New Yardbird: Fox Sparrow

February 27th, 2011

A life bird for me, although not a rare bird around here. It was foraging in the yard at Tangled Branches South on Tuesday, the 22nd of February, but I haven’t seen it since.

Fox Sparrow

It may be an early migrant. This description from the Bent Life History series exactly matches my observation.

From February to the end of April the birds move gradually toward their summer haunts, feeding among the ground litter as they go. Shy by nature, in their usual breeding and wintering grounds they prefer thick cover where danger of discovery is least and they can quickly fade from view if disturbed. During migration, however, they often scratch for food among the dead leaves littering the ground in rather open hardwoods where there is little or no ground cover.

2 Responses to “New Yardbird: Fox Sparrow”

  1. Sandy says:

    I identified one here last summer. It was the color of a red fox.

    • entangled says:

      I think I noticed the color first, and then looked more closely. Definitely different than any other sparrow I know of.

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