White-throated Sparrow

I recently did some birding at the Fox River Parkway South in Waukesha Wisconsin. There where numerous White-throated Sparrows present with nice views. A flock of approximately 6-12 birds at different times moved around the woods while I was there. The sparrows scratched the ground finding seeds to eat that have worked their way under leaves and surface ground cover over the winter. Photographs taken on April 29, 2014.

White-throated Sparrow - adult white and black striped variation

White-throated Sparrow – adult white and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow

Binomial name: Zonotrichia albicollis

Category: Sparrows

Size: 6.75” long, 9” wing span

Weight: 0.91 Oz.

Habitat: Woods, forest edges, pond edges and tree lines in brushy under growth. Breeding range is the far northern areas of the Midwest states in the US and the lower two-thirds of Canada. The winter range for this species is Southern US from New Mexico through northern IN to the east coast of the US.

Diet: Mainly seeds from grasses and weeds, sometimes fruits seeds.

Nesting: The nest is constructed by the female usually and on the ground, it is cup shaped. The location is usually under a bush, shrub or dead vegetation but concealed by leaves. Materials used are mosses, sticks, pine needles, and grasses. 1-6 eggs pale green and spotted are laid and incubated from 10-14 days, 1-2 broods.

Cool Facts: There are two forms of this sparrow. One is the white and black striped head, the other tan and black striped head regardless of sex. Young birds and females are just duller in color. They both variations have the white colored throat. A frequent visitor to the backyard feeder in migration to some parts of the US.

White-throated Sparrow - adult white and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow – adult white and black striped variation with seed in mouth.

White-throated Sparrow - adult tan and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow – adult tan and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow - adult white and black striped variation - back view.

White-throated Sparrow – adult white and black striped variation – back view.

White-throated Sparrow - adult white and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow – adult white and black striped variation with seed in mouth.

White-throated Sparrow - adult tan and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow – adult tan and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow - adult white and black striped variation, scratching for seeds.

White-throated Sparrow – adult white and black striped variation, scratching for seeds.

White-throated Sparrow - adult white and black striped variation.

White-throated Sparrow – adult white and black striped variation.

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

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