Category Archives: Sparrows

Feathered Friends: White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrows are my favorite sparrow (with the Chipping Sparrow not far behind). These birds have a sweet little song that some say sounds like “oh-sweet-canada”, but I think sounds like an intoxicated chickadee. These large sparrows are easy to … Continue reading

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What a Trill!

It’s always spring for sure when the Chipping Sparrows return. These birds have a sweet little trill that I sometimes confuse with the trill of a Dark-eyed Junco. The two species are together in my yard for just a few … Continue reading

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American Tree Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbirds weren’t the only surprise at my feeders during last week’s snowstorm. I also got a visit from an American Tree Sparrow: From a distance these birds look similar to a Chipping Sparrow but Chipping Sparrows are slightly smaller … Continue reading

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Special Sparrows

My White-throated Sparrow buddy has definitely decided to stay for the winter. He had one more good chance to leave after a huge storm system blew in after Christmas, but I looked out the window the other day and there … Continue reading

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White-throated Winter

Depending on the range map you view, White-throated Sparrows are an uncommon winter bird in southern Wisconsin. They are common to about central Illinois. I’ve counted birds for Project Feederwatch for more than two decades now, and I’ve never had … Continue reading

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The Oz Coroner Says…

Like the Wicked Witch of the East in the Wizard of Oz, my annuals are not merely dead but “really most sincerely dead.” The temperature dipped below 20 degrees (F) over the weekend. Even the plants nestled against the house … Continue reading

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Always Bird the Bird

I thought I’d sighted my first Fox Sparrow of the season the other day, but upon closer inspection I realized that the little bird with the streaked breast scratching around under the birdfeeder was a Song Sparrow. I may have … Continue reading

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The Three-Dollar Solution

Have House Sparrows taken over your bird feeders? I know a clever way to get rid of them. A pair of the bossy, noisy little birds nested on the side of our garage this summer. Before I could take down … Continue reading

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Unruly Tenants

We attached a robin box on the side of the garage almost a decade ago, but we’ve never been able to coax a robin to build a nest in it. Over the years various birds have tried nesting there, but … Continue reading

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Swarm of Sparrows

The migrating birds are finally showing up in large numbers in our area. I’m seeing reports and photos of beautiful birds like orioles, tanagers, buntings and warblers. So far all I’ve seen in my neighborhood is sparrows. While that might … Continue reading

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