Sparrow


The Song Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Song Sparrow is noted by heavy breast streaks that form to a large central spot. It is known for it’s song from trees or bushes of 3 to 4 bright repetitious notes. They can vary widely in color and size. Their range is from Alaska, Canada to Central Mexico. The diet is mostly insects and seeds. Seen very widespread in North America.

The White Crowned “Ghostly” Sparrow can be seen in Canada and the States, but rarely in Florida or the SE coast. Photo shot in the fall in Marshfield, Missouri.

This White-Crowned Sparrow was photographed during spring migration at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Photo was shot in the fall on the shoreline north of Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Note the gray crown coloring on this White-Crowned Sparrow.

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Identification of this sparrow is a clear grayish breast, a striped black and white crown, and a pink bill. They are stunning to see, as the sparrow is so bright looking compared to other sparrows. It hops about and seems to always hide itself behind brush, or limbs and leaves. When I photographed the sparrow photo above I thought something was wrong, as the colors appeared faded out or ghostly. It took some time to figure out it was the bright white color glaring in the sunlight.

The White-Crowned Sparrow can be seen across Canada and the States, but is rarely seen in Florida or the east coast. It likes a habitat of brush, edges, tangles, and roadsides. I have seen them in brush and dense tangles, where they are constantly appearing to hide. In this case there were thorns making it difficult to reach them for viewing and photographing.

The White-Throated Sparrow can be seen in Canada to the Gulf States, and the Midwest to the Eastern States.

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A gray breasted sparrow with a white throat patch, and a yellow spot between the eye and bill. It has habitats at thickets, brush, undergrowth of conifer and mixed woodlands, and patronizes feeders. These attached photos were taken at most of the locations. Because of the birds movements, one has to be ready and fast to get a photo.

 

This Henslow's Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This Henslow’s Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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I have only seen Henslow’s Sparrow one time, only briefly for about 2 minutes. At the time I only knew it was a sparrow. It is identified by the striped olive colored flat head in conjunction with the reddish wings. It has a pale bill, finely striped breast, and a short tail. It has a range from the Midwest to the eastern states and from the northern states to the gulf coast. It has a habitat in weedy fields, where I found it.

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