Sunday, January 25, 2009

White-throated Sparrow in Oregon

Today another unusual bird showed up in my yard. Actually, a couple of decades ago the White-throated Sparrow was considered only an occasional winter visitor to Oregon, and I saw one only every few years. (I saw my first one up north in central British Columbia in summer where they are a breeding species.) Now, like numerous other eastern and southern species, they have become regular in winter here in Oregon. In 17 years this one is only the third one I've seen at my feeder, although several come every winter to another feeder in my neighborhood.


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