Is a sparrow just a sparrow?
No, there are several different varieties, so look carefully and see if you can identify some of the different sparrows you see.
We have a few different sparrows that visit the garden. There are lots more varieties that we don’t see, but maybe you do.
House sparrows have lived in the front birdhouse for years. This birdhouse is right by the front window and we can watch them build their nest, feed their young, and then watch the young take flight.
The white throated sparrow has a little white bib under its beak, and yellow ‘eyelashes’ along with the black and white striped head.
The white crowned sparrow has the black and white striped head.
The chipping sparrow has a rusty brown cap with a black line from its eye.
The song sparrow has a streaky body and similar markings on its head with the brown stirpe from the eyes.
The tree sparrow has a brown stripe from its eye, a smallish bill and a longish tail.
Other varieties of sparrows (up to 35 in North America alone) that we don’t see in the garden are – lark, savannah, fox, Le Conte’s and more.
This sparrow was not seen in our garden.
The golden crowned sparrow, with the bright yellow on its head, was photographed in our daughter’s backyard in British Columbia a couple of years ago. They have many different species of birds on the west coast so I’m always ready with the camera to take photos.
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Variety of sparrows
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