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White-throated Sparrow

Posted on May 6, 2016

I recently caught this White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) in the middle of a meal…

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…which it seemed to try to hide from me until gulping it down. Their whites and yellows are much bolder right now than those that winter with us as they conclude their spring migration. In some cases you may have White-throated Sparrows year-round with some birds that overwinter at your house and head far north into Canada for the breeding season while other individuals move in to our area from even further south and nest relatively close to us in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut, among other places. Perhaps a few birds even stay in place with you all their lives. If so, lucky you!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator