Posted by: atowhee | December 25, 2019


There were two Song Sparrows in our garden today.  One of the fairly dark variety, but with a white throat.  Likely a coastal resident from not too far away.  Some of the ones that come down from Alaska are almost black and have NO white on them.  The second bird was pale.  I suspect he is from eastern Oregon or further northeast …from some dryer and sunnier clime where dark feathers would stand out.  The Song Sparrow is widely distributed and plumage varies by climate and habitat.  Rainer climate means darker birds.  Our local Song Sparrows would bake along the Rio Grande or Lower Colorado River.

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