The Chipping Sparrow And The Baby Bison

A northern cardinal sang a duet with a chipping sparrow at dawn on Sunday, May 7th. The chipping sparrow was hidden in the branches of a young oak tree near the Bison and Elk Enclosure at Jester Park, Iowa. The cardinal was in the woods across the road.

I was there to check on the two baby bison. I saw them for the first time on Saturday morning. They were playing with one another on the far side of the field. At dawn on Sunday morning, the bison were gathered on the top of the hill by the fence. I caught a glimpse of the baby bison before the adults herded them away down the hill.

An hour later, the bison were still out of sight. The chipping sparrow was back singing in the oak tree. He was all by himself this time. The cardinal had moved on.

I didn’t see the baby bison on the April 16th visit. I looked for them then. I have been wondering if there would be any new arrivals this spring. There are two!

A chipping sparrow singing at dawn from a young oak tree in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017. A northern cardinal sings along from the woods. A meadowlark sings and Canadian geese call in the background.

A duet between a northern cardinal and a chipping sparrow in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017.Β A meadowlark sings and Canadian geese call in the background.

American bison in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017. The baby bison in the center of the photograph is less than 3 weeks old.

American bison at Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017. The two baby bison are in the middle of the gathering of the adults.

American bison at Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017. The bison on the left in the photograph Β is between 1 1/2 and 2 years old.

A chipping sparrow in a young oak tree in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017.

A chipping sparrow in a young oak tree in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017.

A chipping sparrow in a young oak tree in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017.

A chipping sparrow in a young oak tree in Jester Park, Iowa, May 7, 2017.

Take care and thanks for reading.

Sarah

 

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4 Responses to The Chipping Sparrow And The Baby Bison

  1. Shady_Grady says:

    I wonder how close you could get before the bison felt really threatened and took action.
    I like the picture of the sparrow.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Shady πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and your kind thoughts! I am happy you liked the little chipping sparrow. πŸ™‚ He was giving it his all when singing. I hear the chipping sparrows when I walk around here, but rarely see them.

      I don’t know the answer to your question about the bison. I am not going to test it out. πŸ™‚ There is a fence establishing a boundary that everyone respects: bison and human beings. It is an electric fence on their side. They have lots of places in the fields to go that are away from the fence. That is what has happened every time I have seen them close to the fence and approached. They wander off either quickly or slowly to a different area. This usually happens after one of the adults makes a sound.

  2. zirah1 says:

    How neat that there are two baby bison so they can be playmates! And they really stand out since their coloring is so different from the adults. What a great addition to the flora and fauna you have to check on during your outings. Keeps things interesting!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Zirah πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting and your kindness! It was really fun to watch the two baby bison playing with one another on Saturday morning. πŸ™‚ They were investigating and running around. They were too far away for photos or videos, though. I am hoping I will be able to watch them with the camera closer. There are lots of places in their home where they can be far away from the fence. I can understand their wish for space especially with two young ones. They do stand out with their light coats. Their coats are almost the same color as the rusty feathers on the top of the chipping sparrow’s head.

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