Vesper Sparrow

July 07, 2017  •  2 Comments

Spend enough time out surrounded by nature and apply my "PPP" rule and you will be amazed at what you will begin to experience. Here a Vesper Sparrow is having a bath in the sand. This dirt bath is called dusting and is quite common across a wide range of bird species. 

For some species that live in areas where standing water is not readily available, dusting appears to substitute for water bathing. Birds create dust wallows by scraping the ground. They throw dust over their bodies and rub their heads in the wallow. The dust is first worked through the feathers and then shaken out. Wrens, House Sparrows, Wrentits, larks, game birds, and some raptors are among the North American birds known to dust. As with water bathing, different species tend to have somewhat different dusting routines.

Cool Facts

  • The songs of neighboring Vesper Sparrows tend to be similar; between regions, songs tend to show consistent differences. These patterns suggest that Vesper Sparrows learn songs from adult Vesper Sparrows. In one documented case, a Vesper Sparrow apparently learned to sing like a Bewick's Wren.
  • The Vesper Sparrow is the only member of its taxonomic genus. Based on analysis of morphology, plumage, and other factors, its closest relative is thought to be the Lark Sparrow.
  • The Vesper Sparrow responds quickly to changes in habitat; it is often the first species to occupy reclaimed mine sites and abandon old farm fields as they return to forest.

Oh...My "PPP" rule...Persistence, Patience, Practice. It's simple and it works.

Get outdoors!



Love the birds expression. Almost like he or she is thinking "who knew a sand bath could be so refreshing". Great to see these birds practicing their activities of daily living.
Does PPP stand for patience patience patience....that's what it takes for a photo like this one. So enjoying all of your posts.
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