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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Birds look like dancing leaves

Flitter, flutter... those "dancing leaves" I saw under the feeder this weekend were actually new birds visiting! Little brown birds with plain gray underparts, and conspicuous white throat and yellow lores above the eyes between black-and-white or black-and-tan stripes on the head means the White-throated Sparrows have come to town! Watch for them doing the chicken scratch dance under the feeders.

White-throated Sparrows show up in mid-Michigan right before the first frost in the fall. They can be spotted hanging around for a couple weeks in flocks of mixed sparrows before they continue to their wintering grounds in the eastern states below Michigan and in small numbers in southwestern states.

You may hear the birds before you see them. Birders describe their song as "Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody". Be on the look-out for the White-crowned Sparrows too. They usually pass through around the same time as the White-throated. Their visits to feeders tend to be early and late in the day. And Dark-eyed Juncos are sure to follow.

Watch the video:  https://youtu.be/sL_YJC1SjHE
 
Related Articles:
White-throated Sparrow fun facts http://white-throated-sparrow-fun-facts.html
Sparrows Native to mid-Michigan http://bit.ly/oy9XGz
Which one of these birds is not like the others? http://bit.ly/qM1LQt
What birds winter in Michigan? http://bit.ly/rqQgU2

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