Happy bird-day to you...

I do most of my bird watching by ear.

Cedar waxwings this morning.  Didn't try to see them out in the pepper tree across the street. 

During the course of the day I keep a kind of subconscious tally of species.

Scrub jay.  Mockingbird. Crow. House finch.  English Sparrow.  Song Sparrow.  Meadowlark...

Even when driving across town, when the windows are down.  White-crowned sparrow.  Goldfinch.  Bewick's Wren.  Turkey (!). 

Morning meadowlarks along the fence line across from work, happy house finches in the afternoon, sleepy golden-crowned sparrows in the evening, all make me smile. 

And I don't even have to catch a glimpse.

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