Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sparrows for Saturday Critters

We have had three species of sparrows feeding recently in Bird Alley. The white-throated Sparrow is a daily visitor and is often the first arrival of the day.

the second most frequent sparrow visitor

is the little northern Tree sparrow. There are two strong identifying features of the Tree Sparrow. First, look for the bicoloured bill which has a lower yellow bill, and secondly the tree sparrow has a central dark breast spot.

the third sparrow that I found in Bird Alley about a week nd a half ago was a Song Sparrow, but with this recent cold snap it hasn't been seen since.Hopefully this lingering sparrow is now  headed for more southerly climes. As the Tree Sparrow, the Song Sparrow also has a center dark breast spot to identify it.
I am linking today to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend to all American viewers and safe travels!


eileeninmd said...

Hello, they are all beautiful sparrows. I like the Tree Sparrow only because they are rare for me to see here. Cute series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

There are usually a few overwintering Song Sparrows here in southern Ontario.

Anu said...

Beautiful sparrows!

betty-NZ said...

Lovely images. I think sparrows are quite over-looked.