Friday, December 19, 2008

Awaiting Ixoreus.

Fox Sparrow. Note yellow lower mandible and chevron-shaped spots.

We haven't had our first backyard Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) of the winter yet. Usually the first snows send them to our feeders, but so far either they are being very stealthy, or have not made an appearance.

Today starlings dumped most of the black oil sunflower seeds from the hopper feeder, attracting a large mixed flock of House Finches, juncos and, ugh, more starlings. In among them was a Fox Sparrow, the first of the season. For eastern North American birders, note the somber plumage of the Pacific race, quite difference from eastern birds.

1 comment:

lisa said...

I like the fox sparrows...I get some white crowned sparrows too. Not many starlings fortunately, but oodles of woodpeckers and nuthatches. (white breasted and red breatsed too.)