Tuesday, October 29, 2013

White-throated Sparrow

 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)

White-throated Sparrows are forest sparrows with a lovely song that seems to sound like Oh-sweet-Canada.  How appropriate since during spring, summer and fall, they breed across Canada. During winter, though, they do fly south to eastern and southern North America.

As you can see in the photo, they like to feed on the ground, scratching for yummies. But they can also be seen in low shrubs, particularly in spring when they find new buds tasty.

Eating at a feeder

Keep seed in your bird feeder and they'll eat there too.

I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

The November 1 theme for City Daily Photo bloggers is "Heights."

49 comments:

Judy said...

What a pretty little thing!!

Kate said...

Yes, an attractive little bird that is so common and so adaptable. Love the yellow spot on its head.

see you there! said...

Wonderful coloring. Your photo is so clear.

Darla

Our photos said...

What a beautiful bird!
Greetings, RW & SK

Rose said...

I love their yellow eyebrows! Such a bright yellow...looks like a spot of mustard almost.

Sandra said...

he is a beauty, maybe he will stop by our house this winter

Judy said...

I really like that top shot! and I had never noticed the yellow on them before, so observant I am ;)

Tanya Breese said...

what a cutie!

Linda W. said...

What a cute little guy! Nice shots.

Karen said...

Great shots EG. One of my favourite sparrows, I just had a couple in the yard the other day, on their way south by now.

Judy said...

You have captured this little guy so well. from a distance you might miss those bright colors. We see them here as they pass through on their way south.

TexWisGirl said...

cute as the dickens!

Lowell said...

This is a fine-looking sparrow. I wonder if they get to Florida? The only sparrows I've seen are the brown/grey nondescript ones.

Rebecca said...

I like their song too and now I will always think of Canada when I hear them.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI EG What a wonderful head pattern on this lovely little bird. Great shots.

RedPat said...

I love to hear them! They are such sweet birds.

Small City Scenes said...

What a pretty bird. I don't think we have them out this way. At least that's what the book says. I love the white throat patch. MB

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Wonderful photos. I really like their yellow stripe. I've seen them only a scant few times here in La.

Malyss said...

You always make great pictures of birds! How cute!

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a dandy little fellow!

cieldequimper said...

Very pretty! I've never seen a sparrow with a patch of yellow!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This is a beautiful bird. I am already looking forward to hearing their songs in spring.

Janie said...

He's a pretty boy, quite dressy with the yellow on his head.

Michelle said...

sweet, little things

William Kendall said...

Every once in awhile I'll see them. They're really very distinctive birds!

Stephanie said...

Pretty color on the bird.

genie said...

Such a pretty little bird with lovely coloring. I have been out filling feeders today.

The Furry Gnome said...

Wonderful picture, such rich colours.

Jack said...

It is a cute little bird. I am always impressed at how many birds you can identify.

Esther Joy said...

I think some of those sweet little birds come to my feeder in the winter! But I never knew they were singing a song about the country I was born in!

mick said...

Great photos of a very pretty little bird.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Pretty with that one bright spot of yellow!

Randy said...

What a cute little bird.

Carletta said...

Looking forward to seeing them here soon.
Lovely shots!

Sue said...

It's neat to see one close up and realize how much color they really have.

=)

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A rather splendid little bird; a very dandified version of our sparrows.

Carole M. said...

the white-throated sparrow is new to me; lovely photos of them

Gemma Wiseman said...

A cute. colourful little character. Love the splash of yellow.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the WT Sparrow!

Amazing wonders in my life said...

cute!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little bird!

NatureFootstep said...

I love the yellow eyebrow. :)

HansHB said...

A great post!

Cezar and Léia said...

A sweetie! Love the yellow delicate in his head!
Léia

Dave said...

Every time I see an image of this species it reminds me of how lucky you are in your part of the world for Sparrow, Buntings and Warblers.... I must visit

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a lovely little bird!
Great photo!

Andrea said...

I have seen this sparrow here on occassion. I am assuming they are just passing through because they seem to be here one day and gone the next. They are very colorful as sparrows go so they are easy to spot when they are around. Very nice pictures EGCG ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

bailey-road.com said...

A little beauty!

edenhills said...

She is certainly a pretty little bird.

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