Early Bird in Dew

This juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow got an early start on the day. It was out foraging while the new shoots of grass each carried a drop of dew at the tip.  A careless bird might have got drenched.  Not this one.  It carefully threaded its way among the blades of grass and knocked down just a very few drops of dew.

Juvenile birds of this species have brown, almost reddish, head stripes.  As they mature, the stripes turn a contrasty black and white, which makes them among the easiest birds to identify.

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