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Friday, October 19, 2018

Large sparrow with white stripes on head

We had our first frost yesterday and guess who showed up this morning mixing in with the House Sparrows. The White-crowned Sparrows have come for a short visit! White-crowned and White-throated Sparrow usually visit for a couple weeks in the fall right when the weather is going to turn freezing. They will return in the spring on their way north just when the weather is going to unfreeze. They breed all along the upper parts of Canada and winter along the southern United States.

At 7 inches, these are some of the largest sparrows that come to our feeding areas. Their size and the bold black and white racing stripes on their head make the White-crowned Sparrows a happy addition to the usual suspects in the yard. Mainly ground feeders, they scritch and scratch the dirt looking for leftover sunflower seeds and millet. They also eat weed seeds, berries, buds and moss.
White-crowned Sparrows have about 10 different calls. During migration you will usually hear their high thin seet or sharp pink call.
 
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