The White Crowned Sparrow is not a bird I see very often. A small flock came to visit my ground feeding station this May.
Where usually found, the White Crowned Sparrows are seen foraging at the edges of brushy habitat, hopping along on the ground. This particular way of hopping was what drew my attention to them. They looked like a kid’s windup toy. They’re also found in the safety of shrubs or trees, and I saw them retreat to the lowest branches. Not a smart thing as this is where the city cats hang out in wait.
Science learned of the physiology of bird migration observing this species, which I found really interesting. The subspecies of this bird have slightly different head patterning and song across varied regions. Plus, these birds have a large range and even occur in the Arctic where the sun does not set during their breeding season, so the birds sing all night.
Their range “breeds from Alaska and Manitoba east to Labrador and Newfoundland, and south in western mountains to northern New Mexico and central California. Winters north to southern Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, and Maryland.” (source)
They really are a handsome sparrow. I also photographed an American Tree Sparrow, another cutie, but will save that for another Bird ID post.
These photos were taken with the Nikon P510 from a window inside the house. I packed up the big camera and lenses for my trip, and needed a camera fast to get these sneaky little birds before they hid. I was pretty happy with the little camera, similar to the photos of the hummingbirds in St. Lucia. It did a nice job.
Since you are seeing this auto-uploading post, it means my travels have taken me to a place without WiFi. Sorry if I cannot answer comments and visit for a few days, unless I get to a WiFi hotspot. So a few bird posts will upload automatically in my absence… hopefully. I always have trouble with the schedule portion of WP.
Stay tuned for some beautiful gardens that I visited on my trip when I return home. It is azalea, Rhododendron and peony time here in Pennsylvania, a real artist pallet of color. It has been a wet and cool spring leading into sunshine and warmth, making this a very blooming spring. The big estate gardens are absolutely gorgeous.
Also, see my new page, Bird Chirps. It is under construction but I am adding birds I photograph and identify. I have been seeing more and more birds not commonly seen in my garden plus I am listing birds I saw on my travels too.