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November 13, 2010 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: White-Crowned Sparrow

For a week or two in early autumn and early spring the White-crowned sparrow visits my suburban Chicago backyard. I look forward to his visit in spring, not so much in autumn as I know winter will soon follow.

This is a migratory native North American sparrow that spends it’s summers mainly in Canada and winters in the mid to southern United States and Mexico. Larger than the House Sparrow, it can usually be found scratching around on the ground for seeds.

I took this photo Halloween weekend, the same weekend he arrived last year. I sometimes wonder if the same birds visit every year.

I’m participating in Saturday Snapshots this weekend. Head on over to At Home With Books to see more great photos.
Weekend Birding is cross-posted on LadyMin’s Garden.



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  1. Rebecca Rasmussen / Nov 13 2010 11:52 am

    What a handsome little fellow! I look forward to your posts so much! Happy birding 🙂


    • Leslie / Nov 13 2010 12:04 pm

      Glad you enjoy them. I’m going to feature a bird or something about birds on the weekends.


  2. Alyce / Nov 13 2010 12:24 pm

    That is gorgeous! I love bird watching. The birds don’t get as close to the house as they used to since we got cats a few years ago.


  3. trish / Nov 13 2010 12:42 pm

    His feather pattern and colors are so interesting! I especially like the black and white striped ‘cap’.


  4. laurelrainsnow / Nov 13 2010 12:51 pm

    Oh, a gorgeous photo! I love capturing nature’s images…thanks for visiting my blog.


  5. lemon123 / Nov 13 2010 2:51 pm

    He’s beautiful. Never have seen a sparrow with a white cap. How many different kinds of sparrows are there? I’ll bet he’s the same guy. He likes you.


    • Leslie / Nov 14 2010 12:30 am

      There’s quite a few different sparrows but not all of them come to backyards. In addition to the common House Sparrow which is pretty much everywhere, I also have White-throated sparrows, Song sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos (also a sparrow) visit my yard.


  6. Suko / Nov 13 2010 6:59 pm

    That is so lovely. It looks like a postcard!


  7. samstillreading / Nov 13 2010 10:55 pm

    I love birds- that one is so cute!


  8. Beth F / Nov 14 2010 11:12 am

    Wow — great shot!


  9. bermudaonion (Kathy) / Nov 14 2010 6:05 pm

    Wow, it’s like it’s posing for you! Just gorgeous!


  10. Bibliophile By the Sea / Nov 16 2010 5:49 pm

    What a lovely photo.



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