Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow (Bruant à couronne blanche) and Sunset at Laurel Creek

29/30 September 2014
Waterloo, ON

     Last evening, Miriam and I went down to the Laurel Creek Reservoir to see what might have recently arrived as we get into that period when waterfowl in great numbers and variety make a stop over on migration. Other than a couple of Ruddy Ducks Oxyura jamaicensis there was nothing else of note, and they were too far out to be photographed in the waning light of evening.
      As the sun began to set across the water, with the edges of the lake rimmed with trees in autumn foliage, the view was memorable.

     White-crowned Sparrows Zonotrichia leucophrys have been around for a few days now, and although I have seen a few adult birds, mostly juveniles seem to have arrived predominantly. This individual was photographed this morning.

David M. Gascoigne,
David M. Gascoigne,

I'm a life long birder. My interests are birds, nature, reading, books, outdoors, travel, food and wine.


  1. I can't wait to see these beauties come back and visit Tucson. Pretty sparrows!

  2. Slow down, David, I can't keep up!!

    That first image is absolutely gorgeous.

    When White-crowned Sparrows turn up in UK, they cause a lot of excitement!

    I was only joking about slowing down - just keep going with stuff like this. I can take any amount.

  3. Amazing shot! I like the lihting, perspektive and colors of this image. Best regards.

  4. Pretty shot of the Sparrow.. I love the fall scene, lovely colors and reflections..

  5. Wow, beautiful autumn colours! I haven't been out and about yet to see them. Cute little sparrow.

  6. Hello David,
    The first picture is truly sublime.
    Perfect photography.
    Best regards, Irma

  7. Nice place! Our juvenile White-crowned Sparows arrived here in NE Illinois only this past week. So nice to see them as the neotropical migrants have mostly abandoned us!

  8. There are some wonderful colours 8and in the reflection) in those trees David. Yes, it's mostly juvs here now too.

  9. Ohhhh ...... what a beautiful picture that first picture. What an amazing beautiful colors and what an atmosphere! Really fantasist sich to see! You sparrow is a beautiful bird.

  10. Oh yes, autumn is very beautiful but so short-lived!
    We should soon have this kind of decor around but it announces the cold season and that I don't like!!
    The sparrow is beautiful, a discovery for me :)
    Enjoy your outings!!
    You are very welcome back if aver you want to go up in the Pyrenees or elsewhere!!
    Hugs to the both of you!

  11. Nice to see, The autumn weather.
    Also a beautiful bird that you had the lens.
    Greetings Tinie

  12. Beautiful island in sunset, I love it.

  13. Wonderful landscape.. nice pictures.. Congrats..

  14. Hello DAvid,
    Wonderful the autumn colors. Well done!!

    Best regards,


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