White-throated Sparrow

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White-throated sparrow – Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland on January 27, 2015

Catch a head-on view of a white-throated sparrow, like in the picture below, and they almost look like they are wearing clown makeup.

It is a combination of their white throat patch and yellow eye markings that make them resemble tiny circus clowns.

Most of these little birds spend the summer in Canada and winter in the eastern woodlands of the United States; however, smaller numbers can be found wintering as far west as California.

Like most sparrows, they are melodic and many of the field guides describe their song as sounding like, “Oh sweet Canada.”

 

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White-throated sparrow – Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland on January 27, 2015

 

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White-throated sparrow – Cromwell Valley Park, Maryland on January 27, 2015

 

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