Golden-crowned Sparrow

The golden-crowned sparrows have returned to Lopez Island for the winter.

Golden-crowned sparrow // Photo by Walter Siegmund

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Audio via ocarmi at the California Academy of Sciences.



I have a goatee on my chin,
It makes me look sagacious.
People know that when I speak
My words won't be fallacious.

Much easier than reading books
Or growing self-aware,
Is setting razor blade aside
And sprouting hoary hair.

Philosophers in years to come
Will seek the truth within;
But I can fake it easily
With whiskers on my chin.

— S.E.A.