We saw a lot of birds on our Christmas bird count. By now you figured out that these are Mallard ducks. Most everyone knows the Mallard ducks. We saw over 40 of these ducks.
The Harris’s Sparrow is the largest and heaviest of the sparrows. They do not nest here; they travel to Canada for that. Another tidbit….they get their name from Edward Harris. He was one of John James Audubon’s best friends and most ardent financial supporter. They went on a couple of birding trips together. Harris’s bird collection is now on display at the Smith-Cadbury Mansion by the Historical Society of Moorestown, NJ. The collection (on loan from the Academy of Natural Sciences) went on display this past October and will be there until Feb. It would be soooooo awesome to go see that collection!
On a recent trip to a small town in Oklahoma I happened upon a great old-time hardware store. I found a variety of things there….a rolling pin, some copper wire, brass washers, and flies for fishing. It is a great store. You really don’t see stores like this anymore. The floors are wooden and creak….I love that sound.