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Stand Out Sparrow

White-Throated Sparrow (White-striped Adult)

White-Throated Sparrow
(White-striped Adult)

What makes a sparrow stand out from the crowd? The bright yellow head markings, of course!

White-Throated Sparrow  (Another View)

White-Throated Sparrow
(Another View)

I am new to birdwatching, so I was amazed when I spotted the bright yellow brows on this bird. I soon learned that it’s eyebrows are actually bright white and it is the supralorals that are yellow. The bird is called a white-throated sparrow due to the contrast between its gray breast and white throat. Still, I think it’s the bright yellow that makes this bright, white-striped adult bird so identifiable.

I saw this bird in my yard back in April. My guidebook notes that it is a common winter bird in this area. So, it may have been a rare sight for spring. I never saw two of these birds together, only one at a time over the course of a week. Then, suddenly, it was gone. I hope it will be back this winter.

This week, the daily post weekly photo challenge, Rare, asked us to showcase something that stands out from the everyday. I think this little bird definitely stands out from the sparrow crowd!

Dance Partners

Partners

Partners

These house sparrows seem to be dance partners. I have seen them fluttering around each other, perched side by side and working together to build a nest. I have read that the little birds are monogamous and mate for life. They are quite a pair!

*posted for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge:
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January 2016-The Changing Seasons V1

Old man winter stopped by this weekend. Thankfully, we only got a little over a foot of snow in this part of Virginia instead of the anticipated two feet. I know other places north of here got much more than expected.

After lots of shoveling, I was glad to see sidewalk concrete and driveway pavement peeping through the snow. The trees in my backyard were dressed in winter white and I worried about how the birds and wildlife would find something to eat. I even made a makeshift bird feeder and put some cereal out for the birds.

While I haven’t seen any birds at the feeder, I have been amazed at the huge flock of robins that have been flying from tree to tree in search of food and then rest on the snowy branches. Some of the house sparrows have joined in as well. I even saw woodpeckers but I wasn’t able to catch a good photo of them before they flew away.

I am going to place my winter gallery into Cardinal’s Monthly Changing Seasons event as a Version 1 entry. I previously made a January Version 2 post which you can see here. I was planning to stick with Version 2 only, but decided to add these photos too. That’s a good thing about the Changing Seasons challenge-there are lots of formats to choose from!

Hope you are having a good winter, wherever you are!

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