These red and gray native birds winter across the U.S., migrate through southern Canada, and summer in the north: the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Alaska. They're songbirds (yeah!), so a lovely — if temporary — addition to our backyard flock.
|Two shots of the most visible |
American Tree Sparrow. © SB
|I love that red crowned head! © SB|
The American Tree Sparrows in my yard were shy, perhaps just because this was their first day near our feeders? If so, perhaps they'll be more bold if they stay a while? Whatever the reason, the two that dropped by hid deep in the lilacs and back near the garage.
I love their red heads and crisp marking — a lovely change from our resident gray and black House Sparrows.
What is this? An American Tree Sparrow, migrating north
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: April 3, 2013.