Singing Vesper Sparrow in a Wasatch Mountain Canyon

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For several weeks I repeatedly saw and heard a Vesper Sparrow in a canyon in the Wasatch Mountains and early in July I was able to take some decent images of it as it sang on a metal post.

Vesper Sparrow singing in the Wasatch Mountains, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahVesper Sparrow singing in the Wasatch Mountains – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I’d just finished photographing a male American Goldfinch feeding on Musk Thistles and had started to drive slowly up the canyon in my Jeep when I heard the song of the Vesper Sparrow where I had seen one of the sparrows on several previous trips into the canyon so I slowed down even more and started to look for it then I spotted the sparrow close to the edge of the road on an old metal post singing its little heart out. I hoped it wouldn’t fly off before I was able to stop, focus on it and take images of it.

Vesper Sparrow singing on a metal post, Little Emigration Canyon, Summit County, UtahVesper Sparrow singing on a metal post – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The sparrow cooperated and I was able to take a nice series of images of it before a jogger went by and flushed the bird. It didn’t fly too far away so I sat there in my Jeep hoping it would come closer again, after a few minutes it appeared that the sparrow wasn’t going to come closer so I watched it sing on top of the bush it had flown too. I tried to take a video of the Vesper Sparrow singing but I didn’t have the camera locked onto a tripod so the video made me a bit dizzy. Okay, it made me more than a bit dizzy. I wish I had brought my tripod along that day but I’d left it at home.

The past few times I have been up into that canyon the Vesper Sparrow has been absent or I just couldn’t see it. Perhaps it found a mate and they are raising little sparrows now, I’d like to think that they are.

Life is good.

Mia

9 Comments

  1. Greg Gillson July 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Very nice singing pose and clean background.

  2. Patty Chadwick July 22, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Another wonderful photo…love both bird and ptetty colors in that old metal post…nice combination!!!

  3. Alice Beckcom July 22, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful bird. I can almost hear it singing.

  4. Marty K July 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    They’re such lovely little birds. The thought of him and a little sparrow family made me smile. 🙂

  5. Elephants Child July 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I am so grateful that you are not prejudiced against the lbjs. Thank you.

  6. April Olson July 22, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I think I would have a hart time identifying one in the wild if I saw it!

  7. Sybill Reed July 22, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Hi sweetie! Wonderful you were able to get such get photo’s of this Vesper sparrow! Happy shooting! love ya’s

  8. Bob mcpherson July 22, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Cool photos, Mia.

  9. Liz Cormack July 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Vesper Sparrow. Cute little bird.

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