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February 23, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: A Few Winter Sparrows

When I mention sparrows most people think of the common backyard House Sparrow, a European species brought to New York in 1851, and not related to the native North American sparrows.

Here are a few of our native sparrows that were nice enough to pose for me last week. I see the White-throated Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow in the winter when they migrate to a warmer climate. The Song Sparrow is a year-round resident here.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Visit her blog to see more great photos or add your own.

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  1. Louise / Feb 23 2013 2:50 am

    Great shots- it’s wonderful how varied even humble sparrows can be.


  2. Mary / Feb 23 2013 4:47 am

    Aren’t they handsome!


  3. Christine Harding / Feb 23 2013 5:30 am

    Lovely shots – I can never get over the wealth of birds where you live.


    • Leslie / Feb 23 2013 11:09 am

      There are quite a few. Over 400 species have been officially recorded in the state. I’ve only seen about a quarter of them.


  4. BermudaOnion / Feb 23 2013 7:50 am

    They really blend in with their environment. I love the little spot of color on their heads.


  5. laurelrainsnow / Feb 23 2013 8:12 am

    They have a kind of dignity about them….thanks for sharing. Here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST


  6. Sheila (Book Journey) / Feb 23 2013 8:39 am

    They all look so darn cute!


  7. Arti / Feb 23 2013 8:48 am

    I’ve to learn to ID the ‘common’ sparrow. I know there are various kinds, even just in my neck of the woods. Also, remember I mentioned to you about seeing the Red-Shafted and the Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker together? Just posted the photos. Maybe you can help me out there.


  8. irene / Feb 23 2013 8:53 am

    It’s so cold here I don’t see a single bird. I hear them in my cedars, but darn if they’ll come out and pose for me. Clearly you’ve trained them well.


  9. Suko / Feb 23 2013 12:04 pm

    These sparrows are so pretty! You’ve captured their beauty.


  10. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Feb 23 2013 8:41 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen those before. It makes me wonder what our local equivalent would be. They are very pretty!

    Sorry I posted so late today, but my post is up now.


  11. samstillreading / Feb 23 2013 11:41 pm

    So cute!


  12. lmkazmierczak / Feb 24 2013 2:22 pm

    You make a drab looking bird look very cute♫ Happy Sunday♥ My SS:


  13. readerbuzz / Feb 24 2013 5:20 pm

    Our sparrows are smaller and less fluffy. Yours are lovely.

    Here’s my Saturday Snapshot!


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