|Mystery bird - looks like a White-crowned Sparrow © SB|
Its head and neck are white, except for a few fine, lingering black traces on its crown.
Its markings were so striking that I started calling it a Ghost-crowned Sparrow.
At first, it was very timid — as all of the newly arrived migrating sparrows seem to be.
But it quickly realised that this was a fairly safe food source (our cats stay indoors, though others wander through... And a Sharp-shinned Hawk has landed here, too.)
In any case, it settled in for several weeks, then flew on.
|White-crowned Sparrow - if that's what it really is - posing in the backyard. © SB|
|A beautiful White-crowned Sparrow - with a difference! © SB|
For reference, here is a White-crowned Sparrow with typical markings. Others that arrived this spring are shown a few posts down: White-crowned Sparrows in my Regina backyard - Spring!
|A typically coloured (and curious) White-crowned Sparrow © SB|
What are these? White-crowned Sparrows (the one at top seems to have partial albinism).
Location: Backyard, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo dates: Top photo, May 6, 2014; others, May 9, 2014.