Welcome Fall Sparrows 2012!

By , September 30, 2012 11:45 am
Zonothrichia group 9/29/12

Zonothrichia group 9/29/12

I could have titled this post ‘Welcome Zonotrichia’ since that is the genus of Sparrow I am talking about. Each Spring and Fall we are visted by 3 closely related Sparrows: the White-throated Sparrow, the White-crowned Sparrow and the Harris’s Sparrow. This year the visits have come earlier than usual. The White-throated showed up on Sept 3rd. That is 3 weeks earlier than normal. The Harris’s has been around since Sept 24th. The White-crowned arrived on Sept. 26, which is about normal. These birds are just passing through on the way to their winter homes. Last year they were gone by the beginning of November. Given the earlier seasons this year, I wouldn’t expect any of them to last that long here, but we will enjoy their visit as long as they choose to stay.

Harris's Sparrow 9/28/12

Harris’s Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow 9/29/12

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow 9/28/12

White-throated Sparrow

3 Responses to “Welcome Fall Sparrows 2012!”

  1. Shawnne says:

    I am enjoying the sparrows which grace our yard every Spring and Fall. Jerry is right, the White-throated came early. It is still very very dry; I don’t believe we’ve had any rain in weeks. Hoping winter turns on the moisture to help the lakes, ground, and the birds & animals. It is going to be interesting to see what kind of a Spring we have coming for 2013 and which birds arrive, when.

  2. Bill A. says:

    I love white throats because they are easy to identify! I know that sounds silly
    but in the sparrow world easy markings are a plus! I just noticed white-throated
    Sparrows recent too. They were in the park along the brush. We also had a
    Raven pass thru too.

    • Jerry says:

      I never saw a Raven when I was in NJ and I have only heard a Raven’s call once. So you are lucky there

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