Monday, May 5, 2014

White-throated Sparrows in my Regina Backyard

What a pretty fellow! White-throated Sparrow  © SB
Another migratory bird of spring has arrived in my Regina, Saskatchewan, backyard: The White-throated Sparrow.

Like White-crowned Sparrows, these little birds look similar to every other little brown bird...

Until you really look at them and realize that they are not at all like House Sparrows or the rest.

In addition to the white stripes on their heads, they also have bright yellow lores (spots above their eyes) and white bibs.

White-throated Sparrows are also known for their Sweet, sweet, Canada, Canada, Canada song, which Audubon calls an appropriate interpretation of their call, as most breed here in Canada.

Sometimes, I call them Grandfather Birds, because it looks to me like they sport white moustaches and beards... But that may be inappropriately aged and gendered, and just plain biologically innaccurate.

As for the condition of my backyard, still lots of patches with no spring grass, but now that the snow has finally melted and the dirt has begun to thaw, I have raked up that bird seed...

Snowbird heading north: White-throated Sparrow
stopping over in my backyard  
© SB
Yes, this bird looks a little scowly and old to me... 
White-throated Sparrow. © SB

What is this? White-throated Sparrow, stopping during its migration north.
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.   

Photo dates: April 29, April 30 and May 1, 2014...  


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful photos of this handsome bird! I miss the sound of White-throated Sparrows. I have not heard one in quite awhile.


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