Bird #123 — Fox Sparrow

passerella (sparrow) iliaca (flanks)

Sunday, April 6, 1980 — 4:15 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Crabtree Nature Center

When I spotted this bird, I let my wife obey the stay-on-the-path rules, while I took off into the woods in disregard for the law.  I chased the sparrow for quite a ways before I got a satisfactory look.  It was foraging in the underbrush in the woods near the apple orchard.  Sundays draw large crowds, and I was somewhat worried about getting caught in my lawlessness.  As soon as I had a positive i.d. on the Fox Sparrow, I rejoined my wife on the straight and narrow path.

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