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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Another brown streaky bird to look for outside your window

In recent decades, mild winters and the availability of bird feeders have enticed an increasing number of Song Sparrows to overwinter in mid-Michigan. They look like fluttering leaves, but make up for their less than dazzling plumage with their beautiful song. The scientific name Melodia means "melody" in Greek. Click here to hear the song.

A medium-sized sparrow, their most distinctive features are the dark feathers under the bill that look like mutton chops and the dark brown spot of feathers over their heart. They also have heavily streaked gray-brown backs, a dull white belly and a chest that is streaked with brown feathers. Their head has a brown crown with paler median stripe, a pale gray eyebrow and a white chin.

Sunflower seeds, millet, safflower, peanuts and peanut butter suet are some of the most popular foods that attract Song Sparrows to tray or ground bird feeders. You’ll also see them along with juncos scratching for grass seeds or insects in leaf litter and pine needles.  

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