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Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

Posted on Nov 2, 2014

One of my favorite parts of the chilly month of November is the return of the Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) which becomes widespread after most of the other sparrow species have passed through or established winter territory. As you may have seen at your feeders this relatively large sparrow is a big time kicker, making feeding in the early season leaf litter and snow much easier. They are often difficult birds to dig up on Christmas Bird Counts as they are shy and like to remain hidden or close to a ready escape most of the time. If you have never had one in your yard try placing seed on the ground near dense and low cover or creating a brush pile close to feeding stations.

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) perched-1100413

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator