Fox Sparrows that nest across northern Canada and Alaska, migrate at night to the southeastern United States. On their way they south they stop for a couple weeks in Michigan in October to early November.
They tend to feed on the ground underneath bird feeders, particularly if they are close to cover.
Encouraging shrubs or berry bushes to grow at the edges of your yard,
or keeping a brush pile, are good ways to provide places for Fox
Sparrows to forage.
The overall reddish brown appearance of the Fox Sparrow inspired taxonomists to name it after a red fox. Fox Sparrows are generally rust-brown above with a mix of rust and gray
on the head, and heavy brownish splotches on the flanks and the center
of the chest. The bill can range from yellowish to dark gray.
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