Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Zonotrichia leucophrys (white-crowned sparrow)

White-crowned sparrow
The white crowned sparrow is a common Emberizine sparrow that is found throughout all of North America. These birds nest in Northern Canada as well as the Rocky Mountain region. They winter in the southern US and Mexico. For those of us here in Minnesota we usually only see them in the sprint and fall when they migrate. I photographed this bird in Yellowstone. This is nesting territory and since there were quite a few singing in the open fields I am guessing it was time to find a mate and settle down.


6 comments:

Neil said...

Beautiful bird.

mrsnesbitt said...

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Roger Owen Green said...

nice one. Latin saves the day again!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Joy said...

A joyous photo. Birds that only appear at particular seasons are the rythmn of the year.

ChrisJ said...

One of my favorite birds. He has such a loud song. He visits us for the winter. I miss him when he's gone. He won't be back until October now. Wonderful photograph!

Ken Schneider said...

Beautiful image of the White-crowned Sparrow. In Alaska their songs filled the air well before the (very) early sunrise.