Tuesday, 2 October 2012

White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis

     In spring and fall White-throated Sparrows migrate through our area and it always gives us a great sense of pleasure to see these birds. Their plumage is nothing less than stunning, and a pristine adult is a sight to behold. A few individuals always patronize our backyard and today we were pleased to see them there for the first time this autumn. Although a good deal of seed from the feeders is scattered on the patio they seem to ignore this and prefer to forage on the ground among the vegetation and take great care to assiduously work through the mulch.

     We will probably see them on and off for about two weeks, after which they will continue on their southbound migration. They do not travel far and most birds spend the winter north of the Mexico/USA border. Rarely, a few individuals overwinter in southern Ontario.

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