Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lincoln's Sparrow: May Backyard Sparrows, Regina SK (5)

Lincoln's Sparrow. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Lincoln's Sparrow in Regina, Saskatchewan, backyard. © SB 
Lincoln's Sparrow was a frequent visitor to our Regina, Saskatchewan, backyard in early May.

This small native songbird looks less than half the size of our more common House Sparrows and House Finches.

Lincoln's Sparrow has a clear buffy chest with streaks, and multi-toned streaks on its head.

Often, this bird's head feathers are ruffled to create a peaked crown.

Lincoln's Sparrow's habitat ranges across North America: It breeds in the north (but not the very far north) and Rockies, winters in Mexico, and is on migration in between... All About Birds says it's even been seen in Cuba.

Lincoln's Sparrow. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Close-up of Lincoln's Sparrow's head,
beak and chest.
© SB 
Lincoln's Sparrow. Photo © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Look closely at this small, back-scratching bird, 
and you'll see Lincoln's Sparrow's peaked crown. © SB 

May Migrating Native Sparrows: (yes, there are likely more — these are the ones in my Regina, Saskatchewan backyard. And yes, there is also the ever-present House Sparrow, but it's neither native nor migrating...)
  1. Chipping Sparrow
  2. American Tree Sparrow
  3. Harris's Sparrow 
  4. Clay-Coloured Sparrow
  5. Lincoln's Sparrow
  6. White-crowned Sparrows
  7. White-throated Sparrows (White and Tan Morphs) 

What is this?  Lincoln's Sparrow
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan.
Photo date: May 10 & 11, 2013. 


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