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Posted by: atowhee | December 7, 2018

THE FOUR-SEXED SPARROW AND OTHER GARDEN VARIETY BIRDS

The White-throated Sparrow seems to have settled into our garden for the winter.  It must approve of the daily menu of suet and sunflower seeds.  NOw I can wonder what sex is this bird?  Male…female…gender 3…gender 4.  Click here to see article explaining how genetic changes have brought about FOUR sexes in this species.  All fertile in the right combination.

Auddie the warbler…and fourth shot shows his white tail patches. He would aggressively flash those and feint an attack on the Bushtits when they had the temerity and gall to feed on h”his” suet feeders.  Then two shots of the Whitey the white-cheeked, leucistic junco who’s also settled in for the nonce,

820 NW 19th Street, McMinnville, Yamhill, Oregon, US
Dec 7, 2018. 15 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)  X
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)  1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens)  1
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)  15
Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  1
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  4

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