White-Crowned Sparrows

This gallery contains 2 photos. Call them anti-social, but like Song Sparrows, I have rarely seen White-Crowned Sparrows in the company of their own kind; they are more likely to be fraternizing with the much more social Golden-Crowned Sparrows. The (very approachable) juvenile below (who flew in for a cameo or two) was photographed on September 23 at the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

White-Crowned Sparrow (Juvenile) on TreeJuvenile White-Crown Sparrows sport brown superciliums that darken to black upon maturity.
f/8, 1/640, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400, flash on

Here’s an over-the-shoulder look at a newly adult White-Crowned Sparrow in one of the pear trees in my backyard. Notice how the eyestripe transitions from black to brown as it goes to the back of the head. These sparrows are sporadic backyard visitors in the winter (they are year-round residents in Metro Vancouver) … but come summer, when the blueberries are ripening, they are shameless “connoisseurs” of said fruits (about as shameless as the American Robins, who will steal the juicy berries from right under your nose, throw you a backwards glance, and fly off). Photographed on October 5.

White-Crowned Sparrowit is a blue moon when I see two White-Crowned Sparrows in the same place (but it has happened).
f/8, 1/640, 150-500mm telephoto lens, 500mm, ISO 400, flash on

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