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White-throated Sparrow

Posted by on Feb 26, 2017

Here is a photo of a White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) toughing it out in a recent snowstorm. Despite the fact that we were in the middle of February, this bird was already sporting its spring courting plumage; evidenced by its bright white throat and vibrant yellow lores. This is one of the first species you can expect to hear singing at the end of winter; their “oh-sweet-Canada” or “poor-Sam-Peabody” tune resonates from the brush.

In some cases you might see White-throated Sparrows year-round – some birds will overwinter in the Northeast and head far north into Canada for the spring breeding season. Other individuals move in to our area from even further south and nest amongst us in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.  We’re quite fortunate to have these cheerful little companions in our region!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator