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.