Sparrow (White-crowned, White-throated, Song)
What they eat: Seeds, insects (White-crowned also eat berries)
Habitat: (White-crowned) meadows, open habitats; (White-throated) woodlands, forests, meadows
Plants that attract: Grasses, shrubs
My observations: I think mature White-crowned Sparrows always look like they’re wearing little hats! As you can see by the top photo, their heads are crowned by rows black-and-white, which makes them quite distinctive. We were tickled to learn recently that we also have White-throated Sparrows in our garden, which have rows of gold and warm-brown feathers on the top of their heads. Since immature White-crowned Sparrows have brown stripes on the tops of their heads, they could possibly be mistaken for White-throated sparrows. However, the white throat patch and gold color near the eyes is a good way to identify the latter. In the third photo, you can more easily see these markings.
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