Sparrows

Waves of Sparrows have been moving through the area the past few weeks. Sparrows that nest in Canada and winter south of here are migrating through and stopping to re-supply along the way.

Harris's Sparrow

Harris’s Sparrow

Like this “first-year” or female-type plummaged Harris Sparrow.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Here’s another first year or juvenile plummaged bird that looks so different than the adult bird. A White-crowned Sparrow won’t acquire it’s adult plummage until next spring.

All these little Sparrows are being attracted to the bird feeders and also to the water feature in my backyard.

Junco

Junco

The Junco is also in the Sparrow family. This “Slate-colored, Dark-eyed” Junco is enjoying a drink from the shallow pool of the water feature.

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

The Fox Sparrow also is moving through the area now. Listen for their beautiful song as many are singing “partial” songs at this time of the year – I think the young ones are learning the songs of their elders and practise short phrases while in fall migration.

Fox Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

The White-throated Sparrow was enjoying a bath in the water puddles.

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

Sparrows aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the water, a Ruffed Grouse came sneaking in from the woods.

 

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

 

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