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an eastern towhee
emerges from leaf litter shade
in the drizzling rain

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Canon Pics 033cropBSuddenly snow & a sprinkle of seed
Canon Pics 034cropAdraw the white-throated sparrow
Canon Pics 030cropAcloser than usual by Little Crum Creek. 

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Amid winter’s brown stripes of sparrow, finch, and wren,
zipping from brush to branch to feeder and back to brush again,
a dark-eyed junco’s charcoal hue is easily distinguished.

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Often found feeding on ground-spilled seed,
this little sparrow brightens considerably
 when flashing outer strips of white tail feathers
in sudden lift to a nearby tree.

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