Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tree Sparrow

 American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)

I have been trying to learn how to identify the various sparrows commonly seen in central and southern Ontario, and this is one of the easiest because the top side of its bill is black and the bottom is yellow.  Tree sparrows spend the warm months way, wa-a-ay up north but a few winter here in south-central Ontario.

Thinking about flying down for some seed on the ground

I am linking to Saturday Critters HERE.

44 comments:

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A couple of lovely little portraits. A little different from our Tree Sparrows.

Une Angevine said...

il est beau

Giga said...

All sparrows are adorable and I love them. I greet you.

Revrunner said...

Oh, yeah! I worked at trying to better distinguish these little squirts from each other without much success. Photographs like these, though, definitely would have helped.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, these are gorgeous shots of the Tree Sparrow. I am envious, I have not been able to get a good Tree Sparrow photo yet.. Thank you for linking up with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

William Kendall said...

Quite a pretty bird.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful sparrow.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Who'd of thought a sparrow could be so handsome?

Sandra said...

what a sweetie he is.. adorable.

rainfield61 said...

Simple but a beautiful bird.

Birdman said...

Wonderful up close and personal shot.

The Furry Gnome said...

Incredible pictures! I never noticed that characteristic, always went by the dark spot on the breast.

Montanagirl said...

Cute little guy - great photos!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fantastic shots of these cute birds!

Kalina said...

We can now watch the birds, but your picture is wonderful!

TexWisGirl said...

i just saw them on another blog this morning with the tips to look for the bi-color bill and the breast spot, too. nice! have never seen them here.

Jeevan said...

Excellent capture with the sparrow! Unique bi-color bill

Ela said...

Such a beautiful little birds !
Lovely shots !
Happy weekend :)

Lowell said...

Fantastic photos. These could be in a bird book! And this is a gorgeous little sparrow!

Thanks for all your comments! Hope that everything is going well for you!

Lowell said...

Hi again. Re your question about "blending of the bumpers": Yes, it just came to me. I do like playing with words.

Linda W. said...

Awww...very cute! I like the expression the sparrow has on your first shot.

Sylvia K said...

As always, your shots are awesome, I can see every little feather on these cuties! As soon as I open your blog, you take my breath away! Thanks so much for sharing the beauty and your talent with the camera

DeniseinVA said...

I adore your little tree sparrow. Exquisite shots!

Karen S. said...

My goodness they have such sweet faces!

Gattina said...

What a cute little featherball !

Ginny said...

Awww, your bird portraits are just SO good! I don't think I have ever seen a tree one before. But we have many chipping, white throat, and house.

Margaret Adamson said...

We have only 2 Sparrows in the UK and one of them is a Tree Sparrow however it is not the same as yours. These are great shot. Have a lovely weekend.

Shammickite said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for these birds with the two colours on their beaks.

Donna said...

I fell in love with this sweet bird when it visited our garden this fall. Just a stop by on his way south or perhaps his inter home...

RedPat said...

More pics for your bird book which you really should do, EG! I'd buy one for sure. ;-)

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, Beth said...

aww, so cute. i love the puffy feathers. i bet she (or he) is cold ...
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maryaustria said...

AMazing shots! Such a pretty bird!

Stephanie said...

Wonderful images! Love seeing them up close.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a sweet little one!

Marie said...

Gorgeous shot! I didn't know that about the tree sparrow's bill!

Terri Buster said...

Very nice close ups- awesome.

Country Wife said...

Great picture.

Jack said...

You are such a smarty pants about birds, EG.

Felicia said...

pretty sparrow image.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Nifty pics and a good birding lesson.
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Small City Scenes said...

Sweetest little sparrow. So cute. Interesting info too.

Chandra said...

What a cutie! Great find, Tina!!
Peace :)

Indrani said...

Looks like it likes yellow lipstick. :)

bailey-road.com said...

What a lovely little bird.

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