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Chipping Sparrows

Categories: Birds.

This cute little sparrow is a year round visitor to the garden.  It is a smaller sparrow, about 13 cm. long,  easily identified by the reddy brown cap and the black eye stripe. The wing markings are similar to those of other sparrows. The chipping sparrow is mainly a ground feeder but does visit our flat feeder and gazebo feeder for the mixed seed. The suet feeder attracts the chipping sparrow in winter. Nests are usually built in mid sized shrubs up to 3 meters off the ground.  The female is the nest builder while the male guards. I’m sharing
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Meet Jack and the Mrs.

Categories: Birds.

I know you have all heard of Jack Sparrow.  But did you know he lives at our house? In fact he’s lived here for years raising his families. Yes, I say families, as this Jack Sparrow is none other than the house sparrow that occupies the birdhouses.  I nicknamed him Jack as that seemed to be very appropriate.  House sparrows are an overlooked bird and sometimes regarded as a pest. House sparrows are about 16 cm long and live in rural or urban settings but get their name because they prefer to live close to humans. The male and female
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White Throated Sparrows

Categories: Birds.

The white throated sparrow is another species of sparrows that can be overlooked.  This little guy is not to be confused with the white crowned sparrow.  The black and white head stripes are similar, except the white throated has little yellow patches close to the beak and it also has a little white throat. This is a medium sized sparrow about 16 to 18 cm. long.  Colouring on the back, wings and tail is typical for sparrows. They breed throughout Canada but head south for the winter months. These little birds are sometimes call the Canada bird as their song
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White Crowned Sparrows

Categories: Birds.

Have you looked closely at the sparrows?  There are many different varieties that visit our gardens and many times we tend to just refer to them as sparrows instead of their actual name.  One of the most distinctive sparrows that is easily identified is the white crowned sparrow. The head has black and white stripes on it.  They are ground feeders but also visit our flat feeder and seed feeder. These sparrows pass through our garden in fairly large groups at the beginning of spring and towards the middle of fall probably on their way to and from their breeding
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