About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cold weather means time for White-throated Sparrows

As the cold weather rolls across Michigan it is not surprising that I heard the call of the White-throated Sparrow this week. They pass through mid-Michigan from the end of September to mid-November. You’ll probably hear their yodel-like song before you spot these active little birds scratching in leaf litter and under the feeders.

The White-throated Sparrow is medium sized sparrow with brown streaked upper parts, plain gray underparts, and has a conspicuous white throat and yellow lores above the eyes between black-and-white or black-and-tan stripes on the head.

During the summer, white-throated sparrows generally breed from northwestern Canada to the upper parts of Michigan. After nesting they migrate south to spend the winter in the eastern United States below Michigan to northern Mexico.

White-throated sparrows are omnivores. Their diet consists of seeds, fruits, and insects. Seeds come from forests floor, in bushy clearings and hidden in grasses and weeds. These sparrows also feed on wild fruits from blackberry tangles and shrubs. At the feeders they will like the sunflower chips, peanuts and hulled millet in the Wild Birds Unlimited No-mess blend.
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