill) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 02:07 pm:

excellent captures liz and bob..that golden bearded
chippers a new species only found in the

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, July 25, 2014 - 03:14 pm:

I especially like the cardinal.

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