Friday, December 26, 2008

Lincoln's Sparrow in snow

Lincoln's Sparrow can be found in high mountain meadows during the spring and summer, and spends the winter months in the brushy tangles of the Willamette Valley, where it is a difficult-to-see skulker. But during the recent cold spell, with record-setting snow fall, many of them have apparently been forced to move into town where food is being served at numerous backyard feeders. I have enjoyed the rare opportunity to get some closeup looks at this visitor, and have been surprised at how small and energetic it is compared to the Song Sparrow that also joined the flock in my yard.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger A Portland Backyard said...

Very cool! We have been host to 2 Lincoln's over the last few day, as well. They were a Life List bird for us. Great post!


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