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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sparrow with white stripes on head

I've had a couple reports of White-chrowns arriving! It seems like they are here a couple weeks early this year. Good tail winds seem to be pushing birds up faster than usual. White-crowned Sparrows have bold black and white racing stripes on their head which make them a happy addition to the usual suspects in the yard. At 7 inches, these are some of the largest sparrows that come to our feeding areas.

Mid-Michigan isn’t a nesting territory for these birds. They only pass through our area from late April to late May on their way north to nest and again in September to November on their way south to winter. They breed all along the upper parts of Canada and winter along the southern United States.

They’re song is a sweet, clear whistling followed by a succession of jumbled whistles, and a buzz or trill near the end. When their feeding you'll usually hear their high thin seet or sharp pink call.

Look for them as they mix in with the Dark-eyed Juncos under feeders and scratch in the dirt looking for leftover sunflower seeds and millet from No-mess blend bird seed. They also eat weed seeds, berries, buds and moss.
White-crowned Sparrow from Jennifer McKeirnan on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/163767068
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