Sparrows

I am revving up for my Little Brown Birds class next month, so I spent some time with the sparrow flocks on Sauvie Island (Birding Oregon p.57). A walk down Rentenaar Road revealed five species, three of which sat still long enough to be photographed.

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White-crowned Sparrows stand out with their bold head pattern.

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Immature White-crowned Sparrows have the same pattern as the adults, but in brown and buff instead of black and white.

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Two Golden-crowned Sparrows, immature on the left, adult on the right
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This Song Sparrow was feeding right at my feet, but insisted on staying in my shadow, thus messing up the lighting in the photo.

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This Peregrine Falcon wasn’t much of a threat to the sparrows, but he did make the shorebirds and waterfowl nervous.

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Posted on December 7, 2008, in identification challenges, OR Birding Sites and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love sparrows! The shot of the Golden-crowns is fab.

  2. Great post and what awesome photos. Thanks for the useful information, too.

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