A sparrow is a sparrow is a sparrow, until you get up close and personal. Suddenly one begins to notice the nuances in color and markings that differentiate the different species.
Prior to my renewed interest in photography I seldom looked closely at song birds. I basically recognized two sparrows, English or House Sparrows and Song sparrows. It was into the song sparrow category that I lumped all of the other sparrows.
Perhaps it was a memory problem; that I could not remember all of the important distinguishing marks until I had the opportunity to look it up. With digital photography I can now “take my bird home” and research it at my convenience. Now I find that not only am I enjoying digital photography for photography’s sake but I am finding nature much more interesting than ever before.