The Humble Sparrow

I photographed only 20 species of birds at the combination of Guayabo Lodge and CATIE Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in Turrialba. I will not post all 20 species because frankly some of the photos just aren’t worth sharing and after my two-day’s-ago post of the toucan in my garden, nothing from the Guayabo trip compares! 🙂 But all birds are important to me and be sure to see my Guayabo BIRDS Gallery.

And I do like these four shots of my most commonly seen sparrow all over Costa Rica, the Rufous-collared Sparrow (eBird link) found only in Central and South America. Locals call it “Come Maíz” in Spanish (it eats corn). I have a pretty good collection of this bird in my Rufous-collared Sparrow Gallery including one from my first trip to CR in 2009 of a mother bird feeding her child a worm! 🙂

Also in my Costa Rica Birds Galleries I have photos of 5 other types of Sparrows here in Costa Rica: (1) Orange-billed Sparrow, (2) Olive Sparrow, (3) Black-striped Sparrow, (4) White-eared Ground-Sparrow, and (5) Stripe-headed Sparrow. They are each beautiful in their own ways and certainly a part of the great ecology of Costa Rica.

Rufous-collared Sparrow, Guayabo Lodge, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Guayabo Lodge, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Guayabo Lodge, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica
Rufous-collared Sparrow, Guayabo Lodge, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.”

~Matthew 10:29 (NIV)

¡Pura Vida!

More of this adventure in my “Trip Gallery” 2022 Guayabo Lodge.

2 Replies to “The Humble Sparrow”

  1. Those sparrows used to come to our patio when we were living in El Empalme , San Ramon for a few months.
    It is hard to get pictures of them because they are really speedy little guys.

    1. Thanks for sharing Margaret! I think this particular bird is fairly common in Costa Rica with the book saying common in the foothills and highlands (which includes San Ramon!) with most of my photos from places like San Gerardo de Dota and Monteverde, though I did photograph one in the middle of San Jose! 🙂

      And I identify with the difficulty of photographing this or any other active bird! And my garden has the additional challenge of having many shadows all day long, but it is still fun to try and occasionally get a good shot! Check out all my Costa Rica Birds galleries at https://charliedoggett.smugmug.com/BIRDS/Costa-Rica-Birds-by-Species

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