Up Close & Personal … White-Throated Sparrow

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Last summer I encountered this white-throated sparrow sitting high up in a tree.
This was my first time seeing one in person.

These large sparrows are easily identified by their white or tan head stripes,
white throat and and yellow spots above their eyes.

Their bellies are light grey, the breast streaked beige or grey
and their backs and wings are rufous colored with distinct white wing bars.

They eat insects, berries and seeds.
Sometimes they can be found visiting bird feeders.

Since spotting this particular white-crowned sparrow I’ve seen many more at the park.
They often hop around in the underbrush near the creek and berry bushes.

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13 thoughts on “Up Close & Personal … White-Throated Sparrow”

  1. Yes, WT sparrows have a look so distinctive that even I can identify them.  The stripes on their heads make the ones where I live look like they are wearing bicycler helmets.

    They forage on the ground beneath my hanging seed feeder.  A few other sparrows have discovered they can go directly to the feeder, but not the WT-s.  Not yet, anyway.

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    • Sparrows can be difficult to identify. Every time I see the White-throated ones at the park they’re feeding on the ground, except for the one singing up in a tree the other day.
      I’ve never seen one in my yard! I like the image of them looking as if they’re wearing bicycle helmets. Perhaps they have their bicycles parked behind the shrubs!?! πŸ™‚

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  2. [I am almost a week behind in Reader and scrambling to catch up.] I like these sparrows Sabine and I’m not sure we have the “deluxe variety” with the gold markings over their eyes. I will take a closer look next time, but they move like the wind and the other day I was warming up the car and one flew into the garage of all things. I got him to leave and I don’t have any rafters as it is attached to the house and thankfully he left on his own accord.

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    • I think that you get these sparrows in your area too, Linda! They do hang out in the underbrush and are often seen feeding on the ground. Once you see one you’ll know what it is. The white throat stands out, as do their yellow lores. Catching up and/or keeping current in the reader can be a challenge at times. Be well and take it easy as all the posts will patiently wait for you! πŸ˜‰

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      • I pass by a tall bush every day and there are many sparrows in there. I have recently finally taken pictures of them. I walk by and they scatter, but the bush has the most delightful sound when you walk past it. πŸ™‚ I have never been so behind before. It’s been rough at work and getting here a little later and trying to get more sleep as I was staying up to 11:00, if not midnight every night to keep up … decided the beginning of the year that just was not smart.

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      • When you have a little extra time on hand I encourage you to stand nearby and watch. After a few minutes of quiet the sparrows will probably make an appearance. Who knows what kind of sparrow you might see!
        I think that we all have fallen behind in commenting and reading at times. My advice is to do what you can do and not sweat the rest! It’s supposed to be fun, not stress one out! πŸ˜‰

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      • You are right of course – I feel badly if I am this far behind though. I hope the Twitter Tree of Sparrows will show what type of sparrows they are – you will know. I looked at the photos again today for an upcoming post.

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