White-crowned Sparrow

(Due to medical reasons, I have not been able to post for a while and hope you’ll excuse my ‘no visits’ to your blog site.  I’m working on trying to get back and will be there soon!)

 

There are more than 30 different types of Sparrows.  Some are easy to identify, and some are so slightly different from another, identifying can be trying.

One that is easy to identify is the White-crowned Sparrow, with his/her bold black-and-white striped head, pale pink or yellow beak, and gray breast.

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Except along the West Coast and mountains of the West where they live year-round, White-crowned Sparrows appear each winter across the United States and Mexico, arriving from Alaska and artic Canada around September.

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“Fluffing the feathers”

Alaskan White-crowned Sparrows migrate about 2,600 miles to winter in Southern California.

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The White-crowned Sparrow usually leaves most of us by March or April, migrating back to Alaska and artic Canada for summer breeding.

A migrating White-crowned Sparrow was once tracked moving 300 miles in a single night.  A lot of miles for a little bird!

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“Foraging the ground”

White-crowned Sparrows eat mainly seeds of weeds and grasses, and insects. They also eat grains such as oats, wheat, barley, and corn, and fruit including elderberries and blackberries.

Definitely a cute little Sparrow!

 

52 thoughts on “White-crowned Sparrow

  1. Good shots Donna… I haven’t seen these sparrows for at least 5 years! Get well soon my friend. 🙂

  2. Hope you’re feeling all better soon! You’ve been missed. We have a lovely little white-crowned sparrow who shows up to serenade us in the spring and then disappears later in the year. He sits in the neighbor’s apple tree and sings his little heart out. Such a cheerful little guy!

  3. I’ve seen these sparrows at our feeder this winter, as well as song sparrows. I don’t like it when sparrows try to take over our bluebird house but I enjoy watching them feed right outside our window. Thanks for sharing – and get well soon!

  4. That sure is a cute little birdie. Interesting reading about its migratory travels. Enjoyed your beautiful photos Donna. 🙂

  5. Great post and photos Donna. I think sparrows are sometimes overlooked because people assume they are very common. As you point out though there are more than 30 types … some of them more rare than others. This one has beautiful markings all its own!

  6. These images are lovely! I love the warm light. I look forward to their return each spring. There aren’t too many left by the numbers I’m seeing now. They must all be heading further north for Summer breeding grounds.

    Get well/better soon!

  7. Beautiful shots! I love White-Crowned Sparrows. Love to hear their song. I haven’t seen hardly any this spring, maybe I’ll get lucky today with thoughts of your pictures in my head. Hope you are on the mend, will be all together soon and thanks for posting this!

  8. Donna: You are the birdwoman of photography, absolutely love your work!  Am so sorry about your medical difficulties.  Hope you recover swiftly and fully!  Carol F. On Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:31:16 +0000

  9. These are marvelous photos of this sparrow, better than anything I have seen posted. I hope you are getting better and will be back blogging full-time! WordPress isn’t the same without you.

  10. So sorry to read about your health issues. I hope you will be hopping and chirping again soon. I love these sparrows, too, especially because I can actually identify them! 😊 They are sooo photogenic.

    • Thanks Tanja, including your well wishes! I like the hope of soon hopping and chirping again!! 🙂 This sparrow sure is a cutie and quite photogenic, I had a fun time with him/her.

  11. They are such a cute sparrow. Sorry about your health issues. I too just got out of the hospital and have not been posting or blogging. A few rough years and I still can’t keep up with blogging any longer. Hope you get better.

    • Thanks Donna, including well wishes! I hope you are soon on the mend of recovery. It is hard to focus on blogging (or anything!) when you’re not feeling well long-term. Keep shooting when you can, your work is gorgeous!

  12. We have this delightful sparrow year round (Calif.) so even though I love this sparrow, I never thought of them as a migrating bird. Great info and spectacular photos, Donna. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been ill, hope you are doing better with each new day.

    • Thanks Jet, including your well wishes! I adore this sparrow and learned too new info myself when researching, I had no idea they migrated from so far far north, and yet they are year round in California. 🙂

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