The proper identification of this red-headed or rusty-headed bird continues to churn me, not only in my daylight hours, but also as I lie awake at night. For the moment, the species identification includes: Rufous-winged Sparrow, Field Sparrow, immature White-crowned Sparrow. (Probably another possibility looms in the Peterson’s.) Factor analysis must wait, however, until I get some chores out of the way today. I will, however, cease all toil if I see these guys again so I can focus. Thanks to Caralee, Rubia, Montucky and others that have further focused my attention on identification.
Here is a closeup of the Bluebell bell flower. I discovered a patch thirty-by-twenty feet in size, east of the barn. Walked right over the patch without noticing at first, saw this flower, bent down and looked around and there was the patch of bell flowers. I wanted to get a closeup of the flower, so here it is. I have seen field biologists on their hands and knees with a camera, snapping pictures. Since I have this goal of taking pictures of every species of wildflower on the ranchito for one year, I best start kneeling with knee pads on?
Below is a wide shot of the Bluebell bell flower patch I discovered. As you can see, the flowers are quite small, barely discernible in the photo as they are in the field. You will have to click on the photograph to enlarge in order to see the flowers. Looks like a lawn of sorts, but it is not.
I am off to the barn and field. I will be looking for the sparrow and flowers. The sun is shining and the temperatures are forecast in the upper 70s, lower 80s. I shall pace myself.