Whenever I see this handsome little sparrow in my feeder area it is always a special sighting to me. Today we have at least two and they are both very busy foraging for seeds on the ground and in the grass under our feeders. These White-crowned Sparrows are seasonal visitors dropping by on their way through our region during their spring and autumn migration. I wait for them every year and delight in their visits which will last for about five days duration.
The most regular of bird visitors right now are Chipping Sparrows. I can at any minute look out my windows and be quite sure that within a second or so I can count one, or two or five.... feeding at our feeders. They will remain here until sometime in November and then one day I will notice they are gone; but a similar looking sparrow cousin, the American Tree Sparrow, will have replaced them.
The first sparrow I learned to id was a Song Sparrow. These sparrows run a second to the Chipping Sparrow for numbers at our bird feeders right now. These sparrows are bigger than the little Chipping Sparrows and its larger size makes it easier to pick them out from a group of sparrows all feeding together.
Earlier this week we had a White-throated Sparrow make an appearance and we will perhaps still see a Savannah Sparrow at our feeders this season, and maybe a Song Sparrow or two will winter over too, but that is not a sure thing.