I’m really working on getting better at identifying sparrows and learning more about their behavior. For a long time, I just wasn’t interested in them. Small, stripey, brownish mostly ground feeding bird, sparrow, moving on. I’m clearly partial to woodpeckers, but I’ve been working on appreciating sparrows more, well at least the native ones (probably will never appreciate the invasive house sparrow).
So, one that I’ve seen before, but never paid a lot of attention to is the White Throated Sparrow. After spotting this bird in the grass lately, I’ve been working on learning about them. A fun fact I uncovered from Audubon.com is that there are 2 morphs, or color variations, Tan Striped or White Striped. This one is an Adult White Throated Sparrow white striped morph. We cannot tell male or female on this sparrow by sight only (would need behavioral or song clues). These 2 morphs typically mate with the opposite morph which I found interesting. They also display and behave differently during mating and breeding. We have a lot of their ideal nesting areas nearby with lots of low thick brush.
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