In the past two weeks my husband and I have made four trips to a little pond near here. We've watched osprey fish, seen lots of dragonflies, a sapsucker, and this little song sparrow popped out of the cattails and scolded me. Just a few feet away I caught a brief glimpse of a fledgling.
Late in the day, shadows grew long and put the far side of the pond in shadow. The song sparrow popped up into the late afternoon sunshine and sang a brief soliloquy.