Welcome Zonotrichia!

By , May 10, 2012 6:15 pm

Harris's Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow 5/8/12

Why the odd title? Zonotrichia is the genus of 3 of our favorite migration sparrow: White-throated, White-crowned and Harris’s. Unlike most sparrow that are hard for the novice to identify these are very easy. When we lived in Randall, the only Zonotrichia we saw regularly was the White-throated. Since we moved to the Long Prairie area in 2010, all three have been regular visitors in both Spring and Fall. On a whim last May I told Shawnne that we should expect the Harris’s Sparrow the week of May 8-14, 2011 (based on only one previous sighthing in Randall in 2007 and based on the fact the we had them in the previous Octover). I told Shawnne that perhaps we should get a banner saying “Welcome Harris’s Sparrow” (similar to the Welcome Fisherman banners that bars have in Minnesota). In any event the Sparrows came back that year. This year we had a bunch of early migrators in March but since the start of April most of the birds seem to be back on their normal schedule. The White-crowned came on 4/16/12, the White-throated on 5/1/12 and the Harris’s on 5/8/12. So far yesterday was the only day we have seen all of them at one time (haven’t been able to get all of them in one photo, though).
White-throated Sparrow 5/9/12

White-throated Sparrow 5/9/12


White-crowned Sparrow 5/9/12

White-crowned Sparrow 5/9/12

One Response to “Welcome Zonotrichia!”

  1. Shawnne says:

    The beautiful White-throated, White-crowned, and Harris’ Sparrows were wonderful while they were here. It seems they have moved on to their breeding grounds for the summer. I always relish seeing them. We look forward to enjoying them again in the Fall!!! I love them all!

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