Sunday, October 13, 2013
Sparrows At Springbrook, Song, Fox, White Throated, and Swamp
It is mostly shades of brown with some black.
All sparrows have a short heavy beak for cracking seeds open.
Fox Sparrows are only seen during migration in the fall and spring at Springbrook, as they spend summers farther north, and winter in the warm southern areas.
The yellow above the eye is a sure way to identify these sparrows. The yellow at the back edge of the beak is left over from this birds "gape" this past summer as a baby bird.
The "gape" color signals the adults to feed the baby birds, and will be gone by spring.