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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New sparrow at Michigan bird feeder in October

The hot start to the beginning of the week was welcomed by some but I love cold weather. That's why I was sooo excited to see a flitter, flutter of a new dancing sparrow under the feeder yesterday. The White-throated Sparrows have come to town!

Watch for these 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. They only visit mid-Michigan right before the first frost in the fall on their way south.

You may notice them as they do an energetic chicken scratch dance under the feeders. These sparrows only hang around for a couple weeks mixed in with other 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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