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Cautiously optimistic in Siouxland, Sioux City

10 Jun

A vesper sparrow cautiously looks around as it eats bird seed on the ground under a backyard bird feeder in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, May 11, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

When “neighbors” drop by in Siouxland, most looking for a bite or snack before continuing on their way, I find some of these visitors a bit shy as they prance about the ground eating feeder remnants That fell. One recent vesper sparrow (at least that is what it looked like in a bird book) seemed to be enjoying his bounty although cautiously eyeing every step or two to see who was watching.

A vesper sparrow cautiously looks around as it eats bird seed on the ground under a backyard bird feeder in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, May 11, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A vesper sparrow cautiously looks around as it eats bird seed on the ground under a backyard bird feeder in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, May 11, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Then it would chow down some more before stopping and looking. Keeping its guard up and checking the perimeter. A sentry always on duty even if unto oneself. Probably words to live by.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A vesper sparrow cautiously looks around as it eats bird seed on the ground under a backyard bird feeder in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, May 11, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A vesper sparrow cautiously looks around as it eats bird seed on the ground under a backyard bird feeder in Sioux City, Iowa Monday, May 11, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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